So what to expect on a Senegal holiday? Well, mayhem in Dakar,
slave houses of Goree, millions of pelicans at Djoudj National
Park, wonderful intriguing people, desert, delta, forests and the
immensely powerful Atlantic coastline.
Throw in the Saint Louis Jazz Festival and there's enough here
to span a trip of a month or more.
Most travellers don't have that long, obviously, so we recommend
the following highlights: Goree Isand (a UNESCO Heritage Site) is a
half hour ferry ride from Dakar and holds much of the Slave Trade
history of West Africa.
Meanwhile the delta waters of the Sine Saloum Delta south of the
capital Dakar are wild, tranquil and have abundant bird life. There
are eco lodges and even remote islands with basic facilities where
the more adventurous may stay.
Finally, Saint Louis is another UNESCO Heritage Site and sits on
an island and spit at the mouth of the Senegal River. The colourful
crumbling buildings and streets, reminiscent of a decaying France,
have hardly been developed since colonial times. The sand spit
holds a huge fishing industry with wonderful arc shaped boats
lining the shore and hundreds of people busying themselves with
One final thought: Senegal is a truly exciting holiday
destination, but probably best for the well-travelled as the
ability to negotiate and communicate are essential tools in order
to travel around this bustling country. The main roads are in
reasonable condition, and, depending on where you go, accommodation
can be both charming and also very basic. Like other parts of West
Africa, a flexible attitude regarding your itinerary is required in
this country where plans may change but we think this is all a part
of the experience!