Senegal Things to Do

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Senegal Things to Do

  • HOTEL&GUESTHOUSE&CYBERCAFE

    HOTEL&GUESTHOUSE DAKAR SENEGALROOMS INDIVIDUEL ROOMS DOUBLES SUITES LUXUEUSESGuest House de Yoff met à votre disposition des suites de luxe avec chambre(s), salon, cuisine, etc. et des voiture a louerLe tout superbement equipé et des prestations personnalisées pour assurer votre bien être et la qualité de votre séjour.Mes meilleures salutationsPour...

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  • local medicine- environmental shame

    The mahogany trees that line the streets are being made unsightly by the natives debarking the trunks. They make concoctions from the bark as medicine against malaria. [The same belief has been found in Sudan]. The ugly scars have been painted white to camouflage the scars and to deter further debarking.

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  • Senegalese music, drumming, and dancing...

    If you are interested in Senegalese music, whether it be traditional or modern, these classes are for you. My husband, Mass M'Baye, is a professional sabar drummer and dancer. What is sabar, you may ask? Sabar is the traditional drum of senegal. It is NOT a djembe. Djembe is found throughout west africa - sabar is special to Senegal. Mass comes...

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  • Visit Touba

    If you have an opportunity to visit Touba, Senegal, you should go and see one of the fastest growing cities in Senegal. For most visitors, take an opportunity to drive around the great mosque in the city. Its very nice mosque. However, you need to be aware of some drawbacks.If you do not practice Islam, your best and really only option is to remain...

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  • walking the bridge to St Louis Island

    Part of the vieux vlle of St Louis is located on an island in Senegal river, the train station being on the mainland. Of course you can take a cab or a bus to get from one point to the other, but as the place is not really that big, you can just as well join local folks and walk across the bridge, thus not only watching life at a slower pace, but...

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  • French colonial charm in St Louis

    St Louis, about a 4 hours drive from Dakar, is a beautiful town full of French colonial architecture in warm colors - some of the buildings in decay (which somehow only adds to the charm of the place), others being restored and shining in new color. Compared to bustling street life in Dakar, life goes on with a slow pace in a laid back atmosphere...

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  • Djoudj National Park

    The 39,537-acre (16,000-hectare) Djoudj National Park (referred to simply as the Djoudj) is made up of a stretch of the Senegal River, as well as large lakes, channels, marshes, reedbeds, mud flats, and surrounding areas of dry scrub. It is the first major wetland south of the Sahara Desert and is therefore a major wintering area and stop-over...

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  • Ile de Goree

    Despite people thinking it is a tourist trap, Ile de Goree is full of history and tranquility. The slave fort is very touristed but tours are done by a charming and educated curator (only in French) that is more than happy to share his knowledge with interested customers. The rest of Goree is worth a stroll as well, a nice small town that has a...

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  • Visit a village

    We were on an organised trip so I don't know which village we visited, but it was very interesting.The local children sang to us (in french) and we all had to sing to them in England!

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  • The Grand Mosque

    Construction on the Grand Mosque was started in 1936 by the son of Amadou Bamba upon Bamba's death. (See my Touba tip for more information about Amadou Bamba and his Mouride Islamic Brotherhood). The Grand Mosque, built in the Mecca style of mosque architecture, is almost continuously under construction, since all caliphs since Amadou Bamba have...

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  • The Senegal River

    The Senegal River rises in the Fouta Djallon Plateau in northern Guinea, and flows about 1,112 miles (1,790 kilometers) before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Saint-Louis. There, it is separated from the ocean for part of its length by the Langue de Barbarie Peninsula, a long, thin strip of sand. The main branch of the river is formed...

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  • Langue de Barbarie National Park

    The 4,942-acre (2,000-hectare) Langue de Barbarie National Park is located at the mouth of the Senegal River in northern Senegal. The park encompasses the southern tip of the Langue de Barbarie Peninsula, a portion of the mainland, and two small islands in the river's estuary. The main attraction here is the large amount of water birds such as...

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  • A safari in the middle of Senegalese...

    During our vacation in Gambia we made a two-day trip to the neighbouring country Senegal. One of the best activities was the wildlife savannah:We jumped in to trucks and started to drive towards - nothing, first via a path, then the driver turned away to drive in the middle of the savannah with no road at all. It was quite bumpy.Nothing could hold...

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  • Tambacounda, crossroad town

    Tambacounda, regional capital, is the biggest town in the south east of Senegal. Tambacounda is a typical crossroad town on the way from Dakar in the west to Mali in the east. To the south the main road split up to Niokolo Koba Park and Guinee in the south-east and to Zinguinchor in the south-west.It is very easy to find your way in town. The two...

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  • Saly: Largest Seaside Resort In West...

    Take an overnight trip -- or spend your whole trip in -- the sleepy little seaside town, located in the "Petite Côte" region, 50 miles away from Dakar. Although I describe it as "sleepy", Saly is actually the largest seaside resort in West Africa! It offers numerous excursions, including: Joal Fadioul or "l'Ile aux coquillages" (Seashell Island),...

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  • Very unusual staircase

    Very unusual staircase in one of the houses in St. Louis. Here was made the film 'Les caprices d'un fleuve' with the french actor Bernard Giraudeau. There is some resemblance with the one in the famous house of slaves in Gorée, an island in front of Dakar.

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  • The Bandia Reserve

    The Bandia reserve is a private game Reserve, situated 65 Km from Dakar near Sally and Mbour.It’s 10 square km. and integrally fenced.You can find here some typical African savannah animals:Giraffe, White Rhino, Roan antelope, Waterbuck, Kudu, Oryx, Impala, Cape Eland, Lord Derby Eland, Kob Antelope, West African Forest Buffalo, Wart Hog,...

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  • Goreé Island

    Goreé Island, rich in history, is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Senegal. One of the most frequently visited sites is the Maison des Esclaves (Slave House), a poignant reminder of Goreé's role as the center of West African slave trade. Built by the Dutch in 1776, the slave house has been preserved in its original state. Other points...

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  • Lac Rose

    This is Senegals answer to the dead sea. It has an incredible salt leve and a pink colour. There are loads of people here that collect salt in pirogues.

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  • The Villages

    The best places are the villages. But you need to find a local guide who knows the village and the people otherwise you wont have a clue.

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  • Wildlife

    Lots of it in Senegal. Safaris can be easily arranged. This is a baboon I saw. Later, from a distance I saw a troupe of about 300.

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  • Baobabs

    There everywhere. The bark can make rope. The leaves make a spicy sauce. the wood is so dense that it wont burn. which probably helps because much of senegals countryside burns away in brush fires during the early months and grows back after the rainy season.

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  • Visit of Bantam

    Along the alternative unpaved road on our way back to Gambia, we stopped at the small village, called Bantam.In the sandy villagecentre along the road the people were gathered, mostly women and children. They were dancing and we could participate. I always enjoy the African drumming and dancing, especially in those times, because I was trying to...

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  • Unpaved road passing the villages

    We visited the south-east part of Senegal in an one day trip, coming from the Gambia. On our way back to Gambia we didn't take the tarred main road like in the morning, but a sandy track a few KMs more west. They told us, that this track was very known and popular by smugglers. We liked to drive this unpaved road, especially because of the many...

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  • Beautifull beaches and ..

    Near Kafountine are beautifull beaches. Kafountine is a large village with some very nice hotels and campements. Because of the ''separist problems'' Kafountine remained a tranquil place with a very nice rural atmosphere instead of the planned large-scale development to a nwe costal resort. So it's worth to go there now ... It's also possible to...

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  • Kailo village

    Kailo is one of the small villages at the islands in the Casamance riverland.In the traditional villages at the islands most people are for daily food dependent on the river: fish, oysters, crabs, shrimps. The people of the Casamance are known of their kind and relaxed life-style and friendly approach towards strangers.From the beginning of the...

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  • Visit to small villages on the islands.

    One of the best things to do in Africa is to meet the beautifull and friendly people.In the riverlands of the Casamance we didn´t make only boattrip in the ecologically interesting area of the mangorve, but we had also the chance to visit a small village at one of the islands. The only way to go there, was by pirogue.When we approached the landing...

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  • Swamps, mangroves and creeks: by piroque

    The best way to visit the area of the Casamance river is by pirogue.The ecological environment is impressive: a labyrinth of creeks and islands with mangrove, palm groves, swamps, forests and estuary vegetation.In the dry season there are millions of migratory birds.

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  • Tambacounda, streetlife

    There is not much to see in Tambacounda, except the markets and lively streetlife. We spent a few hours in Tambacounda, because one of the cars had to be repaired. Except some shopping and a visit to the internetcafé, we didn´t do much more than sit along the street and look to what was going on. For me it´s always interesting, just to sit and to...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, swamps and ponds

    In the Simenti area are a lot of marshes and ponds. The most marshes are situated in abandoned riverbeds. Around the marches the vegetation is very variable, depending on the height of the depression, water level, and soil structure. The ponds are mostly bordered by dry forests or herbaceous savannas. We didn't see huge amounts of animals during...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, early morning game...

    After spending the night in the Simenti Hotel we did an early morning gamedrive at 7 pm, before we continued our trip to Mali.Of course we went to the river again, because at the waterside you will have the biggest chance to spot animals. We saw a lot of tracks, but no animals at this spot. But the view was nice. Above the water it was a bit hazy...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, sunset at the Gambia...

    Not far from Camp de Lion the guide allowed us again to leave the car and go down along a steep slope to the river. At this point of the Gambia River were some rapids. It was a pity, that we didn't see any crocodiles or hippos here, but anyway it was a great place to see the beautiful sunset !

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, sunset near Camp de...

    After we arrived in the restaurant of the Simenti Hotel and had a drink, we made a late afternoon gamedrive with our own cars. The Simenti area is very scenic. We took a look at Camp de Lion, where we could spend the night in our own tents. We looked around a bit and could walk down to the Gambia River. It's great to be at the river bank at dusk,...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, Dar-Salam park...

    We entered the Niokolo Koba Park at the Dar Salam entrance. It is the first entrance coming from Tambacounda at the right hand side of the road. Look carefully, it's signposted, but also easily missed.The daily entrance fee was 2000 CFA per person and 5000 CFA per vehicle. At the entrance we hired a guide to show us the way and bring us to the...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, Gambia River

    The park is located in a well-watered area along the banks of the Gambia river and two major tributaries, the NioKolo Koba river east of the Gambia River and the Koulountou river west of the Gambia River.The are several viewpoints along the river and its tributaires, but the viewpoint at Gambia River from the Simenti Hotel is one of the best.

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, baboons

    Allthough there are about 80 species of mammals, 330 species of birds, 36 reptiles and 20 amphibians in the park, we didn't see many animals during our visit.We did see some antilopes and the giant derby eland, but all at rather big distance. There are also leopards, lions, buffalos, crocodiles and hippos in the park, but we didn't see them. The...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, where are the...

    We visited the park in november 2004. We knew allready, that the orginal elephant population of the park was disappeared, but we red that a new herd of elephants was been brought to the park. In the park we found out, that there was not yet any new elephant arrived. They told us, that, allthough it was arranged, that 70 elephants could come, they...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, teak trees

    Nor far after we entered the Niokolo Koba Park at the Dar Salam entrance we drove this nice shady road, lined with teak trees. Our guide explained us, that these trees were planted by the local people from the village nearby.From the entrance of the park to the Simenti Hotel is about 20 KM. It took us about two hours to drive this distance. To...

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  • Niokolo Koba Park, varied vegetation

    In the Niokolo Koba Park you will find gallery forests and savannah. The vegetation in the park varies according to the topography and the soil. The variety in trees and plants in the park is very rich. Near the Gambia River the vegetation is abundant with trees, lianes and bushes. In the plains you can find areas of herbaceous savannas. In and...

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  • Niokola Koba Park, Senegal's major park

    The Niokolo Koba National Park is Senegal's major park and covers about 900.000 hectares. At the Dar Salam park entrance you can find this map painted at the wall. So you nave a nice overview of the park with its riversThe park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The forests and savannahs of Niokolo-Koba National Park have a very rich fauna of 330...

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  • Niokolo Koba park, Simenti area

    We spent one night in the Park in the Simenti area. So this was the part of the park around the Gambia river were we made our gamedrive in the evening. Hotel de Simenti organises safaries in the park, but you can also use your own car and hire a guide.The best times for viewing animals are from the end of October to the end of June.

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  • Shell mounds

    Past peoples of the Senegal coast used to harvest the riches of the sea, of course. But some of them did this with such gusto that they have left entire small mountains of discarded shells, bones and pottery. In the Sine Saloum delta these can be found in the central eastern parts, sheltered from the outer coast. Here are huge areas of undulating...

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  • Ile de Goree

    Ile Goree is a great place to visit on a day trip basis, or you can stay overnight and take advantage of good restaurants and accommodation there.There is one swimming beach in the harbour area, otherwise the place is rocky. It served as a Portugese and later British and French administrative quarter for much of their respective West African...

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  • Galerie Nationale d'Art-Dakar

    This is a very plesant art gallery in centreville Dakar. You can go inside but not make pictures. Theres usually great Senegalese painters exhibiting there and you can have an idea of how the Senegalese contemporary art is doing nowadays.

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  • Villages in the border with Mali

    On the eastern part of senegal all the way down on the Senegal river bank begining in Matam, you have hundreds of little villages like this one on the picture that will make you think and be sure you are in Africa. These are very poor and lonely villages where people dont have access to basic things in life. I stoped in some of the villages and...

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