Senegal is placed on the Western coast of Africa, looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean. Desert lands in the north and lush tropical forests in the south mean that the country has something to suit everyone.
Senegal’s capital city is situated on the very tip of the countries North Atlantic facing peninsula. Whether it’s walking through the busy streets, visiting the bustling markets or dancing the night away in one of the many nightclubs, Dakar is a vibrant and energetic place which is bursting with life. A visit to the capital doesn’t have to be all hustle and bustle though; the majestic Ile De Goree with its winding alley ways, colonial buildings and lack of traffic offers a great island escape. For a day trip why not head north along the coast to Saint Louis, West Africa’s first French settlement. Experience the island’s unique historical charm and beautiful colonial architecture.
If sun, sea and sand are what you’re looking for then Senegal will leave you spoilt for choice. The northern and southern coastlines are strewn with beautiful white beaches which are populated with fantastic resorts. The coast also boasts many charming fishing villages where hundreds of tiny boats make for a picture-postcard view. The deltas of the Casamance and Saloum rivers provide the opportunity to experience Senegal’s abundant birdlife. Take a trip in a tiny pirogue through the twisted mangrove forests, tiny creeks and vast lagoons and immerse yourself in nature. For wildlife spotting on a larger scale, visit one of West Africa’s premier National Parks; the Parc National De Niokolo-Koba and witness hippos, crocodiles and giraffes in their natural habitat.
If you’re planning on backpacking around the country, it’s wise to invest in comprehensive backpacking travel insurance when visiting Senegal. Insure & Away offer a range of policies to choose from that can be tailored to suit your needs. Feel free to contact our friendly team, and we’ll be happy to give you any advice you need or answer your questions!
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