15 Reasons to Visit Senegal

Senegal is a country on Africa’s west coast known for its French colonial heritage and natural attractions. Dakar, the capital, features the ancient Médina district and esteemed Musée Théodore Monod, displaying African art. Dakar is also known for its nightlife and native mbalax music. Here are 15 reasons to visit Senegal.

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    Lake Retba

    Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, some 30 km north-east of the capital, Dakar in northwest Africa.

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    House of Slaves

    Source: thejournal.ie

    The House of Slaves and its Door of No Return is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, 3 km off the coast of the city of Dakar.

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    Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

    Source: www.robrasa.com

    The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary lies on the southeast bank of the Senegal River, in northern Biffeche, north east of St-Louis.

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    Saloum Delta National Park

    Saloum Delta National Park or Parc National du Delta du Saloum in Senegal, is a 76,000-hectare national park. Established in 1976, it is situated within the Saloum Delta at the juncture of the Saloum River and the North Atlantic.

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    IFAN Museum of African Arts

    Source: advisor.travel

    The Musée de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire or IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar is one of the oldest art museums in West Africa. It was promoted by Léopold Senghor, the country's first President.

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    African Renaissance Monument

    The African Renaissance Monument is a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside of Dakar.

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    Niokolo-Koba National Park

    Source: www.goafrica.co

    The Niokolo-Koba National Park is a World Heritage Site and natural protected area in south eastern Senegal near the Guinea-Bissau border. It is served by Niokolo-Koba Airport, an unpaved airstrip.

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    Grand Mosque of Dakar

    Source: travelblog.org

    The Dakar Grand Mosque is one of the most important religious buildings in the capital of Senegal. It is situated on Allée Pape Gueye Fall.

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    Senegal River

    The Senegal River is a 1,086 km long river in West Africa that forms the border between Senegal and Mauritania.

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    Îles des Madeleines

    The Iles de la Madeleine lie west of Dakar in Senegal. The islands are uninhabited. The main island is Sarpan, known for its Stone Age tool finds.

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    Guembeul Natural Reserve

    Guembeul Natural Reserve is a natural reserve located about 10 km south of Saint-Louis, in the Gandiol region. It covers an area of 720 hectares, and was designated an IUCN category IV Faunal Reserve in 1983.

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    Deux Mamelles

    Source: wikimedia.org

    Deux Mamelles, Collines des Mamelles, or simply Mamelles are twin hills located in Ouakam, a suburban commune of Dakar, in the Cap-Vert peninsula.

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    Foret de Bandia

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