Ever since the 1970’s tourism has been and will continue to be a very important part of Senegal’s economy. It is filled with culture and tradition to be discovered and unearthed in the many forms of art found here. Museums, galleries, and festivals of a truly great nation will satisfy even the most culturally demanding tourist.
Along with a dark history of the slave trade, Senegal is now known better for its mild and friendly climate, great waters for fishing, and above all – picturesque beaches to rival the best of any holiday destination. Tourists tend to visit Dakar which is the capital of Senegal. It is a modern city with good modern architecture contrasted by colonial buildings.
Rare African wildlife can be seen up-close at tours that run at the various national parks and reserves. The national park- Niokolo-Koba is a world heritage site and is known to be one of the very few pieces of land on the planet with little or no human intervention.
Its geographic location puts it right in a tourist hot spot. Senegal lies in the westernmost region of Africa and thus is only 5 to 7 hours away from European and American countries; this makes it an easy ride for all culture-savvy tourists. Receiving around 3000 hours of sunshine a year Senegal is the perfect winter escape for those who wish to celebrate the chilly winters in a very pleasant yet warm climate.
Along with French influences in Senegal over the years, it still mains its own dash of the exotic landscape, rich culture, music, food, and kind people. The coral reefs along with the coast display the beauties of the oceanic world with stunning sea life. This makes scuba diving an enjoyable activity for locals and tourists alike.
The capital Dakar is a cruise ship hub and one can find great party opportunities in the city in its many clubs/ and hot spots. Tourists can also avail of African merchandise at duty-free shops.
If you are looking for tradition, festivals, and culture, Saint Louis is a great port to experience Africa at its best. The city is usually visited on foot or in classical horse-drawn carriages.
For an eco-tourist, a visit to the Saloum Delta is a must. Just north of the border with the Gambia lies this pristine mixture of river, sea, and land. It is a four-hour drive from Dakar. It consists of many small islands where eco-tourism is practiced as a way of life. A handful of well-accommodated hotels draw in all sorts of travelers.
If you wish to experience a great taste of Africa, in a pleasant climate, all this in the company of great food and great people; then Senegal must be on every single traveler’s list of places to see before one dies.