Exploring the Roots of West Africa
Enjoy an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of West Africa
The sprawling country of Senegal hugs the coast of West Africa. Its vast beaches spread with soft sands are bathed in year-round sun. As you travel between the vibrant modern city of Dakar, with its colonial roots and modern ambience, you can drift around the islands off its coast, each boasting their own distinctive laid-back atmosphere. You can also wander along the many beautiful beaches of Senegal and while taking in the crashing waves and golden sand, you will experience the true nature of Western Africa.
Senegal has been a firm holiday favourite with the French for years, but it is slowly gaining popularity amongst English speaking travellers, and with good reason. With its plentiful wildlife, amazing plethora of birds, stunning landscapes and fascinating history, the West Coast of Africa has something to offer everyone. Vibrant cultures of music, dance and delicious local food rounds off the experience.
Many tours of Senegal will focus on the capital of Dakar. Here you can explore the ancient Medina, which has retained its distinctly African flavour. Discover the areas surrounding the Grand Mosque and the Soumbédioune Market, where the tightly packed shops and market stalls are available for you to browse for souvenirs and gifts. Choose between handcrafted wooden masks, locally produced paintings, traditional jewellery, bright batik prints and more.
Elsewhere in the capital, join the locals as they sway to the sounds of the local music. The Senegalese music scene has done well across the globe, transporting traditional sounds as well as modern Hip Hop and contemporary artists to all four corners of the planet. However, it is in the streets, cafés and bars of Dakar where you will get a real taste of this lively musical community where old and young dance together.
The sheer number of birds who call the West Coast of Africa their home is astounding. Senegal is a twitcher’s dream; it is home to over 600 bird species, many of them protected in beautiful conservation areas. However, even in the cities, towns and beaches you will be serenaded by the songs of the many birds that make every corner of this fertile country their home.
As you explore this fascinating country, it is impossible to ignore the effects that colonialism and the slave trade have had on Senegal. This thriving, vibrant nation still bears the scars of this inhumane practice, and you can visit museums and buildings around the country that have recorded the history of the slave trade.
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Weather & Climate
Senegal benefits from a warm and tropical climate, which sees temperatures hovering from warm to extremely hot throughout the year.
When to go
The dry season runs from December through to April with cool trade winds (called harmattan winds) in coastal areas, and this is generally the best time to visit.