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Things to do in Senegal

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From Dakar/Saly: Half-Day Bandia Wildlife Reserve Tour

1. From Dakar/Saly: Half-Day Bandia Wildlife Reserve Tour

Discover some of Africa's most fascinating residents at the reserve, from herds of antelope and gazelle to giraffes, rhinos and crocodiles on this half-day tour from Dakar or Saly. Your expert guide will help you spot as many animals as possible and tell you more about the local flora and fauna that you see. Begin your Bandia tour with pickup from your hotel in Dakar or Saly and travel to the wilderness reserve in an air-conditioned vehicle. The Bandia Wildlife Reserve is unique in how it has managed to reintroduce several species back into the wild which creates the perfect setting for you to get some incredible holiday photos.  After your excursion, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Dakar or Saly.

From Saly & Dakar: Day Trip Lompoul Desert with Camel Ride

2. From Saly & Dakar: Day Trip Lompoul Desert with Camel Ride

Spend the day visiting Senegal’s stunning Lompoul Desert, with its vast landscape of orange sand dunes. Your driver will pick you up at 7:00 AM. You will have a 3-hour trip in a comfortable 4WD vehicle, stopping to see the main sites on the way. Once in Lompoul, enjoy a camel ride in the desert and see the famous Paris–Dakar rally track. Your expert guide will make sure you do not miss a delicious Senegalese meal while in the desert. You will be dropped back to your hotel at 7:00 PM.

Dakar: Private City Tour

3. Dakar: Private City Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your professional guide. Embark on a tour of the main sights of the city and learn about the history of Senegal's capital. See the Renaissance Monument, a 49-meter-tall bronze statue. Visit the Kermel Market, and explore its many stalls known for their high quality of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, flowers, and crafts. Pass by the Palace of the Republic, the official residence of the President of Senegal. See the National Assembly, where the government bodies convene.  After learning about Dakar and the history of Senegal, be returned to your hotel.

From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake

4. From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake

Lake Retba, also known as Pink Lake and Lake Rose, is one of the most visited sites in Senegal. This salt lake owes its fame to the original and changing color of its waters, but also to the Paris-Dakar rally, which holds its final stage here. The pink color of this lake is due to the effect of the algae Dunaliella salina. Many tourists come here from all over the world to see the incredible effect. Relax with a pickup from your hotel, or from the port of Dakar, before learning all the history of this fantastic place. The visit lasts 4 hours. You will be accompanied by a professional accredited tourist guide who will inspire you to explore the lagoon and see the sand dunes that surround it.

From Dakar or Saly: Day Trip to the Sine-Saloum Delta

5. From Dakar or Saly: Day Trip to the Sine-Saloum Delta

Enjoy an early pickup at your hotel in Sally and head to the Sine-Saloum Delta.  Have a 4-hour trip with stops to see the main sites on the way. Learn from your guide everything you need to know about the area and its history.  Visit Toubacouta, a small town sitting amidst the mangroves and woods on the delta. Discover the local economy based on oyster farming and have a boat trip to get to know the thousands of bird species living in the Delta.  The delta is formed by two rivers, the Sine and the Saloum. It is an eco-wonderland encompassing 180,000 hectares (444,790 acres) of raw natural beauty, creating a remarkable biosphere of brackish creeks, deep mangrove forests, salt flats, and open estuaries. Be back at your hotel around 8:00 PM.

From Dakar or Saly: Gorée Island Half-Day Private Tour

6. From Dakar or Saly: Gorée Island Half-Day Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour of Gorée Island in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver-guide. Gorée Island represents the tragic history of slave trade in Africa, and was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.  Gorée, "memory island," was one of the first places to be included on the World Heritage List because of its historical significance. Your guided visit will include stops at the famous Gorée slave house, the Dakar-Gorée memorial, the Estrée Fort, and the Gorée Beach. Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Dakar or Saly, or from the airport or port in Dakar.

From Saly & Dakar: Walk with Lions Fathala Wildlife Reserve

7. From Saly & Dakar: Walk with Lions Fathala Wildlife Reserve

You'll be picked up from your hotel at 6:00 AM to embark on the 4-hour journey to Fathala Wildlife Reserve. During the journey, you will be accompanied by your professional tour guide who will brief you on the day ahead.  The Fathala Wildlife Reserve is home to lots of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes and more. From the comfort of the vehicle, you will be able to get up close to the wildlife. Encounter lions, kings of the African jungle, wandering through their natural habitat. You'll also get the chance to walk alongside them. You have the possibility to enjoy lunch in the restaurant located in the reserve. At the end of the day, your driver will bring you back to your hotel. You should be back in Saly at around 8:00 PM.

From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Ngor Island

8. From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Ngor Island

Be picked up from your hotel in Dakar or Saly and travel to the island of Ngor located off the Cape Verde Peninsula in Senegal. Be escorted by your guide to an ideal location for water sports practice, sport fishing, and birdwatching.  Enjoy 4 hours of time on the island, where you can relax on the beautiful beaches or take a swim in the warm ocean. Explore the small village on the island and soak up the local culture. Then, be returned to your hotel in Dakar or Saly.

Saly: DSS Airport to Saly Private Transfer

9. Saly: DSS Airport to Saly Private Transfer

Take a convenient private transfer from the Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) in Diass to Saly. Benefit from a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and a professional private driver to assist you. When you arrive at Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS), head to the exit on the far right of the arrivals hall. Meet your professional driver who will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. Don't worry if your flight is slightly delayed as this service includes up to 1.5 hours of waiting time.  Climb into a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy the ride to your destination in Saly. Take advantage of the WiFi on board so you can stay connected as you begin your trip.

Excursion to Djoudj National Park

10. Excursion to Djoudj National Park

Start this activity in the early morning from Saly and embark on an amazing day trip. Enjoy a pickup from a friendly driver that will wait for you at your accommodation.  Head to the famous Djoudj National Park in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy a 5 hours ride with stops to see the main sites on the way. Djoudj is one of the most popular spots for exploring wildlife and millions of migrating birds During the visit to the park.  Spend the day together with a professional accredited tourist guide that will show you everything you need to see in the Park. Marvel at the different species that live here during winter and listen to the guide’s explanation about everything you need to know about their migration process. Enjoy lunch in a place of your choice at your own expense, your guide can advise you some great places.  At the end of the day, your driver will bring you back to Saly.

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What people are saying about Senegal

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We loved this island. Beautiful old well-kept houses and beautiful streets. Our guide Ousman Gaye was very friendly and spoke very good English. But the times are not correct. The trip took us much longer than stated.

Our private guide, Ishmael, was great! He spoke good English and was very knowledgeable about Goree Island. He was an overall fun person and a wonderful guide! I would definitely recommend him.

An exciting experience. Very professional and super friendly. Everything was as promised. I am very impressed. - unbelievable!

I really appreciated the quality of the support, the route but also the knowledge of the field of the guide. Superb experience

Great experience, very good visit and a big thank you to our guide Ousmane!