Top Five Things To Do In Senegal
By: Dan Grec
Bursting with culture and history, and abundant with natural beauty around every turn, there is no shortage of things to see and do in beautiful Senegal. From the capital city of Dakar to the remote beaches of the Cassamance region, there is something for everyone in this vibrant and lively West African paradise.
Visit the Island
Catch a passenger ferry from Dakar to the island of Gorée, the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast from the 15th to the 19th century. The beautiful architecture and white sand beaches make for gorgeous scenery, and the history and memorials make for a moving experience. See the famous Door Of No Return inside the House of Slaves.
Tour the Mbour Fish Market
Experience the sights and sounds of a bustling Senegalese fish market up close and personal. Every aspect of a mini-city is represented here, right on the sand – fishermen, traders, international buyers, horse-drawn ice carts, fish smokers, boat and engine repairs, boat builders, lunch and snack food.
Explore the dual villages of Joal Fadiout
Make your way to the far southern end of the Petite Côte to explore this unique dual village. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a footbridge, lies on an island of clam shells, which are also used in local architecture and crafts. In Fadiouth Christians and Muslims live side by side, and even share a beautiful cemetery on a small island of clam shells overlooking the town.
Beach Time in the Cassamance Region of Southern Senegal
Kick your feet up, relax and get further off the grid than the Caribbean in this white sand, palm tree paradise. Buy fish on the beach from local fishermen and have it cooked on a bed of hot coals right there and then. Wander down dirt tracks, jump in a boat with locals or simply soak in the sun, sand and surf.
Tour isolated islands and Farming Communities by Pirogue
Hop aboard a hand-made wooden Pirogue (a very large canoe) and tour the remote and isolated farming communities dotted among mangrove swamps lining the shores of the mighty Cassamance River. Try your hand at world-class barracuda fishing, talk to locals plowing rice fields by hand and eat the National dish of Senegal, Tiéboudienne – fresh fish marinated with parsley, lemon, garlic and onions served on a bed of flavoured rice.
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