Senegal

Senegal

image: The coastlines of West Africa boast miles of fabulous sandy beaches, thriving townships, and colourful local markets that serve as authentic centres to learn about the food and culture of the people. With a consistent dry, warm climate, West Africa is an ideal destination to absorb the sights and culture of the continents’ rich and vibrant society. For nature lovers, a wealth of fauna can be found in the national parks, many are accessible and it is possible to arrange accommodation in some.

Ghana, Gambia and Senegal also hold important historical backgrounds, colonial fortresses are still evident today. Spend some time exploring these haunting monuments to the regions’ horrific past and the museums will give visitors a deeper insight into the tragedies that happened.

With the exception of the southern Casamance region, which is subject to separatist fighting against the military, this is a fantastic destination to experience the lively Senegalese music culture. This is one of the more frequently visited countries in West Africa, and has the tourist facilities to match, but step off the beaten trail and you’ll find Senegal offers more, from the bustling capital city of Dakar, the wild animals in Parc National de Niokolo-Koba and the historic Ile de Goree. The French took control of Senegal by the end of the nineteenth century, and the country gained its independence in 1960. The disturbances in the Casamance region erupted in the late eighties after clashes at the Mauritania border, and continued into 1993 when a ceasefire was agreed. However flare-ups still occur throughout parts of the country and you should check with current guidelines on the safe areas to visit. The country itself consists mainly of flat plains with three major rivers. The Senegal River in the north forms the border with Mauritania, the Gambia River in the centre, surrounded by The Gambia, and the Casamance River in the southern-forested region.

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