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Vacations and Sightseeing

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Official languageFrench
Area196.722 km²
Population17,515,750  (2021)
CurrencyWest African CFA franc  (XOF)

Vacations and Sightseeing

Tourism has been a real growth sector in recent years. Slightly more than half of the tourists come from France. About 20% comes from African countries. The rest comes mainly from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. The high season falls in the winter months.

Dakar, SenegalDakar, SenegalPhoto: Jeff Attaway CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

The capital Dakar has several museums and lively markets. From Dakar you can make an excursion to Île de Gorée, slaves were transported to America through the slave house. The whole island is a monument against the slave trade.

Niokolo-Koba National Park SenegalNiokolo-Koba National Park SenegalPhoto: Niels Broekzitter CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

Senegal also has a number of national parks. The Niokolo-Koba National Park is located in the southeast of Senegal. There are more than 1500 different kinds of plants, 70 kinds of mammals and about 300 kinds of birds.

Beach at Saly-Portudal in SenegalBeach at Saly-Portudal in SenegalPhoto: Abrahami CC 4.0 International no changes made

Saly-Portudal is a thriving holiday center with its sunny beach, recreational activities such as horse riding, water sports, quad biking and golf resorts. Around Saly-Portugal are some small coastal villages such as Saly, Popenguine, Toubab Dialao, Pointe Sarene and Mbodiene, which offer beautiful lodges with less tourist activities, but where you are completely immersed in the local culture.


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Last updated June 2024
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