Top ChoiceIsland in Dakar

Île de N'Gor

Île de N'Gor

For a quick escape from the frenetic streets of Dakar, head to peaceful Île de N'Gor, a tiny island just off Dakar's north shore. It has a few calm beaches on the bay side, and some legendary surf on the northern...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Dakar

Musée Théodore Monod

The is one of Senegal's best museums. Exhibitions delve into African art and culture with over 9000 objects on display. Lively displays of masks and traditional dress from across the region (including Mali,...

Top ChoiceBridge in Saint-Louis

Pont Faidherbe

Pont Faidherbe

Transferred to Saint-Louis in 1897, the Pont Faidherbe is the city's most significant landmark. The metal arches of this bridge linking Saint-Louis to the mainland were designed by Gustav Eiffel and originally...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Île de Gorée

Maison des Esclaves

Maison des Esclaves

Set in a former grand home allegedly used as a departure point for slaves, this is one of the most important monuments to the slave trade and features the famous 'doorway to nowhere' opening directly to the sea.

Wildlife Reserve in Toubakouta & Missirah

Fathala Wildlife Reserve & Lodge

For those not heading to wildlife parks in other parts of Africa, this 60-sq-km reserve might be worth adding to your itinerary. This reserve was created in 2006 as a habitat for the western giant eland, and...

Museum in Oussouye

Mlomp Musée de la Tradition Diola

Set amid towering kapok trees on the main road between Oussouye and Elinkine, this striking case à impluvium houses an exhibition dedicated to Diola culture. A guide on hand can explain some of the rustic,...

National Park in Petite Côte & Siné-Saloum Delta

Parc National du Delta du Saloum

Established in 1976, this lush national park is a water-filled wonderland with mangroves, salt marshes, islands and woodland all part of the great delta's backdrop. Birds are abundant in this reserve, harboring...

National Park in Senegal

Parc National de Niokolo-Koba

At 900 sq km, Niokolo-Koba is Senegal's largest national park. It's listed as a World Heritage Site in danger, as park resources barely suffice to adequately protect the remaining animals (including elephants,...

Memorial in Dakar

African Renaissance Monument

African Renaissance Monument

Allegedly Africa's highest statue, the African Renaissance Monument was unveiled in 2010 to commemorate Senegal's 50 years of independence from France. At 49m in height, it is taller than New York City's Statue...

Cultural Centre in Ziguinchor

Alliance Franco-Sénégalaise

This is easily Ziguinchor's most stunning building, a giant case à impluvium (a large, round traditional house) decorated with blindingly busy South African Ndebele and Casamance patterns. Inside are exhibitions,...

Lighthouse in Dakar

Mamelles Lighthouse

Mamelles Lighthouse

A photogenic 1864 lighthouse graces the top of one of Dakar's few hills. It's worth making leisurely 20-minute walk, with sweeping views across the city and the water waiting at the top. Once there, you can visit...

National Park in Saint-Louis

Parc National de la Langue de Barbarie

This park includes the far southern tip of the Langue de Barbarie peninsula, the estuary of the Senegal River (which contains two small islands) and a section of the mainland on the other side of the estuary. The...

Nature Reserve in Mbour & Saly

Réserve Naturelle Somone

This serene 700-hectare reserve is a great spot for seeing some of the avian wildlife along the coast. Pelicans, egrets, herons and flamingos are among the commonly observed species. The best way to see it all is...

Arts Centre in Dakar

Village des Arts

An arts tour around Dakar is simply not complete without a visit to this famous art complex, where some of Senegal's most promising and established painters, sculptors and multimedia artists create, shape and...

Museum in Saint-Louis

Musée Jean Mermoz

This small museum gives a glimpse into the life and times of Jean Mermoz, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and other pilots who flew during the golden era of aviation in the 1930s. Saint-Louis was a key stop on the...

Museum in Île de Gorée

IFAN Historical Museum

Gives a glimpse of island (and regional) history dating back to the 5th century. Exhibitions cover cultural lore, megalithic sites, key figures in the resistance against European colonisers – and in room 9, the...

Beach in Dakar

Plage de N'Gor

Plage de N'Gor

Plage de N'gor is a small beach popular with families and football-playing youths, and there are a few snack spots with tables on the sands. It's not a bad beach, but there better options on Île de N'gor, which...

National Park in Senegal

Parc National des Oiseaux du Djoudj

From November to April, some three million birds migrating south from Europe stop here, because it's one of the first places with permanent water south of the Sahara. Some 300 species have been recorded,...

Beach in Dakar

Plage de Yoff

Like all of Dakar's beaches, Yoff's stretch of sand isn't very clean. That doesn't stop beach-goers and surfers who come for the consistent waves. Aside from a few beach shacks selling food and drink, there's...

Museum in Saint-Louis

IFAN Museum

This heritage, art and culture museum contains photos of famous Saint-Louis personalities, an informative history section (in French) and exhibitions on local culture, wildlife and topography. There's pottery,...