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 on a short boat trip; from the beach beside the Royal Decameron Baobab, guides ask for about CFA6500 per person (for a roughly one-hour trip), including the CFA1500 admission fee to the reserve.

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Nearby Senegal attractions

1. Castel

24.01 MILES

Climb to the top of the Castel, the southern tip of the island, for great views, and seek out the cluster of tiny arts workshops filled with pieces by…

2. Maison des Esclaves

24.11 MILES

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…

3. IFAN Historical Museum

24.34 MILES

Gives a glimpse of island (and regional) history dating back to the 5th century. Exhibitions cover cultural lore, megalithic sites, key figures in the…

4. Palais Présidentiel

26.09 MILES

Surrounded by sumptuous gardens and guards in colonial-style uniforms, the presidential palace was originally built for the colonial governors but now…

5. Place de l'Indépendance

26.2 MILES

Dakar's central square is the beating heart of the city. Symmetrically laid out and home to countless cars, crooks and 1960s concrete blocks, it also…

6. Gouvernance

26.21 MILES

A grand building anchoring the Place de l'Indépendance, la Gouvernance was the seat of power for the French colonial administration of Senegal.

7. Chambre de Commerce

26.27 MILES

On the northwest corner of Pl de l'Indépendance stands this grand colonnaded building, erected in 1910. It played a pivotal role for developing trade and…

8. Musée Théodore Monod

26.38 MILES

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…