Top 10 things to do in Senegal

Senegal

West Africa's other 'visitor-friendly' destination, with tasty food, nice beaches, and French colonial history.

Senegal is a country.

Senegal i/ˌsɛnɨˈɡɔːl, -ˈɡɑːl/ (French: le Sénégal), officially the Republic of Senegal (République du Sénégal, IPA: [ʁepyblik dy seneɡal]), is a country in West Africa. It is the westernmost country in the mainland of the Old World or Eurafrasia and owes its name to the Sénégal River that borders it to the east and north. Senegal covers a land area of almost 197,000 square kilometres (76,000 sq mi), and has an estimated population of about 13 million. The climate is tropical with two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.

Senegal's capital is Dakar. During the 17th and 18th centuries, numerous trading posts belonging to various European colonial empires were established along the coast. France took control of Senegal in 1677. Senegal was granted independence from France in 1960.

Major industries are fish processing, phosphate mining, fertilizer production, petroleum refining, construction materials, ship construction and repair. Peanuts, sugarcane, cotton, green beans, industrial tomato, cherry tomato, melon, and mango are important cash crops.

Most Senegalese are Sunni Muslims with Sufi influences. French is the official language. Since April 2012 Senegal's president has been Macky Sall.

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Typical length of visit: 7 days

Top 10 things to do in Senegal

M'Bour

M'Bour
M'Bour or Mbour is a city in the Thiès Region of Senegal. It lies on the Petite Côte, approximately eighty kilometers south of Dakar. It is home to a population ...

Gorée

Gorée
Île de Gorée is one of the 19 communes d'arrondissement of the city of Dakar, Senegal. It is a 0.182 square kilometres island located 2 kilometres at sea from the ...

Dakar

Dakar
Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal.It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city in the Old World and on ...

Saint-Louis

Saint-Louis
Saint Louis, Saint-Louis or St. Louis may refer to:PlacesUnited StatesSt. Louis, a city in the U.S. state of MissouriSt. Louis County, MissouriLake St. Louis, ...

Joal-Fadiouth

Joal-Fadiouth
Joal-Fadiouth is a village at the end of the Petite Côte of Senegal, south-east of Dakar.Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a bridge, lies on an island ...

Ziguinchor

Ziguinchor
Ziguinchor is the capital of the Ziguinchor Region, and the chief town of the Casamance area of Senegal, lying at the mouth of the Casamance River. It has a population ...

Touba

Touba
Touba may refer to:Touba, Ivory Coast, a town in the Ivory CoastTouba Department, a department in the Ivory CoastTouba, Boké, GuineaTouba, Labé, -GuineaTouba, MaliTouba, Senegal ...

Nianing

Nianing
Nianing is a city in Petite Côte, Senegal, south of Dakar, 8 kilometres from M'Bour.HistoryNianing was once a major trading post for cotton and peanuts.Today, the city ...

Cap Skirring

Cap Skirring
Cap Skirring, also spelled Cap Skiring, is a town on the Atlantic Ocean coast of the Basse Casamance region of Senegal. It is a popular seaside resort with Europeans and ...

Louga

Louga
Louga is a town in northwestern Senegal. Louga is a cattle market centre and has road and rail links with the port city of Saint-Louis to the northwest and Dakar ...

House of Slaves

House of Slaves
The House of Slaves and its Door of No Return is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, 3 km off the coast of the city ...

Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaolack

Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaolack
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaolack is a diocese located in the city of Kaolack in the Ecclesiastical province of Dakar in Senegal.HistoryFebruary 21, 1957: Established as ...

African Renaissance Monument

African Renaissance Monument
The African Renaissance Monument is a 49m tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside of Dakar, Senegal. Built overlooking ...

Lake Retba

Lake Retba
Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, some 30km north-east of the capital, Dakar in northwest Africa. It is named for its pink ...

Pikine

Pikine
Pikine is a city in the Pikine Department of the Dakar Region of Senegal. Lying to the east of Dakar city centre, in 2005 it had a population of 834,246. ...

IFAN Museum of African Arts

IFAN Museum of African Arts
The Musée de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire or IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar, Senegal is one of the oldest art museums in West Africa. It was promoted by ...

Tivaouane

Tivaouane
Tivaouane is a city located in the Thiès Region of Senegal.HistoryTivaouane was part of the Wolof kingdom of Cayor, and was at one time its capital. It ...

Dakar Grand Mosque

Dakar Grand Mosque
The Dakar Grand Mosque is one of the most important religious buildings in the capital of Senegal. It is situated on Allée Pape Gueye Fall.HistoryDesigned by French ...

Diourbel Region

Diourbel Region
The Diourbel Region is a region of Senegal. The regional capital is the city of Diourbel. The region corresponds roughly to the precolonial Kingdom of Bawol and is still called ...

Îles des Madeleines

Îles des Madeleines
The Iles de la Madeleine lie west of Dakar in Senegal. The islands are uninhabited. The main island is Sarpan, known for its Stone Age tool finds. The islands are ...

Bargny, Senegal

Bargny, Senegal
Bargny is a settlement in Senegal. It is located in a somewhat sheltered bay about 15 km to the east of the capital, Dakar.TransportBargny is the site of ...

Thiès

Thiès
See also Thiess/Thies .Thiès is the third largest city in Senegal with a population officially estimated at 320,000 in 2005. It lies 72 km east of Dakar on the N2 road ...

Saly

Saly
Saly is a seaside resort area on the Petite Côte of Senegal, south of Dakar. It is the top tourist destination in all of West Africa.HistorySaly was ...

Rufisque

Rufisque
Rufisque is a city in the Dakar region of western Senegal, at the base of the Cap-Vert Peninsula. It has a population of 179,797 . In the past it was ...

Kaffrine

Kaffrine
Kaffrine is the capital town of Kaffrine Region of Senegal. ...

Kolda

Kolda
Kolda is a city located in southern Senegal. It is the capital city of Kolda Region, a region known historically and popularly as Haute Casamance.History

Kaolack

Kaolack
Kaolack is a town of 172,305 people on the north bank of the Saloum River and the N1 road in Senegal. It is the capital of the Kaolack Region, which ...