Your browser is not supported
The browser you are using - Internet Explorer or old version of Edge – is not supported by our website. Not to face issues while using our website please use the latest version of Edge or any other modern browser like Chrome, Safari or Firefox.
Pristine landscapes, wild animals, bush villages and fine sandy beaches: Senegal is the ideal destination to discover the African continent! From desert areas such as the impressive Saint-Louis region, to dense forests and mountains, to the vast coastline, Senegal offers its visitors a variety of unique landscapes and ecosystems.
However, Senegal has a lot to offer not only in terms of landscape, but also culturally and historically. Some monuments, such as the megaliths of "Wassu", date back to the prehistoric era, and others, such as the "Maison Rose" in Saint-Louis, date back to the colonial era. During your stay, you will also discover Senegalese cuisine, one of the most famous in Africa.
Located at the westernmost point of the African continent, on the Cape Verde peninsula, the Senegalese capital is marked by its strong cultural mix and its architectural diversity. In this dynamic and rapidly changing city, you will appreciate the authenticity of the popular districts such as Medina, Yoff or Patte d'Oie. But Dakar is best known for its wonderful markets, such as Sandaga, with its sumptuous neo-Sudanese architecture, which is worth a visit in itself, or Thilène, known for its local fruit but also its witchcraft items. Finally, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can discover the charming island of Gorée, a few kilometres from Dakar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located 70 km east of Dakar, Thiès is the fifth most populated city, with 345,000 inhabitants. Despite its large size, the city has managed to retain its old-fashioned charm and to avoid the tourist hustle and bustle of the larger urban areas. Behind this apparent calm, Thiès offers its visitors a host of things to see and do. Take the time to wander between the stalls in the craft markets, for example, and chat with the incomparably friendly locals. Thies can also be called the city of craftsmen, as there are so many of them. They will be happy to show you their work with leather, stone, wood or the art of sewing. A unique moment of sharing!
For a timeless experience, stroll along the beautiful tree-lined alleys of Thiès, often considered the most beautiful in Senegal.
One of the must-see places to visit in Senegal is undoubtedly the Pink Lake, 30 km north-east of Dakar. This colour is due to the presence of an iron-oxidising algae and can vary according to the sun's rays. It offers its visitors a fascinating spectacle.
Do you have the soul of a backpacker? Then go on an adventure in one of the many parks or nature reserves in the country. In the Bandia reserve, south of Thiès, you can admire some of the large African mammals that have been reintroduced after almost disappearing. A magical moment for young and old!
Accessible by boat from Dakar, Gorée Island is a must-see during your visit to Senegal. A former hub of slavery, this small pedestrianised piece of land is popular with tourists for its strong history. By visiting the Maison des Esclaves, you will learn more about this place which has a great symbolic importance.
Fancy a night in the desert? From Dakar, you can book a two-day trip to the Lompoul desert. The programme includes a walk (and surf!) on the dunes, a camel ride, a traditional meal and a night in a Khaima, the traditional tent used by nomads in the arid desert areas of the Maghreb.
At the end of the day, rendez-vous on the magnificent beach of Yoff. In addition to the wrestling demonstrations, every day at the end of the day, the fishing boats come back loaded with fish that are sold on the beach. A magical moment where you can see hundreds of fish of all colours and sizes swarming around.
Pointe-Sarène is a seaside resort which is a little jewel and a true oasis of calm. This crescent-shaped paradise offers its visitors a magnificent 110-hectare bay of fine sand. Pointe-Sarène is the perfect place to recharge your batteries away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Among the many excursion destinations in the region is the small picturesque island of Fadiouth, nicknamed "Shell Island" because of its bottom, which is completely covered with shells. These piles of shells are the remains of shells that were consumed by the people who have lived in this place since ancient times. Incredible, isn't it? Distance from the airport: 50 km.
La Somone is a small seaside resort located on the Petite-Côte, 77 km from Dakar. It has beautiful sandy beaches surrounded by greenery, but it is also known for its magnificent lagoon, nestled in the middle of a nature reserve. Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to admire a wide variety of bird species: pelicans, herons, egrets and pink flamingos are just a few examples among many others. Distance from the airport: 33 km.
Saly, a former Portuguese trading post, has taken advantage of the tourism boom in Senegal to become one of the country's most popular resorts. There is so much to do and see here: be enchanted by the paradisiacal landscapes and beautiful palm-fringed beaches, or stroll through the streets and stop to discover the small craft shops and typical restaurants and bars. For lovers of authentic culture, inland excursions, such as to the handicraft market in M'bour, are well worthwhile. The region is also known as a centre for sport fishing and attracts many enthusiasts each year. Distance from the airport: 27 km.
This jeep-tour will take you through the savannah, between the baobabs and the salt marshes (the “tans”) and will stop over at Serer and Peul villages where you will be immersed in traditional culture. The Serer and the Peul are indeed two of the main ethnic groups present in Senegal. You will have lunch in the Saloum Delta will enjoy a pirogue ride in the mangrove to appreciate the beauty of the landscape, the birds and the local life.
Enjoy an African dinner surrounded by baobabs, in the heart of the bushland! Drum music, local dances and traditional fighting shows performed by the villagers under the starry sky await you!
This excursion will take you to the Museum of Black Civilizations and includes a tour of Dakar-Plateau, an ancient colonial district. The next stop will allow you to discover Soumbedioune, a traditional craft village and to enjoy your lunch in a restaurant by the sea. You will then head to the Statue of the Renaissance and finally, you will visit the house of Ousmane Sow, a famous sculptor.
This excursion will take you to the magical landscapes of Lompoul dune desert where you will enjoy a camel ride.
In the evening, a dinner will be served under the stars and around a campfire and you will spend the night in a traditional tent offering all comfort.
The next day, you will head for St-Louis, a city marked by its colonial past. You will discover the city in its entirety during a horse-drawn carriage tour before stopping at the Museum of Photography. Return after lunch.
Picturesque place with a moving colonial past. Visit the House of Slaves and the Museum of Senegalese History. Lunch on the island and continue to the mauve-coloured Retba Lake between the dunes and the ocean. Salt is mined by the mountain. You can bathe here and then have a wash in freshwater springs.
With a specially barred X4 vehicle you meet an adult lion herd. Impressive roars guarantee pure thrills and lasting memories!
Within a magnificent baobab forest, you will have the opportunity to observe the savannah animals, with an experienced wildlife guide. Giraffes, antelopes, ostriches, crocodiles, rhinoceroses, monkeys, and much more: There are many fascinating species to discover!
Join the weekly meeting of the villagers in the heart of the bushland! Fabrics, medicinal herbs, talismans, animals, fruits, vegetables... you will find everything here! On the way back, you will visit spirulina basins.
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.