Senegal’s natural wonders

Senegal is awash with delights for the nature lover, ranging from vast mangrove-clad deltas to bird-rich national parks. 

Written by Sean Connolly


Senegal is awash with delights for the nature lover, ranging from vast mangrove-clad deltas to bird-rich national parks. 

Désert de Lompoul 

Lompoul, Senegal by elisabethandi, DreamstimeLompoul is an unexpected patch of towering sand dunes – visitors can get a feel for the Sahara by staying in a traditional Mauritanian tent © elisabethandi, Dreamstime

Escape to the wildlands of the Sahara in this unexpected 20km2 patch of towering sand dunes, and indulge your nomad fantasies with an overnight here in a traditional Mauritanian tent. 

Sine-Saloum Delta 

Pirogue Sine-Saloum Delta Senegal by Melanie Lemahieu ShutterstockThere’s no better way to traverse the Sine-Saloum Delta than in a pirogue © Melanie Lemahieu, Shutterstock

Cross the vast, watery knot of mangrove swamp, shell islands and timeless fishing villages in a motorised pirogue, where you can grill your freshly caught fish right on board and stop off on a deserted island for a post-dinner dip.

Cap Skirring’s beaches 

Cap Skirring beach senegal Bjørn Christian Tørrissen Wikimedia CommonsThe beaches around Cap Skirring are some of the country’s finest © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, Wikimedia Commons

The kilometres of powdery white sand here are the stuff of postcards and daydreams, and the herds of long-horned cattle that occasionally meander across the plage are a picture-perfect reminder that you’re still in West Africa. 

Parc National des Oiseaux du Djoudj 

Pelicans Parc National des Oiseaux de Djoudj Senegal by Remi Jouan wikimedia CommonsqPelicans flying overhead at this important bird sanctuary © Remi Jouan, Wikimedia Commons 

Your jaw might look much like the birds’ after spotting the mind-boggling 15,000 great white pelicans crammed on to a tiny island here, and there’s still another 16,000ha of wetlands here to explore. 

Lac Rose 

Lac Rose, Senegal © Arnault, Wikimedia CommonsIt’s easy to see how Lac Rose got its name © Arnault, Wikimedia Commons

Though its colour ebbs and flows with the season, when it’s putting on its rose-tinted show, the lake’s salt-encrusted Pepto-Bismol waters and their dunescape surrounds are an unlikely scene pulled straight out of an acid trip.

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Senegal the Bradt Guide by Sean Connolly

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