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
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.
There’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
The 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 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.
It’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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