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Honeymoon in Senegal

Senegal is located in the westernmost part of the Africa continent, limited in the West by the Atlantic Ocean, in the North by Mauritania, in the East by Mali and in the South by Guinea Bissau and the Republic of Guinea. Its southern region of Casamance shares a border with the Republic of The Gambia.

Senegal is only a few hours away from major tourist markets; five hours away from Western Europe and about seven hours away from the East Coast of the United States. It is a sunny country claiming more than 3000 hours of sunshine yearly. All forms of tourism can be experienced in Senegal: seaside resorts (leisure, aquatic sports, horseback riding, discovery and more), cultural tourism, bird watching, sport tourism (hunting, scuba diving), ecotourism, historic museums, gorgeous natural sites, six major game parks and reserves, diversified fauna and flora to name a few.

Despite various influences (Western influence due to a long French presence in West Africa, Middle Eastern influence due to a tradition of multiple exchanges with North Africa and Arab Countries), Senegal has its own brand of exotic music, food and customs that gives it the right dash of spice.

Its weather is tropical, hot and humid:

- the rainy season (May to November) has some strong southeast winds;
- the dry season (Decmber to April) is dominated by hot, dry, humid and harmattan winds.

Senegal is home to some of the most photographed beaches in the world.

The reefs and cays of the coastal are heaven for divers, holding out the promise of such extraordinary sightings of the underworld.

Dakar, the melting pot capital city, is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in Africa and boasts an exciting restaurant and club scene, as well as duty-free shopping.

Where to go

Dakar

DAKAR, the capital of Senegal is a modern city of more than 1.5 million people with beautiful contemporary buildings and some historical colonial houses.

It is a vibrant city with active open-air markets, cafe terraces, a wide range of hotels, delicious food and a great night life.

You can discover Dakar by taking a walk along the ocean or the busy city streets. Art lovers will find an abundance of galleries, artists' studios, museums, and festivals.

Dakar is a shopper's paradise and exquisite crafts can be found in markets, on the streets, and in stores everywhere.

For the sport enthusiast, this city by the beach offers all water sports and golf, tennis, biking, and more.

Goree Island

About twenty minutes ride from Dakar, the island of Goree, deeply rooted in the history of the slave trade. From the beginning of the sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, men, women, and children were gathered on this small piece of land, locked up in cells before being shipped away to the New World.

The island was seized by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, and the British all of whom participated in the trade. Forts and cannons attest of the island's violent past.

Most of the buildings were used as warehouses or slaves'houses. Some have been turned into museums. The most famous is "La Maison des Esclaves" which used to hold up to two hundred captives. Their cells can be visited, as can be the apartment of the slave dealers upstairs. From the "Door of no Return" countless Senegalese caught a last glimpse of their homeland before boarding the slave ships.

Cayar & The Pink Lake

Cayar
In the afternoon, hundreds of fishermen come back from the high sea where they have spent the night. They bring tons of fish, shrimp, and lobsters in their brightly-colored dugout canoes. The beach is alive with buyers, families, and children. It is a colorful spectacle that you should not miss.

The Pink Lake
On the way to the beach, you will discover one of nature's miracles: a completely pink lake. It is shallow, warm and surrounded by white foam. Everything floats on it, because of its very high salinity. During the week, men and mostly women are busy crushing the bottom of the lake, which consists of a thick crust of salt that they gather to sell. Sand dunes, a baobab forest and traditional villages with thatch-roofed huts surround the Pink Lake also called Retba.

Source: www.senegal-tourism.com

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