There are many countries to check out in Africa, and you are sure to have a great time. But one country to definitely check out if you travel to Africa would be Senegal. There are many tourist attractions and breathtaking naturalistic sights to see. It is only five hours away from Europe and will take you to an entirely different world than anything you have ever experienced. Here are just some of the reasons that you need to book a ticket to Senegal as soon as you can:
Senegal is not necessarily a rich country but that does not mean there are not plenty of things to do in the area. You will feel enriched just by being in the company of wonderful people. Teranga, or hospitality, (the word comes from the native language of Wolof) is one of the things Senegalese people are most famous first. It is not uncommon to be invited over for tea or to get an extra gift from different vendors for having bought things. If you can speak French or you can say please, hello, and thank you, and you will be able to hear how wonderfully kind everyone around you is.
An Amazing Surf Scene
Senegalese surf is some of the best surf on the continent, perhaps even in the world. The coast of Dakar has huge waves. The most famous of these waves is called the N’gor Right and it is truly one of the best waves in the world. The country is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, making the waves rough but amazing for surf. There was even a documentary about the surf in Senegal made in 1966 (perhaps you have heard of The Endless Summer). Quiksilver even set up many surf camps in the areas for professionals to get a load of the surf scene there. You don’t have to be a professional to surf there though. There are plenty of beginner classes for those who are just starting out.
Some of the Best Food in the World
After you have an amazing day at the beach, either surfing or swimming, you can go down and check out many of the restaurants in the area. You definitely will not be disappointed by what you find. Senegalese food is amazing. You can have a host of flavorful chicken, fish, or beef marinated in mustard, lemon juice, spices, garlic, and caramelized onions. Or you can go for some vegetables and sauce with tomatos. Yassa is one of the favorite dishes in the country, combining meats of your choosing with vegetables and onions. It’s simply delicious and refreshingly light, depending on how much you want to eat. Dishes usually also come with a side of rice.
Another popular thing to get is Senegalese juice, which they are famous for. You can settle down with some Bissap, the national drink (it’s hibiscus flower turned into a juice) or even have some Bouye, a tasty drink made of Baobab tree juice. There are many different foods and juices to try around the country. If you are craving other types of food, there are also plenty of French-Senegalese fusion places to try as well, with menus that will have you coming back for more every time.
Nature Like You’ve Never Seen
Nature in Senegal is absolutely breathtaking. While you are there, you should make it a point to visit Lake Retba, a beautiful pink lake that is one of the natural wonders of this earth. It’s 30 km from the capital city Dakar and has a dark pinkness to the water that makes it almost feel like a fairy tale. You can walk around, go on horseback or camelback rides; you can also cruise on bikes or take a boat ride in the lake.
While you are there you can also check out Sine Saloum. This is a four-hour drive from the capital city, but the drive is worth it. The delta of the Saloum River compromised with a national park just next door, is a UNESCO heritage sight. There are plenty of small villages in the area as well as luxury resorts. You can go hiking and camp around the area, seeing some of the more remote areas of the country.
Senegal is a beautiful country with many things to offer—even more than mentioned on this list. If you get the chance to go, it’s definitely worth buying the ticket. The people are very friendly, the food is a culinary experience like you’ve never had, and the nature is stunning. There’s no time to waste when it comes to beautiful Senegal.