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Senegal is not like its neighboring African countries but it still has plenty of surprises that will turn your vacation into a memorable one. Perched on the west tip of the African peninsula, you will experience the true blend of elegance in chaos, noise and vibrance in its civilization and local beaches. Whether you want to mingle with the local trendsetters or search for solitude on the peaceful beaches, you will find your place here in Senegal.
The capital city of Dakar is the place to begin your journey. Here, you will find plenty of historical sites and attractions to explore and view. Amongst them all, the IFAN museum of African Arts and the Ile de Goree islands are a must visit. Next, travel ahead to Thies, especially the local market which present a colourful and lively atmosphere all throughout the year. Travel ahead to Diouribel which is known for its local groundnut plantations and its beautiful mosques. Kaolack is your next destination. Here you must visit the exciting covered market which is supposed to be the biggest in West Africa. In these markets you can find a lot of wax fabrics and gris -gris charms too. Tambacounda is your next destination. It is best known for its eating ventures here where the locals and visitors gather here to socialize. Finally, complete your journey at Kedougou. Here, you will find the endless landscapes filled with a rugged beauty that is worth exploring especially for those who are looking for an adventure.
The attractions of Senegal will leave you mesmerized and in awe. You will find a perfect mix of natural and manmade structures that contribute to the rich and lively culture of the country. The Goree Island is one such natural attraction that is popular amongst the locals and visitors. Here, you will find the famous House of Slaves which was constructed in the early 18th century and played an important role in the history of the country. Lake Retba is a beautiful lake that is worth visiting, especially for its iconic pink coloured waters and high salt content. To experience the country’s natural habitat, visit the Djoudj National Bird sanctuary which is home to several of the local species and a few migratory birds during certain seasons. Art lovers will take great pleasure in visiting the iconic IFAN Museum of African Arts which showcases art exhibitions created by contemporary African and diaspora artists. No trip to the country is complete without visiting the Dakar Grand Mosque. Its rich architectural design is definitely a beauty worth experiencing first hand.
The Senegalese cuisine is a truly mouthwatering journey into the country’s historical past and culture. With its influences from the French, Portuguese and North African you will find a lot of the cuisines comprising of the local taste with various different influential flavors. A popular dish here is the thieboudienne and the thiebou yapp which is normally served with the thiebou guerte. You must also try the yassa and the chere. Sombi and Capitaine à la Saint-Louisienne. For the dessert, you can try the thiakry, cinq centimes and banana glace.
When it comes to the indulging in activities here, there are plenty of choices that will satisfy your diverse needs. This includes touring the local attractions or even the natural reserves found here. You can even explore the depths of the coastal areas here as you swim or go snorkeling. Rivers and lakes here are the best for swimming or even kayaking. For those who want to explore the true culture of the country, you can learn the art of Africa batik or even take part in any of the local traditional celebrations and dances.
You can always plan your trip filled with adventure and enjoyable memories that will last a lifetime. However, no matter how you plan your trip, the factor of precaution and safety for yourself and your family is a definite must. There is always a distinct possibility of mayhem and mishaps that might occur during the trip. In such cases a safety net is an ideal back-up solution for such events. Flexicover, with its range of single trip travel insurance, multi-trip travel insurance, gap-year travel insurance and many other covers, ensures that you are well equipped for every eventuality.
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