Things to Do in Senegal

Africa | | July 19, 2011 at 12:30 am


Senegal, a country officially referred to as the Republic of Senegal is a country located on the western part of Africa. Although the country is primarily known for producing a great football team and some of the finest footballers of Africa, in recent years Senegal is also emerging as a popular tourist destination.

Dakar, Senegal’s capital is the place hosting the maximum annual tourist population in the country. People, who have a limited budget for their vacations, find this place extremely alluring. The largest share of the population of Dakar lives around the city’s edge; this makes the city an ideal place for exploring on foot; you will rarely need to spend money for bus and cab fares to roam around the city of Dakar. Besides that, the accommodation cost is also not high; Dakar houses numerous cheap hotels offering high quality services.

The primary attractions in this capital city of Senegal are the two markets, March Kermel and March Sandage. March Kermel is known for being the chief tourist market an March Sandage stores items of daily needs, fruits and vegetables. However, even at March Sandage, there are a few shops selling souvenirs and garments.

One of the most visited tourist spots in the city of Dakar is IFAN museum. The exhibits of this museum include numerous artifacts belonging to different African regions; for instance: tribal masks, potteries etc. The nightlife of Dakar is also worth mentioning. Here, you will get the opportunity of having maximum fun in the nightclubs and bars of the city. However, these places are a bit costlier compared to the nightclubs and bars located in the other parts of Senegal. However, the array of entertainment options that the capital city will offer is incomparable to other Senegalese cities.

The other most prominent city of Senegal is St-Louis. This city is known for being culturally rich and historically significant. This city used to be the capital city of the country before Senegal and Mauritania split. One of the major attractions in St-Louis is Governor’s Palace. In the 1700s, this palace was used as fort. You must also visit the famous St-Louis Cathedral. The St-Louis Cathedral is the most ancient church of the country i.e. surviving even today.

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