Senegal, a coastal country in West Africa, may not be on your travel bucket list just yet, but this article is here to change that. With stunning beaches, unique art, good music, fascinating wildlife, and no shortage of World Heritage Sites, Senegal has quite a bit to offer travelers. So brush up on your French and read on to learn why you should consider visiting Senegal.
Hospitality is part of the Senegalese way of life, with the concept of “Teranga” (a word in Wolof, the local language) infused into the culture. The Senegalese believe everybody should be welcomed and cared for, and when you visit, you can expect to be greeted warmly as you travel around the country.
The World Heritage Sites
Senegal boasts a whopping seven World Heritage Sites, including the Islands of Goree, a former slave-trading capital, the Bassari Country, the Island of Saint-Louis, the Saloum Delta, the Stone Circles of Senegambia, the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, and the Niokolo-Koba National Park.
Visiting Senegal is a great opportunity to try food that is probably unlike anything you’ve ever tried before, like Senegal’s most popular dish, thieboudienne, as well as made, nems, and refreshing ginger/hibiscus juices.