Intrepid Traveller's Guide to Senegal

Now the idea of a holiday in Senegal would seem a little off the beaten track and a whole new concept but believe it or not it has long been a destination for many holiday lovers. Senegal offers a warm welcome, fabulous winter sun, sandy beaches, excellent service and cuisine as well as luxury and comfort and a wide variety of activities to keep you entertained while you’re on vacation.

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So why not fly over to Senegal for that impromptu holiday you may be considering and enjoy some sun sea and surfing! Head over to the Sine Saloum Delta, near Fimela and check yourself into the Souimanga Lodge which offers exclusive, comfortable accommodation in a picturesque, tranquil setting. The Souimanga Lodge boasts five luxurious waterside lodges which stand in tropical gardens in the Saloum Delta National Park, an area where two rivers meet the Atlantic.

Each lodge has its own private terrace and each is individually and beautifully decorated with African style furnishings, fabrics and ornaments. We can’t forget to mention the ever romantic setting of the Lodge’s restaurant perfect for private dining and stolen moments, the massage suite which is constructed over the water and reached by its own jetty, you can enjoy a therapeutic massage whilst also being lulled into a relaxed state by the breezes off the water and the blissful peace and beauty of the natural setting. What more could you ask for?

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Now while the atmosphere at Souimanga Lodge is peaceful and calming and may tempt you into wanting to never leave, you also have to consider venturing out and explore the local area, because Senegal has a lot to offer, from bird watching, water sports including the ever popular surfing safari as well as having a full African experience and trekking through the bush, there’s lots to do.

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Senegal is a quite an easy country to navigate with untouched land just waiting to be explored. Make sure you get your hands on a 4x4 van to venture out to your heart's content. Not one for a bumpy ride then you could always hire a guide and go on a bush walk instead; it’s just as explorative as the bush drive! Once you’ve enjoyed your African bush experience check out the water sports, pirogues and fishing Senegal has to offer. The Sine Saloum Delta, with its labyrinthine waterways and lagoon is also the perfect place for exploring on canoes and pirogues – and you might even want to indulge in a spot of fishing. Whichever you fancy there are always guides on hand with local information to aid and assist you.

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On the other hand you could try out some water sports; Senegal has some of the best conditions for water sports anywhere in West Africa. Boasting internationally renowned surf breaks, excellent scuba diving and snorkelling and some great winds, which make for some fine windsurfing conditions we can’t see where you’d go wrong. The water is also clear and calm in places and excellent for swimming. Despite world-class waves, the beaches around Dakar are still unknown and uncrowded – perfect for a surfing safari!

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Luxurious untapped land with lots to offer, tranquillity and beauty, Senegal is a must go to destination, make sure you add it to you must go to holiday destinations. 

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