A peaceful, French- and Wolof-speaking Muslim country in West Africa, outside capital Dakar are great beaches, nature, village culture and of course Goree Island, the slave-trade complex that was for many the jumping-off point for the Middle Passage. Warning to gay people, however: the current régime is even more violently homophobic than usual for Africa.

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A visit to the southeast´s Senegal´s Bassari People

 Niels Broekzitte One of Senegal's most remote tribes dwells in the hills of the country's southeast. And after visiting this region and its multicultural landscapes - also including the Peul (aka Fula or Fulani) and Bedik ethnic groups - we highly recommend it to those who prefer cultural and responsible tourism, and those who want to experience Africa at its most rustic and adventurous.The gateway to Iiyari, aka Bassari country, is Tambacounda, eastern Senegal's largest city (pop. 115,000),…

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Senegal cited in '12 Top Destinations for African-Diaspora Travel'

  Welcome to February! Since 1970, it's also been Black History Month in the USA, and since 1995 in Canada, as well (whereas it's observed in October in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands). And though the reason for the African diaspora was tragic and horrific - the brutal, centuries-long trafficking of human slaves - it has also enriched many parts of the world, and indeed, world culture as a whole. So what better way to kick BHM off than with a look at a dozen of the most…

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Casamance in south Senegal is an under-the-radar gem

  Senegal is one of West Africa's most popular countries for holidaymakers for good reason. There's its culturally and historically vibrant capital Dakar; its lovely Atlantic Ocean beaches; and truly amazing options for lovers of nature and adventure. A few months ago this blog laid out some particularly fetching eco-excursions out of..., and if that sort of thing floats your boat, you'll want to set aside another chunk of time to experience a swath of the country even farther afield. Just a…

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3 excellent excursions from Dakar

  evenfth Wee it may be, but the West Africa country of Senegal definitely punches above its weight when it comes to culture, nature, and historic sights on this continent. All that, plus a wonderful sense of taranga (hospitality in the local-majority Wolof language, spoken together with colonial-holdover French). Most visitors, of course, experience dynamic capital Dakar, with its exuberant street life, nightlife, and remarkable Gorée Island, site of several interesting museums as well…

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  • Hi Mirelle - interesting to pick Senegal as a culinary destination. Can you send me some information at - mahmood.poonja@bestway.com
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