3 excellent excursions from Dakar


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 as the iconic slave-trade transshipment complex containing the notorious "door of no return".

But those inclined toward nature, rural culture, and the great outdoors will also find plenty of appealing options easily reachable from this country's capital. Here are three of my favourites!

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