Saint Louis of Senegal and the river region

saint louis of senegal is a region of contrasts where the desert is omnipresent but where sugar cane fields proliferate along the river near Richard-Toll, where wildlife is rare but where parks like the Djoudj (World Heritage) host millions of birds every year.

The visit of the region of Saint-Louis, with such a special welcome, will delight travelers in search of a true discovery of Africa Sahel.

1.the old town of saint louis of senegal

Located on an island in the Senegal River Delta, Saint Louis, or the majestic “African Venice”, was the former continental capital of French-speaking West Africa.

Main attraction poles:

The visit of the historic center of the city (with an illustrated route), markets, museums, fishing village and fish dryers on

return fishing canoes on the beach – regattas in July and August or after the festival of Tabaski – the Saint Louis jazz festival (4 days in the spring).

To discover on foot, by taxi or carriage. Concentration of leisure hotels, inns on the Langue de Barbarie and historic hotels on the island of Saint-Louis.

2.The LANGUE OF BARBARIA National Park

A sandy 20 km long stretch stretching from Saint Louis to the mouth of the Senegal River, this 2000-hectare site is a great refuge for birds and turtles.

Main attraction poles:

Observation of large varieties of birds (seagulls, pelicans, herons, terns, gulls, egrets, osprey, garettes, etc.) and discovery of a new and preserved natural environment. To discover in pirogue.

Best time to visit: April to September.

3.DJOUDJ National Park

Located 70 km from Saint Louis, the Djoudj Park is the third bird sanctuary in the world and is really the major attraction of northern Senegal. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is characterized by the diversity of species found there (nearly 400 different species of birds, mostly migratory).

Main attraction points: Bird watching (egrets, spoonbills, ibises, flamingos, cormorants, teals, geese, barges, etc.) from watchtowers and some mammals (monkeys, jackals, gazelles and warthogs that live there each year).

To discover by car and pirogue.

Best time to visit: November to April.

4. the desert of LOMPOUL

This small, ocher-colored desert is ideal for the meeting of nomadic tribes. It stretches over twenty kilometers to the sea and fascinates with its dune landscape. A night in a bivouac in this small desert can be an original and unforgettable moment.

5. the SENEGAL RIVER valley

As soon as we approach the Senegal River which delimits the northern and eastern borders, the omnipresent drought in the north of the country gives way to a certain exuberance (rice fields, millet crops, sorghum crops, sugar cane fields …).

From Saint Louis to Bakel, the landscapes follow each other for the greatest pleasure of everyone. Many efforts have been made in the region for the enhancement of heritage.

Main attraction poles:

The town of Richard-Toll (and the castle of Baron Roger) – the city of Podor (best place to approach the river) and its old fort – the city of Dagana (rich colonial past with its fort and its docks), the city Bakel (the prettiest river on a promontory) – Lake Guiers (in the heart of the Sahelian zone, the lake offers a nice walk in the savannah, crossing many villages of nomads and fishermen).

To discover by car in two days minimum.

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