A great historical and cultural richness, the natural region of Sine Saloum, south of the Petite-Côte, is a hybrid territory between land and sea. Thousands of islands and islets covered sometimes of earth, sometimes of mangrove or Mangroves constitute the bulk of the landscapes of the western half of the region. The eastern half represents the reverse of this green landscape teeming with life: a vast expanse gnawed by the salt of a rising sea and a thin savannah thickening going south on the Gambian border.
The visitor will be amazed by this region of a thousand contrasts.
1.KAOLAK and the MEGALITHIC SITES
Kaolack, capital of the Saloum region and the capital of groundnut and salt, is a crossroads gathering all the populations of Senegal: its market is one of the biggest of the country. Not far from there, it is possible to discover several megalithic sites or “Breton menhirs”, and in particular that of Nioro du Rip, a historic place for Senegal and the Sérère people thanks to the famous alignments of megaliths (funerary monuments) which are equal in Africa than those of the Central African Republic.
2. SINE SALOUM DELTA NATIONAL PARK
It is one of the most beautiful sites of Senegal: with an area of about 180 000 hectares, it is an area made up of mangroves, lagoons, forests and sandy cords presenting one of the most rich of Africa. One can thus observe there multitudes of birds while furrowing the bolongs (arm of sea) in canoe and notably, at the dusk, at the level of the resting places where the birds come to take refuge there to spend the night. It is also possible to cross in the park deer, warthogs, monkeys and harnessed guibs …
3. the charm of the SALOUM ISLANDS and the COASTAL VILLAGES
The fishing villages along the coast and those along the meanders of the Sine and Saloum rivers are popular tourist sites. The fishing, carried out in a traditional way, is abundant there.
Main attraction points: On the tip of Sangomar, peninsula separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Saloum River, the villages of Palmarin and Djiffer. Opposite, accessible by canoe, the islands of Niodior and Dionewar populated by a group Sérère, excellent fishermen, the Nominkas. North of the delta, the small town of Ndangane, on an arm of the Saloum River, which gives access to the island of Mar Lodj where camps with a local style architecture are offered to visitors. At the northwestern end, Foundiougne is a peaceful village accessible by ferry. Further south, Sokone, at the edge of the bolongs, and the villages of Toubacouta and Missirah (large fishing village), in a more forested area, in the heart of the Saloum Delta National Park. Ecotourism makes sense in this region especially in the villages of Bamboung and Simal where ecotourism projects have emerged.