Senegal Short Stay
Trip to Senegal
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Arrive at Île de Gorée, or Gorée Island, by ferry and check in at the bed and breakfast. Spend the day exploring the narrow streets lined with pastel, French colonial buildings, eating lunch at a coastal African restaurant and visiting the Henriette Bathily Women’s Museum that considers the role of women in West African society.
Gorée Island is known for its role in the Atlantic slave trade in the 15th to 19th centuries. Though its dark history has passed, the shadow of the slave trade still haunts this island. After lunch, set out to discover the House of Slaves — a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Île de Gorée.
After enjoying a local breakfast served at the bed and breakfast, take the ferry to Dakar to check in to your hotel. Then, hop on a shuttle for a quick drive to Lake Retba, or Lac Rose, a lake that lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula northeast of Dakar. The lake is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content — reaching up to 40% in some areas.
Upon returning to the capital, grab dinner from a local, African grill restaurant and spend the night out to experience West African nightlife firsthand.
Awake to an early morning breakfast served at your hotel and spend your free time leading up to your departure exploring the capital city of Dakar.
Interested in visiting a national bird sanctuary? Learning more about the Atlantic slave trade? Reaching new heights at a ropes course and zip line in the middle of the desert? Extend your stay for more Senegalese adventure!
Bienvenue au Sénégal!
Welcome to Senegal, the French country on Africa’s west coast. Rich with colonial heritage and many natural attractions, Senegal is known for its exciting safaris, nightlife, and historical museums. While in Senegal, experience the wildly unique Lac Rose — a pink saltwater lake, the tiny, car-free island of Gorée and visit the House of Slaves museum.
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