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Fall 2015: Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Fall 2015

Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Senegal

Senegal

Dakar: Oct 31 - Nov 3
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French-speaking Dakar, Senegal is the western-most city in all of Africa. The capital and largest city in Senegal, Dakar is located on the Cape Verde peninsula on the Atlantic. Dakar has maintained remnants of its French colonial past, and has much to offer both geographically and culturally. Travel north to the city of Saint Louis and see the Djoudj National Bird sanctuary, home to more than 1.5 million exotic birds, including 30 different species that have made their way south from Europe. Take a trip south from Dakar to the Delta de Saloum and enjoy the rich vegetation and water activities, like kayaking on the Gambie River. Visit the Pink Lake to see and learn from local salt harvesters. Discover the history of the Dakar slave trade with a visit to Goree Island, one of the major slave trading posts from the mid 1500s to the mid 1800s, where millions of enslaved men, women and children made their way through the “door of no return.” Touba, a city just a few hours inland from Dakar, is home to Africa’s second-largest mosque. Don’t leave Senegal without exploring one of the many outdoor markets with local crafts and traditional jewelry made by the native Fulani Senegalese tribe.

Quick Facts
  • Language: French
  • Population: 13,567,338
  • Government: Semi-presidential republic
  • Currency: CFA franc (XOF)
  • Capital: Dakar