Category Archives: Senegal

5 things to do in Senegal; Sarah Riches; Wanderlust

Today is Independence Day in the west African nation of Senegal. To mark the occasion, here are five reasons to visit once you can…

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Swallowed by the sea: Senegal’s historic slave port teeters on the edge of environmental disaster; Shola Lawal; Telegraph

In northern Senegal, advancing waters and depleting fish stocks threaten lives, livelihoods and a city’s existence…

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Hundreds of pelicans killed by bird flu in Senegal; Luke O’Reilly; Evening Standard

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More than 700 pelicans found dead in Senegal world heritage site; Reuters

Rangers are investigating mystery deaths at Djoudj bird sanctuary, a migratory pitstop for hundreds of bird species…

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Alisa LaGamma on 7 Extraordinary Treasures That Define Western Sahel Cultures; Katie White; Artnet News 

The curator spoke to Artnet News on the occasion of the Met’s stunning new exhibition, “Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara.”

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Moved by George Floyd’s death, Senegal slave island renames Europe Square; Reuters

Goree Island was a transit point over several centuries for enslaved Africans being shipped to the Americas.

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Senegal slave island, moved by George Floyd’s death, renames Europe Square; Aaron Ross; Reuters

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Senegal renames slaving post from Europe Square to Freedom Square; Magdalene Teiko Larnyoh; Pulse Ghana

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16 things to know before travelling to Senegal; World Travel Guide

From beaches to history, visitors are falling for Senegal’s many charms. This post highlights the essential information to help you prepare for your visit.

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How the ‘Venice of Africa’ is losing its battle against the rising ocean; Monica Pronczuk; Guardian

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Saint-Louis, the old colonial capital of Senegal, faces a flooding threat that has already seen entire villages lost to the Atlantic…

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10 Reasons You Need to Visit Senegal; Julie Baumgardner; Fodor’s Travel

Senegal occupies a big space in the traveler’s imagination with its colorful maritime culture, dusty red earth, and modernist urban architecture in a seamless jumble of urban topography.  Almost everyone who has visited, whether as a tourist or for business, comes home with words of wonder about the place. The people! The attitude! The chaos! The West African nation that is as mesmerizing as it is accessible for foreigners. There’s plenty of soul and with a dash of quirk to be found—whether in the legendary taxis of Dakar, the jazz bars of…

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Off The Map: 11 Insanely Beautiful Lesser-Known Islands Around The World; Breanna Wilson; Forbes

From disappearing rose sand islands to a spiritual place in Siberia, these insanely beautiful secret islands around the world are worth the journey.

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Ghana cashes in on slave heritage tourism; CNA

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Cruising through West Africa’s dramatic landscapes and history; Catherine Marshall; My Joy Online

I’m standing at the Door of No Return. Ahead of me stretches the Atlantic Ocean, flat and blue and boundless.

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The Six Spectacular National Parks Of Senegal; Oishimaya Sen-Nag; World Atlas

Senegal’s national parks protects the country’s diverse flora and fauna.

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Infamous Irishman’s part in the slave trade; Dan MacCarthy; Irish Examiner

How a scholar in Greek language and literature who studied at Trinity College Dublin became involved in an infamous incident in the notorious African slave trade is in some ways the conundrum of western civilisation.

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Climate Change is the Fastest Growing Threat to World Heritage; Adam Markham; UCSUSA

Nineteen extraordinary places were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list this week, including Buddhist temples in South Korea, the forests and wetlands that form the ancestral home of the Anishinaabeg people in Canada, and the ancient port city of Qalhat in Oman. But amongst all the congratulations

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World firsts: exploring UNESCO’s original World Heritage sites; Peter; Atlas & Boots

Senegal – Island of Gorée

At last count, UNESCO’s World Heritage List included 1,073 locations across 167 countries or states. Here, we explore the 12 original World Heritage sites first listed in 1978.

The aim of UNESCO’s list is to identify, protect and preserve sites of cultural and natural heritage considered to be of exceptional value to humanity. These sites include a range of locations such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, east Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt and Machu Picchu in Peru.

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. – UNESCO

Today, Italy is home to the largest number of World Heritage sites with 53, followed by China (52), Spain (46), France (43), Germany (42), India (36), Mexico(34) and the UK (including British Overseas Territories) (31). A total of 37 sites are transboundary meaning they are positioned in more than one country or state.

According to UNESCO, however, location is largely moot. Instead, World Heritage sites “belong to all the peoples of the world”.

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The Best Places For Bird Watching In West Africa; Joe Kennedy; AFK Travel

Senegal – Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

West Africa doesn’t get as much attention as spots in southern Africa for bird watching, but that’s more to do with the tourism industries in the countries, rather than the birds that can be found there. And if you’re keen on bird watching when visiting countries like Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon, there are ample opportunities and places to go. Here are the best places for bird watching in west Africa.

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary is home to over 1.5 million birds, including 350 different species that spend the winter there. It’s also the third largest ornithological park in the world. The most famous and easiest to spot birds in the park are the numerous pelicans and flamingos.

Xavi Bird Sanctuary, Ghana

The Xavi Bird Sanctuary in the east of Ghana is one of the best places to watch birds in the country. The terrain of most of the sanctuary is wetlands and savannah, and guides can help you spot many of the species including, cuckoo birds, parrots and kingfishers.

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Why You Should Visit Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary In Senegal; Alexis Borochoff; AFK Travel

Senegal – Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

When it comes to viewing wildlife in Senegal, the first place you should consider is Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary that’s located on the Senegal River Delta. The sanctuary is on the northern tip of the country (near the Mauritania border) and is nestled in Oiseaux de Djoudj National Park that’s five hours and a half north of Dakar by car. Despite being pretty far away from anything, people routinely make the drive to see this under-the-radar land. And there’s a good reason for it. At 160 kilometers wide and surrounded by water, Djoudj is a wetland oasis for wildlife, drawing million of birds to the area and making it a mind-blowing destination to see them. There are approximately 400 species of birds documented in this unique sanctuary. In fact, it was labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 primarily because of its residents.

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary is mainly populated by pelicans and flamingos that stay buoyant and stagnant on the water.

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