Senegal may not make your bucket list of a romantic getaway destination, but that is a grave misconception you must shed off this year. This West African country prides herself as a travelers’ haven, with tourism acting as one of the key drivers of the nation’s economy. The tourism potentials of Senegal are captured in the rich history of the country, dating as far back as the outset of the Atlantic Slave Trade. And a romantic getaway in Senegal can be as enthralling as a dive into the irresistible alcoves of Seychelles, especially if you know exactly where to switch on the excitement.
Here are the top 5 places in Senegal to relish the miracle of romance.
Gain a fresh perspective into the nation’s slavery past at this historical island. Located barely 30 minutes off the shores of Dakar, this is a spot where the colonial history of Africa travels still and drab, and where a continent’s past is recreated. You will have to put up a poker face not to burst into tears as you traverse the various sections of this historical landmark. Go a step further into the House of Slaves and connect with the emotions of African slaves as they file into the Door of No Return. Ease it all off with a visit to some of the chains of restaurants overlooking the clear waterfront.
Saloum Delta National Park
This 1976 national park sits in-between the Saloum River and the North Atlantic. It is Senegal’s second largest game reserve with large portions of mangrove swamps. It offers excellent bird watching opportunities from its range of over a hundred species of birds – ranging from rose-ringed parakeets to Senegalese parrots, pelicans, cormorants, egrets, etc. This park offers a calm escape from the rumble of the city and allows you inhale nature at its exciting freshness.
On the far end of the Cape Vert Peninsula in Senegal is Lake Retba commonly known as the Pink Lake notable for its stunning color. Owing to the presence of bacteria and high salt content, the lake turns into a brilliant purple when the sun casts its shadows on the brook. Its beautiful color alone catches the eye, plus the spectacular salt harvest by locals. This spot offers a fascinating escape into the Senegalese rural life through the eyes of the Fula people. This is a must-see destination that can be best explored by couples.
If you like fishing and dolphin watching in isolated beaches, this Jola-dominated region is where to best experience it all. It boasts of an abundant wildlife and tropical vegetation watered by the gusty Casammance River.
La Petite Cote
La Petite Cote or small coast is Senegal’s major beachfront offering spectacular seaside experiences perfect for leisure. Together with your partner, this coastline is ideal for relaxation after a day of ebbing through crowds in the city. You can retreat into the small village of Popenguine and experience unspoiled serenity in this eco sanctuary.
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