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Republic of Senegal Africa Dakar 13,635,927 inhabitants 196,722 sq km 69.32 inhabitants/sq km Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF) population evolution

Top tourist attractions in Senegal

Here is a list of top tourist attractions in Senegal. Only the topmost tourist destinations are presented here. To see other destinations, please check the images from Senegal section.

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Lake Retba

Salt Lake

Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar., in northwest Africa. It is so named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy, turning the waters pink. The color is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily. The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and was often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally, before it moved to South America in 2009. Many salt collectors work 6–7 hours a day in the lake, which has a salt content of up to 40% in some areas. In order to protect their skin, they rub their skin with "Beurre de Karité", which is an emollient used to avoid tissue damage. Lake Retba is under consideration by the World Heritage Committee for inclusion as a World Heritage Site.

Niokolo-Koba National Park

National park

The Niokolo-Koba National Park is a World Heritage Site and natural protected area in south eastern Senegal near the Guinea-Bissau border.

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

National park

The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary lies on the southeast bank of the River Senegal in Senegal, in northern Biffeche, north east of St-Louis. It provides a range of wetland habitats which prove very popular with migrating birds, many of which have just crossed the Sahara. Of almost 400 species of birds, the most visible are pelicans and flamingos. Less conspicuous are the Aquatic Warblers migrating here from Europe; for these, the park is the single most important wintering site yet discovered. A wide range of wildlife also inhabits the park, which is designated a World Heritage Site. The site was added to the list of World Heritage in Danger in 2000 due to the introduction of the invasive giant salvinia plant, which threatens to choke out the park's native vegetation. However it was removed from the list in 2006.

Saloum Delta National Park

Protected Site

Saloum Delta National Park or Parc National du Delta du Saloum in Senegal, is a 76,000-hectare national park. Established in 1976, it is situated within the Saloum Delta at the juncture of the Saloum River and the North Atlantic. The park, which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Convention site, lies within a 180,000 ha biosphere reserve. Water comprises 61,000 ha of the park, intertidal mangroves and saltwater vegetation cover 7,000 ha, and savanna and forest cover 8,000 ha. It lies on the East Atlantic Flyway. The bird species that breed or winter in the area include Royal Tern, Greater Flamingo, Eurasian Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, and Little Stint.