2018 is a good year to visit Senegal.
Already well-known for its welcoming people, cuisine, Goree Island/ Ile de Goree and the Pink Lake, Senegal has more to offer its visitors. Besides miles of coastline, islands and beaches, Senegal is home to a desert, diverse flora and fauna, game reserves, parks, as well as talented and creative artists and performers. Read below four reasons to include Senegal in your travel plans this year.
4 reasons to visit Senegal in 2018
Since 1996, the Biennale has celebrated contemporary African art with exhibitions every other year. African contemporary artists apply to display paintings, sculptures, and other masterpieces across Dakar during the month-long event. This year’s edition will take place between May 3 and June 2.
As the former capital of Senegal and West Africa during colonial times, Saint Louis has always been a cultural and economic center. The city welcomes jazz enthusiasts from around the world every spring since 1992. The 26th edition of the festival will happen between 26- 30 April.
Festival goers can also check out the nearby Langue de Barbarie, Lompoul Desert, Djoudj National Park, Pont Faitherbe and old colonial buildings.
The first ever International Afro-Latino Dance Festival will take place in Dakar between April 2nd and 8th. Dance enthusiasts can come learn or practice kizomba, salsa, and mbalax with teachers and DJs from around the world.
Between May 25 and June 2, TstmkrsAfrica will take 10-12 people around Dakar and its surrounding areas. Travelers will taste authentic Senegalese food, swim in Lac Rose and explore Ngor and Saly among other places. The trip costs $2650 excluding airfare, insurance and certain meals.
Senegal is a popular destination for curated tours this year since TripZapp is also organizing a trip to the 221 this month. In March Global Jet Black travelers will also tour Dakar and surrounding areas on a trip curated by Lee of Spirited Pursuit.