Not a traditional tourist destination, parts of Senegal see intermittent fighting, and scams and robberies are an issue for those visiting the cities. But if you avoid that you should be treated in a very friendly way. The famous Paris-Dakar Rally was moved to South America in 2009 due to security concerns in neighbouring Mauritania. The inland city of Touba has one of the largest mosques in Africa.

The capital, Dakar, has the gigantic, controversial African Renaissance Monument. Is it ugly or not? In the north, the old French capital of Saint-Louis has well-preserved architecture and good nightlife. Other tourist attractions are few and transport throughout the country is slow and difficult.


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Why you should go:

You have been everywhere else.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't like being asked for money.

Map of Senegal