Senegal and the Gambia: a Photo Diary

Senegal and the Gambia: a Photo Diary
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Senegal and the Gambia beckon travellers with their rich cultural diversity, historical landmarks, and stunning natural beauty. From exploring vibrant cities like Dakar to delving into the country's colonial past on Goree Island, there's no shortage of captivating experiences. Wildlife enthusiasts can marvel at the biodiversity in national parks, while food lovers can indulge in flavorful local cuisine and engage with hospitable locals. With its Sufi spiritualism, vibrant music scene, and community-based tourism initiatives, the two countries offer a multifaceted journey that promises unforgettable memories for all who visit.
And if you are into photography, you are sure to find an abundance of captivating views to capture. Here, we’ve compiled some of our favourite photos from our last few trips there, made by our tour leaders, guides or travellers.

Goree Island
Gorée Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its historical significance as a major hub of the transatlantic slave trade. It serves as a poignant reminder of the atrocities of slavery, with well-preserved colonial architecture, museums, and memorials that offer insight into this dark chapter of history.

 

Pink Lake
The Pink Lake, also known as Lac Rose, is a natural wonder located near Dakar, Senegal. Its distinctive pink hue is caused by high concentrations of salt-loving bacteria and algae, creating a surreal landscape that contrasts against the azure sky and surrounding sand dunes

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Senegal. It's situated on the southeast bank of the Senegal River delta, near the border with Mauritania. This sanctuary is particularly renowned for its rich avian diversity, serving as a crucial wintering site for millions of migratory birds from Europe and Northern Africa. 


Wassu Circle Stones
The Wassu Stone Circles in The Gambia are a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of numerous megalithic monuments dating back to the 8th century AD. These enigmatic stone circles, believed to be burial sites or ceremonial structures, are a testament to the ancient civilizations that once thrived in the region and offer a fascinating glimpse into West Africa's prehistoric past.

Lompoul Desert Camp
The Lompoul Desert, named after the closest village, Lompoul is an interesting change of scenery and offers a taste of Sahara-like landscapes with its towering dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. We spend the night in a camp in the desert enjoying the tranquility of the region and doing some stargazing after nightfall.

 

Touba Mosque - Senegal
The Touba Mosque, located in Touba, Senegal, is the spiritual heart of the Mouride Brotherhood, one of the country's largest Sufi orders. This grand mosque serves as the final resting place of the brotherhood's founder, Sheikh Amadou Bamba, and attracts pilgrims from across the region, especially during the annual Grand Magal pilgrimage, to pay homage to his legacy and seek spiritual blessings. Its towering minarets and intricate architecture stand as a symbol of Senegal's vibrant Sufi traditions and religious devotion.

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