Senegal - The Gem of West Africa

Senegal - The Gem of West Africa

Dreaming of your next trip? Look no further than Senegal, the gem of West Africa filled with vibrant cultures and various natural landscapes. 
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Senegal is exhilarating, captivating, and tranquil, and a must-visit for anyone looking to explore west Africa. With its distinct colonial heritage and vibrant culture, It is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the tallest statue in Africa, and the smallest National Park in the world.

Dakar, the capital, perched on the tip of a peninsula,  is a dizzying introduction to the country and can be described as where elegance meets chaos. The fashion house, Chanel even announced its next Métiers d’Art collection Runway show will be held in the vibrant capital.

Here we give you a breakdown of what you should do and where to stay 


Given its location, life in Dakar is often oriented towards the sea with 330 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline it doesn’t disappoint as a beach getaway. For picture-postcard beaches with white sands, clear waters, and a host of restaurants and bars, look no further than the Petite Côte region. Just an hour’s drive outside of Dakar, this area stretches for about about 94 miles and is considered to have some of the best beaches in Senegal. If you are looking for a more classic beach holiday with a cocktail in hand, Saly is highly recommended.

Art, History, And Architecture

Built-in 1997, the Mosque of Divinity overlooks the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and features two minarets scaling 45 meters each. Its beautiful architecture paired with coastal views makes for a serene place of worship.

The new Museum of Black civilisations is also a must-visit and one of the biggest facilities of its kind, while the IFAN Museum holds a fine collection of traditional African art and sculpture. Black Rock—Kehinde Wiley’s Senegal-based artist residency with its dense greenery and towering black walls also hosts great exhibitions with amazing rising artists.

Off the coast of Dakar lies Gorée Island, which allows travellers a welcome escape from the clamour of the mainland. The island played an important role in the Atlantic Slave Trade and functioned as a major connection between the western world and Africa. Retrace the poignant steps of history and visit the House of Slaves, a haunting journey that retells the plight of slaves before they were sent away for a lifetime of enslavement. The island is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lake Retba

As soon as you set your eyes on this enchanting lake, you’ll become enthralled by its outstanding beauty. Literally translating as ‘Pink Lake’, Lake Retba or Lac Rose is exactly as the name implies; a lake with pink-coloured waters. Similar to the Dead Sea, the high salt content means that bathers can float with considerable ease. Make sure to visit during the dry season to see its color at its most vivid.

Where To Stay

Patrick's lodge was born from the desire to reinvent the holidays, to create a new and exclusive oasis for people. The villa's architecture aligns with the ecosystem and interacts with nature.

The villa sits on eleven hectares and includes a spa, a gym, an orchard, a vegetable garden, a swimming pool, and a private beach. Chefs, nannies, drivers, and guides, are part of the team of permanent professionals offering five-star service with complete discretion. You’ll have everything to feel restored and refreshed.