Djoudj National Park

This spectacular park outside of Saint Louis Senegal allows you to travel through flocks of exotic birds, among other animals. It is worth a trip, but don’t try it on your own. It forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some 1.5 million birds, such as the white pelican, the purple heron, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant.

The ride from Saint Louis is off-road at times, and you’ll need a pirogue tour once you get to the park. Your best bet would be to hire a complete tour from Saint Louis, which you can do at the visitor bureau. The best time to visit is Oct-April, when all of the migratory birds are there.

In addition, the waters also hold populations of crocodile and African manatee, and the forests and grasslands hold species typical of the Sahelian zone of Africa.

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