Goree Island, a small island just off the coast of Dakar, is a big tourist attraction because of its history as a major slave-trading center. It's an important destination for African-Americans in particular who come to pay their respects and reflect upon their ancestors' past.
"Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar. It is so named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy, turning the waters pink, particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content and was often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally, before it moved to South America in 2009."
"Saly (also called Sali or Saly Portudal) is a seaside resort area on the Petite Côte of Senegal, south of Dakar. It is the top tourist destination in all of West Africa. Saly was originally a Portuguese trading post known as Porto de Ale, which became Portudal, and later Sali Portudal. "
The House of Slaves (Maison des Esclaves) and its Door of No Return is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, 3 km off the coast of the city of Dakar. Its museum was opened in 1962 to memorialise the final exit point of the slaves from Africa. Historians differ on how many African slaves were actually held in this building, as well as the relative importance of Gorée Island as a point on the Atlantic Slave Trade but visitors from Africa, Europe, and the Americas continue to make it an important place to remember the human toll of African slavery.
The Bandia Reserve is a small but perfectly formed game reserve, situated 40 miles from Dakar near Saly and M’bour.
Residing on the beach of the tip of Cap-Vert peninsula, the most western point in Africa, Dakar, Senegal, has long been a prosperous port city. This historical port has created a culture as unique as the land it calls home. The French influence on West African styling is still evident in much of the landscape today. Within the city itself, bustling streets and sprawling marketplaces give the vast city a village-like ambience. But while much of the charm of Dakar resides within its streets, it still abounds in every direction. The pink waters of Lake Retba, the grandeur of the African Renaissance Monument and the stunning architecture of Dakar Grand Mosque all beckon visitors to be a part of Dakar’s story. All while the near beaches and natural vegetation serve as the surrounding tropical paradise for Dakar vacations.
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