Senegal is a perfect vacation destination if you are looking for something more than the typical beach resort. The best things to do in Senegal involve exciting experiences, so it's the perfect trip for the active vacationer seeking some adventure. It is also a great chance to explore a culture known for hospitality and friendliness.

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01Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

Nestled in the Senegal river delta near Saint-Louis, this expansive bird sanctuary is central to the lives of hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. Manatees, jackals, crocodiles, and other large wildlife roam free-range in the sanctuary. Book a boat tour and catch a glimpse of these unique creatures as you explore this natural habitat.

Hunting white pelicans at the lake in Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal Claudiovidri / Getty Images