After my major leap of faith in May 2016, my first stop was Dakar, Senegal. Looking back, it's crazy that I had never actually visited nor did I know anyone personally that was there prior to my arrival. Thankfully, my risk paid off and it all worked out perfectly - Senegal completely changed my life. When I first arrived, I simply wanted to start my travels through Africa there, but ended up falling in love with the people, culture, and overall vibe of the country and decided to make it my base instead. It remains THE trip that has had the biggest impact on my journey to rediscover Africa through a modern lens and is the perfect mix of modern living and traditional culture. From the art scene to its beautiful natural landscapes, I was (and remain) captivated.
Now that I've had a significant amount of time to learn and absorb the information from my extensive travels throughout Senegal, I've created a 65+ page detailed guide loaded with my tips, recommendations, and exclusive photos showing you how you too can come visit and experience its electrifying spirit. I give you all of my local, insider knowledge to help you get off the beaten path and into my favorite little secret spots. From delicious restaurants, local markets, and neighborhood guides, to beautiful national parks and my recommended list of things to do in Senegal overall. You’ll get the best of the country all in one place that is sure to help you have a comprehensive and immersive experience. Even though this guide was written to empower you to discover Senegal's beauty without needing a tour operator, I also share phone numbers and contact info for some of my personal local contacts that can help you navigate the country and make things happen for you. I hope you'll enjoy Senegal's magic as much as I have.