Senegal is situated
on the western bulge of Africa and has borders with Mauritania to the north and
northeast, Mali to the east, Guinea and Guinea Bissau to the south and the
Atlantic Ocean to the west. It surrounds Gambia on three sides.
northern part of the Senegal coast is made up of dunes and to the south are
muddy estuaries. Behind the coast is a sandy plain, which extends north to the
floodplain of the Senegal River. The Casamance Region in the south, isolated
from the rest of Senegal by the Gambia, is low but more varied in relief, while
to the southeast lie the Futa Jallon foothills, which rise to a maximum
altitude of just above 1,600 ft. Much of the northwest of Senegal is
semi-desert, but the center and most of the south, except for the forest of
Casamance, are open savannah country. The major rivers - the Senegal, Saloum,
Gambia and Casamance - flow from east to west.
Read our featured article from Travel Africa
Senegal - The Wild West
Senegal is one of the most beautiful and diverse
countries in Africa and yet remains relatively little known. A stable
democracy, friendly people, bearable climate and an efficient communication
system combine to make this one of the most accessible of African nations.
Michael Hogan summarises the countrys attractions.
|Africa Guide's recommended book
||Lonely Planet the Gambia &
(amazon.com) - USA (amazon.co.uk) - UK
by David Else
recommended! We just returned from our fourth trip to Senegal, and we found the
Lonely Planet guidebook to be highly accurate and easily usable. It is well
written and includes much helpful cultural information in addition to all the
necessary facts. Don't leave for Senegal without it!!!! (Reviewer: Sher
Schwartz from Alaska USA)
|The Africa Guide's recommended
|| Senegal Map (Maps Worldwide)
by Institut Geographique National (IGN)
Subtitle General road and relief
map with town plans
A general map of Senegal.