When it comes to observing wildlife in Senegal, the first place to consider is Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary located on the Senegal River Delta.
A wetland oasis for wildlife, comprising a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters, this park forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some four hundred species of birds, such as the purple heron, the white pelican, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant.
In 2000, this park was added to the list of World Heritage in Danger sites, since the invasive plant species, the giant salvinia, floating on the water was killing its native plants, and cutting off natural resources for the birds and mammals.
In winter discover the water is jam-packed with birds and draws more wildlife like manatees and warthogs.
If you arrange a guide and arrive just after sunrise observes the winged creatures getting active and searching for breakfast. If you come later in the day, you’ll see less of the birds as they retire to their hiding spots after a successful morning of hunting for food.
During your visit, take advantage of bird watching towers and observatory decks this will give you a bird’s-eye view of the area and allow you to observe the quiet natural surroundings.