Kedougou is a large town in the south-eastern region of Senegal that shares its name. Bordering neighbouring Mail and Guinea, the town is a popular destination for those looking to explore beyond borders. What's more, this part of Senegal lies at a greater altitude, with Kedougou situated some 167 metres above sea level. Perfect for those looking to travel away from the harsher temperatures of the coast.
There's plenty to keep you occupied during your visit to Kedougou. The Dindefelo Falls are just a short trip away, promising some stunning natural scenery and an essential photo op.
If you're looking to really get back to nature, head to the nearby Niokolo-Kob National Park, offering a diverse natural landscape and plenty of indigenous plant and animal species. The Niokolo-Koba National park is a UNESCO-approved World Heritage Site popular for its biodiversity. The park has over 1500 identified species of plants with a semi-arid Sudanese forest and wetlands. The fauna in the park is also amazing. You should find about 38 species of reptile living alongside 20 species of amphibian. Mammals such as buffaloes, hippos, elephant, waterbucks, and a host of around 80 other species are present in the Niokolo-Koba National Park. For avian lovers, the park also has about 300 species of bird.
Although this town doesn't offer the same level of commerce as bigger cities in Senegal, there's plenty of local handicrafts and stores to browse as you stock up on souvenirs for friends and family back home.