Niokolo Koba National Park and Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

In opposite corners of Senegal, two nature reserves well worth visiting.

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Niokolo Koba National Park and Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

Two tremendous troves for nature lovers.

If you are a lover of nature in its purest forms, you'll want to know about a pair of Senegalese parks in particular. One is the Parc National Niokolo Koba, some 913,000 hectares (3,525 square miles) in southeast Senegal near the Guinea-Bissau border where you can can walk the sylvan wild forests and observe a wide variety of flora and fauna including leopards, chimpanzees, elephants, and even lions reputed to be Africa's largest. The other is the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, a wetland in Senegal's far north near the Mauritania border and on the southern edges of the Sahara desert, near Saint Louis (meaning you'll need a chunk of time to devote for a visit here). But this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an amazing experience for the millions of migratory birds which it harbours annually.

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