Where the wild things are - a fabulous day trip full of wildlife viewing, capped off by a meal at the edge of a watering hole.

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Bandia Nature Reserve

Game for a game park?

If you have time for a day trip, this wildlife reserve 64 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of Dakar is well worth your time. For all the culture and history Dakar has to offer, among Senegal's and Africa's greatest treasures are its flora and fauna, and innumerable species roam Bandia's 3,500 hectares (14 square miles), including white rhinoceros, zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, monkeys, and much more. You can hire a tour from the capital or drive yourself and pick up a guide out at the reserve. We'd advise getting as early a start as possible, as most animals are more active during the early-morning hours. Then before leaving you can enjoy a bite to eat at the funky thatch-roofed restaurant at the edge of a watering hole.

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