Step into the past on this unspoiled island, with no cars and ravishing beaches.

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Karabane Island

An extraordinary island way down on Senegal's southernmost coast.

Here's another very worthwhile excursion southward from Dakar (so far southward, in fact, that it's down in the deep south of the country below Gambia, which slices through much of Senegal's midsection). Karabane Island is one of the most impressive and important places on the Senegalese coast, part of a delta at the mouth of the Casamance River, which has given rise to a multitude of enclaves and villages. Now this jungled 52 square kilometres (22 square miles) of thatched huts, no cars, and ravishing beaches is increasingly opening up to tourism, letting visitors appreciate local nature, beaches, and society. There are various connections from Dakar. Highly recommended if you can spare the time.

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