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Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

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Even when there's no high season for the birds, it's worth visiting

Most of the birds have left for Europe or other directions by the time I got to Djoudj, but it was... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
Berlin, Germany

We were there in Mid March, apparently one of the best times to visit the lake. Thousands of... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2018
Istanbul, Turkey
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“hour drive”(4 reviews)
The Senegal River and surrounding wetlands host pelicans, pink flamingos as well asb many thousands migrating birds.
North of St. Louis, Saint-Louis, Senegal
+221 77 655 09 18
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

Most of the birds have left for Europe or other directions by the time I got to Djoudj, but it was definitely worth visiting the sanctuary, because there was still an amazing variety of birds and the warthogs don't fly anywhere, just hang around.

1  Thank Bloomabonyeg
Reviewed 4 May 2018

We were there in Mid March, apparently one of the best times to visit the lake. Thousands of pelicans flying all around was view not to be missed.

Thank Hayat_gezene_guzel
Reviewed 24 March 2018

Unforgettable experience with a 2 day visit to Parc Djoudj. The large lake with huge populations of flamingos, pelicans and other species was amazing. We saw hundreds of thousands of birds. Next we joined one of the boats to traverse another waterway to view the...More

Thank DianneMuriel
Reviewed 20 March 2018

This wetlands and bird sanctuary is a five hour drive from Dakar and a 1.5 hour drive from St. Louis at very high speed. We drove in from St.Louis which is the only practical and decent place to stay. The last half hour is on...More

2  Thank PeterAZ
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

This park was further from St. Louis than I had expected: about an hour car ride. A taxi can do it but the better the car, the more comfortable your hour+ each way is going to be. We were out on the water about an...More

1  Thank Marvejols
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

A wonderful experience even if you aren't a bird watching enthusiast, which I am not, thousands of pelicans swimming and flying around as well as dozens of other bird species. If you are in Saint Louis this is the must see attraction.

Thank selyoink
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Thousands of water-birds on the door-step pf the park HQ/hotel. Flamingos,Whistling Geese,Spoonbills,ducks galore,

Thank andrew c
Reviewed 16 February 2018

Nice national park with possibilities of boat rides to see (and smell) a pelican colony and plenty of birdlife, including Arabian Bustard.

Thank Pomarinus
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Djouji National Bird Sanctuary is really a very interesting place to visit in Senegal and a must if you like nature and animals. From Saint Louis, a colonial town in which you can find accommodation of good level, half day is enough for the visit...More

Thank bluebay06
Reviewed 9 December 2017

I spent 2 days being driven around the reserve with a local guide for help-Vieux Mamadou. Most people visit just for the boat ride to the huge pelican colony. Did that 9 years ago and this time tried to photograph as many new birds as...More

1  Thank jeroma25
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Lukasz M
7 August 2018|
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Response from DianneMuriel | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend visiting the park. But you would need to find out if it is closed at this time of year. The best person to ask is the principal guide Idrissa Ndiaye.
Jeanne R
28 June 2018|
Response from DianneMuriel | Reviewed this property |
Hello Jeanne. I would say September and October would be quite hot. And maybe not so many birds because they tend to come down from Europe during the northern winter. The best person for you to ask is Mr Idrissa Ndiaye He is... More
Jeanne R
28 June 2018|
Response from Pomarinus | Reviewed this property |
The timing should be good for early migrants from Europe, if water levels are ok. Sorry I cannot give any info on prices.