Senegal – 141st Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Senegal is my 141st country.
Senegal is a country located in West Africa numbering 16 million people. Senegal was the focus of European powers, including the Portuguese, the Dutch, French and the British. France consolidated its dominance in the 1850s. Senegal gained its independence in 1960 and is a democratic nation. The country is predominantly Sunni Muslim with approximately 5% of the nation following the Christian faith. Its official language is French but there are many ethnic groups who have their own language as well.
I touched down in Dakar, the capital on March 8th, when Senegal had just a few cases of Covid-19. This was the start of a month-long trip across West Africa. I was traveling with my friend Marlon, who I had already been on two roadtrips with as well as my travel friends, Craig and Phil. My hope was to “outrun” the virus and be able to complete my trip. I spent eight days exploring the northern part of the country. The country is in essence cleaved in half by The Gambia. I visited Dakar which is a dense and busy city. I spent time in the colonial city of St. Louis near the border of Mauritania. And I also took advantage of the wildlife and nature.
Senegal is my 141st country.