Birdwatching in Senegal

Senegal is a must for bird lovers, and one of the best places to learn about birds in Africa! With thousands of bird species and millions of birds,

Birdwatching in Senegal

could last a lifetime. Such a wide variety of birds is a result of Senegal’s many different climates and habits, creating a diverse experience for birdwatchers.

Here are some of the best places for birdwatching in Senegal. Don't forget to check out the great bird-focused Senegal tours we offer!  

Laniarus Barbatus

Djoudj National Park

Located about sixty miles north of St. Louis, Senegal, Djoudj National Park is a haven for migratory birds - the third largest bird sanctuary in the world. Created in 1971 and enlarged in 1975, the Djoudj National Park was classified as a ‘wetland of international importance’ by the Ramsar Convention in 1980, and by UNESCO in 1981. The park is one of the few green areas of the Sahel, but above all the first one south from Sahara desert.

Birdwatching & Djoudj Park related tours :

Bou El Mogdad Cruise

Birdwatching 1-day tour

Birdwatching 2 days North tour (night in Djoudj)

Birdwatching 2 days North tour (night in Langue de Barbarie)

Birdwatching 3 days North tour

Birdwatching 15-day tour

Langue de Barbarie

This is a bird reserve of 2000 hectares, stretching over 15 kilometres and with a width of nearly 1 kilometre, between the Senegal river and the sea. You can see various species of birds here: nesting populations of colonial birds; many aquatic birds such as flamingos, pelicans and cormorants; different herons species like sterna, larus and gretta; and wintering species like pelecanus, ardea cinerea and larus.

Abyssinian Roller, one of Senegal's native species of bird

Birdwatching & Langue de Barbarie related tours :

Bou El Mogdad Cruise

Birdwatching 1-day tour

Birdwatching 2 days North tour (night in Djoudj)

Birdwatching 2 days North tour (night in Langue de Barbarie)

Birdwatching 3 days North tour

Birdwatching 15-day tour

Saloum

A boat is the best way of exploring the Saloum delta, a maze of inlets and waterways with mangroves that serve as a refuge and haven for hundreds of bird species. You’ll be accompanied by the sensation of being absolutely alone in the world, save for the egrets, ibises, flamingos, cormorants, osprey and many others.

Birdwatching-15 day tour

Niokolo Koba National Park

Situated along the banks of the Gambia in a water-saturated area, the forests and savannahs of Niokolo Koba national park are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park’s 330 species of birds include: great bustard, crowned cranes, ground hornbills, martial eagle, bateleur and white-faced whistling duck.

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Birdwatching 15-day tour

Casamance

The Kalissaye bird reserve is a small area located at the mouth of Kalissaye creek in the middle of the Casamance River Delta. These forest birds are rarely encountered anywhere else in Senegal, and include big yellow helmet hornbill, hornbill clouded, green turaco, and blue-billed malimbe.

Birdwatching 15-day tour