The seaside resort of Saly is located on the “Petite Côte”, approximately 80km south of Dakar and 65km north of the Sine Saloum Delta. Originally a Portuguese trading post (and also known as Saly Portudal), it was in the early 1980s that French and Belgian tourists started to visit the resort, making the most of Saly’s beautiful palm-backed, wide sandy beaches.
Saly presents an ideal holiday destination for those in search of something a little different to your mainstream beach holiday destination, and with its variety of hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and activities, there’s a welcoming and established feel throughout.
The smaller resort of La Somone is only a short drive north of Saly and presents an idyllic location beside a stunning lagoon. Home to the Réserve de la Somone, this resort is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Nearby, you’ve also got the opportunity to visit the Bandia Nature Reserve, a small but perfectly formed wildlife park where you can witness giraffe, rhino, zebra, ostrich, antelope, buffalo, bush pigs, impala and many other birds and animals roaming free. There are also some attractive beaches in La Somone, presenting soft sand and calm waters.
For anyone in search of active pursuits, both Saly and La Somone have several excellent water sports centres, offering a range of activities such as jet skis, water skiing, catamarans, kayaks and windsurfing, and several excellent fishing clubs offering world-class deep-sea fishing. Quad and buggy tours or horse trekking are available in and around the resorts, and Saly is also home to an 18–hole golf course as well as the Accrobaobab Adventure Park, where you can climb, swing and slide on a series of nets and ropes amongst the baobab trees.
Due to the newly opened Blaise Diagne International Airport, transfers to Saly and La Somone are even more convenient. Located east of Dakar, you’re just 28km from Saly, and 30km from La Somone.