Unlike other parts of the continent, Senegal isn’t known for its ‘safari’ wildlife. The Niokola-Koba National Park in the south-east offers lions, leopards and elephants, but the park is only guaranteed to be open between December and April
and takes an eight-hour drive from Dakar. Step forward Bandia. An ecological park filled with baobabs
and grasslands, Bandia has reintroduced some of Africa’s best-loved animals to this part of the continent. Herds of antelopes and gazelles mingle with prancing ostriches, while mischievous monkeys annoy rhinos and buffaloes in Bandia’s 3,500 hectares. Visitors can either rent a jeep or take their own car round the park or even just visit the restaurant-bar (free to enter), which overlooks the crocodile-filled watering hole.