If you enjoy lazing on the beach or you're looking for exotic and authentic travel experiences, then look no further than the appealing country of Senegal. Behind the long strip of busy sandy beaches along the Petite-Côte and the seaside resorts on the Grande Côte, lies a hidden side to this country with its varied and extensive natural landscapes. Explore the amazing dunes of the Lompoul desert, observe the superb birdlife in the Djoudj National Park and the Saloum delta, and look out for wild animals in the Bandia and Ferlo reserves. Senegal is also a forward-looking country, as its capital city Dakar demonstrates with its many modern buildings. This is a country on the move, which has also preserved what remains of its colonial past, as seen in Gorée and Saint-Louis where beautiful old buildings have been carefully restored. Above all, Senegal is proud of its local way of life, as can be seen in the Bassâri region, a little-explored area where local traditions are still very much alive. Try tieboudien (a local fish dish), have a cup of tea, meet the locals and soak up the lively atmosphere at the many festivals which bear witness to the country's strong and vibrant culture.