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Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

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The Senegal River and surrounding wetlands host pelicans, pink flamingos as well asb many thousands migrating birds.
North of St. Louis, Saint-Louis, Senegal
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Reviewed July 14, 2019

With the help of our (French speaking) guide, Vieux, we saw 67 species of birds during a half day of birding here. Vieux mentioned 100 species can be expected in a full day outing. The park itself is not much to look at with sparse...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed April 27, 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed my visit here over 2 days immensely. The boat trip to the White Pelican breeding colony is not to be missed. The stench was amazing. Also impressed to see 3 Arabian Bustards in the grasslands. Lots of birds but a few warthogs and African...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 24, 2019

The Park is a sanctuary and breeding spot for millions of (migratory) birds. The vast majority being marine birds (pelicans, herons, sterns, ducks, goose, gulls, darter, egret, cormorant, spoonbill, curluw, ibis, lapwing...). So, it is quite impressive. They have different kind of boats and they...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pimper2014
Reviewed April 6, 2019

While a World Heritage Site as the third largest birding area in the world, it is at its best in January and February when the migratory birds are in residence. We drove from St Louis, a solid 1.25 hour trip each way, about 80% on...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Terry M
Reviewed April 2, 2019

A long 4 hour drive from St Louis, some of it on rough dirt road. Absolutely beautiful with many types of birds, especially amazing pelicans. Go before birds leave for Europe in May. Must pay cash only entrance per person and car as well as...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank michou32655
Reviewed March 12, 2019

Sixty miles northeast of St Louis, the Djoudi National Park is a sanctuary for up to a million migratory birds. Boating through the wetlands, we came upon a colony of pelicans so densely packed on an island, you couldn't see the nesting ground. Pelicans swim...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aumkathleen
Reviewed January 7, 2019

Beautiful landscape for pelican lovers :) little boats with local guides guiding you through of this lake with at least 130 different spieces.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tibor4500
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

If you have even a passing interest in birds you should come here. The boat trio lasts 90 mins and we was over 49 species of birds!( Plus some wart hogs). Pelican island (in late Dec) is full of Pelicans and their chicks. Get there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dom682014
Reviewed December 24, 2018

We had a wonderful time visiting this park. The highlight for me was the boat trip, with a visit to the Pelican Island. We saw formations of pelicans flying there, it was amazing. The wait for the boat can be a bit long, but it's...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank azatuhia
Reviewed December 10, 2018

Early November, our guide for Senegal - Sogui Wade - took us to the Djoudj, where we spent one night at a hotel in the park. The hotel was just open for the season, so not everything was perfect yet. However, all mishaps were easily...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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August 28, 2018|
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Response from DianneMuriel | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure whether the park is open suring this time as it is not the season for the birds from the northern hemisphere to migrate. The best person to ask is the chief guide there Idrissa Ndiaye. He is fantastic and very... More
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August 7, 2018|
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Response from DianneMuriel | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend visiting the park. But you would need to find out if it is closed at this time of year. The best person to ask is the principal guide Idrissa Ndiaye.
June 27, 2018|
Response from DianneMuriel | Reviewed this property |
Hello Jeanne. I would say September and October would be quite hot. And maybe not so many birds because they tend to come down from Europe during the northern winter. The best person for you to ask is Mr Idrissa Ndiaye He is... More