Djoudj National Park and Langue de Barbarie

Djoudj National Park (PNOD) is situated at about 60 kilometers North of Saint-Louis in Senegal river’s delta. It offers a succession of wet areas with fresh of brackish waters, sahelian savannah with many canals, lakes, basins and swamps. This park is probably one of the best ornithological places of West Africa.

 

Please note that « Hôtel du Djoudj » is the only possible accommodation near to the park. This hotel, which was formerly classified luxurious, is unfortunately falling into disrepair. As to the prices, they don’t really reduce but the current managers are very nice.

 

The official park guides are not, for the majority, passionate about nature and it is not necessary to be accompanied. However, we recommend you a very good ornithologist guide named Vieux » Ngom. He has a real gift to find any bird and the park has no secret for him. You can contact him through the hotel.

 

We had a very special weather during our week in the North. Wind, sandstorm and freshness were at the appointment. Therefore the light was not ideal for photography. However, this capricious weather probably allowed us the marvelous pythons observations, that had to go out to warm up and stay in the open. After our dugout ride, two individuals were waiting for us near the landing stage!

 

After the PNOD, we stayed a few days at the Langue de Barbarie South of Saint-Louis. In our opinion, this region is less interesting but the Saint-Louis wastewater treatment plant, located in front of the Guambeul nature reserve, is worth a stop. It is an oasis of fresh water attracting many species of birds and surprises are not excluded, like Baillon’s crake observed by our friend Bram Piot the day before our visit.


The other sites visited:


- Sine Saloum National Park, south-west, just above Gambia


- La Somone and Dakar area