Man and child riding a donkey pulled cart in Senegal

West Africa incarnate

White-sand beaches, lush jungles, arid deserts, and vibrant cities that come to boisterous life at night - Senegal seems as though it were assembled from a "very best of Africa" list. Like most West African nations, Senegal possesses some of the world's greatest beaches, but the inland regions are no slouch either, serving as home to all kinds of birds and wildlife. And when the sun goes down in Dakar, the party really starts to pick up. Our advice: Put Senegal on your must-do list right now.