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Senegal: Tourism in Eastern Senegal
beninmw | June 5, 2008 at 09:23 pmby
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Tambacounda is the largest region in Eastern Senegal. It lies across major transit hubs linking Senegal to four of their neighboring countries; The Gambia, Guinea-Conakry, Mali and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The region also has an Airport which is operational throughout the year with routine air services from Dakar to Tambacounda on daily basis.
Tambacounda is also the home to the famous Niokolo-Koba Game Park. This 900,000 hectre expanse of thick woods is one of the most beautiful sceneries in Eastern Senegal. Most tourists who visit the region come purposely for sight seeing and hunting. The tourist peak season runs from December to April.
But inspite of its natural beauty, the region is one of the poorest in terms infrastructure: Road networks are very poor. For example the principal road from Kaolack to Tambacounda is in appalling condition with most tourists canceling their bookings.
The land of the Bassaris, the Budiks and the Dialonkes in the mountainous regions of Kedougou and the Fota Dialong remains inaccessible due to poor roads.
It is against this backdrop that Hotel Asta Kebe took the initiative to launch a campaign to improve the tourist sector in the region. The Hotel which was built in 1973 by Italian architects is the biggest but oldest hotels in the entire region with multiple rooms of all standard.
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