The Casamance is one of Senegal’s most beautiful regions, with lush tropical landscapes, myriad waterways and the unique culture of the Diola, the largest ethnic group of the region. On the western coast, Senegal’s finest beaches spread in a wide strip of white sand from Cap Skiring north towards the ‘hip’ villages of Kafountine and Abéné, only broken by a mangrove-lined delta where the Casamance River spills into the Atlantic.
Over the last decades, the region has unfortunately become better known for an ongoing separatist rebellion than its attractive landscape. At the time of writing, a peace deal signed between the Senegalese government and insurgents had calmed things down, and tourists had started returning to the region. Still – always check the latest situation before setting out.