The Rhino Resort Hotel & Spa


This polished, high-end hotel is 6 minutes’ walk from the nearest beach, 12 minutes’ walk from modern art at the Musée Khelcom, and 2 km from Golf de Saly.

Stylish rooms offer mosquito nets, minibars, tea and coffeemakers, safes, flat-screen TVs and soaking tubs, and some add 4-poster beds and loft bedrooms. Suites have living areas, and an upgraded 2-bedroom suite features furnished terraces, a private pool and meeting rooms.

Amenities include 2 refined, open-air restaurants, a chic lounge and 2 outdoor pools, as well as a man-made beach with a bar. There’s a 24-hour gym, and a luxe spa offers massages and beauty treatments.

Spa Treatments

Four private rooms and multiple relax experiences offer a unique environment based on the union of modern techniques and traditional oriental therapies.

Spa Water Area

Located on the main floor, the water always maintains, through solar panels, a temperature between 30 – 32°C. The spa area features the following facilities:

  • Jacuzzis: 2 big Jacuzzis with capacity for 9 people
  • Transact waterbeds: 3 waterbeds
  • Water jets: 3 connected water jets
  • Waterfall: we built a reproduction of a natural waterfall that cascades 200,000 liters of water per hour
  • Cold swimming pool: small cold pool with capacity for 5 people. Maintains a temperature of 18°C
  • Hammam: also known as Turkish bath, our eucalyptus scented hammam has a capacity for 8 people. Temperature always varies between 45°C – 55°C
  • Relax area: contains a floor covered with artificial grass, several sun loungers, and an individual shower and restroom

Rue du Karting s/n – Saly Tapee – Saly – Sénégal

T + 221 339573744 F + 221 339573844

Bandia Reserve, where the monkey stole my pizza…


The Bandia wildlife reserve is a real ecological jewel in the crown of Senegal. It has succeeded in reintroducing much of the marvelous native flora and of some of Africa’s best loved animals, many of which had gradually disappeared, some of them centuries ago, due to demographic pressure and poaching. In the grandiose setting of giant baobabs, thorny scrub and lush vegetation, you will get a heart stopping sight of big antelopes and gazelles in their herds. All this lies within the 3,500 hectares of fenced natural habitat.

Bandia lies 65km from Dakar and 15km from Saly-Portugal (the seaside resort town on the “Petite Côte”) on the main road (N1) to Mbour and Casamance.

Visitors can get around the reserve in a private car or four wheel drive vehicle or in the reserve’s own safari trucks which can be hired on site. If you do not have your own transport, then you can sign up to one of the visits organised by the major hotels in Saly or Dakar. Hiring one of their guides is required, yet they are matchless in their ability to spot a baby giraffe, a vulture’s nest, or a lone buffalo.

You will get close to most of the animals : a real treat for photographers! You will also be able to get out and walk at times and may even get a closer look at a rhinoceros hidden in the bush, but stay inside around male ostriches (with the black and white plumage) who are often aggressive especially in the mating season.

Mmmmm…. Pizza!

After the tour, you can visit the restaurant and bar overlooking a waterhole where buffaloes wallow and crocodiles lurk looking like floating logs. Featured at the restaurant are some of the best prepared game meats around, including an Antelope burger! Who knew? But be careful, as lurking not far off are some of the local monkeys, who WILL steal your food if you look the other way!


Adults  12,000 F cfa (18,5 €)

Children 12 and under: 7,000 F cfa (10,5 €)

Use outside vehicle (personal,taxi,car) 10,000 Fcfa (15 €)

Safari truck rental with up to 11 seats 40,000 F cfa (61 €)

up to 25 seats 60,000 F cfa (91 €)

Guide (compulsory) 6,500 Fcfa/véhicule (10 €)

More info:

Sindia, Senegal

Telephone : 33 958 2024/  77 556 5927 / 77 565 5556

Fax : (221) 33 832 8610

Le Lamentin Hotel Resort and Spa


The Lamantin Beach Resort & Spa is located in Saly, 80 km in the South of Dakar, on the Small Coast. 145 spacious, comfortable and well equipped rooms are situated among gardens completely refurbished by a designer who knows how to ally comfort and decoration, along with the styles of the craftsmen of Senegal.


Restaurant La Terrasse du Port features live music and shows multiple days a week, with lunch Buffet and Lobster dinner on Sundays, and a Jazz Gala evenings on Thursdays. The Beach Club hosts a Dance party in the High Season every Saturday night. The SPA by the Lamantin Beach is the 1st African center of balneotherapy, offering many services and products in the practice.


  • African Cooking
  • Oriental Dance
  • Massages
  • Aquagym
  • Djembe
  • African Arts and Crafts Village

For the children :

  • Arts and crafts including painting on sand and glass
  • Intro to African drumming
  • Wii and Xbox (free)

The Spa:  

  • Hydrotherapy swimming pool
  • Massage showers
  • Hydromassage baths
  • Hammam
  • Relaxation room
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Cabin Duo for couples

More information:

Saly Nord, Somone 2338, Senegal

Phone: +221 33 957 07 77

Hotels: Tama Lodge (Plage de Cocotiers)


Avenue de la Mer

Plage des Cocotiers

Tama lodge is as good as it gets in Senegal and one of the very best small hotels in West Africa. We have visited about 10-15 resorts in Senegal and Tama Lodge is our favorite. The lodge really shines in three areas: customer service/attention to detail, local flavor, and the food. It was established about 11 years ago and the daughter of the man who built the lodge (Elizabeth) now runs it. She speaks French and also English quite well, which means it is also a nice place for Anglophones to visit.

The top selling point for us, by far, was the customer service and their attention to detail. Tama lodge does it right and is heads and shoulders above any other hotel in Senegal. Each and every employee was pleasant and helpful. Full stop. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the parking attendant, friendliness and warmth welcomed us with every interaction with the staff. They went out of their way to make sure that we were happy and taken care of throughout our visit. This is a real rarity in Senegal and made our stay really wonderful. As an example of their attention to detail, we noted that each beach chair has freshly laundered sheets covering them (as opposed to ratty towels or just nothing, like most of the nicer beach resorts in Senegal). Also, the rooms are wonderfully designed in a local style, but then also have very nice and fluffy towels, and good toiletries (again, something that even nicer hotels in Senegal tend to overlook or mess up). Another example was that at breakfast, each table got its own little thermos of coffee so that there was always enough hot coffee right at the table. Again, they pay attention to detail here and it really shows.

The “local flavor” was also excellent. The entire lodge is made in a local design and completed by local artisans from Mbour. There is almost nothing from Europe and this really makes this place special. From the exquisitely designed rooms (where, I might add, everything works well — water pressure, A/C, etc), to the dining area which uses locally crafted wood tables, plates, etc. Also, it is right on the beach and the Tama lodge staff cleans the beach in front of their lodge. They have a private sun lounge area right next to the public beach, as well. The only possible downside is that they do not have a swimming pool or TVs in the rooms, but I actually really liked this as it added to the overall feel of being “off the grid.”

Finally, the food was excellent. We tried each of the offerings on the fixed menu the night that we stayed there and they were all delicious. Many hotels/lodges in Senegal look cool, but then underperform on either the customer service or the food. Tama looks great, and excels in all areas; the two cooks (both women) really put on a great meal (we had dinner and breakfast there, but not lunch).

As for the cost, it isn’t cheap, but then again one is happy to pay a bit more for this kind of place. We were very happy with the value for the quality we experienced. We really cannot recommend this place highly enough. It is not a big resort, but the boutique feel makes it something really special and truly unique in West Africa. We plan to return many times and to recommend to all of our friends.