To travel is to broaden the mind and spirit. It offers an unmatched opportunity to not only learn about other cultures and people but also to re-discover self. Yet there is arguably no better way of making that discovery than through a trip to the motherland: Africa.
Recent reports have seen a hike in Africa’s tourism sector with the top three most visited destinations being: Egypt, Morocco and Ivory Coast (the usual suspects). We’ve decided to begin our foray into the land of our ancestors by visiting Senegal.
Today marks Senegal’s 57th Independence Day. The country is located in West Africa and boasts a territory in the shape of a lion-head – a veritable symbol of the nation’s great pride and resilient spirit. Not only is its landscape beautiful, but its people are known worldwide for their indelible hospitality. In fact Senegal is affectionately referred to as the land of ‘teranga’, which means ‘hospitality’ in Wolof, the country’s national language. We’ll be visiting in September to experience it first hand and have already listed a few must-sees (i.e. the African Renaissance Monument). But if you have any suggestions feel free to comment below.
In the meantime live vicariously though photographer Seyni Ba’s visual narrative of his home country.
Happy Independence Day Senegal!
Photo story by Seyni Ba