Dakar, the country's capital, is situated 280 miles (451 kilometers) west of Matam.
Senegal is a firm fixture on the tourist trail, which means getting around is relatively easy. Be sure to set aside enough time to explore the incredible range of things to see and do this region has to offer.
No matter what your spiritual beliefs, visitors are sure to find a little enlightenment in Senegal's mosques and other holy sites.
Make the most of the knowledge of the locals by signing up for one of the wildlife safaris.
Long-time travelers understand that trying popular local dishes is a good technique to really get to know an area. Lamb and also pea are frequently used in dishes here. Follow the hungry locals and order thieboudienne (fish, rice and tomato sauce) or yassa (spicy, marinated fish/chicken). Senegal is the perfect place to fill up on mouthwatering banana fritters. For an alcohol-free beverage, enjoy fresh juice.
Respectful travelers know that one of the best ways to get the most from a trip is to understand a variety of useful words in the native language. "Je viens de..." is the French way to say "I come from..." A second useful one to use "Comment est-ce que vous vous appelez ?" (What's your name?).
At the end of your holiday in Matam, put the lens cap back on your camera, spend your last of your West African francs on last-minute souvenirs, and bid Au revoir / À bientôt (farewell) to this unique holiday spot.