Senegal has become a very popular tour destination in West Africa. Only seven hours from New York City or three hours from Ghana, a combination tour of Senegal and The Gambia provides great value for the budget-minded, and for those with limited time. If you are planning your first trip to Africa, the choice of Senegal is certain to generate lasting memories. You land in Dakar, a cosmopolitan city with an unmistakable stamp of French influence. From sun-drenched beaches to tropical rain forests, Senegal plays host both to vacationing Europeans and Americans and ever increasing numbers of Africans.