French influences blend with the country's African identity and in the capital city of Dakar, the pulsating heart of urban Africa, Parisian-style cafes rub shoulders with funky venues blaring out exotic beats.
Groups can base themselves in one of Dakar's four-star properties such as the Le Meridien, Novotel or Sofitel hotels and go on to visit the nearby island of Goree, which is now a Unesco-listed preserved memorial to the slave trade. The island is just 20 minutes from Dakar by ferry, but groups can hire a catamaran and dine on the boat while passing bird colonies and enjoying massage treatments.
If that sounds a bit too leisurely, groups can dive in the hidden bays of the Cap Vert or hire 4x4s and recreate the Paris-Dakar rally, or check out the phenomenon of the Pink Lake, an expanse of water rich in minerals.
For gala dinners, Senegalese feasts of chicken yassa, peanut-based stews and marinated fish can be served in a traditional Mauritanian tent by the ocean. Leopold Sedar Senghor airport receives flights from European carriers such as Air France, Alitalia and Iberia.