Mbour is located in the middle of the Petite Cote region, only 80 km south of Dakar. Supporting a population of around 200,000, it is Senegal’s fifth-largest city and one of the country’s fastest-growing.
The sandy beaches of Mbour and especially Saly are popular tourist attractions. The Bandia Game Park is 20 km from the institute and hosts many species, native and non-native to Senegal.
The IRD site, which hosts AIMS Senegal, offers many natural attractions, including over 350 species of birds, unique trees and other flora and fauna.
A great base to explore the region, Mbour is located less than a day trip away from many other interesting sites on the Petite Cote and the nearby Sine Saloum: visit the beaches, markets, Joal Fadiouth, la Réserve de Bandia, La Somone or Popenguine.
A large city, Mbour contains a melange of all of the countries’ ethnic groups and languages. While Wolof is spoken widely, Sereer, Pulaar and French are equally widely used.