Centre Fagaru is a 30 hectares property facing superb mangrove covered creeks that connect the site to the numerous islands of the Saloum River Delta, which is designated as a UNESCOs World Heritage Site. An old sacred grove covers half of the property. The taboos and myths surrounding this tiny little place have contributed to the preservation of a superb forest, one of the last remaining biological hotspot of the region with endangered species of plants and animals. The sacred grove is one of the last viable habitats for the Red colobus (Procolobus badius temmincki), a vulnerable primate species threatened by the destruction of the tropical gallery forests, which constitute its natural habitat.

Therefore, a strong conservation ethic is at the heart of the creation of Centre Fagaru and the conservation and development programme recognises the need for a multi-dimensional approach that takes into account the fragility of ecosystems and habitats while simultaneously fostering sustainable community development. 

Unencumbered by any industry, pollution or population, Centre Fagaru is suitable for educational travel, retreats and eco-holidays.


Fagaru is a term and a concept in Wolof (one of the national languages in Senegal) meaning self-empowerment; and often implies empowering individuals and communities to take control of their own situation. Fagaru as a concept acknowledges the necessity to enhance attitudinal capabilities and harness on communities resources to properly address and solve complex social challenges.

As a community action tool Fagaru is well-rooted in the cultural heritage of many ethnic groups in Senegal. It is called upon in many and diverse critical situations to raise awareness and convene individuals and social groups to join forces to address specific societal challenges.

Therefore, the choice of the name Centre Fagaru to designate the rural community centre created in 1998 to  preserve and protect the indigenous forest at the site and to allow new occupational activities to emerge through the promotion of rural entrepreneurship and social innovation. 

Biocultural Heritage

There are few studies of forest fragments in Senegal, the ecology and behaviour of species in forest remnants and the effects of habitat reduction and isolation. Thus, the sacred grove at Centre Fagaru is of valuable importance for studies focusing on species resilience and looking at ways to provide multifunctional ecosystems that deliver a variety of ecological goods and services.

The Sacred Grove

Fagaru Social Innovation Lab.

The Social Lab is established to enhance education and research at Centre Fagaru. The Social Lab provides a framework within which strong inter-disciplinary training, research and experiential learning activities can be conducted to advance biodiversity conservation, eco-entrepreneurship and economic welfare. Our focus is on rural communities established around protected areas.

Rural entrepreneurship

Staying at Centre Fagaru

Centre Fagaru is designed as an interpretive site and its strategic location nearby a national park, marine protected areas and other sites of ecological and historic importance offers great possibilities for combining educational and recreational activities. Guests can enjoy the natural surroundings and participate in a variety of guided tours to discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of the region.

Fagaru Ecolodge

Saloum River Delta

Saloum River Delta

Our location – Centre Fagaru

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