The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic realm of transition in between the to the north and the Sudanian savanna to the south. Having a semi-arid climate, it stretches across the south-central latitudes of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea.

Popular Destinations

A landlocked country in the Sahel, remains one of the poorest countries in the world, but it has wonderful musicians and some incredible sights, including four UNESCO World Heritage sites and the historic city of . Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

is the third largest country in . Getting a visa for is an expensive hit-and-miss affair, but if you do manage to get in, and you stick to the safe areas, you will probably have a memorable experience. Photo: Retlaw Snellac, CC BY 2.0.

is one of the poorest and most corruptly mis-governed countries in the world, with most of its inhabitants living in poverty as subsistence herders and farmers. Photo: Robertgrafl, Public domain.

is an arid, landlocked country of the Sahel. is a former French colony which was granted independence in 1960. Photo: Jacques Taberlet, CC BY-SA 3.0.


is a land of desert and ocean. It is of course no wonder that the main attractions for most tourists are the desert in Adrar and Tagant areas, and the ocean in Banc d'Arguin. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.


Latitude of center
14.3° or 14° 18' north
Longitude of center
21.7° or 21° 42' east

Also Known As

  • Afrikaans: Sahel
  • Arabic: Sahel
  • Arabic: الساحل
  • Arabic: الساحل الأفريقي
  • Arabic: الساحل الإفريقي
  • Arabic: ساحل
  • Arabic: منطقة الساحل
  • Armenian: Սահել
  • Arpitan: Sahèl afriquen
  • Asturian: Sahel
  • Azerbaijani: Sahel
  • Basque: Sahel
  • Belarusian: Сахель
  • Bengali: সহিল
  • Bengali: সাহেল
  • Bosnian: Sahel
  • Breton: Sahel
  • Bulgarian: Сахел
  • Catalan: Sahel
  • Catalan: Sahel africà
  • Chinese: 沙希爾
  • Chinese: 萨赫勒
  • Chinese: 萨赫勒地区
  • Chinese: 萨赫尔
  • Chinese: 薩赫勒
  • Chinese: 薩赫爾
  • Croatian: Sahel
  • Czech: Sahel
  • Danish: Sahel-zonen
  • Danish: Sahel
  • Dimli (individual language): Sahel
  • Dutch: Sahel-landen
  • Dutch: Sahel
  • Esperanto: Sahela zono
  • Esperanto: Sahelo
  • Esperanto: Sahelzono
  • Estonian: Sahel
  • Faroese: Sahel
  • Finnish: Sahel
  • Finnish: Saheli
  • Finnish: Sahelin alue
  • Finnish: Sahelin vyöhyke
  • Finnish: Sahelvyöhyke
  • French: Afrique sub-sahélienne
  • French: Sahel
  • French: Sahel africain
  • Galician: Deserto do Sahel
  • Galician: Sahel
  • Georgian: საჰელი
  • German: Sahel-Zone
  • German: Sahelzone
  • Greek: Σαχέλ
  • Hebrew: מדינות הסאהל
  • Hebrew: סאהל
  • Hebrew: סאחל
  • Hindi: सहल
  • Hindi: सहेल
  • Hungarian: Száhil öv
  • Icelandic: Sahel
  • Indonesian: Sahel
  • Irish: Saiheil
  • Italian: Africa saheliana
  • Italian: Sahel
  • Japanese: サヘル
  • Japanese: サヘル地域
  • Japanese: サヘル帯
  • Kazakh: Сахель
  • Korean: 사헬
  • Latvian: Sāhela
  • Latvian: Sāhelas zona
  • Lithuanian: Sachelis
  • Lithuanian: Sahelis
  • Macedonian: Сахел
  • Malagasy: Sahely
  • Malay: Sahel
  • Malayalam: സാഹേൽ
  • Marathi: साहेल
  • Northern Frisian: Sahel
  • Norwegian: Sahel
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Sahel-området
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Sahel
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Sahel-beltet
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Sahel
  • Occitan (post 1500): Sahèl
  • Persian: ساحل (منطقه)
  • Persian: ساحل
  • Persian: ساحل صحرا
  • Polish: Sahel
  • Portuguese: Saara
  • Portuguese: Sahel
  • Romanian: Sahara
  • Romanian: Sahel
  • Russian: Сахара и Сахель
  • Russian: Сахел
  • Russian: Сахель
  • Russian: Сахиль
  • Rusyn: Сахел
  • Serbian: Сахел
  • Serbo-Croatian: Sahel
  • Slovak: Sahel
  • Slovenian: Sahel
  • Somali: Sahel
  • Spanish: Sahel
  • Spanish: Sáhel
  • Swahili: Sahel
  • Swedish: Sahara
  • Swedish: Sahel
  • Swedish: Sahelbältet
  • Swedish: Sahelregionen
  • Tamil: சாகேல்
  • Tatar: Сәхил
  • Thai: Sahel
  • Thai: ซาเฮล
  • Turkish: Sahel
  • Ukrainian: Сахель
  • Urdu: ساحل
  • Venetian: Sahel
  • Vietnamese: Sahel
  • Waray (Philippines): Sahel
  • Welsh: Sahel
  • Welsh: Y Sahel
  • Western Frisian: Sahel
  • Western Panjabi: ساحل
  • Wolof: Sahel
  • Wu Chinese: 萨赫勒
  • Yue Chinese: 沙希爾
  • Africa sahariana
  • Saharan Afrikka

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