Oussouye Department

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Fromager (Kapok) trees at Diembéring
Fromager (Kapok) trees at Diembéring
Location in the Ziguinchor Region
Location in the Ziguinchor Region
Country  Senegal
Region Ziguinchor Region
Capital Oussouye
 • Total 891 km2 (344 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 48,332
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Oussouye Department is one of the departments of Senegal, located in the Ziguinchor Region. It's situated in Basse Casamance, on the right bank of the mouth of the Casamance River.


Oussouye is its main village, which is also the only commune of the department.

It is divided in two arrondissements made up of rural districts (communautés rurales):

Historic sites [1][edit]

Multistorey houses at Mlomp
  • Karabane, historic centre, Loudia Arrondissement
  • Residence of the Prefect at Oussouye
  • 100-year-old fromager (kapok) trees of Kagnout
  • Wells of El Hadj Umar Tall at Elinkine, Loudia Arrondissement. (Water was found where he threw his rosary, according to legend)
  • multistorey houses at Mlomp


The most important economic activities are farming, specially rice farming in the mangrove zone, tourism and fishing. Oussouye is one of the biggest touristic centers in Senegal, with seaside resorts like Cap-skirring and Djimbéring. Fishing is also an important source of revenue thanks to the existence of the mangrove ecosystem.

Coordinates: 12°29′06″N 16°32′49″W / 12.48500°N 16.54694°W / 12.48500; -16.54694