Senegal

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  Overview

Senegal is the place to head in West Africa. Long sandy-white beaches, a hip music scene, a crumbling colonial heritage, wildlife and incredibly friendly people make it a superb place for those who want to explore African culture, or just kick back and get into the vibe of the real Africa.

Couched between the arid desert lands in Northern Senegal and lush tropical forests in the south, this country boasts a stunning array of sights, sounds and flavours. The capital Dakar alone hands you the country in a capsule. Perched on the tip of a beach-lined peninsula, this dizzying city is composed elegance and street hustle all rolled into one.

The busy streets, vibrant markets and glittering nightlife will easily draw you into their relentless rhythm, but the escape route is always open - be it to the meditative calm of the historical I'le de Gor
ée or the golden sands of Yoff and N'Gor. And if Dakar's sensory overload really gets too much, architecturally beautiful Saint-Louis, the first French settlement in West Africa, boasts a vibrant urban culture without the inner-city bustle.


 
  Bordering Countries   Capital City   Currency  
  Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia   Dakar   West African Franc (CFA)  
             
  Official Language   Largest City   Dialling code  
  French   Dakar   +221  
   
 
 
 
 
           
           
           
  When to go

Senegal is favoured by a warm climate. The dry season runs from December through to April with cool trade winds in coastal areas. Throughout the rest of the year, a hot monsoon wind blows from the south bringing the rainy season and hot, humid weather. Rainfall is heaviest in the Casamance and in the southeast and slight in the Sahelian region in the north and northeast, where temperatures tend to be higher.

Best time to go: November to February (Dry and coll season)
High Season:
December to May
Low Season:
June and September
Best Weather: December to April
Worst Weather:
May to November (Extreme wet with the weather at its warmest and most humid)
Birding:
November to April (Migratory birds arrive in Senegal)
Beach Holiday: February to April (Waters are clear and just perfect for swimming and scuba diving)
   
               
 
           
Fast Fact

The Senegambian Stone Circles (Wanar and Sine Ngayene) were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. Each circle comprises ten to twenty-four stones, some weighing in at almost ten tones
           
           
Electricity / Voltage
Plugs / sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter

The voltage is 230 V
The plugs used are C or D or E or K
The electrical frequency is 50 Hz
           
           
Itravel's preferred Top Attractions
Brief descriptions of our recommended areas to visit
           
    Dakar
Experience the best of Senegal's capital on a panoramic drive. The sights range from the 1906 Presidential Palace to the traditional Kermel Market and the new Millennium Door monument.
 
         
    Saly
Saly is located on the 'Petite Cote', approximately 80 kilometres south of Dakar, with its variety of hotels, palm-fringed sandy beaches, calm clear waters, bars, restaurants, shops and a wide range of activities.
 
         
    St Louis
With its crumbling colonial architecture, horse-drawn carts and peaceful ambience, it has a unique historical charm, so much so it's been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2000. The old town centre sits on an island in the Senegal River, but the city sprawls into soar on the mainland.
 
         
    Lake Retba (Pink Lake)
It is so named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy, turning the waters pink. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily
 
         
    Toubacouta
The water, with its maze of mangrove landscape draws Toubacouta pace the daily lives of its inhabitants.  Located in the Saloum Delta, this small town is a perfect gateway to discover the natural wealth of the region and its culture.
 
         
    Saloum Delta
Saloum Delta or Sine-Saloum Delta is a river delta in Senegal at the mouth of the Saloum River where it flows into the North Atlantic Ocean. The delta covers 180,000 hectares. It extends 72.5 kilometers along the coastline and 35 kilometers inland
 
         
 
 

 

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