Senegal's first president was Léopold Sédar Senghor, poet and academic. A poet president is a good symbol of Senegal, a country of music and griots, a country with incessant noise and multiple languages. If French is the national language, you can hear ethnic languages such as Wolof, Serere or Diola, languages as varied as the Senegalese landscapes, in the streets of Dakar and Saint-Louis, in the markets of Kermel and Soumbédioune and on the island of Fadiouth. From the desert of northern Senegal, to the "green" Casamance, passing through Dakar, the Petite côte, the Sine-Saloum, the Kaolack region and the Niokolo-Koba park, Senegal's landscapes and tourist attractions are numerous and unknown. It is true that apart from Saly, its beaches and resorts, and Gorée, the slave island, the destination lacks notoriety and much is gained by discovering this country of fishermen and pirogues, villages in the bush, and Sahelian deserts. Above all, it is worth testing the concept of teranga, this innate sense of hospitality that is rooted in the country's culture. Convinced? So, do not hesitate and go and visit, with your tourist guide from Senegal, this region "on the edge of Africa"...

What to visit Senegal?

When to go to Senegal?

The weather is sunny and dry almost all year round. Also the best time to travel to Senegal is between November and June: the temperatures are ideal (especially between April and June) and you will not suffer too much from the heat during this period. This is certainly the best time to visit natural regions and large parks. More precisely, April and May for animal reserves. Be aware that during the winter season, the rainy season from July to October, both Djoudj and Niokolo Koba National Parks are not of great interest. There is no need to stroll around these areas for long periods in the summer. Similarly, the Senegal River region is at this unbearably hot period. However, all of Senegal is not losing interest: if Tambacounda becomes a furnace during the rainy season, the Bedik and Bassari countries are covered with a unique green canvas at this time of year. Casamance, a greener region, benefits from a longer rainy season, starting in April or May

How to go to Senegal? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Stays on the beaches of Saly, cultural tours, discovery of typical villages, excursions in the desert, ascent of the Senegal River... organized trips are very numerous to discover the country of the Teranga. It is up to you to choose the option that suits you according to your budget, your desires and your availability.

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It is advisable to book your accommodation in advance. This will make your trip much easier. If Senegal is a safe country overall (even if the Sahel zone and Casamance sometimes experience certain troubles), do not forget that it is a poor country and where your wealth can attract envy: be vigilant. Being accompanied by a local guide can be helpful.

In Senegal, public transport (in the city or to connect cities) is not very reliable in terms of timetables and comfort. However, you can opt for the bush taxi or the fast car to travel in an African style. Taxis in the streets of Dakar are very useful (even if the traffic is often hellish). Renting a car is often the most convenient way to leave Dakar. Finally, canoes are picturesque and frequent in Casamance and in the Sine-Saloum

Prepare for your trip Senegal

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The weather is sunny and dry almost all year round. Also the best time to travel to Senegal is between November and J...
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Weather forecast

Senegal, located in the intertropical zone, is subject to two distinct seasons.

The dry season from Novembe...
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Budget

The currency is the West African franc (FCFA). For a Westerner, a trip to Senegal will not be very expensive (except...
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Formalities

Since 1 May 2015, European Union nationals wishing to travel to Senegal do not need a visa. The same is tr...
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Health

Without being alarmist, we must be vigilant in Senegal. Treatment against malaria, yellow fever and hepatitis A vacci...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is advisable to book your accommodation in advance. This will make your trip much easier. If Senegal is a safe cou...
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How to get organized?

Stays on the beaches of Saly, cultural tours, discovery of typical villages, excursions in the desert, ascent of the...
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Getting around

In Senegal, public transport (in the city or to connect cities) is not very reliable in terms of timetables and comfo...
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