Practical information : Accomodation Senegal
Budget & Tips
Campsites, hotels, lodges, guest houses and hostels, there is a wide choice of accommodation in Senegal. Even if there is something for everyone, the prices will depend on the comfort you are looking for and also on the city where you are going to stay.
In Dakar, for example, it will be difficult to find cheap accommodation and you will often have to pay twice as much as in the interior of the country. As for hotels, there are several categories available to travellers, from the family structure to large luxury chains. The mid-range hotels combine good services (swimming pool, wifi, indoor bathroom...) and an unparalleled conviviality. This type of accommodation is a good compromise, but the price is between 45 and 100 €. In Dakar, Saly and Cap Skirring, the luxury hotels offer all the comfort sought by a Westerner who would like to rub shoulders with Senegal without getting in touch with the local atmosphere: shops, private beach, swimming pool, restaurants and various animations. Apart from Dakar, most of them offer excursions to their clients, in parks or reserves, dugout canoe rides, deep-sea fishing... The prices vary according to the services, but it will often be necessary to pay between 80 and 150 € for one night. For more or less the same price, you can also stay in luxury lodges or ecolodges, offering exceptional settings in the middle of nature, such as in the heart of the desert in Lompoul, on the edge of the mangrove or on an island in the Sine-Saloum. Several guest houses have flourished in recent years. They are run by Senegalese families, but also by Europeans. The atmosphere there is warm and friendly, and you will be able to benefit from all the advice and good tips from your hosts! The price generally varies according to the comfort of the accommodation, between 20 and 50 € per night. Campsites, too, have sprouted up like mushrooms in recent years. They can be found in the interior of the country, usually in remote places. This is the best way to discover Senegal and immerse yourself in the culture. They are charming, friendly, and sometimes close to the hotel category. However, you will sometimes have to accept to put aside your western comfort for the time of your stay. The rooms are housed in huts or bungalows, and equipped with the bare minimum. Often, the sanitary facilities are located outside, and you will have to take an African-style shower, with a bucket of cold water, which tends to be lukewarm, or that you can ask to be heated. In Casamance, the village camps are managed by the Federation of Village Camps (FECAV), which ensures uniformity in prices and whose profits are used in activities of community interest. Prices vary greatly depending on the location and condition of the huts, and range from €10 to €15 per person. You should also be aware that establishments are required to charge a tourist tax of 1,000 FCFA per day and per person, whether or not included in the advertised price.
To be booked
Remember to book several days in advance at lodges or camps located on islands or in remote areas.
What's very local
In guesthouses, hostels or campsites, you will usually be invited to share the famous ataya.
For food lovers
In guest houses, in inns or campsites, you can taste local juices and home-made jams made from bissap or bouye. Copious Senegalese specialties, such as chicken yassa or thié bou dienne, will also be on the menu!
The establishments are now non-smoking, but you will be able to consume your cigarette outside or in the reserved areas.
Beware, in some big cities, Senegalese people sometimes accost you to offer you cheap, but often unhealthy accommodation. These guesthouses are illegal, having no authorization. In case of problem, needless to say that you will have no recourse.