Make the most of your stay for the Eiffage Dakar Tollway Marathon to visit this country which abounds in extraordinary sites to visit. Discover the legendary Senegalese Téranga! Senegal is an an ideal destination for families or friends; even more so in the month of February thanks to mild and pleasant temperatures.
A country of tourism and discoveries, Senegal offers visitors a complete change of scenery thanks to its rich and varied cultural heritage.
The climate; dry tropical, is characterized by two seasons: a dry season from November to June and a rainy season from July to October.
Like many countries in Africa, Senegal is characterized by linguistic and cultural diversity. French is the official language. Six languages are national languages: Wolof, Serer, Pulaar, Mandinka, Soninké and Diola.
Here are some – but not all - of the sites to visit in Senegal.
Ile de Gorée - Gorée Island
You will discover beautiful colonial style houses in warm colours; sandy lanes filled with magnificent bougainvilleas... Gorée Island, off the coast of Dakar, is steeped in surprising harmony and calm, but don’t forget the dark days of the slavery trade; the House of Slaves is a living testimony to this. Gorée is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ferries connect Dakar to the island of memories every day. To find out the departure times of ferries leaving Dakar, follow this link.
Its real name, Lake Retba, nicknamed ‘the Pink Lake’, refers to the colour that the sunlight sometimes gives in reaction to the algae it is packed with. It is its very high salinity which explains the phenomenon. Real scenes of typical life unwind: men and women, gathering, piling high and carting the salt to the banks of the lake.
Djoudj National Park
Djoudj National Park is exceptional! Pelicans, pink flamingos, cormorants, herons... and hundreds of migratory bird species have chosen to reside there. Let yourself be tempted by going there by pirogue.
Casamance is a region between Gambia and Guinea; not to be missed during any trip to Senegal. The most fertile region of the country, with abundant vegetation, also attracts visitors for its mythical Atlantic Coast; bordered by splendid first-class beaches; most notably Cap-Skirring.
A major stop among seaside resorts in Senegal, the Petite-Côte, south of Dakar, resembles one long beach that extends along the Atlantic Ocean. Many nautical activities are found there; ideal for a relaxing family holiday.
Îles de la Madeleine - Madeleine Islands
Madeleine Islands, an ornithological sanctuary made national park in 1976, is located off the coast of Dakar. Sterns, Northern Gannets, Jaegers, Black Kites, etc. A natural paradise where man has not chosen to live
Niokolo Koba National Park
Over 900,000 ha crossed by the River Gambia made up of varied landscapes and protected fauna. Accompanied by a guide and ‘armed’ with patience that you will see the largest number of animals (warthogs, lions, hippopotami, crocodiles etc.) that populate Niokolo Koba National Park. Not to be missed!
Entry to Senegal
Senegal has dropped the entrance visa on national territory since 1st May 2015. If you are a national of one of the countries named below, you do not need a visa. However, you must have a passport and/or ID card and/or laisser passer issued by this country (these documents must be valid for a minimum of six months).
African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and Tunisia.
European countries: France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
Other countries: Canada, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, South Korea & USA.
For more information, follow this link.
Currency & exchange
Senegal uses the CFA franc; currency pegged to the Euro and whose rate of exchange is fixed. As a guide, 1€ = 655.957 CFA
Numerous banking groups are established in Senegal. CBAO-Attijariwafa Bank, SGBS (subsidiary of Société Générale) or BICIS (subsidiary of BNP) have a wide network of agencies and ATMs in Dakar and all the country. It is also possible to change money.
Senegal is aligned with the Greenwich Meridian Line. Local time is GMT i.e. the time difference with France is 1 hour in winter, and 2 hours in summer.
Vaccinations are strongly advised for short trips are: tetanus, polio, diphtheria, meningococcal, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Malaria prevention is strongly advised.
Ask your current doctor.