TRAVEL SENEGAL

Senegal Itinerary

Golden beaches, a pink lake and buzzing city life

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Duration: at least 2 weeks

Best time to travel: November – May

Budget: $45 per day

Whether you are looking for history or just a change of scenery, Senegal is West Africa’s most-visited destination, which has made a solid contribution to the country’s growth. Upon landing in Dakar, you will see the African Renaissance Monument, which sets the tone for your stay: an experience rich in culture.

We visited both Senegal’s wild southern region Casammace and the more lively north with its cool cities and natural wonders.

  • Culture 90% 90%
  • Food 85% 85%
  • Parties 110% 110%
  • Activities 100% 100%

Backpacking Senegal was a memorable experience as we felt warmly welcomed everywhere. It is pretty time-consuming to travel from one place to another, but the journey is always worth it, and you most likely have made new friends by the time you arrive.

Why visit Senegal

Beaches in Senegal

Senegal’s beaches are perfect for a relaxing getaway with fine golden sand and clear blue waters. Senegal has many beaches, from endless expanses to hidden coves. There is something for everyone in Senegal. So, whether you want to relax on the beach or try some water sports, Senegal has the perfect beach for you. Senegal is a beach lover’s paradise.

Best beaches in Senegal

  • Abene & Kafountine
  • Ile de Ngor
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Morocco surfing

Surfing in Morocco

If you’re looking for an amazing winter surfing destination, you need to check out Morocco. The country has a 1,835 kilometers long coastline with great waves. Renting surfboards in Morocco is very cheap. If you feel like you need to pamper your body after a day of surfing, check out a Moroccan hammam!

Best surf spots in Senegal

    • Ile de Ngor

Wildlife in Senegal

Fathala Wildlife Reserve is a must. Located just outside Dakar, Senegal’s capital city, the reserve is home to various animals, including elephants, lions, and gorillas. It’s also a great place to see exotic birds such as ostriches and toucans. The Fathala Wildlife Reserve is one of the cheapest ways to experience an impressive safari in Africa. For about 50 euros per person, you can see zebras, antelopes, rhinoceroses, and giraffes up close. The Fathala Wildlife Reserve is a great way to experience an African safari without spending much money. You can see all sorts of animals up close, which is an unforgettable experience.

You’ll find beautiful hammams in:

    • Féz
    • Méknes
    • Marrakech
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Morocco desert

Teranga culture

Senegal is a country known for its teranga culture. This unique culture combines hospitality, respect, community, and solidarity. Often described as a set of values, teranga is much more than that. It is a way of life embraced by the people of Senegal. Teranga is about sharing what you have with others and showing respect for all people. It is also about being part of a community and working together for the common good. Teranga is a beautiful culture that is worth exploring. Senegal’s teranga culture was what made our trip so memorable!

Desert adventures from:

    • Marrakesh
    • Féz

Pink lake

If you’re looking for places to visit in Senegal, you won’t want to miss Lake Retba. Also known as Lac Rose, this unique lake lies just north of the Cap Vert Peninsula, northeast of Dakar. The lake is famed for its pink waters, which are caused by high levels of salt and algae. It’s a truly spectacular sight and one that’s well worth a visit.

Morocco’s most beautiful medinas

    • Marrakech
    • Fez
    • Méknes
    • Chefchouen
Pink Lake
Streetfood in Fes, Marokko

City life in Senegal

Senegal is one of the booming African destinations and offers an authentic glimpse into West African city life. Even though Dakar is our favorite, we urge you to try Saint Louis too! We will make a point of spending more time in Saint Louis next time around.

Dakar, the capital of Senegal, is a bustling metropolis with a rich history dating back to the 16th century. The city is home to numerous historical sites, including the House of Slaves and the African Renaissance Monument. In addition to its historical landmarks, Dakar is known for its vibrant nightlife and lively markets.

Saint Louis, Senegal’s second-largest city, is located on an island in the Senegal River. The town was once the capital of French West Africa and has maintained its colonial charm. Saint Louis is a great place to explore Senegal’s culture and heritage with its many museums and art galleries. There are also plenty of outdoor activities, such as taking a boat ride through the mangrove forests.

Food culture in Senegal

The food culture in Senegal is one of the things that makes it such a unique and exciting place to visit. The country is home to a variety of different culinary traditions. From traditional Senegalese dishes to more modern fare, you will be able to find something to your taste. And, of course, no trip to Senegal would be complete without trying the local street food. This is a great way to get a feel for the country and its people. So, whether you are looking for a new culinary adventure or want to try something different, check out the food culture in Senegal!

Morocco’s most beautiful medinas

    • Marrakech
    • Fez
    • Méknes
    • Chefchouen
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Get ready to travel Senegal

Language: English and Patois

Currency: Jamaican Dollar & US Dollars

Best time to travel to Senegal

The country has two seasons, the rainy and dry seasons. The best time to travel to Senegal is during the dry season, which runs from October to April. This is when temperatures are more relaxed, and there is less rainfall. The harmattan winds, which blow in from the Sahara Desert, also start to blow around this time. These winds can make conditions hot, dry, and dusty. However, they typically taper off by April when temperatures begin to climb again.

The renowned Saint Louis Jazz Festival is taking place in May.

Health

Senegal is a beautiful country with a lot to offer visitors. However, it’s important to be aware of the risks before you travel. Malaria, dengue fever and other tropical diseases are common, especially during the rainy season (June-September). You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Health facilities in Dakar are reasonable but are limited in the rest of Senegal. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Internet &Prepaid Sim cards in Senegal

The first thing we have to say about Senegal’s prepaid sim cards and data connection is that it’s fine in the big cities but it will be weak outside the cities. There are three phone operators in Senegal: Orange, Free, and Expresso. In general, the data packages are affordable in Senegal.

Tap water in Senegal

The water is not potable, so bring your Lifestraw Go.

Biggest challenges for the responsible traveler

Sunscreen: Protect marine life by wearing reef-friendly sunscreen.

Trash: Bring your Lifestraw Go to keep your water cold, and avoid buying bottled water. A foldable food container and cutlery will go a long way, too!

Photography: People around Lac Rose and Île de Gorée are susceptible to photography, so be extra sensitive. 

Trash: Bring your Lifestraw Go to keep your water cold, and avoid buying bottled water. A foldable food container and cutlery will go a long way, too!

Photography: People around Lac Rose and Île de Gorée are susceptible to photography, so be extra sensitive.

packing

Packing List Senegal

Not sure what to pack for your trip to Senegal? Check out our packing list for everything you need, from clothes to gear to eco-friendly toiletries.

Enjoy your trip without worrying about what you forgot to bring, and Immerse yourself in the culture of Senegal with all the right gear.

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Sustainable stays in Senegal

Senegal is not (yet) well-known as an eco-tourism. Nonetheless, you’ll find excellent locally owned accommodations and eco-friendly boutique hotels. Check out our favorite stays!

 

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