Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make an attractive destination. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques remain among the top attractions in Senegal. It is easy to immerse yourself in the thriving music scene or the local arts culture and eat and shop like a native.
Things to know before visit Senegal
Senegal is the coolest place in west Africa. It has a tropical climate which is hot and humid with a long rainy season that last from May to November. The dry season is short and is from December to April. The coolest months are between December and January with temperatures ranging between 30 and 32 °C .
The capital city of Senegal, Dakar is a great way to be introduced to the country with vibrant markets, gliterring nightlife, great beaches to unwind and cultural attractions to explore. A must-visit is the Museum of African Arts, the old Dutch slave trade ruins found on Goree Island and the African embroidery bazaars. The local cuisine is also a must try at any of the Lebanese eateries in Sandaga Market.
It is also called Ndar and was the oldest French colony where the Europeans squires lived. It is a small fishing town that sprawls on a small island. One of the most visited places here is the church dating back to 1828. There is a Muslim cemetery here as well that is worth a visit. A good way to explore the town is walking around the French-style colonial buildings with shady arcades and small cafes.
Whilst in Africa, a visit to a national park is a must. In Senegal, the Niokolo Koba National Park is the most popular with unique wild creatures and also varied landscapes. Take a safari around the park and you will surely spot a hippo, lion, antelope and a crocodile.
This small car-free island lies off the coast of Dakar and is renowned for the part it played in the 15th- to 19th-century Atlantic slave trade era. There are many historical monuments to explore here; from the House of Slaves, which is now a museum to the 9th-century Fort d’Estrées that has the IFAN Historical Museum and the Henriette Bathily Women’s Museum that talks about the role of women in West African society. This place is also a visual masterpiece with ancient, elegant, buildings with beautiful facades and narrow alleyways with flowing bougainvilleas adding a splash of color to the place.
Travel Advisory:For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity:While traveling to Senegal it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter with multiple plug configurations. The standard voltage is at 230V and the frequency is 50 Hz.