Senegal gained independence from France in 1960. Before it gained independence, from 1850-1960 Senegal was a French Colony. Consequently, French is still the dominant language spoken. The Senegalese do not use English to communicate. Therefore, you will need to speak French or the Native language, Wolof.

Mauritania borders the nation to the north, Mali to the east, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. The Atlantic Ocean neighbors the nation on its western border. Dakar, the capital city, is in the west region of Cap Vert-Thies. Casamance and Tambacounda are two areas that comprise the southern portion of the country. Kaolack and Fatick, two important cities, reside in the heart of the mainland.

Currently, it is risky to travel to this country. The neighboring countries are suffering from the onslaught of an Ebola outbreak.

Aside from the risk, Senegal like any other African country is full of diverse flora and fauna. You will enjoy your time here. It has a tropical climate. You can visit between the months of December and April while the weather is dry and appropriate for traveling. September is the most popular month for travelers. 

Getting Around

The Fathala Reserve, a favorite hotel, allows you to drive yourself around. Wild animals and colorful birds will come out and greet you on your journey. Within the country, a seven seated wagon is the most common means of transportation. The drivers will often try to fool tourists, so it is important to be aware. Travel is not too costly. For example, going from Dakar to the southwestern city Ziguinchor costs approximately $15.91 USD.

One USD is equal to 596 West African CFA Francs. The currency exchange is available throughout the country, with rates being more preferable at border points. ATMs are available throughout Senegal. However, many of them do not accept foreign cards. American Express credit cards are the most widely acceptable. Diners Club, Visa, and MasterCard are not so much. 

Senegal is not one of the expensive African countries. You can taste a few Senegalese dishes at affordable prices. Seafood cuisines are popular dishes due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean.

You can find hire car companies, such as Hertz and Europcar, in Dakar and the main towns. Pick-up points are available at Dakar Airport and at several depots throughout the city. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. Traveling by road is the safest and easiest way to get around the country. Taxis with meters are available in most towns. Rates increase after midnight. It’s also cheaper to hail a taxi in the street than arrange from the hotel. 

As for electricity, Senegal uses types C, D, E and K sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

August 16, 2016 12:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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