Senegal holidays tips

Senegal holidays tips

No doubt, Senegal is West Africa most-visited place, which has made a powerful contribution to the country’s growth. Upon landing in Dakar, you will view the African Renaissance Monument, which truly sets the tone for your stay: an experience rich in culture. So book your cheap flights to Senegal now.

Here are some of the best holidays to Senegal tips and tricks:

What to wear

When traveling around Senegal with Senegal tour packages, bear in mind that it is mostly Muslim country. While many Senegalese show remarkable acceptance for other religious practices and customs, it is still a conservative society that honors modest dress codes for both women and men.

Women should reject short shirts and skirts, and men should not wear shorts. Just as an alert, Muslim Senegalese might also be offended by public drunkenness and public shows of affections, so keep it to a minimum.

Best time to visit

Senegal is a really year-round place. Temperatures hover in the high 20s most of the year, and if you stay close to coast the heat is unlikely to become unbearable even at the warmest times of year. The only seriously wet months are September, August and July, and even during these months you can guess pleasantly hot temperatures and lush greenery. November to May is the country’s drier and cooler season: tourism peaks between November and February so try March to May for a more peaceful visit with beautiful weather.

Food & drink

Freshly landed Atlantic fish is affordable and tasty everywhere on the Senegalese coast. Much of the sole, tuna and grouper is air-freighted to Europe, so enjoy it here at a fraction of the price. All through Senegal there is a powerful French influence, especially in the buttery sauces that accompany the ubiquitous fish stews and chicken with rice.

Most locals are Muslims and do not drink alcohol; anyway, restaurants serve costly French wine and affordable priced, domestically brewed Flag beer. Outside of Dakar, vegetarian food is difficult to find.

Health

Though a yellow fever vaccine is not needed to enter Senegal, it is advised, as are a typhoid vaccine and malaria pills. Using a best mosquito repellent, carrying tissues and wearing sunblock are all important. It can also be very dusty during the dry season, so having allergy pills on hand can also be supportive. Do not be alarmed to view horse carts, cows and roaming goats as well as buses packed with locals all sharing the same bad roads with vehicles.

Getting around

A 4WD with a driver is pretty costly, but the only practical way to reach many places in Senegal. Self-drive vehicle can hire is easy, but usually more costly than with a driver because of insurance implications.

The rail network, including the Saint-Louis/Dakar line, is now defunct. The only guesses are a couple of lines to the Dakar suburbs, and the extremely hit-and-miss service from Dakar to Bamako in Mali.

Accommodation

Budget accommodation is difficult to find in Dakar; most of the affordable hotels are quite dodgy. Top end hotels and Midrange are rich but overpriced. Inland, accommodation is provided in bungalows or roundhuts. In remote places, there is generally someone in the village willing to offer up a hut.

Clare Louise

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