Senegal

Fantastic year round climate, beautiful beaches and French culture

Completely surrounding The Gambia, Senegal also has a year round fabulous warm climate, beautiful beaches, reach influenced culture and good wildlife.  It is also one of Africa’s premier bird watching destinations.  Highlights include:

  • the Sine Saloum Delta where the Sine and the Saloum rivers meet and flow into the Atlantic.  The whole area is rich in plants , wildlife and birds
  • Toubacouta in the south of the Sine Saloum Delta is an authentic Senegalese village. It is a great location for birdwatching and has a weekly market
  • Casamance in the south of Senegal is largely untouched by tourism and has a lush green coastline with some of the most beautiful beaches in West Africa
  • Cap Skirring in Casamance has astunning white sand coastline backed by palm forests, rice fields and a smattering of villages.  explore creeks by canoe and hire mountain bikes and venture inland
  • Kafoutine is the starting point for excursions through thick mangrove swamps to the Karon islands for great birdwatching and fishing
  • Kaolack has the second largest covered market in Africa after Marrakesh
  • Senegal has sone great birdwatching in Saloum Delta National park, the Reserves de Popenguine et de la Someone and in Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
  • Fans of fishing will enjoy fishing from traditional pirogues or motor boats.  Depending on the time of year the offshore waters are home to Dorado, Yellow Fin Tuna and Blue Marlin

 

  • Flying time: 6 hours 10 mins
  • Time difference: - 1 hour
  • Currency: West African CFA Franc
  • Best time of year to travel: Year round

Ideas for a trip to Senegal

Here are some ideas for trips to Senegal all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Eco Lodge stay

from £1,200 per person
Stay for a week in an eco lodge overlooking a lagoon yet only 20 minutes from the beach in northern Senegal. A great hopping off point for visits into the national parks, and also to Dakar. The hotel has its own bird watching hides. The hotel can arrange numerous activities including visits to villages, boat trips and walks.

Luxury Hotel & Safari Lodge Twin Centre

from £1299 per person
Four nights at the award-winning Ngala Lodge situated between the coastal resorts of Bakau and Fajara. Over the years, it has gained a well-deserved reputation for excellent standards and service. This is followed by 3 nights at the Fathala Wildlife Reserve located within 2,000 hectares of a 6,000 hectare national reserve near Karang in the Sine Saloum South region of Senegal

One week beach stay

from £1295 per person
One week at the Lamantin beach Resort & Spa which has an excellent reputation for elegant rooms, outstanding cuisine and first-class service. Its beachfront position on a fabulous stretch of sand is hard to beat, ensuring plenty of space to relax under the African sun. There is plenty to do with a watersports centre, and the Beach Club also offers a fitness centre and paddle tennis court.

Frequently Asked Questions

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No visa is needed for a trip of three months or less to Senegal. For latest information view the FCO travel pages.  

As wells ensuring usual immunisations are uptimes to date the following are also usually advised: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Yellow Fever Find more information on the NHS Fit For Travel website

Local laws reflect the fact that Senegal is a predominantly Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions so that they don’t offend others, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. In 2020, Ramadan is expected to begin on or around 23 April.

You should dress and behave modestly in public outside the main tourist areas. Bars and restaurants usually serve alcoholic drinks but drunkenness is considered offensive, and penalties for drink driving are severe. Kissing as a greeting is acceptable but kissing romantically in public is not.  View more on FCO travel pages 

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