Senegal is considered as a favorable destination to have an unforgettable moments during holidays. However, to have a thrilled trip you need to know beforehand about what you can or you want to do to not a waste of time and money. This article will share you some information.
Knowing Senegal before going there will not only help you to organize from the start of a journey without inconvenience but will also help you to prepare yourself mentally, physically and financially. That is why in this article, we offer you some useful ideas on this beautiful African country. Especially regarding its location and its climate, its culture and activities, you can meet the potential drawbacks and sites that make Senegal a country truly rich and interesting for tourism. You will therefore have the leisure to fully enjoy your stay in the calm.
Why choose Senegal as a destination?
With its capital located in Dakar and West Africa, below and beside Mauritania Mali, Senegal is a desert in the north as in the center, reaching at times the 46 degree C, but on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather is pleasant. The best time to visit is from December to March, where the climate is suitable for all activities, to take long walks, exploring the flora and wildlife or to visit the various parks and managed reserves, or go to Dakar, including its Theodore Monod museum and its legendary port. Furthermore, the Senegalese population has the merit of being very hospitable; it usually reserves a warm welcome for tourists particularly at the Teranga. This helps you to spend some pleasant moments with residents who are the best equipped to guide you.
Which of the Senegalese sites are worthy to mention?
The island of Fadiouth, or the Isle of shells, is probably the most impressive island of Senegal, offering a quaint and located a hundred kilometers from the Senegalese capital. Apart from their beaches, Nianing which is the best known, the Rose Lake of Saint Louis attracts more visitors. But you can also visit the House of Slaves, a few minutes cruising Dakar. There is also the famous Stone Circles of Senegambia, located on the border Gambia-Senegal, used in prehistoric times for various ceremonies or dedications. You can also visit the parks like Niokolo Koba or so Saloum Delta. Lions, elephants, hippos, buffaloes and monkeys are present while in the North you can see above warthogs or jackals. You can even find a park for birds, the National Park Bird Sanctuary, opened the month of December to the month of June only. Moreover, the markets will enchant the eye with its brightly colored fabrics and various fresh produce from the sea
An Overview of Senegalese Culture
The majority of the population is Muslim. The official language is French, or else there are other regional languages which are still widely used; such as the Wolof, Serer, Fula, Mandingo, Soninke and Jola, some of those which are most widely spoken. The Senegalese literature which often personalized by the poet Leopold Sedar Senghor is frequently recounted by the women such as Fatou Diome with “The belly of the Atlantic” in 2004. The film is also one of the favorite activities of the Senegalese. For music, the “djembe and sabar” are traditional instruments. And as widely stated, the Teranga is the true Senegalese culture, manifested by a meal together around a dish that usually consists of fish and rice, the chicken or the “Maffett” Typical Senegal dishes. The football and wrestling are the most popular sports in the country even there are some famous stars from the discipline of boxing and basketball emerged from the Senegalese Nation
What are the risks of staying Senegal?
As a country whose population is predominantly young and poor, 51% of the estimated 2005 population below the poverty line and 40% of the unemployed youth, Senegal has a high level of insecurity. Indeed, the robberies are very common. Residents tend to think that tourists have a lot of money with them as well as jewels of values, and this is what attracts them to act violently. The demonstrations and strikes should be avoided, as well as parts of the country, including the Casamance in the south of the country. Of course, do not think of sexual tourism because it is forbidden in Senegal and is punishable by imprisonment. Besides all these, with vigilance and a minimum of ostentation, these insecurities can be avoided and your trip can be a benefit for you.
What are the formalities to get there?
Regarding the sanitary requirements, Senegal requires firstly no vaccine, except for students enrolled in French schools, where the vaccine against meningitis is mandatory. However, it is strongly recommended to protect against malaria and typhoid fever, major diseases in the country during the rainy seasons. If you are Canadian, American or national of the European Community, or if your country is a member of WAEMU, the visa is not necessary. Airport Leopold Sedar Senghor, 17 km from the center and the airport of Cape Skirring International has facilities to provide air links. You can choose your arrival destination and whichever is not important to affect the success of your vacation!
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