The small Republic of Senegal and tropical is one of the most visited countries of West Africa and throughout the continent. Mauritania is bordered to the west, the south by Guinea-Bissau, Mali to the north and east by Guinea.
It offers multiple options to enjoy, including beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and interesting cities.
Senegal’s climate is hot and humid throughout the year, but has two distinct seasons, a wet season and dry season. The moisture and temperature are particularly high between June and October. The rains are usually short but heavy downpours can cause some flooding. The south is the area most affected by the rains. The dry season from November to May is very hot. The best time to visit Senegal is between November and February because the weather is slightly cooler and drier than during the rest of the year. However, it must be remembered that during that same period, the Harmattan blows from the Sahara, a dry and dusty wind. If the intention is that the trip is to enjoy the attractions of scuba diving, the waters are clearer between February and April, while the bird lovers can witness the migration season that runs from November to April.
Where to go?
Dakar, the capital city is a modern, tree-lined streets and a relatively small center. Some of the places worth visiting are the IFAN Museum, where you can see a large collection of masks, musical instruments, farming tools and African markets and Kermel Sandaga, the Presidential Palace, which dates back to early 1900 and is surrounded by beautiful gardens, the beach of the Bel-Air and the Great Mosque.
Located 70 km from Dakar Thies is the second largest city in the country, worth a go and it is perfect place to relax. In this city, the place that stands out is the sénégalaise Manufacturas Decorative Arts, a factory of tapestry fame.
Saint Louis was the first French settlement in Africa, which houses several footprints on the continent’s colonial past as the imposing old mansions. There you can visit the fishing community of Guet N’Dar, the roof of the post office, which offers a splendid view of the city, the Governor’s Palace, one of Fortín s. XVII, the cathedral, the Muslim cemetery and the attractiveness of the National Park Langue de Barbarie.
Ziguinchor is a small city and the most economical of Senegal. It is worth visiting the market of Saint-Maur, the Artisan Center, the Farm Djibelor. It is also a good option to take a trip to the nearby towns of Affiniam and Djilapao in Ile des Osieaux.
Cap Skirring, is one of the best beach areas of the continent, making it one of the best places to enjoy the sun and the sea. If you want to enjoy a quiet beach is a little more recommended to Diembéring, 9 km to the north.
Kaolack, is another enclave that is perhaps more quiet than the previous ones and worth a visit. Its main attractions include the Mosque and the covered market, but also a pleasant walk around the city entirely.
Your camera ready and safe journey in Senegal!