A Trip to Senegal

Updated: Jun 16

African Renaissance monument
African Renaissance monument

Among one of the most stable countries in West Africa, Senegal is known as the ‘country of Teranga’. That’s an expression in Wolof which means hospitality. You will indeed find Senegal to be one of the friendliest spots in Africa.

If you are planning a trip to this beautiful country, then this article will be of much help to you. So shall we get started?

With a population of well over 15.85 million, Senegalese still maintain unity and peace in the country. One of the major contributing factors is their national motto ‘Un Peuple, Un But, Une Foi’ which means ‘One Nation, One Goal, One Faith’.

The capital city, Dakar, is known for its lively market and rich musical culture. What’s more, the capital city is located between the mouths of the Senegal and Gambia rivers. This city also has an amazing harbor that boasts of ranking among the best in Western Africa. That’s because it's protected by limestone cliffs.

In a country with about 10 ethnic groups and thirty-eight languages, the diversity thrives successfully thanks to Wolof. This is a lingua franca language that transcends linguistic and ethnic boundaries and reinforces a sense of togetherness in the Senegalese society. Technically, French is the primary official language but the majority of the natives use Wolof to communicate.

The currencies used in Senegal are CFA franc and West Africa CFA franc. Additionally, one USD approximately translates to 585 West African CFA franc as of this writing. However, the exchange rate is always changing depending on the economic fluctuations.

Best time to Visit and Purchase Tickets to Senegal

The climatic conditions in Senegal might be a bit different from the one in your home. The Harmattan winds in the region bring swirling clouds of dust. This might lead to a tickly throat. Therefore, you should definitely bring lots of water. Also, don’t forget to carry your moisturizer!

Probably the best time to visit Senegal is during the winter dry season which is usually between November and March. This is typically the time of the year when the temperatures are marginally cooler. Also, the Harmattan winds blow away any slight trace of humidity.

Weather Conditions in Senegal

Senegal experiences tropical climate with pleasant heat all year round. On top of that, the country also has well-defined dry and humid seasons. More importantly, these seasons result in southwest summer winds and northeast winter winds.

The dry season that’s between the months of December and April is typically dominated by hot, dry Harmattan winds. What’s more, Dakar has an annual rainfall of about 600 mm in 24 hours and occurs between June and October.