Senegal

Senegal Overview

Senegal is a small country on the northwest coast of Africa. It is at the tip of the bulge of northern Africa jutting west toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Rolling plains cover most of Senegal. The tiny nation of Gambia divides the southern part of Senegal, called the Casamance, from the larger northern part. Senegal became an independent nation in 1960, where France had ruled it since the late 1800’s.

Senegal’s national parks rich in flora and fauna, and its beaches provide excellent scuba diving and fishing opportunities.

CLIMATE

Senegal has a rainy season that lasts from July to October and a dry season that lasts from November to June. The greatest amount of rainfall occurs in the Casamance, which receives about 60 to 70 inches annually. The average annual temperature along Senegal’s coast is about 71° F. (22° C). Inland, the average annual temperature is about 84° F. (29° C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Dakar
POPULATION: 12.8 million
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BCEAOg
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +221
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +0

TRAVEL WARNING

The Casamance region of south-western Senegal remains affected by incidents involving presumed separatist groups and by incidents of banditry. We advise against road travel in the Casamance region to the west of Kolda, other than on , themain road from Ziguinchor to Cap Skiring which is often used by groups of tourists.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk