Couched between the arid desert lands in Northern Senegal and lush tropical forests in the south, this country boasts a stunning array of sights, sounds and flavours. The capital Dakar alone hands you the country in a capsule. Perched on the tip of a beach-lined peninsula, this dizzying city is composed elegance and street hustle all rolled into one. And if Dakar’s sensory overload really gets too much, architecturally beautiful Saint-Louis, the first French settlement in West Africa, boasts a vibrant urban culture without the inner-city bustle. Most visitors head to Senegal for its beaches, and for good reason. North and south of Dakar, wide strips of white sand invite swimming and sunbathing, whether in the built-up resort zones, where a lazy day at the beach can be followed by a cocktail trail at night, or in one of the coast’s charming fishing villages, the beaches of which are dotted with hundreds of colourful wooden pirogues.
The Dakar peninsula offers a wealth of different spots, which operate in a variety of diverse wind and swell conditions. Many of the surf spots are situated at incredibly picturesque locations, with mosques and rocky yet verdant cliff faces making for great backdrops for all those beautiful lineup shots.
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WHERE TO STAY & SURF
Language: French, Wolof.
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; rainy season (May to November) has strong southeast winds; dry season (December to April) dominated by hot, dry, harmattan wind.
Best time to travel: Senegal’s main tourist season is from November to February, mostly during the dry, ‘cool’ season, when Dakar’s average daytime maximums are around 24°C (75°F).
Health: Visit a Travel Clinic or your Doctor for more details before you travel.
Insurance: We highly recommend travel insurance (Please ask consultant for a copy of the policy we recommend).
Visa: You can buy a visa upon arrival at the airport in Dakar.