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Where is Senegal?

  1. Approximate Population of Senegal: 16,296,364

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Dakar is the capital of Senegal

Dakar has an approximate population of around 1,146,052 people and you can typically expect to pay around £1.57p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

Dakar in Senegal, West Africa is one of the most popular places in the region. It is located on the eastern coast of the African continent, bordering Benin and Niger. Like many cities in West Africa, it is also named after an ancient river which flowed through it. The name means "the place where the rivers flow".

There are several places to see in and around Dakar. The Grand Mosque, a century old building, is considered as one of the last magnificent buildings standing in the town. It houses over 800 mosques and is considered as one of the major mosques in the world. If you want to experience to truly old Moroccan ambiance, you can head to the Wadi Dhar Fort which was destroyed during World War II. It is a must visit place for all travelers who travel to the African continent.

After visiting the Grand Mosque, the next important attraction to see is the Djemaa el Fna, which is a natural reserve with amazing scenery. This is Africa's largest reserve. In addition to the attractions mentioned above, there are many other tourist attractions in and around Dakar. There are many historic buildings and beautiful scenery to view while you enjoy restaurant cooking and street food in Senegal. The best meals and wine are served in the small rural restaurants. If you are visiting Dakar in Senegal, you should take a trip to Wadi Dhar Fort and the Grand Mosque.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to Senegal

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Senegal are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to Senegal

For up to date information around safety and security in Senegal read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Senegal.

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Best time to visit Senegal?

The best time of year to travel to Senegal is between November and May, during the dry season. Throughout this period, the temperature tends to be around 25 degrees Celsius. However, between June and October, precipitation is very frequent and the temperatures sometimes 30 degrees Celsius or above.

Festivals in Senegal

Festivals in Senegal are an important part of the country's culture. The country was born in Africa and became independent from France in April, 1960. It was previously part of the short-lived Federation of Mali. The day of independence is celebrated with parades and a national holiday, which is celebrated for two weeks. The most important festivals include the National Holiday, the Day of Association and the Muslim new year. Other important holidays include Easter, Pentecost and the Ascension.

In December, the Senegal Film Festival will have twenty films in its Official Competitive Section, a division of short and feature films. This festival will also feature a retrospective of Burkinabe filmmaker Michel K. Zongo. The call for submissions was launched on 24 April through the festival's Facebook page. The Facebook page stated that the country's health protocol will be strictly enforced. A recent study published by the World Bank showed that more than half of Senegal's population is at risk of contracting the AIDS virus, which is a disease that can be spread through exposure.

In May, the Stlouis'DOCS festival takes place. This arts and culture festival, held in a hotel, has been held for ten years. The Dakar Contemporary Art Festival includes over 200 exhibitions in the industrial district of Dakar. In addition, other artwork is showcased at nearby hotels and art galleries. This cultural event is one of the most important in Senegal and in the entire continent. The festival began with jazz artists and has since expanded to incorporate blues and soul performers.

Festivals in Senegal are a popular way to see the country's rich culture. The annual Bamba festival is one of the most popular. Its annual festivities are organized without the use of commercial lodging. Instead, local families and friends open their homes for guests. The word "Teranga" translates to "hospitality" in Wolof. In partner villages and large cities, generous hosts are the norm. In these festivals, local families share meals with visitors, often in large bowls.

The Stlouis'DOCS festival has become one of the best known festivals in the country. The festival is held every three years and attracts more than 10,000 people. During the festival, artists perform in front of audiences in more than one country. While it is a small country, many festivals in Senegal have a global audience. For example, the Thioubou 2020 celebration has a global audience of over a million people.

In Senegal, the First World Festival of Black Arts was held in Dakar from April 1 to 24. The event is an important symbol for the nation's emergence as a nation and for the struggle for civil rights. In this festival, dancers, writers and composers from around the world performed together. Some of the world's most influential people, such as Aime Cesaire and Wole Soyinka, have held festivals in the country.

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Senegal Tourist Attractions

Senegal's rich culture and history have made it one of the most popular destinations for travelers. It is home to several UNESCO heritage sites, and these are key components in the country's tourism promotion efforts. The island of Goree, a historic slave trading center, attracts thousands of tourists a year seeking to learn about the slave trade and the history of slavery in Africa. Other historical sites, such as the Old Fort in Dakar, are sacred to the local people and are used for religious ceremonies.

The Sine-Saloum Delta, a river delta in Senegal, was founded during the 17th century and was an important economic center of the region until the mid-19th century. In 2011, the park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore the unique colonial architecture, artifacts, and natural surroundings of this riverside town. If you love history, you'll find it in Senegal.

The Sine-Saloum Delta, located at the mouth of the Saloum River, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a major port for slave traders, and the area still has many cultural and historical sites. The river was used as a way to transport slaves, ivory, peanut oil, gum Arabic, and other items. It is also an important site for tourism and has a diverse culture.

Do I need a Visa?

You don't need a visa to travel to Senegal. If you intend to stay in Senegal for longer than 3 months, you'll need to register with the local authorities in order to obtain a 'Carte d'Etranger'.

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What currency do i need for Senegal?

The official currency of Senegal is the West African Cfa Franc (XAF). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Senegal you can grab amazing West African Cfa Franc deals via (GBP to XAF).

What wildlife live in Senegal?

Large ungulates (hoofed mammals) include buffalo, elephant, eland, giraffe, hippopotamus, warthogs and a variety of gazelles.

What is the traditional food of Senegal?

Wolof food? The national dish of Senegal is Thiéboudienne, this boldly flavored combination of fish, rice, and vegetables simmered in tomato sauce is a hearty one-pot meal. You can make it with any fish or vegetables you have on hand, including potatoes, cassava, squash or pumpkin, and plantains.

What Languages are spoken in Senegal?

Wolof is a language of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania, and the native language of the Wolof people. Like the neighbouring languages Serer and Fula, it belongs to the Senegambian branch of the Niger–Congo language family You can learn some basic Wolof before you travel to Senegal and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in Senegal?

The currency in Senegal is the West African Cfa Franc (Tipping is not expected at budget eateries. At pricier restaurants, a 10% tip is customary, though this is sometimes included in the bill. It's uncommon to tip taxi drivers.).

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