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Senegal for free. Senegal is one of the countries with the most contrast in the West africa where the north stands out for its arid, inhospitable and desert landscapes and instead a south, with an independent character, very different, green and rich in water. Senegal is not a country that stands out for being known as a tourist. Senegal continues to have that stigma of many countries in West or Sub-Saharan Africa, insecurity and poverty. But ask yourself the following question, what places could you visit in Senegal? Do you really know this country?

Senegal today will allow you to enjoy 3 essential things For most of us traveling for free:

  • A small introduction to Safaris, yes, let's not expect Tanzania or Kenya, but something starts.
  • Tribes and lost towns in the mountains.
  • Hiking in Casamance or the Bassari Country.
  • Long Beaches.

With this, before traveling to Senegal you have to take into account the following aspects, very important to travel to Senegal for free:

  • Do not travel to Senegal if you do not consider yourself a experienced traveler Or is it your first trip outside Spain.
  • Senegal is neither Kenya norTanzania, it's Africa, but it's another world, another country.
  • Dont wait big Safaris since he doesn't have them. Stay with its people, its landscapes and, above all, with the Country Bassari.
  • Don't expect a cheap trip or comfortable

After reading these points, you may have decided not to go to Senegal, but wait a moment. If you have traveled to Tanzania or Kenya you may be tempted to compare, error, do not do it, they are very different countries and Tanzania or Kenya are the TOP of the trips worldwide. Apart from that, Senegal is not suitable for beginners or travelers looking for comforts, since the scarce infrastructures of the interior make it an adventure trip, “romantic” and only for the more travelers.

Senegal is special, and just to see places like the Country Bassari or Casamance clearly deserves a trip of at least 15 days to get to know this peculiar country.

Senegal for free. Practical tips

Our video trip

Practical data

GPS: 14 ° 40 'N/ 17 ° 25 'W
Surface: 196,190 km2
Religion:Muslims mostly.
Language: French
Currency: Franco of Africa (XOF).
Weather: Dry to the north and wet to the south. From July to September it is the rainy season, and it is also the best season to enjoy the best landscapes of Senegal.

When to go / Climate

Senegal has a dilemma for the weather. If you want to enjoy the Safaris in the Niokolo Koba National Park the worst time is the station rainy, from July to September, since the park's grasses are very high and it makes it almost impossible to see any lion. Instead this time is the best to enjoy the landscapes of the park and to contemplate the most beautiful plains from the mountains of Bassari Country. It is in this season when temperatures are much "friendlier", since the rest of the year is usually very high except in winter.


Niokolo Koba Surroundings

We went in the month of August and it rained us twice in 15 days. Besides, although in many forums or guides they indicate it, the Niokolo Koba National Park is open And it's practically for you alone.

Apart from the weather, avoid the time of RamadanSince many shops are closed, transportation is somewhat more complicated and the last days of Ramadan it becomes very difficult to take a ferry on the Gambia River, as many people return home.

Currency and cost per day

Senegal is expensive, very expensive for a country with few services, few hotels and with a mediocre infrastructure pulling bad. Usually hotels are expensive, not less than € 20 or € 30 for a room with a fan and a tiny bathroom. Further, Dakar It is one of the most expensive cities in West Africa and if you are tempted to go to a European court restaurant you will see that prices are as in Europe or higher. Keep in mind that everything that enters Senegal is usually imported, so everything is usually quite expensive unless you buy in the markets. As an indicative value, a bag of potatoes or snacks cost just over € 3, when in Spain the euro is around.


Goree Island

It can change money at the airport, although it is better to change at the exchange offices in Dakar or at the banks. It is nevertheless appropriate to bring Euros to pay at the hotels.

Approximate costs:

  • Food. € 5 - € 30 / day. The food in the local restaurants is usually very bad, so we recommend buying fruit in the markets and if possible, bring some food from Spain. Out of this, food can be a bit "expensive."
  • Hotel 20-30 € / day the cheapest.
  • Rental car. From € 60 / day. It is better to move by taxi or bus, although the latter is usually insecure and unpredictable.

Tips to save on your trip to Senegal

In order to contain spending on a trip to Senegal for free we recommend:

  • Move in Savannah taxi. Do not be afraid to share the taxi, it is not the most comfortable but it is the cheapest.
  • Forget about European luxuries and avoid Cap Skirring or Dakar supermarkets. Prices are excessively expensive. Many of the products come with the label from Spain or France since they are imported, but prices are usually 4 or 5 times more than in the country of origin.
  • If you have the possibility camp in Niokolo Koba, An authentic experience!
  • Take away home cooked meal, it will be the biggest luxury you can give yourself.
  • In the Country Bassari avoid the guides and use the track / map attached. Rent a bicycle, but it is not easy to find them.
  • In Cap Skirring go to the southern hotels, cheaper, but as anywhere, visit more than one and haggle if you are more than one day.
  • In summer the prices are much lower because low season, take this opportunity.
  • Avoid the high season, especially at Christmas, since there is much more tourism and prices soar if you go for free.

Remember, our recommendations are from our own experience.

Health / Vaccines

The recommended vaccines are those of yellow fever, hepatitis A / B and tetanus, although we recommend visiting the ministry's recommendations page.

Embassy of Senegal in Spain
C / Principe de Vergara, 90 - 1º A and B
28006 Madrid
Tele .: 91 / 564.28.48 and 91 / 745.10.03

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Security

You have the most up-to-date information by consulting the MAE page, but we can assure you that going to Senegal for free is sure. We only noticed some insecurity on the road from Tambauconda until Ziguinchor, since it is a road marked by the independence conflict. Anyway on this road there are controls of army every 30km, so security is guaranteed.

There is only one thing that may make you feel uncomfortable, that in some roadblocks they ask you for some food, money or even take a countryman if you take your own rental car. We neither gave food nor money, but once we took a place to the next town just to get out of control quickly.


Bassari Country

Transport. How to get around?

We tested the experience of the savanna taxi and the rental car, and we stay with the first. It is much cheaper and also allows you to avoid frequent southern controls and boot logs, etc ... Anyway, if the latter does not bother you and you can afford it, it is the most comfortable option. Besides, you can use your own car to move around the national parks.

The savanna taxis They can be taken from any town and in the shops themselves they can indicate the schedules or where to take one.


Banjul

If you are intrepid and plan to rent a car, consider the following:

  • Rent A car is expensive, even without a driver.
  • Bringing a car with foreign registration, and more if it is from Senegal, is usually a source of problems in the Gambia.
  • There are excessive controls in the south, in Casamance, patience and good manners. Becoming the "Swede", not speaking English and smiling above all, is usually the best option.
  • Gasoline is expensive, more or less as in Europe or Spain.
  • Is easy driving For Senegal since there is no excessive traffic, the only bad thing is the amount of potholes that they have especially on the road between Tambacounda and Ziguinchor, where the state is dismal.

Face to fly To Senegal, normally the best flight is the Iberia or Air Europa, they are direct from Madrid and with time they can have good prices.

If you want to rent a car in Senegal

We leave you a discount of up to 15% to rent a car through the Rentalcars comparator. Traveling Senegal by rental car is easier than one thinks.


Visa

It can be done directly in the airport as long as the visa is valid at least 6 months from the date of arrival. Anyway this summer Senegal has launched a new fee of € 50 for the Visa, valid for 90 days.

What to visit in Senegal?

1. Dakar and Goree Island.

The capital and the first meeting point with Senegal. If there is a place that stands out in the city, it is Goree Island, an island that reflects just as Dakar was less than 100 years ago and a symbol of the era of slavery.


Goree Island

2. Niokolo Koba National Park

The largest national park in Senegal and one of the few scenarios where it is still possible to find lions in Senegal.


Panoramic Niokolo

3. Bassari Country

The reason to travel to Senegal. Tribes in the middle of the mountains, long walks to bathe under imposing waterfalls, the Bassari Country is a special place and possibly one of the best spaces in West Africa.


Bassari Country

4.- Casamance and Cap Skirring

The oasis of Senegal, with its rivers and rice paddies, looks like another country, but yes, you are in Senegal, not in Vietnam or in China.


Casamance

5.- Extension west of the Gambia

Different even in its English-speaking language, it divides Senegal by the mighty Gambia River. For Europeans it has similarities, for Africans they are two opposite peoples and partly still faced.


Gambia

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