Travel Kit

Dakar:

Dakar is the capital city of Senegal situated in the West Coast of Africa lying across the Cap-Vert peninsula.  It has one of the finest seaports and is a major city of the French colonial empire.

The city’s name is derived from Dakhar, a Wolof name which means tamarind tree.  Read more.

Health:

  • Compulsory vaccine: Yellow Fever
  • Recommended vaccine: Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Rabies, Influenza. Read more 

Tourism:

Dakar has various interesting point of interests and landmarks.  Among the top you may find the Goreia Island, the House of Slaves, IFAN museum, Lago Rosa (the pink lake) and the HLM market.  Know more.

Practical Info:

  • Currency:  West African CFA Franc (XOF)
  • 1 USD= 538 XOF
  • Socket: European type T, E and F.
  • Climate: The highest temperature will be around 27 degrees Celcius and the lowest around 19 degrees Celcius in April/May. More about the weather updates
  • Telephone code: +221

Culture Note:

The official language in Senegal is French. Three quarters of the population speak the Wolof language making it the lingua franca.  Most of the Senegalese are Muslims (94%), a minority is Christians (5%) and the rest of the 1% are from indigenous beliefs.  Read more

Greetings etiquette in Senegal:

  • Mostly handshake
  • Hugs to close friends
  • Very religious men/women may not shake hands with opposite sex

Moving around in Dakar?

The most common means of transport in Dakar are:

  • The seven seats wagon
  • Bus services
  • Taxi services: Taxis can be identified by the classic colored taxi, yellow-black cars and blue cars and are easily available.  Taxi fares are negotiable and are mostly paid in cash.  Read more.

*Caution must be exercised while using those services.

Visa Requirements for Senegal:

  • Who needs a visa to travel to Senegal?  Read more