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Senegal Travel and Tourism Information on Travel Notes
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links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Senegal.
Senegal was a former French colony; gaining independence on June
20, 1960 with French Sudan; as the Mali Federation.
Countries neighbouring Senegal are: Gambia,
Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali and Mauritania.
On August 20, 1960, Senegal withdrew from the federation and
became a separate republic, while the former French Sudan kept the name of Mali.
The first Europeans to reach the mouth of the Senegal River and start
trading with the native Wolof were the Portuguese, in the mid 15th century.
About 150 years later the Dutch gained control of the seafaring trade,
and by 1700 it was the French who dominated commerce along the coast.
There were Anglo-French rivalry and conflicts in the area during the
late 17th and 18th centuries, but French influence had already extended well into the
interior; through African middlemen.
As interests changed from commercial to political, Senegal was
officially made a French colony in 1895; administered initially from Saint-Louis.
Republique du Senegal:
The Government of Senegal communicate with their online visitors in French.
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The official language of Senegal is French, with Wolof, Serer, and
Fulani being the most widely used of the African languages.
The Wolof people of Senegal use drumming, singing, and dancing as an
integral part of social activities and ceremonies.
Senegal by Road
Senegal has a good road network.
Senegal by Rail
The railway connects Dakar with Mali.
Senegal by Air
Less than 5 hours from Europe, Dakar is served by many major airlines.
If you're adventurous you can even fly in to neighbouring Gambia on cheaper charter flights from England or Germany, and
travel overland to Senegal.
Senegal has some fine beaches and national parks, although Dakar
is more expensive than neighbouring Gambia.
The French founded Dakar on Cap Vert Peninsula (the westernmost
point of the African continent) and the Atlantic coast, in the mid-19th century; to
benefit from its strategic position along the trade routes, between Europe and ports in South Africa
and South America.
Dakar's commercial importance took off in 1885 when the railway
linking it with the city of St Louis, on the Senegal River, was completed and in 1902
Dakar replaced St Louis as the capital of French West Africa.
Dakar also serves as a shipping centre for Mauritania,
and The Gambia.
An interesting day trip from Dakar, is to take the short ferry ride
across to Goree Island, and visit the thriving artist community.
Hotels in Senegal:
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Hotels in Dakar
King Fahd Palace:
Pointe des Almadies BP: 8181, Dakar, Senegal.
King Fahd Palace Hotel is probably the most prestigious 5-star hotel
in Senegal. Guests can enjoy a rich buffet breakfast at Le Manguier restaurant and a
gourmet buffet, or a la carte, is served at lunch and dinner in Les Jardins de
Guests at the King Fahd Palace were
impressed with the rich breakfast buffet, the great on-site restaurant and the level of
service provided by staff.
Situated on Saint-Louis Island, at the mouth of the Senegal River
- which forms the northern border with Mauritania - Saint-Louis serves as the
transportation hub for the agricultural Senegal River valley.
Saint-Louis was established by the French in 1659, as a fortified
trading post, and is one of the oldest European- founded settlements in West Africa.
The city was initially the capital of both Senegal and Mauritania.
Tambacounda is a major train stop from Dakar to Bamako.
Tambacounda, once a part of the Ancient Empire of Mali, is legendary
for its rich Djembe drum and dance culture.
Niokolo-Koba National Park
There is a luxury hotel at Simenti, which is the most visited part of
the park. There are also bungalows and an hotel at Niokolo-Koba, lodgings at Badi, and
several camping grounds.
Animals can be watched from hides or on guided safaris. Animals
disperse in the rains, so best viewing times are from the end of October to the end of
June, when most tours are organised. There is an airstrip at Simenti.
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