Flights to Senegal
Situated in Western Africa, Senegal has an Atlantic Ocean coastline and borders with Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania, plus it completely surrounds the Gambia which is an enclave except for its small coastline.
Flights to Senegal from South Africa are welcomed at the Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport (airport code: DKR) in Dakar. Travelling to Senegal from South Africa can be comfortably achieved with a direct flight. Delta Air Lines and South African Airways both offer non-stop flights to Senegal. For one-stop travelling choose from airlines such as TAP Air Portugal, Iberia and Kenya Airways. Airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic Airways also offer flights to Senegal from South Africa but with two stops.
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The Tourist Attractions of Senegal:
Senegal is a popular West African tourist destination and offers a good variety of attractions including national parks, cities and villages.
Dakar is the busy capital and largest city of Senegal, full of generally very friendly and helpful people, though lacking in a huge number of sights.
Things to see in Dakar include the Dakar Grande Mosque which was built in 1964. The hefty minaret tower is the most striking feature of the mosque from the outside, rising to a height of 67 metres. Dakar is also home to the impressive Dakar Cathedral, which appears also mosque-like with its large dome and towers.
In terms of museums, Dakar has the IFAN Museum of African Arts, one of the oldest art museums in West Africa, plus other attractions include Senegal Zoo and the city’s major markets.
Being situated on the coast, Dakar also offers beaches and nearby clifftop walks, though one of the city’s top attractions is Goree Island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located just outside Dakar harbour, and is important for its cultural value. Attractions include a fort, museums, mosque and church.
National Parks of Senegal
Senegal has five national parks plus the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary. Niokolo-Koba National Park was designated in 1954 and since 1981 has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park contains over 1500 species of plants and is mostly woodland savanna, plus it’s well known for its wildlife too. There are around 80 species of mammals and 330 species of birds, as well as fish, reptiles and amphibians.
Just west of Dakar, in the Atlantic Ocean, is the smallest national park in the world, and potential UNESCO World Heritage Site – Iles de la Madeleine National Park. These uninhabited islands contain a rare bird species and are known for their Stone Age tool findings.
When Should You Visit?:
Senegal has a tropical climate with a dry and a humid season. In Dakar for example, the wetter season is from June to October with the height of the season in August. These months are also the country’s hottest with average highs in the low 30’s C. The rest of the year rainfall is practically non-existent in the capital city. Average high temperatures between November and May are between 26C and 30C, making this a good time of year to visit.