Senegal

LOCAL TIME:
GMT
LANGUAGE:
FrenchWolofPulaarSerer
FLIGHT TIME FROM UK:
6 to 7 Hrs
CURRENCY:
CFA

Senegal is a country located in West Africa with a population of over 16 million people. Its capital city is Dakar, which is also the largest city in the country. The official language of Senegal is French, but many Senegalese speak one of the country’s indigenous languages such as Wolof, Pulaar, or Serer.

The currency of Senegal is the West African CFA franc, which is also used in several other countries in West Africa. As of my knowledge cutoff in 2021, the exchange rate was approximately 1 Euro to 655 CFA francs.

The flight time from the UK to Senegal varies depending on the departure airport and the airline, but it is typically around 6-7 hours.

Senegal is in the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) time zone, so it is the same time as London during the winter months. During the summer months, Senegal is one hour ahead of GMT.

The main airport in Senegal is the Blaise Diagne International Airport (airport code: DSS), located about 47 kilometers (29 miles) southeast of Dakar. The address of the airport is: Route de Ndiass, Diass, Senegal.

Top Local Attractions

Gorée Island

This small island off the coast of Dakar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once an important center for the slave trade. Visitors can explore the many historic buildings and museums on the island, including the House of Slaves, which was used to hold slaves before they were transported to the Americas. Gorée Island is a must-visit for anyone interested in African history and the legacy of the slave trade.

Lake Retba

Also known as the Pink Lake, this stunning saltwater lake is located just outside of Dakar and is known for its distinctive pink color. The color is caused by the high salt content and the presence of a certain type of algae. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake, swim in the salty water, or even float on the surface thanks to its high salt content. Lake Retba is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique natural phenomenon

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

This wildlife reserve, located in the northwestern part of the country, is home to over 400 species of birds, including pelicans, flamingos, and herons. Visitors can take a boat tour of the park and observe the many birds in their natural habitat. Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary is a must-visit for birdwatchers and anyone interested in nature and wildlife.
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