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READING ON AFRICA:
(French: le Sénégal), officially the Republic of Senegal,
is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa.
Senegal is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the
north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. The
Gambia lies almost entirely within Senegal, surrounded on the north, east
and south; from its western coast, The Gambia's territory follows the Gambia
River more than 300 km inland.
Verde islands lie some 560 km (348 miles) off the Senegalese coast, but
Cap Vert is a peninsula near Senegal's capital Dakar, and the western-most
point in Africa.
Basic Travel Information by BASEM AL-GHONEIMY
Local time is GMT.
Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin attachment plugs
are in use.
The official language is French, but there are six other national languages
spoken, including Wolof, which is the most widely used, as well as numerous
Stomach troubles are the most common complaint with visitors to Senegal,
so travellers should watch what they eat and drink; do not drink untreated
tap water. Malaria is prevalent throughout the country and prophylaxis
is recommended for all travellers. A yellow fever vaccination is a requirement
for entry to Senegal; other recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis
A and B, polio, tetanus and typhoid. Outbreaks of meningococcal infections
occur and vaccination is recommended for travel during the dry season (November
to May). Outbreaks of cholera also occur. There is a risk of bilharzia,
and visitors should avoid contact with stagnant, fresh water. Medical facilities
are good in Dakar, but are limited in the rest of the country, and travellers
should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance.
Larger hotels and restaurants usually include a service charge of 10 to
15% . Taxi drivers are not usually tipped.
Most visits to Senegal are trouble-free, but street crime and pick-pocketing,
especially in Dakar, are common. Visitors are advised to conceal valuables
from the public eye. Travel by road in the Casamance region west of Kolda
is unsafe due to the activities of separatist rebel groups, and should
The majority of the population is Muslim and it is generally a conservative
society where dress and behaviour should be modest, especially outside
the main tourist areas. Acts of homosexuality are illegal. Greetings are
In Senegal, it is expected of the visitor to dress formally. Greetings
are very important in Senegal and the visitor must ensure that every member
at the meeting is greeted and acknowledged at least once.
shaking of hands is the standard greeting for men and women in business.
It is a good idea to be punctual even if the host is not. Meetings can
often take longer than anticipated and patience may prove a virtue. Business
is usually conducted in French and a translator may be needed, although
many Senegalese businessmen will know some English. It is important to
find out beforehand how the contacts are to be addressed. Business hours
are generally 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with an hour taken over lunch.
The international dialling code for Senegal is +221. The outgoing code
is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa).
No city/area codes are required. The telephone system is one of the most
developed in Africa and there are numerous telephone centres for making
both local and international calls. Two operators provide cell phone coverage.
Cyber cafes offer Internet connections in the main cities.
Free: Travellers to Senegal over 18 years do not have to pay duty on
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco or tobacco products; perfume
for personal use; or gifts to the value of CFA 5,000. The import of spirits
is not duty-free.
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HOTELS IN DAKAR, SENEGAL
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Meridien President Hotel, Dakar
Meridien President is located in Daka, Senegal, two kilometres from the
Craftsman'svillage and three kilometres rom the Casino du Cap-Vert.
Hotel features - airport shuttle, tenni courts and an outdoor pool.
Guestrooms have complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access,
satellite television and direct dial phones.
Hotel Novotel Dakar is located in Dakar, Senegal, 500 metres away from
Pyramide Culturel and the Centre Culturel Francais, and a kilometre away
from Dakar city centre. The hotel has a solarium, tennis courts,
and an outdoor pool. There are meeting rooms on site, and its public areas
have air conditioning and offer wireless Internet access. Hotel Novotel
Dakar houses the Calebasse restaurant, which serves regional dishes. The
Kharfou bar, also on site, serves snacks and drinks, and room service is
provided 24 hours a day. Boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, water
skiing, and windsurfing are available near the hotel.
Teranga Ex Sofitel Dakar
in 1971 and characterised by a strikingly colourful exterior mural the
Pullman Teranga Ex Sofitel is an imposing tower block sited overlooking
the ocean and beach in the centre of Senegal's capital, Dakar. The hotel
houses an outdoor pool complete with a sun terrace and a bar serving cocktails
and refreshments. .Le Flamboyant is a bright, modern dining room decorated
with African art and primary colours, offering local specialities such
as monkey bread and bissap syrup. The Citronelle restaurant serves international
fare and local specialities in a modern setting extending to a terrace,
while L'Assiette au Grill offers brasserie and barbecue menus, served against
a backdrop of ocean views.
Blu Hotel, Dakar
180 exclusively designed guestrooms and suites, our property features a
large outdoor swimming-pool (750sqm) as well as a one-of-a-kind Little
Buddha Bar and Spa. Perched over the sea, the Radisson Blu Dakar offers
a unique 180 degree panorama on the Atlantic ocean. Recreational
amenities at Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar include an outdoor pool, a sauna,
and a steam room. Other amenities include a full-service health spa, a
business center, and complimentary wireless Internet access.
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