Destination Information for Senegal
The diverse and varied country of Senegal, in West Africa, is one of the continent’s most stable destinations. Arriving via the capital, Dakar, you’ll be thrust immediately into a noisy, vibrant city, with busy street markets and nightlife aplenty.
Close by are the beaches of Yoff and N’Gor for those who crave golden sands and peaceful sunbathing spots. Many visitors come to Senegal to see the country’s varied and wonderful wildlife. Head to the Fathala Reserve at Karang, found north of the border with Gambia.
Here you can take a mini-safari if you’re in a rush, or stay longer to see giraffes, rhinos, elands, antelopes and birds at a more relaxed pace. To explore the wildlife from the country’s waterways, Parc National de Niokolo-Koba, in the South East of Senegal, is the largest National Park in the country, from where you can take a river tour and see hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat.
The main tourist season in Senegal is during November-February, when the weather is generally dry and cool. If you take a trip in May, and you can soak up the atmosphere of the internationally renowned Saint-Louis Jazz Festival, attracting big names from around the world.
WHO Declares Senegal and Nigeria Free of Ebola Virus Transmission
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Senegal officially free of Ebola virus disease transmission on 17 October 2015. Today, the 20 October 2014, the WHO has announced that Nigeria is also officially free of Ebola virus transmission.
Both Senegal and Nigeria maintained high levels of active "case finding" for 42 days, this is twice the maximum incubation period of the disease and should therefore detect possible unreported cases.
The WHO has commended both Senegal's and Nigeria's diligence to end the transmission of Ebola virus disease, advising that the most important lesson learned is that an immediate and well coordinated response can stop imported Ebola virus disease in its tracks.
Response plans included contact tracing and monitoring of those potentially exposed to the disease, rapid testing of all suspected cases, increased surveillance at the country's entry points and national public awareness campaigns.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout Senegal, anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.