Senegal Tours & Holidays
At this stage we don't have any organised trips to Senegal.
Hemmed in by the ever-encroaching sands of the Sahel, the waves of the Atlantic and the dense jungle of the Casamance, Senegal often seems to work a beat and rhythm all on its own. Culture is rich and traditions are strong, yet this is also a nation of novelty. The melodies of home-grown international music maestros are played alongside the latest local hip-hop sensations, and first-rate baguettes are hawked from the back of horse-drawn carts.
Senegal at a glance
West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Type C (European 2-pin) Type D (Old British 3-pin)
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Currently, visas are not required in advance for travel to Senegal for citizens of the United Kingdom and the United States. For other nationalities, please see the list below. It is advised that all nationalities should check with the Senegal Embassy for up-to-date information.
- Australia: Yes - In advance
- Belgium: Yes - In advance
- Canada: Yes - In advance
- Germany: Yes - In advance
- Ireland: Yes - In advance
- Netherlands: Yes - In advance
- New Zealand: Yes - In advance
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: Yes - In advance
- UK: Not required
- USA: Not required
You must obtain a double entry visa and this should be obtained prior to your arrival. You may also require a guarantee letter/hotel confirmation letter from Intrepid as part of your visa application.
Australia and New Zealanders should use the Senegalese embassy in Malaysia as their closest option. For other nationalities, the embassy in the UK may be the most convenient and you may require a guarantee letter from Intrepid as part of your visa application.
Tipping is only expected from well-heeled locals and foreigners. At established restaurants a 10 to 15 percent service charge is usually included in the bill; where it’s not, 10 percent is the acceptable gratuity. Although tipping at other eateries isn't mandatory, a rounding up of the bill will be much appreciated given the low wages that Senegalese workers are typically paid. Setting aside a small amount for porters, guides and drivers is also a good idea.
Internet cafes, with relatively fast and reliable connections, can easily be found in Senegal’s cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Senegal’s large cities and towns, but less so in rural areas. The major local telephone companies are Alize, Sentel, Orange and Tigo. Ensure that you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you plan to use your mobile phone.
Squat/pit toilets are generally the standard in Senegal, although western-style flushable toilets are often found in large hotels and other modern buildings. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper because this is rarely provided.
- Sandwich = 1000 CFA
- Litre of bottled water = 700 CFA
- Shwarma = 1500-5000 CFA
- Bottle of beer in a local bar = 500-1000 CFA
Tap water isn't safe to drink in Senegal. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.
Credit cards are generally only accepted at top-end hotels, some restaurants and a few shops. American Express is the most widely accepted, followed by Visa, Diners Club and Mastercard.
Banks with ATMs are found in all cities and large towns across the country, but are rarer in small towns, rural areas and villages. Not all ATMs will accept foreign cards or be in working order, so be sure to have other payment methods available when venturing out of the cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
Go to: https://travel.gc.ca/
From the UK?
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
From New Zealand?
From the US?
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 4 Apr Independence Day
- 10 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 1 May Korité / End of Ramadan
- 29 May Whit Monday
- 29 May Whit Monday
- 15 Aug Assumption Day
- 9 July Tabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
- 8 Aug Tamkharit / Ashura
- 1 Nov All Saints' Day
- 9 Oct The Prophet's Birthday
- 1 Nov All Saints' Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2022. For a current list, see public holidays in Senegal.