Senegal had positive things — like fresh, cultural insights, friendly locals and affordable prices. The Senegalese people are excited to share their beautiful culture with tourists and treat visitors with the utmost respect, so once you get all the essentials down
1 Senegal is Safe
Senegal is known for being a safe country, and while visitors — especially female solo travelers — should take the typical precautions you would when traveling alone, visiting solo here shouldn’t present any big problems. The locals are friendly, and robberies and violent crime against tourists are pretty uncommon.
2 Ladies don’t have to wear a hijab
Most people traveling to Muslim-dominated countries are always wondering what the appropriate dress code is. Senegal is quite flexible with not having to cover up. It’s not uncommon to spot women with their hair uncovered and shoulders exposed. However, it’s wise for women to carry around a long scarf or shawl in their backpacks in case they may need to cover up
3 If you know French Language its better
Few locals speak English in Senegal. Instead, you’ll hear a mix of Wolof and French. so it’s better to learn basic French greetings and questions beforehand to navigate your way through the cities and meet friendly residents. And it doesn’t hurt to carry around that mini French dictionary from college in your backpack in case you need it
4 Prepare to eat with your hand
Similar to customs in several other countries, Senegalese people eat with their right hand. Left hand is off-limits and considered unsanitary so don’t pick up that sandwich with both of your hands or you’ll get strange looks. Also, be mindful that when walking through food markets, not to touch anything with your left hand.
5 Chow Down delicious cuisine
Senegal is known for its happening music scene and delicious cuisine. Traditional eats like thiebou dieune (savory rice with fresh fish) are often accompanied by live African drumbeats or reggae jams at practically every dining establishment.
6 Bring bug repellent
Senegal is notorious for its mosquitoes, but it shouldn’t be a nuisance to you at all if you come prepared. Pack bug repellent and keep spraying it on yourself religiously to keep the pests at bay. Don’t forget the malaria pills either.
7 Tropical climate
Senegal is sunny almost year-round, you won’t necessarily feel beaten down by the heat. The country has a tropical climate where the air changes from dry to humid throughout the seasons. Senegal is so versatile in its climate that it has a rainforest in the southern region and dry desert in the north.