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You have to get to the Dakar Internacional Airport. We will pick up you and take you to the island. You can also send us your flight number.

We are located in Senegal, on the N'gor island, five minutes away from the main land  and 20mn away from the Capital, Dakar.

Getting There
There are plenty of good connections between Europe and Senegal, particularly from France, which is well-served by regular flights as well as charter companies. Senegal is also well linked to other destinations in Africa, including Bamako, Banjul, Abidjan, Bissau, Nairobi, Addis Abeba and Johannesburg. There's even a direct connection to New York with South African Airways. Most airline offices are on or near the Place de l'Indépendance in Dakar, as are most travel agencies, some of which can have better deals.
The main entry points to the Gambia are along the Trans-Gambia Highway, at Karang and between Vélingara and Basse Sante Su, although there are many more routes.
Bush taxis run regularly from Dakar to Rosso, at Senegal's border with Mauritania, from where you catch a pirogue across the river. The whole journey can be done in a day if you leave early. Bush taxis also run from Tambacounda (12 hours from Dakar) to Labé, Guinea, though if you take that option be prepared for a long and rocky ride. Bissau can be reached by bush taxi from Ziguinchor.
Banjul is easily reached by road, and there are frequent bush taxis from Dakar.
The Dakar-Bamako train is the classic way to travel overland to Mali, though it's notoriously unreliable and derailments are frequent. There are two trains, one on Wednesdays and one on Saturday: each takes 40 hours. The train has a bar-restaurant car, or you can buy cheap food at stations along the way. Hold on tight to your valuables: this train is a notorious haunt for pickpockets.
Getting Around
Air Sénégal International has daily flights from Dakar to Ziguinchor, and less frequent connections to Cap Skiring (only during high season), Tambacounda and Saint-Louis.
The main roads between Dakar, Kaolack, Ziguinchor and other large towns are covered by buses ( cars mourides , buses carrying 30 to 40 people) and Ndiaga Ndiaye (minibuses with between 15 and 30 seats).
The best option for long-distance travel is a sept-place taxi (bush taxi). On the main routes, these are usually Peugeot 504s with three rows of seats, and though they are fairly battered, and you're squeezed in with 6 other passengers, they are your safest, most comfortable and reliable option of travel. Fares are reasonable; buses are about a third the price of bush taxis (though you pay in travel time and fatigue), and minibuses are somewhere in between. There's normally a small extra charge for luggage.
Train services around Senegal have been cut and your options are limited to a twice-weekly service to Thiés and Tambacounda (and on to Bamako in Mali).
An excellent ferry service runs between Dakar and Ziguinchor. It adheres to international standards of safety, is reliable and tends to be a lot more comfortable than travel by battered bush taxi (and cheaper than flying).
Car hire is not cheap - often twice as much as hiring a taxi's service for the same long-distance drive - but many of the big international companies have offices in Dakar. Some smaller outfits have cheaper deals available.
African, German, American, Belgian, British, Danish, French, Italian, Luxembourg and Dutch citizens do not need a visa to enter the Senegal. Other nationalities must obtain a visa from their Senegal diplomatic representative in your country.
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS:  A passport is required.  For USA/UE passport holders, a visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days.  Current yellow fever vaccination is mandatory to enter Senegal and meningitis vaccination is highly recommended if the traveler is arriving from or has recently traveled to an endemic area.  Travelers unable to provide proof of vaccinations may be required to pay for and receive vaccinations at the Dakar airport.  Travelers should obtain the latest information on entry requirements from the Embassy of Senegal, 2112 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 234-0540, and at the Senegal Tourism Authority's official web site,  Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Senegalese embassy or consulate.

Language, customs and habits
The official language is French, understood by the major part of the population. There are six national languages (Wolof – the most widespread , Serere, Diola, Puular, Soninke, Mandingue) and several other dialects. The greetings are significant: but do not be misled by the traditional Arab greetings (Salaam aleikoum, Aleikoum asalaam).

Time zone
Senegal is in the GMT time zone.

220 V and plugs with two round pins (French standard). Power outages are frequent due to the lack of power production.

Telephone and Internet
Senegal dialing code: 221
The phone network is rated high and you will find telephone centers for national and international calls everywhere. Two cellular phone operators offer their services in either subscription or unit card. Internet is also available in many cybercafés.

Over 80% of the population is Muslim, mainly the Wolof, the Toucouleur, the Lebou, the Peul and the Madingue. The Diola and the Serere are more often Christians, even if many maintain their traditional beliefs.

Public holidays
The national holidays are: January 1st (New Years day), April 4 (Independence Day), May 1st (Labor day) and December 25th (Christmas day), plus Easter (Monday), Ascension, Pentecost and Assumption, also the Muslim festivals, which dates depend on the Islamic calendar.

Taxes, tips and bargaining
Hotels and camp sites require you to pay a tourist tax of 600 F CFA, sometimes included in the indicated prices . In the "modern" restaurants, it is a custom to leave a tip, but not in the cheap restaurants. In the taxis, one generally does not tip, the same for the business and on the street...

Before visiting Senegal, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.)
To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it.
Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.
We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine.  Find a travel medicine clinic near you. If you have a medical condition, you should also share your travel plans with any doctors you are currently seeing for other medical reasons.
If your travel plans will take you to more than one country during a single trip, be sure to let your health-care provider know so that you can receive the appropriate vaccinations and information for all of your destinations. Long-term travelers, such as those who plan to work or study abroad, may also need additional vaccinations as required by their employer or school.
Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Check the links below to see which vaccinations adults and children should get.
Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life; see the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and routine adult immunization schedule.
Routine vaccines are recommended even if you do not travel. Although childhood diseases, such as measles, rarely occur in the Western World, they are still common in many parts of the world. A traveler who is not vaccinated would be at risk for infection.

Travelling to Senegal on 6 months or longer recommend protection against the following infections:
Recommended vaccinations: Diphtheria Malaria Tuberkulosis Yellow fever Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis) Hepatitis B Meningitis Rabies Tetanus Typhoid.
Start vaccinations 6 weeks before leaving!

Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

Malaria tablets reduce the risk of infection. There is considerable chloroquine resistance in this area and the choice is between Malarone, Lariam or Doxycycline. Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further.

The vaccine against tuberculosis, BCG, is recommended to people stationed in high-risk areas for more than 6 months, who have not been vaccinated previously. The vaccine contains live bacteria which produces a small wound, as well as scar after healing. The whole process takes 4 to 8 weeks.

Yellow fever
Yellow fever is a serious virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)
Infectious hepatitis infects through food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 20 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months. Gamma globulin consists of purified antibodies from people who have had hepatitis A, and protects for up to 5 months. The vaccination is preferred. The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B infects through blood, sexual ac-tivities and, in small children, through saliva. The vaccination consists of 2 vaccinations about 4 weeks apart and a third 6 months later. The protection is for at least 10 years. The hepatitis B vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis A.

Meningitis due to meningococcus bacteria infect from person to person through the air. The vaccine protects against infection for 3 years after 1 vaccination. There are two vaccines: One protects only against type A and C. The other protects against A, C, W135 and Y and is used for travel to Saudi Arabia (especially Hajj) and Burkina Faso.

The vaccination consists of 3 injections at day 0, 7 and 28 and must therefore start 4 weeks before departure. Vaccination protects for 5 years. If exposed to rabies, the "post-exposure" vaccinations are reduced from five to two.

Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus is usually given in combination with diphtheria. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

Typhoid is the most serious of the Salmonella infections. There are two types of vaccine: 1. Vaccine for injection. 1 vaccination protect up to 3 years. 2. A live vaccine in capsules, which is swallowed. Three capsules are taken 2 days apart and provide protection for a year.

Typhoid is the most serious of the Salmonella infections. There are two types of vaccine: 1. Vaccine for injection. 1 vaccination protect up to 3 years. 2. A live vaccine in capsules, which is swallowed. Three capsules are taken 2 days apart and provide protection for a year.
We recommend traveling with a good medical international insurance including the health repatriation.
- Main Hospital: 33.839.50.50
- Clinique de la Madeleine : 33.821/94.70/821.80.74
- Clinique du Cap : 33.822.10.73/821.36.20
- Clinique des Mamelles : 33.820.20.71/821.56.65
- Clinique Casahous : 33.821.30.30/821.54.36
- Clinique Pasteur : 33.821.24.34/821.25.48
SOS MEDICINS (home medical service): 33.889.15.15
SAMU SOCIAL: 33.628.12.13
Public demonstrations, political gatherings, and student protests are relatively common in Senegal, both in Dakar and in outlying regions, particularly on Friday afternoons. In the past, these events have sometimes turned violent.  Due to the potential for violence, it’s better to avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations, and maintain security awareness at all times. 

Lac Rose (Pink Lake) is a popular tourist destination in Senegal.  The Lac Rose area has a large number of tourists and isolated beach areas, but lacks multiple exit and entry points.  We recommend that all visitors to Lac Rose and its surrounding beaches be particularly vigilant and not travel alone.

Banditry occurs with some regularity on the main highways after dark, particularly in the central and eastern area of Senegal, including around Tambacounda and Matam. Bandits often target RN2 (National Road) between Ndioum and Kidira and occasionally target RN1 between Kidira and Tambacounda.

Calima Surf recommends avoiding non-essential travel to the Casamance region west of the city of Kolda, except direct air travel to the Cap Skirring resort area or to the city of Ziguinchor.  If travel is deemed essential Calima Surf recommends carefully monitor the security situation before traveling.  There are currently instances of fighting in the Casamance region (composed of the Ziguinchor and Kolda regions) involving factions of the Casamance separatist MFDC (Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de la Casamance) in southern Senegal and the Senegalese military. Some military and political leaders in the Casamance region have been killed.  In May 2008, rebels kidnapped 16 local residents 5 kilometers from Ziguinchor and then cut off their left ears before releasing them.  That same month two soldiers and a peasant were killed in other clashes near the same area.  Reports of banditry in the area remain high.  In addition, vehicles have been attacked by armed bandits even during daylight hours on well-traveled roads.  On February 14, 2007, four people were killed when their bus was attacked after being stopped at a roadblock.

Landmine explosions continue to plague inhabitants of the Casamance, with fatalities and serious injury continuing into 2008.  One man was killed in Tounkara, approximately 70 kilometers north of Ziquinchor.  A Senegalese soldier was injured by a landmine near Boutoupa-Camaracounda, on the border with Guinea Bissau.  Since 1990, more than 1,000 people have been killed by land mines in the Casamance. Calima Surf strongly recommends remaining on well-traveled routes at all times.
Take responsibility for your own personal security while traveling overseas.  For general information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves in an overseas environment.
CRIME:  Minor street crime is very common in Senegal, particularly in cities.  Most reported incidents involve pickpockets and purse-snatchers, who are especially active in large crowds and around tourists. Aggressive vendors, panhandlers and street children may attempt to divert the victim’s attention while an accomplice carries out the crime.  To avoid theft, avoid walking alone in isolated areas or on beaches, particularly at night, lock the doors and close the windows when driving, and avoid public transportation.  Do not walk on dark streets at night, even in groups.  To minimize inconvenience in the event of theft, carry copies, rather than originals, of your passports and other identification documents.  Carry a credit card only if it will be used soon, rather than carrying it as a routine practice.  There is traditionally an increase in crime before major religious holidays.
Use common sense and situational awareness to ensure personal safety and to reduce the risk of becoming a crime victim.  Always be aware of the surroundings, especially in large cities and crowded places such as markets and taxi parks.  Keep a low profile, remain vigilant, and avoid potential conflict situations.  Do not wear flashy clothing or jewelry, and be cautious about displaying any amount of currency in public. Use common sense when faced with something out of the ordinary or if someone is following you.

While violent crime is not common in Senegal, it does occur.  There have been incidents in the past year of tourists in groups of two or three being robbed at knife-point.  If confronted by criminals, remember that cash and valuables can be replaced, but life and health cannot.  Walk away from a criminal confrontation no matter the material cost.  Break-ins at residential houses occur frequently as in major cities everywhere.  Persons who plan to reside in Senegal on a long-term basis should take measures to protect their dwellings.  Long-term residents should consider installation of window grilles, solid core doors with well-functioning locks, and an alarm system.  In the past year, a number of tourists residences have experienced burglaries.  No violence or personal injuries have been reported in these cases, in which the burglars appear to have been exclusively seeking financial gain.


  • Prefix: + 221 (important: since the October of 2007, all the telephone numbers start with 33, except the mobile phones starting with 77 or 67).


  •  DAKAR Central: 33.823.23.33/ 33.823.25.29 Plateau : 33.822.29.76
  •  SAINT  LOUIS: Central:  33.961.10.25
  •  ZINGUINCHOR:Central: 33.991.10.13
  •  TAMBACOUNDA: Central: 33.981.10.11
  •  KAOLACK: Central:  33.941.23.98
  •  THIES: Central:  33.951.10.72



The Weather

During winter time ( december to may) you need to surf with a wetsuit. The water is 17° but outside is 25 to 30°.

Summer time the water is 25° and outside is around 30 to 35°.

Advices for your trip

- It's better to take a tablet against malaria, Antiperspirant, is not very common but there is a few mosquitoes…

- Local surfers and most of the people are very friendly, so we recommend being respectful to the local culture

- Sand Block, sandals, board shorts, hat, sun glasses…

- Mosquitoes repellent with DHT (Optional but advisable)

Check details about our location in Senegal