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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around Senegal.

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Capital Dakar
Language French, Wolof
Currency CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Calling code +221
The Cape Verde islands lie some 560 kilometers (348 mi) off the Senegalese coast, but Cap Vert ("Cape Green") is a maritime placemark, set at the foot of "Les Mammelles" , a 105-metre (344 ft) cliff resting at one end of the Cap Vert peninsula onto which is settled Senegal's capital Dakar, and 1 kilometre (1,100 yd) south of the "Pointe des Almadies", the western-most point in Africa.

Senegal (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, Gambia's territory follows the Gambia River more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) inland. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, located on the Cape Verde Peninsula on the country's Atlantic coast.


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Senegal has a tropical climate with a rainy season between July and September. The prevailing winds are northerly and sometimes from December to May a heavy dust wind blows across Senegal from the inland desert.

Sources of weather forecasting here.


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


List islands and island groups belonging to this country. If there is more then 2 paragraphs for a given island, create a dedicated page for it (Island Template and/or Island Group Template).


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Any navigation notes here. If this section does not apply remove it.






Customs and Immigration


  • Firearms and ammunition MUST must be declared on arrival and will be held in custody until your departure.
  • PETS: Pets must have a valid anti-rabies vaccination and current health certificates.


  • Note that all visitors must be in possesion of a valid passport and that visas are NOT issued on arrival. Note also that you may be refused entry if there is evidence of a prior visit to Mauritania.
  • A visa is not required by nationals of Canada, Japan, the USA and the EU (with the exception of nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia who require a visa), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Taiwan and Togo, for visit of up to three months.
  • Note that visa applications from nationals of the following countries must be referred to the authorities in Dakar so will take longer to process: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chile, China (PR), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Guyana, Hong Kong (SAR), Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Korea (Dem Rep), Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Maldives, Mozambique, Pakistan, Russian Federation, São Tomé, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Vietnam and Yemen.

Visas can be issued by French embassies and there are Senegalese embassies/consulates in Abidjan, Algiers, Banjul, Casablanca, Tunis, Praia, Rabat and Las Palmas.

Fees and Charges


Health and Security


  • Visitors must have a current yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • A cholera vaccination is recommended
  • Malaria prophylaxis is recommended
  • Avoid tap-water, and all dishes prepared with it. Bottled water, such as Kirene which is most common and bottled in Senegal, is widely available and inexpensive.





Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Use this section only if there are few marinas not covered in pages under Ports and Islands above. Remove if not applicable.


List anchorages except the ones covered under Offshore Islands below. If there is more then 2 paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template).


List transportation to other countries, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


References & Publications


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