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Best Time to Visit Senegal in 2024 for Wildlife, Cultural Festivals, Road Trips. Senegal Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Senegal

  • Optimal: November to February (cooler and dry).
  • For wildlife: December to April offers the best opportunities.
  • Other favorable months: March to May for cultural festivals and exploring.

Geography facts

  • Location: West Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Area: 196,722 km².
  • Borders: Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and The Gambia.
  • Landscape: Predominantly flat with rolling plains. Highest point: Nepen Diakha at 581 meters.

Senegal is renowned for its diverse ecosystems, ranging from coastal regions and mangrove swamps to the Sahelian interior, making it a fascinating destination for travelers interested in nature and culture.

Climate

  • General: Tropical, hot and humid, with a wet season from June to October and a dry season from November to May.
  • Coastal regions: Cooler due to oceanic influence.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Temperatures: Daytime average +25°C (77°F), Night +18°C (64°F).
  • Precipitation: Very low, around 10 mm.
  • Activities: Ideal for wildlife viewing in parks like Niokolo-Koba, and visiting Dakar.

February

  • Temperatures: +26°C (79°F) to +19°C (66°F).
  • Precipitation: Minimal, around 10 mm.
  • Activities: Enjoy the beaches of Cap Skirring and cultural festivals in Dakar.
Senegal (c) global.hurtigruten.com

March

  • Temperatures: +28°C (82°F) to +20°C (68°F).
  • Precipitation: Around 15 mm.
  • Activities: Explore historical sites on Gorée Island, attend local music festivals.

April

  • Temperatures: +30°C (86°F) to +22°C (72°F).
  • Precipitation: Around 20 mm.
  • Activities: Visit Saint-Louis for its colonial architecture and bird watching in Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary.

May

  • Temperatures: +31°C (88°F) to +23°C (73°F).
  • Precipitation: 30 mm.
  • Activities: Road trips through the scenic Casamance region, enjoy local markets in Ziguinchor.

June

  • Temperatures: +32°C (90°F) to +24°C (75°F).
  • Precipitation: 90 mm.
  • Activities: Experience the beginning of the wet season with lush landscapes, visit Tambacounda.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Temperatures: +30°C (86°F) to +24°C (75°F).
  • Precipitation: 150 mm.
  • Activities: Participate in the Dakar International Arts Festival, explore the Fathala Wildlife Reserve.

August

  • Temperatures: +29°C (84°F) to +23°C (73°F).
  • Precipitation: 230 mm.
  • Activities: Enjoy the vibrant local culture, participate in community festivals.

September

  • Temperatures: +30°C (86°F) to +23°C (73°F).
  • Precipitation: 170 mm.
  • Activities: Discover the beauty of the Sine-Saloum Delta, engage in traditional fishing experiences.

October

  • Temperatures: +31°C (88°F) to +23°C (73°F).
  • Precipitation: 70 mm.
  • Activities: Visit Pink Lake (Lac Rose), witness the end of the rainy season transforming landscapes.
Senegal (c) i.pinimg.com

November

  • Temperatures: +30°C (86°F) to +22°C (72°F).
  • Precipitation: 20 mm.
  • Activities: Perfect for visiting national parks, exploring the vibrant city of Thiès.

December

  • Temperatures: +28°C (82°F) to +21°C (70°F).
  • Precipitation: 10 mm.
  • Activities: Best time for beach holidays, participate in the Saint-Louis Jazz Festival.

Senegal’s diverse climate and rich cultural heritage make it an excellent destination year-round. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, cultural experiences, or exploring scenic landscapes, there’s always something to see and do.

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