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Senegal

Tour Information

Note: The information presented below has been extracted from our formal General Information for this tour.  It covers topics we feel potential registrants may wish to consider before booking space.    The complete General Information for this tour will be sent to all tour registrants and of course supplemental information, if needed, is available from the WINGS office.  

ENTERING SENEGAL: U.S. citizens will need a valid passport with at least one blank visa page for an entry stamp. At the time of writing, U.S. citizens are exempt from tourist visa requirement. Citizens of other nations should contact the nearest Senegalese Consulate for entry requirements. Visit the Embassy of Senegal website at http://www.ambasenegal-us.org/ for  the most current visa information. 

COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information at  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Senegal.html and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Senegal at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sg.html.

PACE OF TOUR: Most days we will have breakfast at our accommodation around 06.30 before we go out birding. Lunch will be taken either at a suitable café where we can carry on birding and relaxing, or on travel days we will take a picnic with us. We aim to return to our hotel around 19.00 or earlier, allowing an ‘hour to shower’ before dinner.  However some days where we have a long drive, we may reach our accommodation later requiring later dinners.

HEALTH The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations. These include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. 

They further recommend that most travelers have protection against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Malaria and Yellow Fever. 

Please contact your doctor well in advance of your tour’s departure as some medications must be initiated weeks before the period of possible exposure. 

The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s Travel Health website at:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/senegal?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

Smoking: Smoking and vaping is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc.  While in the field or traveling, use of a smokeless alternative such as nicotine gum is requested. Please do not smoke at short stops while traveling. If you smoke in the field, do so well away and downwind from the group and leave ample time between smoking and getting back into the vehicle. If you are sharing a room with a non-smoker, please do not smoke in the room. If any lodge, accommodation or location where the group is staying or is gathered has a more restrictive smoking policy than WINGS’ policy, the more restrictive policy will prevail. The leader reserves the right to modify this policy if the situation warrants it.

CLIMATE: Inland it will be generally hot and dry with temperatures ranging from nighttime lows of about 15-20°C (60-70°F) to mid-day highs of about 25-35°C (80-95°F). At the time of our tour there is a chance of some days with stronger winds, especially in the north, which will lower the temperature, especially in the mornings and evenings.  There is also the chance of dust and wind-blown sand in the north. In the more coastal areas, it could be decidedly cooler.

ACCOMMODATION: We will be staying at hotels and lodges throughout the tour. The quality will vary but all should be reasonably comfortable with en suite facilities. However, be prepared for a lack of hot water in some places, as well as low maintenance, especially away from the larger towns.

Internet Access: Expect poor to non-existent Wi-Fi away from the larger towns. Mobile phone coverage should be good but check that your home network will work here.

FOOD:  Food will vary on the tour. Near the coast we can expect fish to feature a lot, along with rice. Inland we are more likely to be served meat, as well as pasta. In the larger towns we may get a buffet, with a choice of chicken, fish or meat with rice, pasta, vegetables and chips. Further inland in the remote areas meals will become simpler. Alcohol may not be available in some places. Choices for vegetarians may be limited.

Drinks: Bottled water, a soft drink or a beer (where available) are provided at lunch and dinner, as is coffee or tea. In addition, we keep a supply of bottled water on the tour vehicles.

Food Allergies/Requirements: We cannot guarantee that all food allergies can be accommodated at every destination. Participants with significant food allergies or special dietary requirements should bring appropriate foods with them for those times when their needs cannot be met. Announced meal times are always approximate depending on how the day unfolds. Participants who need to eat according to a fixed schedule should bring supplemental food. Please contact the WINGS office if you have any questions. 

TRANSPORTATION: We will be using a small, air-conditioned, coach with a local driver. The leader will arrange a seating rotation. Participants should be able and willing to ride in any seat in our tour vehicles.

Created: 18 July 2019