Cycle Guide Senegal

Senegal is a wonderful country to cycle in. If not for their delicious food, it’s for the beautiful landscapes and the mighty baobab trees. You might want to consider bringing earplugs, because the many times the kids scream “tubab, tubab” to you makes you want to cycle in the remote Sahara.

Visa

You can visit Senegal visa free for 3 months.

Embassies

Border crossings

Mauritania
  • Rosso, known as a corrupt crossing, better to avoid it. (OSM)
  • Diama, the road on Mauritanian side sucks, but the crossing is easy. (OSM)
The Gambia

North side

South side

Guinea-Bissau

Quick facts

 

Language French, local languages 
Currency CFA (2019: €1 = CFA 655) 
Religion Islam, Christianity, traditional
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Orange
GDP-rank #156 (of 192 countries)

See & Do

Dakar

iOverlander / OSM

Visit Dakar to take one last Western styled breath if you’re heading towards South of Africa, or celebrate reaching this place if you’re on your way North. This city offers almost everything a normal tourist is looking for. Don’t forget to visit the island Goree. 

Senegambia stone circles

iOverlander / OSM

The African Stonehenge, only smaller stones, but much more locations. It’s the largest concentration of stone circles in the world. In Senegal, the main sites are in Sine Ngayène (OSM) and Wanar (OSM)

Saint-Louis

OSM

Wander around in the French styled appendix, which you can only reach by a bridge. The colonial houses make you feel like you traveled back in time. 

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, but there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first. And there seems to be wild animals as well, so you might want to be careful.

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

Some places have accomodation, but it’s expensive. Think about 10.000 CFA for the cheapest price.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.

Other

Bike shops
  • Dakar – Espace Velo (OSM)
  • Dakar – Go Sport Sahm (OSM)
Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Egg with bread (±700 CFA) 
  • Local food: Rice (Thiebou) with fish, chicken, meat or peanut
  • Local drink: Bissap
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • Mauretania to Guinea-Bissau (through Gambia) (gpx)

Video

Blog

#12 – Learning the language of the rain season

Some water drops wake me up. It’s neither dew, nor kids playing with water. And there are too much drops for pissing bats. There is only one option left, it’s rain! And there is thunder! Rain season started, and I have to be quick to install the outer tent. I […]

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#10 – Charity, mangoes and Fanta in North Senegal

Rest out very well I faced my last day in Mauritania. The road became from good to worse to really bad and almost not cyclable. However, it was all compensated by the surrounding, which now was full with trees, water, donkeys, horses, cows, boars, camels and more. It was a […]

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