Senegal is located on the west coast of Africa and covers 196,000 sq. kms. To the north of Cape Verde, the westernmost extremity of Africa, the coast is mostly sand dunes. To the south are rias (drowned valleys), sand dunes and mangrove forests. The lowland savannah and the semi-desert regions of the north drain into the River Senegal. Both the Gambian border and the Mauritania border are disputed territory.

The climate is tropical with the wet season from June to September. The humidity is high and the country has high night time temperatures, especially on the coast. Average temperatures from 22°C to 28°C. The north is affected by the dusty Saharan winds.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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