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Best time to visit Senegal

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The best time to visit Senegal is August

Senegal can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, August is the best time to go.

In the summer months, temperatures in Dakar can climb to a maximum of around 30℃ (85℉) during the day. The average Dakar temperatures in winter reach lows of around 20℃ (68℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 17℃ (63℉). Other areas in Senegal can sometimes get even colder than this – You can check out the climates of other popular destinations below.

If you’re keen to see the sights of Senegal during the day, the sun stays up the longest around May. The wet season in Senegal falls around August, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in January instead.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Senegal, including the most popular destinations, detailed weather information, and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

October

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

May

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Senegal seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Senegal is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Senegal

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
DakarAugust
24℃
22℃
23℃
21℃
22℃
20℃
22℃
20℃
23℃
21℃
25℃
24℃
27℃
25℃
28℃
26℃
28℃
27℃
29℃
28℃
28℃
26℃
26℃
24℃
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Top FAQs

Senegal is in Africa.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Senegal:

The warmest month of the year in Dakar, one of the most popular places to visit in Senegal, is October.
The driest month of the year in Dakar, Senegal, is usually around January each year.

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