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Name: Lac Rose
Location: Cap Vert, Senegal
Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, some 30 km (18 miles) north-east of the capital, Dakar. It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas. The algae produces a red pigment to assist in absorbing light, which provides energy to create ATP. The color is particularly visible during the dry season (from November to June) and is less visible during the rainy season (July to October).

The lake is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas, which is mainly due to ingress of seawater and its subsequent evaporation. Like the Dead Sea the lake is sufficiently buoyant that people can float easily.

Salt is exported across the region by up to 3,000 collectors, men and women from all over Western Africa, who work 6–7 hours a day, and protect their skin with beurre de Karité (shea butter), an emollient produced from Shea nuts which helps avoid tissue damage. The salt is used by Senegalese fishermen to preserve fish, a component of many traditional recipes including the national dish, a fish and rice meal called thieboudienne.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap-Vert
Name: Bandia Reserve
Location: Senegal
The Bandia Reserve is a small nature reserve in Senegal, located 65 km from Dakar on the road to Mbour, near the village of Bandia .

The history of the Bandia Reserve began in 1981 with the establishment of the PARFOB (autonomous project for the reforestation of the Bandia forest), funded by USAID with initially a Senegalese-American co-direction. For the Senegalese side, it is Feu Boubacar SIDIBE, Senior Officer, Senior Inspector of Waters, Forests and Hunting and David GUIBSON for the American part. After three years, the American side withdrew and the project was completed in 1986 by Mr. SIDIBE.

While other Senegalese parks are mainly dedicated to birds (Djoudj National Bird Park or Langue de la Barbarie National Park), Bandia is home to many mammals, deliberately reintroduced in the region. Among the animal species present in the park, there are rhinoceros, giraffes, large antelopes, dama gazelles, Derby eland, buffaloes ,patas monkeys, vervets, warthogs, hippotragues, zebras, jackals or mongooses. However, there are also around 120 species of birds, as well as ostriches, giant turtles and crocodiles.

SOURCE: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Réserve_de_Bandia
Name: Île de Gorée
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Île de Gorée is one of the 19 communes of the city of Dakar, Senegal. It is an 18.2-hectare (45-acre) island located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) at sea from the main harbour of Dakar, famous as a destination for people interested in the Atlantic slave trade although its actual role in the history of the slave trade is the subject of dispute.

Other important centres for the slave trade from Senegal were further north, at Saint-Louis, Senegal, or to the south in the Gambia, at the mouths of major rivers for trade. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name is a corruption of its original Dutch name Goedereede, meaning "good roadstead".

Gorée is known as the location of the House of Slaves (French: Maison des esclaves), built by an Afro-French Métis family about 1780–1784. The House of Slaves is one of the oldest houses on the island. It is now used as a tourist destination to show the horrors of the slave trade throughout the Atlantic world. After the decline of the slave trade from Senegal in the 1770s and 1780s, the town became an important port for the shipment of peanuts, peanut oil, gum arabic, ivory, and other products of the "legitimate" trade.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorée
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COUNTRY INFORMATION GUIDE
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FACTS:
Official Languages: French / Arabic
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone: GMT (UTC)
Drives on the right
Calling code: +221
Local / up-to-date weather in Dakar (and other regions): BBC global weather – click here
US GOVT TRAVEL LINKS:

For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Senegal travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Senegal, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

BUSINESS VISITOR ACTIVITIES*:
Activities you may undertake on a business visa / as a business visitor:
PERMISSIBLE
ATTENDING MEETINGS / DISCUSSIONS: TBC
ATTENDING A CONFERENCE: TBC
RECEIVING TRAINING (CLASSROOM-BASED): TBC
NON-PERMISSIBLE
AUDIT WORK: TBC
PROVIDING TRAINING: TBC
PROJECT WORK: TBC
*This information does not constitute legal advice and is not an exhaustive list. For a full legal assessment on business visitor activities, please revert to your internal company legal team / counsel.
TRAVEL INFORMATION**
It is highly recommenced that you access the above official US travel.state.gov web link and read all safety & security information prior to making your travel arrangements / planning your trip.
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The currency of the country is the West African CFA franc, denoted CFA (ISO currency code: XOF). It’s also used by seven other West African countries. It is interchangeable at par with the Central African CFA franc (XAF), which is used by six countries. Both currencies are fixed at a rate of 1 euro = 655.957 CFA francs.

The West African CFA franc is to be renamed the “eco” by the end of 2020. It would continue to be fixed to the euro.

ATMs:

Ecobank take Master Card and Visa card at their ATMs in Senegal. Outside major cities, ATMs are non-existent, and credit card transactions unheard of.

Taxi, taxi-brousse, taxi-clando, car-charette, and transport commun (cars rapides) Buslines in Dakar and around Dakar are maintained by SOTRAC (Société des Transports en commun de Cap Vert), now managed by a private company and called Dakar Demm Dikk. Car hire is available in Dakar (city and airport) and sometimes in MBour and Saly Portudal.

The main method of travel around the country is by sept places (from the French for “seven seats,” literally questionable station wagons in which they will pack seven people so that you are basically sitting on the next person’s lap throughout the journey). You can also come with a group and rent out an entire sept place, but this will be expensive. If you are obviously a tourist, they will try to rip you off, so make sure to set a price before you agree to a driver. If you want to travel more comfortably, buy 2 seats. There are set prices to often-travelled locations. The price per seat from Dakar to Ziguinchor, for example, is CFA9,500.

Keep in mind that if you wish to drive your own car, there are few street signs (mostly speed limits) and almost all of them are disregarded. Many streets are considered one way, but are never marked as such, and there are almost no stop signs. Heavy traffic areas such as Dakar are best left to experienced drivers and the bold. To get around, one must be willing to dart into traffic, or else, stay stuck at an intersection for a while.

Recently, a new tollway was opened near Dakar that allows you to drive around Rufisque. Especially during peak hours, this is worth the CFA400 (for a regular car), as traffic jams in Rufisque can easily take up to 2 hours.

EAT:

Be careful with food prepared by the road, as it could be cooked in unsanitary conditions. Western-style meals are available and can be found at restaurants in various parts of Dakar, Thies, Saint Louis and other towns and near the big hotels in the Petite Côte and in some other touristic regions of the country, too.

If you really want to try genuine Senegalese food, you can buy it at restaurants serving Senegalese dishes; or alternatively, you can make it yourself with the food gathered fresh from the markets or supermarkets.

The official dish of Senegal is ceebu jen (or thebou diene) — rice and fish. It comes in two varieties (red and white — named for the different sauces). The Senegalese love ceebu jen and will often ask if you’ve ever tried it, and it is definitely part of the experience. Even better if you get the chance to eat with your hands around the bowl with a Senegalese family! Keep your eyes out for the delicious, but elusive ceebu jen “diagga”, which is served with extra sauce and fish balls. Other common dishes are maafe, which is a rich, oily peanut-based sauce with meat that is served over white rice. Yassa is a delicious onion sauce that is often served over rice and chicken, yassa poulet or with deep fried fish yassa jen.

DRINK:

If you intend to explore the arid area of Senegal (Saint-Louis & Ferlo), you need to drink several liters of water a day. Even in Dakar, dehydration is possible during warmer months if you do not drink enough water each day.

**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Senegal
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Name: Lac Rose
Location: Cap Vert, Senegal
Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, some 30 km (18 miles) north-east of the capital, Dakar. It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas. The algae produces a red pigment to assist in absorbing light, which provides energy to create ATP. The color is particularly visible during the dry season (from November to June) and is less visible during the rainy season (July to October).

The lake is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas, which is mainly due to ingress of seawater and its subsequent evaporation. Like the Dead Sea the lake is sufficiently buoyant that people can float easily.

Salt is exported across the region by up to 3,000 collectors, men and women from all over Western Africa, who work 6–7 hours a day, and protect their skin with beurre de Karité (shea butter), an emollient produced from Shea nuts which helps avoid tissue damage. The salt is used by Senegalese fishermen to preserve fish, a component of many traditional recipes including the national dish, a fish and rice meal called thieboudienne.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap-Vert
Name: Bandia Reserve
Location: Senegal
The Bandia Reserve is a small nature reserve in Senegal, located 65 km from Dakar on the road to Mbour, near the village of Bandia .

The history of the Bandia Reserve began in 1981 with the establishment of the PARFOB (autonomous project for the reforestation of the Bandia forest), funded by USAID with initially a Senegalese-American co-direction. For the Senegalese side, it is Feu Boubacar SIDIBE, Senior Officer, Senior Inspector of Waters, Forests and Hunting and David GUIBSON for the American part. After three years, the American side withdrew and the project was completed in 1986 by Mr. SIDIBE.

While other Senegalese parks are mainly dedicated to birds (Djoudj National Bird Park or Langue de la Barbarie National Park), Bandia is home to many mammals, deliberately reintroduced in the region. Among the animal species present in the park, there are rhinoceros, giraffes, large antelopes, dama gazelles, Derby eland, buffaloes ,patas monkeys, vervets, warthogs, hippotragues, zebras, jackals or mongooses. However, there are also around 120 species of birds, as well as ostriches, giant turtles and crocodiles.

SOURCE: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Réserve_de_Bandia
Name: Île de Gorée
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Île de Gorée is one of the 19 communes of the city of Dakar, Senegal. It is an 18.2-hectare (45-acre) island located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) at sea from the main harbour of Dakar, famous as a destination for people interested in the Atlantic slave trade although its actual role in the history of the slave trade is the subject of dispute.

Other important centres for the slave trade from Senegal were further north, at Saint-Louis, Senegal, or to the south in the Gambia, at the mouths of major rivers for trade. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name is a corruption of its original Dutch name Goedereede, meaning "good roadstead".

Gorée is known as the location of the House of Slaves (French: Maison des esclaves), built by an Afro-French Métis family about 1780–1784. The House of Slaves is one of the oldest houses on the island. It is now used as a tourist destination to show the horrors of the slave trade throughout the Atlantic world. After the decline of the slave trade from Senegal in the 1770s and 1780s, the town became an important port for the shipment of peanuts, peanut oil, gum arabic, ivory, and other products of the "legitimate" trade.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorée
FLIGHT TIMES / MAJOR CITIES
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