Senegal is a "sunny all year round" destination, less than six hours by plane from Paris, and accessible with affordable airline tickets. Thus during the full winter in France from November to April, the sun is shining brightly in Senegal, then in the dry season, accompanied by ideal temperatures between 20 and 30 °C. You are assured that not a drop of water will fall from the sky during your stay and that mosquitoes will be very rare. During the rainy season from June to September (or October depending on the year), called "wintering", some areas in the interior of the country are impassable. But rains are rare on the Grande and Petite Côte, a coastline stretching from Saint-Louis to Joal, via Dakar. When it rains, it usually does not last, and paved roads dry up as soon as the sun returns. In Casamance, a greener region located further south (on the other side of the Gambia), the climate is almost equatorial with a longer wintering period with heavy rains (from June to November).
A musical and cultural wealth :
Of course, there is Youssou N'Dour, the "king of Mbalax", but the music of Senegal is not limited to this very popular style. Hip-hop in Dakar, jazz - through the Saint-Louis festival - Mandingo blues or music played on kora and traditional percussion are other sound treasures to discover. Similarly, people's lifestyles can change radically depending on their religion (Muslim, Catholic, animist, both!), whether they live in a Diola village in Casamance, in a Wolof fishing district in Saint-Louis, in a Fulani camp, in Dakar in urban mode or in tribal mode in Bassari country. The country's ethnic and dialectical wealth can be understood from one encounter to the next.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette