Dakar, Senegal: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Dakar, Senegal? If you're planning to go to Dakar, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Dakar, Senegal

Based on the climate and weather in Dakar, the best time to go is April. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Dakar, Senegal by month

January

If you vacation in Dakar during January, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants

February

Traveling to Dakar in February, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals

March

March in Dakar is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

April

If you visit Dakar during April, you are likely to find that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

May

May here is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

June

June in Dakar is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

July

If you are traveling to Dakar in July, you will notice that it is extremely warm. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear

August

August for Dakar is hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage

September

September in Dakar is constantly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage

October

October in Dakar is extremely hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

November

Traveling to Dakar in November, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Dresses

December

If you go to Dakar in December, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Dakar, Senegal

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Dakar, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D, E and K
  • A SIM card that works in Dakar
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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