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CampusFrance Sénégal est un service de l’Ambassade de France au Sénégal dédié aux Sénégalais et aux étrangers résidant au Sénégal qui souhaitent poursuivre leurs études supérieures en France.
Il est le commencement de tout projet d’études en France et constitue un passage obligatoire pour les étudiants et offre la possibilité d’effectuer une demande de préinscription, et de réaliser les démarches préalables au dépôt de la demande de visa pour étude auprès des Consulats Généraux de France.
Campus France Sénégal est votre interlocuteur privilégié pour votre projet d’étude en France. C’est le seul organisme Officiel pour vos demandes de préinscription au sein des établissements d’enseignement supérieur français connectés au dispositif Centre pour les études en France.

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Awareness October 18, 2017

United States Embassy Dakar, Senegal
Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Increased Security Awareness
October 18, 2017

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to be vigilant when visiting establishments and staying at hotels frequented by Westerners due to a credible threat related to potential terrorist activity in Dakar.

U.S. Embassy personnel are not permitted to stay at seaside hotels in Dakar until the first week of December.  U.S. citizens should expect to encounter increased levels of security screening while traveling around Dakar.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s website, for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Senegal.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. embassy in Senegal, located on Route des Almadies, at +221 33-879-4000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +221 33-879-4444.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Increased Security Awareness October 18, 2017

Young, fashionable and made in Dakar

Three young fashion designers on being creative and running fashion houses in Dakar.

Aissatou Sene, Fatimatou Sarr and Lydia Likibi are young fashion designers, each running successful fashion houses in Dakar, Senegal. The creative industry in Dakar is getting bigger and bolder, which these creatives love.

“The creative scene here is just huge. I started my brand with just $100, and I had left a very good and well paying job. But I just believed in what I wanted to do and I did it. And we have a lot of young people in Dakar who have that mentality- who can just go and do what they want,” says Sene, founder of Beyla.

Sene, who started her brand in 2012, hand-makes clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and children. Sene applies artistic designs to traditional African style, colours and patterns and then combines this with contemporary western fashion.

Creating authentic African pieces is something that these creatives pride themselves on. “We don’t follow trends. We like to keep it sexy for women and manly for men but we always follow the African identity, be it in the fabrics we use or in the cuts,” says Sarr, co-founder of Nomades.

Nomades is an ethical fashion brand created by Sarr and Mariam Diop. The two went on a road trip throughout Senegal, Mali, Mauritian and Guinée to find inspiration for their brand. The brand has showcased in Miami, London and Accra Fashion Weeks.

Originally from Congo, Likibi, the third in the trio founded Lyds Designs and makes handbags for women. In one of her collections, Women You Are, she gave each bag an inspirational name such as “smart” or “strong” to encourage women to be proud of themselves.

A common thread between the brands is that they create functional pieces that cater for everyday people. The three designers make sure to create African pieces for Africans.

This video is part of the Design Indaba, Africa. Now. series. In the latest iteration, Design Indaba journalists investigate design and creativity in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.

Onomo Dakar airport

A great place to stay in Senegal!

A very modern and well furnished hotel with helpful and friendly staff. Mostly French spoken but there are always at least one staff member that can speak English. Stayed one night, enjoyed the restaurant and the coffee bar. Rooms are tidy and the air conditioning modern and efficient. Beds, shower and room clean and well laid out. Lights work on an automatic timer that turns off if you leave the room (you have to slot your keycard into an electronic pad to activate the electricity in the room). The breakfast was great with wide variety, Westerners will enjoy some recognizable food. 😉 All in all, the stay was great! Which is stark contrast to the airport itself, so coffee and food up before continuing your flight.

Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal.

Dakar: Arriving & Departing

The airport that most tourists normally use if they plan to fly into the city of Dakar is Dakar-Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR). This airport does receive flights from other countries, and also has international departing flights. Delta airlines flies from the United States to Dakar – departing from Atlanta . The flight normally lands in Dakar and then continues flying to South Africa . South African
Air also stops over in Dakar, on flights between Washington, DC, or New York City, and Johannesburg. These flights are co-listed with United, so you can earn/use Star Alliance miles. South African Air does a very nice job.
There are other routes used to fly into Dakar , and most of them require a connecting flight in one of Europe ’s major airports. Normally, Paris has regular flights to Dakar . The Dakar airport is large and on a yearly basis serves almost one and a half million people.
When you arrive in the terminal, look the the counter at the right to fill out a visitor’s form, with your flight number, passport, etc., then proceed to the lines for passport control. Once through there, you’ll arrive at baggage claim, with porters offering their services. You can politely tell them no and collect your own bags. Pass through the baggage inspection, exit the airport. Taxi service is to the right.
The Dakar airport is conveniently located close to the city. It’s less than twenty miles from the center of Dakar and there are many different busses and taxi services that tourists can take to get where they want to go from the airport. Taxi prices are negotiated, so feel free to make a counter-offer or move on to another driver. You’ll also find people asking to buy your currency. There are also different car rental agencies located on the airport grounds, so it’s fairly easy to pick up luggage, obtain a rental car, and drive to a hotel.
The Dakar airport works with several different airlines and also sees charter flights on a daily basis. Information on purchasing a plane ticket to Dakar can be found on most travel-related internet sites, or a travel agent can be consulted.

Dakar: Getting Around

It’s possible for tourists to get around the Dakar area using a few different modes of transportation.
There are two types of busses in Dakar : Those that can carry up to forty people and those that carry fewer people. The busses that can carry up to forty people are called, “Cars Mourides,” and the busses that can carry about fifteen to thirty people are called, “Ndiaga Ndiaye.” These busses often travel on the main roads in Dakar as well as the other large cities/towns in Senegal .
For any tourists who want to travel long distances (e.g. out of the city of Dakar ), the most popular mode of transportation is called a “Sept-Place Taxi,” or more commonly known as a “Bush Taxi.” Using this form of transportation is not necessarily comfortable. They are usually cars with three rows of seats, and up to seven people are squished into the vehicle. Even though the ride might be tight and uncomfortable, the bush taxis are usually pretty reliable and they are not hugely expensive.
Taking the busses in Dakar costs less than a bush taxi, but it is not an easy way to travel, especially for tourists carrying luggage.
There are ferries available that leave from Dakar and travel to Ziguinchor. The ferries are reasonably safe, reliable and comfortable.

Dakar: Taxis & Rental Cars

Rental cars are available from the Dakar airport, but most tourists do not utllize them. Instead, most used either the public transportation system(s) or taxis to get where they want to go.
It is very easy to obtain a taxi ride in Dakar . All a tourist has to do while walking down the street or standing on the sidewalk is raise a hand in the air and a taxi will do everything that is possible to be the first to arrive and offer a ride. Taxis have been known to pull off some crazy maneuvers in order to turn their vehicle completely around on a street in order to pick up a passenger.
Because there are usually so many taxis available for hire at any given moment, the competition is high. This is a real advantage for tourists and potential passengers because it’s possible to bargain for the price of a ride. At first, tourists may not know the typical price to go from one place to another, but after a few taxi rides, it’s not overly difficult to figure out a fair or good price.
Taxis are often a much more comfortable form of transportation, as compared to the busses in town that are often extremely crowded.

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