Hostels in Senegal Hostels in Senegal

You are looking for hostels in Senegal? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Senegal hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Senegal.

All Cities in Senegal

We list every single hostel in Senegal and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Senegal for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Senegal hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Senegal. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Senegal

Senegal is a country located in West Africa. It is a coastal nation, with the Atlantic Ocean bordering it on one side. The main language spoken in the country is French, although English and other international languages are also spoken. Many tourists are drawn to Senegal for a variety of reasons, including the pretty sights of Dakar to the many activities outside the capital city.

Accommodation in Dakar isn’t too hard to find. You can look up hostels, hotels, and home stays in the city. Hostels are available outside the town too, although you may want to look a little harder for a good deal. For the most part, affordable hostels aren’t hard to find in Senegal. Whether you wind up staying in Dakar or not, there is a lot you can do while visiting the country.

For instance, you can visit Goree island or the Ille de Goree, a small island just off the Senegalese coast. You can reach it via ferry from Dakar. It is populated, and many inhabitants of Dakar have jobs on the island and commute to and from it every day. The island is famous because it was once a major port for the slave traders of the past. You can visit the Slave House on the island even today.

The museum on the Ille de Goree will give you a detailed insight into the history of the country and the island. Other nifty souvenir shops and local restaurants are located around the island too. The sea is safe for a swim, and the island is a good place to relax and unwind while in Senegal.

You should also take the time to visit the Pink Lake, known because of the color of the water in the lake. This pink color is caused by a mixture of bacteria and salt water. You can watch as the color of the lake changes from pink to a deeper shade of purple as the day goes on. Other sights to see around the lake include the people from surrounding areas who come to collect the salt and sell it.

Swimming is fine in the lake, although you must rinse yourself off with fresh water afterwards as the high salt content can cause all sorts of skin issues. A restaurant or two can be found adjoining the lake for a meal with a view.

If you want more to do inside the city of Dakar, you can try visiting the Sandaga market, one of the many markets in the city. It is known for the beautiful fabrics that are sold. You can buy traditional costumes at the market and watch the colorful setting of the entire place.

Senegal’s beaches are another part of the country you must visit. Dakar has some beaches nearby, but if you want a true seaside experience you should look for a hostel in or near Saly. Water sports, sailing and many other water-based activities are available for you to participate in at your leisure. While here, make sure you visit the local eateries and treat yourself to some local delicacies like jollof rice, couscous, and Yassa.

expert for Senegal hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Senegal hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Senegal - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Senegal. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Senegal. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Senegal

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Senegal?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Senegal here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Senegal safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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