Rufisque Department

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Location in the Dakar Region
Location in the Dakar Region
Country  Senegal
Region Dakar Region
Capital Rufisque
 • Total 372 km2 (144 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 490,694
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Rufisque Department is one of the 45 departments of Senegal and one of the four which make up the Dakar Region.

There are six urban communes within the department: Bargny, Sébikotane, Diamniadio, Jaxaay-Parcelle-Niakoul Rap, Sangalkam and Sendou. The rest of the department is divided into two arrondissements.

  • Rufisque Arrondissement is subdivided into three communes de arrondissement, Rufisque Est, Rufisque Nord and Rufisque Ouest.
  • Bambylor Arrondissement is subdivided into 3 rural districts (communautés rurales);
    • Yéne
    • Bambylor
    • Tivaouane Peulh-Niaga

Historic sites [1][edit]

The Rose Lake
  • The historic centre or Old Rufisque, lying between the East Canal, the West Canal, the railway line and the seafront.
  • National printworks
  • Former William Ponty school at Sébikotane
  • Ancient dunes at Kounoune, Neolithic site
  • Lake Retba, The Rose Lake or Pink Lake (coloured pink by algae)


Coordinates: 14°43′01″N 17°16′01″W / 14.717°N 17.267°W / 14.717; -17.267