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Kolda is a city located in southern Senegal. It is the capital city of Kolda Region and Kolda Department, a region known historically and popularly as Haute Casamance.HistoryThe name Kolda derives from the name of the city's founder Koly Dado who first created a settlement near the shores of the Casamance river.AdministrationKolda is the chief city of Kolda Department and of the Kolda Region.GeographyThe city's located on the National road 6 called the "southern route" due to the fact that it goes from Dakar to Ziguinchor through Tambacounda, Vélingara and Kolda. Dakar, capital city of Sénégal is located at 670 km from Kolda.The local administrative areas include Gaide, Sikilo, Faraba, Faramba and Sisal.Physical geology and climateBoth vegetation and rainfall are abundant in Kolda. The wet season lasts for five months, from June through October. The dry season begins in November and ends in May.The annual average temperature is 81.9 °F with a maximum of 94.8 °F in April, May and October, and a minimum of 68.7 °F in January and August.PopulationMost recently, as of 1988 and 2002, Kolda's population was 34,337 and 53,921 inhabitants respectively. In 2007, official estimations, brought the population to 62,258 inhabitants. The majority of the population is made up of members of the Fula ethnic group. There are also members of the Mandinke and Jola ethnic groups. Kolda is in Kolda Region. In the build up to your vacation in Kolda, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Senegal road trip planning app.
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