Mosque in Dakar

Travel to Dakar – Vibrant Capital of Senegal

Dakar is a buzzing West African metropolis that visitors may either love, hate or embrace. As capital of Senegal and one of West Africa’s biggest cities it has seen a influx of people arriving over the years in search of hope, work and a better life. What they find is a heavily congested, almost grid-locked city with plentiful fumes from too many vehicles.

A visit to the city may be unavoidable for many travellers, particularly those longing to see the highlights of the Cap Vert Peninsula, UNESCO-listed Ile de Goree or the Iles de la Madelaine. There is certainly no shortage of things to do or see in Greater Dakar, life is fast-paced and you’ll certainly need your wits about you. Enjoy and experience for yourself!

In its colonial heyday Dakar was one of the major cities of the French Empire, comparable to Hanoi or Beirut. French trading firms established branch offices there and industrial investments (mills, breweries, refineries, canneries) were attracted by its port and rail facilities.

Dakar was the capital of the short-lived Mali Federation from 1959 to 1960, after which it became the capital of Senegal.

  • Experience fabulous fresh seafood then dance the night away to a Senegalese beat.
  • Take a ferry out to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Goree Island (Ile de Goree) and soak up the atmosphere of this time-warped haven of peace.
  • Enjoy a calming African sunset over the Atlantic from the Artisan market at N’gor.

Head for the beaches and hotels of N’Gor to find peace on the Cap Vert Peninsula and a chance to relax. There is a great choice of accommodation, some fine fish restaurants, swimming pools and the island of Ile de N’Gor to explore.


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