Dakar Travel Guide

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    Marché Kermel
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    Cathédrale Notre Dame
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Dakar Things to Do

  • watch out for funny souvenirs

    Watch out for these funny Souvenirs like you will find them at some souvenirshops : originally they had been inscriptions and advertisments for local shops or merchants, funny Cartoons that tried to explane the Kind of shop to People who were not able to read. This kind of souvenir mainly makes sense, when you understand some french !

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  • Monument de la Renaissance africaine

    The Monument de la Renaissance africaine was built in 2009 by the architect Pierre Goudiaby Atepa. The giant Monument was placed on top of a small hill and has a hight of 52 metres, so it is the highest Monument in Africa. And for quite a poor Country like the Senegal the costs for this Monument were quite high: 23 Millions of Euros !It was the...

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  • Marché Kermel

    Marché Kermel is the Name of this markethall that you will find quite Close to the port of Dakar. The market is mainly for fruits, vegetables, fish and meat at the INside of the hall that was built in Victorian style, while tourists will also find Souvenirs there to buy, but mainly outside of the halls and in the surrounding buildings.Take a closer...

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Dakar Hotels

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  • Domaine de Nianing

    BP 1810, Dakar, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Terrou-Bi

    Boulevard Martin Luther King, Dakar, 1179, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar

    Avenue de la Corniche Ouest, Dakar, 16868, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

Dakar Restaurants

  • Excellent cheap restaurant in the city...

    Very colorfull decor and excellent local food for a reasonable price (maincourse 1500 CFA), the self apointed guides whitch you will have around you will most likely tell you it is closed (no commision for them) Riz Poisson Rouge

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  • Lagoon 1

    This excellent restaurant was really out of my budget, but it was my last day and I had some money left, so I decided to give myself a gift. This sea products restaurant is located on a pier, near the Lagoon hotel. You can seat at the pier or inside, where there is a typical sea-style decoration. You can even go for a swim while you wait (I...

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  • La Fourchette-- the best spot in the...

    This lovely, stylish and delicious restaurant would feel right at home in Manhattan were it not half as expensive and twice as welcoming as most you find there. That being said, it is "tres cher" by West African standards, clocking in at 6,000 to 10,000 per principle plate. You get what you pay for, however, with a creative menu stacked with all...

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Dakar Nightlife

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  • the club scene

    There are several clubs to choose from. Do not expect air conditioning! And bring your own toilet tissue! Wipe ups is a good idea also. Do not be surprised to see unisex bathrooms. Yes, that's what I said. Unisex. The places I have seen are pretty lenient. But they were clubs for the locals.

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  • Great little bar

    Great little club. Live music that is a wide range of local music. The people inside are very friendly and they even have a little sitting/eating area upstairs. Some comfortable sitting area behind and next to the band. Very casual dress and a come as you are attitude!

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  • Mbalax, the national groove

    Mbalax is the national music, an afro sound influenced by western electric instruments, very lively!In the usual discos (where in europe, you will listen to techno and electro), you will have live bands, playing this kind of music.Everyone there loves it and dances to it until early in the morning.Worth seeing, listning to and dancing! None

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Dakar Transportation

  • the local way of transportation

    This very Special type of "local way of Transportation" was one of my favorite subjects to take photos, although it was mostly not easy to do it without beeing catched.My favorite was the mother with the Baby on the back and the bag on top of her head in my main picture here.

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  • by cruise to Dakar

    I came onboard of the MSC Sinfonia, a giant ship with a capacaty of 2000 passangers and there was enough dock-space for various such ships in the port of Dakar.Passport- & customs-procedures there were easy and relaxed and the only controls took place onboard of the ship by the ship when we returned, as they are always searching for bottles of...

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  • take a guided bustour

    Of course Dakar is quite a safe place and walking around on your own should be possible without any severe problems, but in case that you intend to take lots of photos of the local people it really might be a good idea to go by a guided bustour like I did, so I could take lots of photos out of the bus, mostly without beeing detected at all by my...

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Dakar Shopping

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  • Sand-paintings

    This was my favorite surprise in Dakar, as I have never seen something similar on any of my travels: Glue is pasted on a piece of wood and then step by step sands of different colour are spread over the glue, it will take a few seconds to get fixed and then the next part of the board will get some glue and more sands untill some really great...

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  • On the market in the port of Dakar

    There had been a souvenir-market in the port of Dakar all day long while we were docked there. The variety, size and Quality of the wooden works of art was a bit better in the port than in the local market in town. The prices are more or less the same as on the souvenir-markets in Dakar-city, but maybe you are good in haggling and find a...

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  • on the market in Dakar

    This is one of the markets that we have visited on our bustour. Merchants there had been quite friendly without running after you and setting you under pressure once that you have shown some kind of an interest in their goods. Woodcarvings, paintings, clothings, fridge-magnets and all the other Tourist stuff !I did not buy anything because my...

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Dakar Local Customs

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    by bayouindian Written Jun 11, 2007

    Alot of people don't believe. That is your choice. But heed the warning anyway. Especially if you are of light complexion, or have light hair or eyes. People will try to take some of your hair. Voodoo. And if you see a lost little kitten...even if it breaks your heart..leave it. It has had a spell put on it. When you travel to another's country...do not take their culture lightly. Especially if you just choose not to understand.

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Dakar Warnings and Dangers

  • General safety tips Dakar and outside...

    Dakar felt more of a hassle than violent. Coming from New Orleans, where we have been robbed at gun point and had a man shot to death outside our back fence, we probably viewed Dakar a little differently. However, being pick pocketed in Senegal is a major possibility- my husband was pick pocketed in the mosque in Touba while he prayed sitting on...

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  • Be Careful of Hokkers

    I am leaving in Dakar since last one year. When you walk down on streets, please be careful of hokkers hanging arround you and offering many things. Never show any interest at time if you don't buy they create troubles. Locals always take their side if there is trouble and they will advise you to pay him some money so ultimately you lose.While...

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  • NOT ALONE!

    Alot of women think they will be safe. Especially in crowded areas. Dakar is NOT safe for an unescorted woman. ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT. ALSO: HEALTH: YOU MUST PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MALARIA AND DENGUE FEVER. THERE ARE BOTH IMMUNIZATIONS AND MEDS FOR THIS. I contracted malaria 3 times when I lived there. Besides the water, it is mosquitos. Very bad...

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Dakar Tourist Traps

  • Shopping...a nightmare

    In Dakar, you have to work your way through packed streets of vendors. Biggest threat, being robbed. But..they can also put something in your bag. They will approach you and do not like to take no for an answer. It can get to the point of harrassment. Try not to go alone. Best to try and go with someone who can help escort you. In bargaining to...

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  • How not to get ripped off

    At the market, you are suppose to barter on the price. I wouldn't have known this if I wouldn't have been with an experienced traveler. Remember the conversions and about how much you would pay for the item if you were buying it at home, don't be uncool and pay less than it's worth.

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Dakar What to Pack

  • Must protect against malaria

    Everyone should take the necessary steps to prevent malaria. I however did not. I used repellent with Deet however, I received an insect bite on my last day. I had to have unnecessary blood work done when I returned home to confirm I did not contract anything. Save yourself the worry and prepare in advance if at all possible.

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  • Take care from the sun and mosquitos!!!

    Don't accept help from somebody, because they ask you money Comfortable shoes and clothes are required if you don't want to suffer due to the warm Mosquito Repellent is expensive, don't forget it!Yellow vaccine is import and paludism treatment!

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Dakar Off The Beaten Path

  • Dakar is an important port

    Dakar is one of the most important ports of Africa and for that reason you will find vehicles of all sorts there, waiting to be shipped to other ports in Africa or the rest of the world.I saw military trucks and also broken UNvehicles, trucks and buses from germany and all other parts of the world.

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  • The Grand Mosque

    The Grand Mosque of Dakar is a sight that you will be able to see in some distance already from your ship, when you arrive in the port of Dakar.Non-moslems are not allowed to enter that mosque, but on my Bustour through Dakar we were taken there as well and could take at least some Pictures from outside of the impressive building.

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  • Baobab ( Adansonia digitata )

    "Baobab" is the local Name for this tree that is so typical for the african Savanna. It has mostly quite a thick trunk: so the average hight of such a tree is around 18 meters and the trunk has a diametre of 10meters.Africanischer Affenbrotbaum is the german Name and in latin: Adansonia digitataWe saw that tree opposite of the Monument de la...

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Dakar Sports & Outdoors

  • Private beaches vs Public beaches

    In Dakar there are public & private beaches. Private are usually propoerty of hotels or clubs so you have to de a guest to enter; or pay a small fee. In public beaches you can go free.Usually, private beaches are better equiped and used by white people, while in public beaches you will find more locals.

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  • Swim at the restaurant

    If you go have lunch to the Lagoon 1 restaurant, you can take a swim and sunbath while you wait for the food (or after the dessert). The restaurant is located at a pier in the Corniche, and you can swim there.

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Dakar Favorites

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    by bayouindian Written Jun 11, 2007

    Favorite thing: You can take a local boat trip across the bay..which is a must for the gutsy. Especially if you cannot swim! lol I truly miss the sound of the voodoo drums at night. They go almost all night and lull you into a trance-like sleep. And awakening by the minaret in the morning call to prayer. Church services are nice..although the benches need some padding. You will need a fan, and unless you speak French..a translator. A specific fried fish that is served with rice at a restaurant in Fann Hock. Chez Adama. Kitty corner from a market and next to a seamstress. She is a good seemstress by the way. And the young man named Omar at the market is a sweetie.

    Fondest memory: See above
    Unfortunately, all my photos have been lost. But I would not have traded the experience for the world. We as Americans are spoiled. Americans do not appreciate what they have. I still believe each woman in Africa deserves a good washing machine! God bless them. They have a hard life. But the life in Africa has meaning. I that is what will stay in my heart. I pray one day to be able to return.

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