Dakar Travel Guide

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Dakar Highlights

  • Pro
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     Goree Island and food 

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     Sometimes too eager salesmen in the streets 

  • In a nutshell
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     Good place to make a first visit to Africa 

Dakar Things to Do

  • Lac rose - the pink lake

    25km North of Dakar lays Lac Retba, also known as Lac Rose (Pink lake), which has is name from the colour of its waters due the salt and the algae. Particularly in the dry season, the colour gets really pink. In other periods it tends to look rather mauve. Thanks to the high concentration of salt in the water, it enables you to float in it easily,...

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  • Participate in local life...

    If you have the occasion, try to visit the house of a local, so you can see how life is for them. And if you want to and are invited, why not participate?

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  • dakar amazing city

    when u'r in dakar u g2g to phare des mamelles , ngor , gorée , saly portudal, porte de la 3eme millinium , marché kermel ,les almadies and more :D

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Dakar Hotels

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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

  • Dakar to Ziguichor and Cap Skiring by...

    Every friday and tuesday, departure at 8 pm (check in between 3 and 7 pm), arrival at 10 am in Ziguinchor, 15500 CFA for a reclining chair, from 18500 CFA for a bed.Returning at 3pm every thursday and sunday.From there to Cap Skiring by a Sept Place (shared taxi), 1700 CFA about 1 hour.

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  • Horse Cart

    Along the way we saw many locals with horse carts. It is a good way to get somewhere if you are not in a hurry, or need to get supplies.

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  • Luxury Bus

    Lac Rose is a good distance from the port, at least an hour and a half, so it was nice to have transportation to and from in a luxury bus with air conditioning, even if it did not provide adventure. Along the way I made another Brasilian friend, Thereza.

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Dakar Shopping

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  • French groceries

    In case you have a craving for french cheese, wine, etc., the french supermarket chain Casino Supermarché has also a shop in the center of Dakar. Prices are about the same then in France

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  • Anything you need

    The Picture can not do this justice, as this building went on for quite a while with auto parts on the roof in the building spilling out of doorways in the yard. It was quite a sight. If you need parts for your vehicle and you can't find it here. I guess that you are out of luck.

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  • African Dolls

    We were not allowed to leave the trucks, but they would stop (for pictures), and local sellers would come and hawk there wares. The people are colorfully dressed. This woman had dolls. If you like the goods and are willing to pay the price you can get your souveniers delivered without getting out of the truck, but if you wait, I am sure you will...

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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

  • Amazing natural resource

    The Lac Rose is not so much "off the beaten path" but it is located outside of the city so walking is not an option. There are still several vendors selling their touristy wares. It is amazing to see how the salt is harvested.

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  • Goree Island

    Located just off the coast near Dakar, Goree Island houses a slave museum. This is where soon to be exported slaves were held in incubation before departing for far destinations.

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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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