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Balanced on the Western-most tip of the entire Africa, Dakar is predictable to surge in phenomenal influence apart for being the capital city of Senegal. As a brand, Dakar hails its name its global international rally, with an extreme terrain known nowhere else. The Bandia Animal Reserve and the Accro Baobab Adventure Park combine the Senegalese Safari experience ranging from bottle-shaped gigantic Baobab trees, wildlife including giraffe, impala, rhinos and monkeys. There is also the Hann Park having a zoo as well as an official arboretum for preserving the local plant life. Local getaways to nearby islands can be made to the Goree Island with ruins from the slave trade era, the uninhabited Madeleines islands and the N’Gor Island for surfing. Despite being the main city, Dakar has preserved a great deal of culture and heritage in terms of local music, with the beat of drums playing an instrumental function for all functions and traditions; Senegalese drumming groups are always active with training processions as well as public performances. Lined with open-air stalls selling crafts, utensils and edibles, the Sandaga is one the largest markets in Dakar, along with Soumbediounne and Kermel Market. While mostly being Flea Street, there are segments dedicated to fish mongers as well as artisans for souvenirs. The city's Oceanarium is home to a variety of birdlife and marine life, ranging from shallow waters to even dense vegetation growing above the waters. A major component of history of the area is the slave trade of Africa, with monuments to slave trade and the renaissance established in parks and major squares. The La Maison Des Esclaves is a present day evidence of the slave trade days, while other official institutions are the National Gallery and the French institute dedicated to Leopold Sedar Senghor. The IFAN Museum of African Arts consists of a stately building administered under federal control for preserving elements of Senegalese heritage and culture.
Major airlines including Iberia, Air France, Turkish Airlines and TAP Portugal are hosted by the Dakar Airport. Brussels Airlines and Royal Air Maroc are additional options worth being considered for air travel.
There are currently no direct flights available for this route.
Flights taking off from London and landing at Dakar take 8 hours and 20 minutes of flight time, along with a single stopover.
The Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport is about 20 kilometres from the city centre.
There are different taxis and bus services that tourists can opt for. Also available are different car rentals stationed at the airport making it easy to carry luggage etc.
Taxis are the safest way to get around the city, with negotiable fares you can try save money. Buses are also an option varying with options ranging between white intercity and intra-city for getting to nearby towns and neighbouring cities of Dakar. Although they are dependable, tourists may find it hard to get around and understand the maps etc. There also exist car rapides, which are colour coded and have fixed prices for most destinations. Towards underdeveloped areas only accessible via unpaved roads, there are horse carts for shuttling passengers along with luggage load for supplies. Sept places are another unconventional means of getting around on the long routes.
During the months of October to January are ideal to visit Dakar, to enjoy the pleasant weather.
Dakar offers a range of accommodations ranging from 5 star hotels to budget priced guesthouses. If you wish to splurge and indulge yourself in luxury then Raddison Blu Dakar is your best option. Contemporary style structure, offering tennis courts, outdoor pools, golfing and blowing opportunities alongside the standard amenities, the options of preference are endless. High end hotels are also nested in the city centre, such as Hotel Baraka, offering modern décor and splendid terrace views if the city. In the heart of the business district are accommodations such as Pullman Dakar Teranga sporting pools and clean big rooms. If hotels are not what you fancy, Danak offers top class guesthouses as well. These are located at the beachfront such as the La Maison Abaka as well as in the city where tourist’s top pick is the Le Demeure, providing elegant and pleasant rooms. Poolside amenities, self-catering and rental are the options available in this particular category.