Dakar Vacations

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sprawling, dusty chaos of Dakar, but all of the sensory stimulation is precisely the appeal of the buzzing Senegalese capital. Dakar is often used as a jumping-off point, not only for the rest of the country, but also for much of West Africa, but you could just as easily plan an entire trip here without leaving ... Read more
this coastal city. Spend a day admiring the colorful clothing of the locals and shopping in markets -- like Marché des HLM and the Soumbédioune market in Medina -- for beautiful, top-quality artisan textiles. Stop in to the Théodore Monod Museum, one of the best museums in the region, which houses an excellent collection of African art. At night, you won’t want to miss one of the continent’s best music scenes. Jazz music here is thriving, and one of the best places to catch Senegalese acts is the laid-back Just 4 U. The local cuisine, which blends the city’s French, Wolof, and North African influences, is also a must-try here, and although restaurant prices can be high, portions are usually enormous. If you’d like a dose of history and a brief escape from the hubbub of the city, catch a ferry to the UNESCO-designated Island of Gorée, an island with a dark past as a stop along the Atlantic slave-trading route.
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Tromso

i like to go there for liveiong i think i have something do there

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Berlin, Germany

Dakar is a hectic but vibrant city situated on a Peninsula. There's a constant chaotic flow of traffic that includes not just cars but animals and peddlers selling stuff. Despite its annoyances, it's worth visiting: you'll eat cheap, tasty street food, hear great live music and be welcomed by friendly locals.

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Lincoln, UK

Dakar is as mad a city as they come. From the driving to the random sights of naked people that I have come across. For a westerner this place sure is a total culture shock. I am seeing people with nothing who just get on with their lives. Senalgalese people are very friendly but they do get on your nerves as they try to sell you everything under the sun as you walk around Dakar.

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Brisbane, Australia

Dakar is a sprawling city located on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic. It can be a bit chaotic, and it definitely helps to speak French. The weather is fantastic, the people in general are very friendly. The local food is very tasty, and the music lively. It is definitely a fun place to go, and a great introduction to French Speaking Africa.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Dakar is the closest point in Africa from the United States and it is a very busy port town. Constantly developing, the city combines terrible poverty with massive displays of wealth. A little scary at times, I found Dakar to be the least charming place I visited, while in Senegal. The giant monument on the hilltop shown in my postcard is a controversial and recent addition to the landscape.

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Portland, Oregon, USA
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There's not a lot going on in this city, but the people are nice and it's a pretty laid back, safe place. The IFAN Museum of African Art here is definitely worth a visit and has an interesting collection of thrones from tribal groups across the country.

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Santa Cruz, California, USA

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Paris, France

Place where I was born and where I spent a happy childhood

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Kandahar

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Prague, Czech Republic
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