The West African country of Senegal has developed into one of the continent's most popular tourist destinations...
The city of Dakar has a fascinating history, having been known as the French Capital of Western Africa since the beginning of the 20th century. This is a dizzying place, made up of stunning architecture, elegant restaurants, vibrant markets and bustling streets. However, for those who want some peace and quiet, tranquillity can be found in the historical Ile de Gorée, the IFAN Museum or the Maison des Esclaves. Architecture buffs will adore Saint Louis, a slightly more subdued version of Dakar.
For those visiting Senegal to shop for beautiful African fabrics, Marchés des HLM is the best place to go, with hundreds upon hundreds of colourful cloths to choose from, whilst those who are more interested in the famous cuisine of this country must not miss out on a visit to the fish market at Soumbedioune.
Senegal is not short on spectacular scenery; from the pink tinted mineral waters of Lac Rose, to the stunning seaside views of Cap Skirring (La Palmeraie can also be found here), to the tropical gardens of Ferme de Djibelor (the perfect spot for bird watching), there's almost no end to the natural attractions in this part of the world.
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This West African country has no direct flights from the UK, however there are many good connections to help reach Dakar...
Air France via Paris and Brussels Airlines via Brussels present the best options with flights taking upwards of around eight hours from many UK departure points.
You can also easily reach the city via Lisbon with Tap and Madrid with Iberia on flights from London and Manchester.
Six hours on a flight to Senegal, 20 minutes from the airport to Dakar, and as long as you want enjoying this spectacular country…
Flights from the UK to Senegal normally take just under six hours. Most people flying to Senegal flights will arrive into Dakar Airport (DKR), otherwise known as Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, and this is just a 20-minute drive from the centre of Dakar itself. You can take a shuttle bus or a taxi from the airport to your hotel. Beware that many Senegalese taxi drivers like to haggle with tourists, so it’s advisable to agree a price before you set off.
Dakar Airport hosts several car rental companies, giving you your own transport to explore further afield. Whilst Senegal as a whole is a very safe destination, it’s advisable to avoid travelling by road within the Casamance region.
Senegal has a wealth of hotels. Most are found in Dakar, with some superb choices elsewhere...
As most transport into the country is through flights to Dakar, it’s no surprise to learn that most of the country’s tourism and hotel industry centres around the capital.
While you may find only a handful of guesthouses and the odd luxury retreat in the countryside, the upside of this concentrated industry means that accommodation in Dakar is relatively cheap at all price levels. You’ll also find intense diversity – the sprawling mass that is Dakar gives rise to huge, opulent hotels that overlook stunning beaches sitting side-by-side with small, independent hotels.
Hotels at the top end of the market in Dakar are be found either in the city centre or out by the beaches.
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