Visiting Dakar: days 1 and 2

I’m really excited with the posts that are about to being released because my parents came over to Senegal last week so I organized for them loads of activities and journeys.

They came for 8 days, staying 4 days in Dakar and the other 4 traveling south. Today’s post will be about the activities done the first two days.

Day 1:

Morning: on our way to the “autoroute” we stopped at the little market next to the pullmann hotel. They have cute stuff but with high prices (it’s a tourist zone).


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We then did a short visit to Mbao. Ever since the autoroute has been done, it takes very little time to arrive to the cities around Dakar (even for overloaded cars…).


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We had lunch at Lagoon restaurant. It’s a nice and renowned place to take your visitors. It’s quite expensive but has a pretty view over the sea and you can taste all types of senegalese fish. In the pictures, views of the presidential palace and of Lagoons’ terrace:

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Afternoon: Ile de Gorée. Check out my other post: to have more information about this island.

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The house of the slaves…


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Back to Dakar…

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Day 2:

Morning: On the second day in Dakar, we had breakfast and headed straight to the Lac Rose, check out my other post for more information. As you can see in the pictures, the lake was not pink… I’ve read it depends on the weather, the season and the plants inside the water, so this time we weren’t lucky. However, on my other post you’ll see that in March, the lake was really pink… It’s a beautiful place to visit anyway!


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Afternoon: after lunch, I decided it was time to take a walk through the city center and to visit the most emblematic places: palais presidentiel, place de la independance and the sandaga market.

I must say that most of the official buildings are either not worth visiting (for example, the Hotel de Ville has absolutelly nothing inside) or not allowed to enter. So it’s probably best to take the picture from outside and just take a walk.

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May I suggest to buy a guide before traveling to Senegal?


Sandaga market…


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We finished our day having a bissap and a baobab juice at the Institut Français’s bar.

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Hope you enjoyed the post, I’ll keep posting about this journey on the next weeks!!!

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