Dakar City & Goree Island

Home to just over 1 million people, Dakar is a colourful and vibrant city perched on a peninsular on the most westerly point of the African continent.

I’ll be completely honest with you, when I set foot in Dakar – Senegal’s sprawling capital city – I had no idea what to expect. But as I roamed through ancient markets, walked down sandy streets, the city began to reveal it’s charm and character to me. And I fell in love with it!

A visit to Dakar however was not complete without visiting Goree island, an island of contrasts. It’s delightful to the eye and has a very laid-back, charming feel, yet holds a very dark history rooted in the slave trade.

Quick Facts

Location: Dakar is a 1 hour’s drive from Senegal’s international airport, making it the perfect start or end point to your explorations around Senegal. Goree Island is a 30 minute ferry ride from Dakar.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Dakar is between December and April, in Senegal’s winter period. Temperatures are warm but not too hot. This time of year also avoids the rainy season.

Top Tip: Dakar is not a huge city and most of the city’s sights (including Goree Island) can be seen within one day. I’d recommend spending 2 nights based in Dakar.

My Dakar and Goree Island Experience

Suppliers Offering This Experience

Below are a list of suppliers which I have personally worked with in Tanzania who offer this experience.

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Company: Trip Tour Senegal

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Offices: Dakar, Senegal

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