Get your feet busy with Dakar’s intrinsic string of hotspots

Get your feet busy with Dakars intrinsic string of hotspots

No matter how small a place is when it started, there will come a time that it will expand to greater lengths and heights. Formerly a tiny patch of land and is inhabited by a miniscule number of people, Dakar is nothing but a speck of a place in its mother country, Senegal.

As time passed by, this shy town has significantly evolved into something more interesting and more worthy of a traveler’s attention. Dakar now has spread, when it comes to its land and citizen reach, and it’s far from the possibility that it will cease in doing so.

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Get your excitements at high notes when you visit Dakar as you will be introduced to a world where people can be seen riding horses in the middle of the day while others are riding luxurious vehicles careening the depths of the city.

Furthermore, put your doubts at bay when you have seen how inviting Dakar’s waters are, and so as the numerous number of cafes, museums and landmarks that is made to tickle the fancy.

Location

Being a Senegal’s capital city, Dakar is spanning a huge sum of land area and is subdivided into 19 smaller towns. Currently, Dakar’s populace is at 2.46 million as of last check and this town also serves as an administrative center for the country.

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Dakar’s specific location is at Africa’s westernmost tip, which gives the city a fair advantage to welcome trade and industry on its shorelines. Known to be on Atlantic Coast’s Cap-Vet Peninsula, Dakar is also being bordered by smaller and neighboring towns of Wolof and Sereer.

Climate

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Dakar is shelved under the hot semi-arid climate, which technically means that the dry season is longer significantly that the wet weather phase.

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Eight months have been covered as hot and dry and rainfall can only be experienced from July to October within a mean average of 6.6 inches of precipitation.

In an annum, Dakar’s mean temperature is at 24.93-degree Celsius and can go as low as 10-degrees Celsius when winds from the monsoon affects the ambient temperature.

Sea breezes are mainly responsible for the cities mellowed down heat all year-round.

Transportation

The main way for you to get in and out of Dakar via air travel is through the country’s main air terminal at the Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport, which is being served by Senegal Airlines.

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Through this airport, you’d have the chance to be transported to other nearby cities across Central and Western Africa such as Ziguinchor, Cap Skiring and Banjul. Dakar also has a train station for locals and travelers to use with the main terminal located 500 meters from the city center.

Through the Dakar Train Lines, you’d be able to extend your travel by getting into neighboring cities such as Bamako. Dakar Dem Dikk buses are scattered all over the city that would provide you a cheap way of circling the city and all that’s found within.

Taxi and car rentals are the most common mode of transportation that can be availed while in Dakar, though many former travelers have mentioned that the price is quite hefty.

What to See

Village des Arts

If you want to know how creative and art-inclined Dakar locals are, then you might want to put Village Des Arts as one of your priority places to visit.

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This arts complex is housing the most recent and most valued Senegal works from photos to paintings and photographs.

The gallery that can be found on-site displays a wide array of work collection and if lucky, you’d be able to meet the creators just within the grounds of the complex.

Medina

Famously known as one of Dakar’s most visited neighborhoods, Medina is a clear testament of how well residents have successfully infused several culture and ways of living into one unified clump.

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Get yourself knowing differences in heritage as Medina has several shops focusing on various pegs.

Musee Theodore Monod

Get the general African art and understand its origins when you visit the Musee Theodore Monod and be saturated with almost 9000 objects of arts on display.

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Coming from other African countries such as Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Benin and Nigeria, feast thy eyes on traditional dresses and playful masks, designs and tangible works of arts and all the talent prevalent within the confines of this establishment.

Palais Presidentiel

As what the name says, Palais Presidentiel is the current place where the President of Senegal resides in.

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Despite the fact that the inside of the complex is off-limits to locals and travelers, this architectural and historical wonder is a great spot for souvenir photos and an avenue for you to experience how tight the security is for their leader just a few meters away from where you might be standing.

See more:

Dakar
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/senegal/dakar

Top 10 things to do in Dakar, Senegal
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/apr/29/dakar-senegal-city-guide

Paul Intalan

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