Cheap Flights to Dakar, Senegal
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- Area city : 83km² (32 sq mi)
- Area Code : +221
- Currency : West African CFA Franc
- Population city : 1,146,053 (2013)
- Official Language : French, Wolof
- Time Zone : GMT (UTC+0)
- Airport : Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR)
DKR is just half an hour’s drive to the city centre with transport comprising taxis, buses, shuttles, VIP services and car rentals that include ‘Hertz’, ‘Sixt’ and others.
From Johannesburg, South Africa, travellers can fly to ‘DKR’ with the following airlines:
- Air France
- Air Namibia
- British Airways
- Delta Air Lines
- South African Airways
From King Shaka Int. Airport in Durban, the following airlines touch down at DKR:
From Cape Town Int. Airport, travellers can fly with the following airlines:
- Air France
- British Airways
- South African Airways
By scanning more than 5 million flights annually we are able to offer you cheap flights to Dakar Senegal. You can see from the tables below that some of the more popular routes include; SAA flights from Dakar to Johannesburg and flights from Johannesburg to Dakar Senegal. Prices range from R6493 upwards. Some specials are available during the course of the year depending on demand.
Cheap Flights To Dakar Senegal from Cape Town
Cheap Flights To Dakar Senegal from Johannesburg
|Route||Departure Date||Airline Logo||Airline||Price|
|Johannesburg(JNB) – Dakar(DKR)||26 Dec||Kenya Airways||R8,269|
|Johannesburg(JNB) – Dakar(DKR)||27 Apr||KLM||R27,409|
Cheap Flights To Dakar Senegal from Durban
Reasons to Visit Dakar, Senegal:
- Capital and largest city of Senegal, Dakar is an inviting, pleasurable mix of old and new located on the ‘Cap-Vert Peninsula’ off the glistening Atlantic coast. It affords splendid landscapes, song and dance, French colonial designed buildings, cathedrals, mosques, lush spaces and is wonderfully, void of skyscrapers. After sightseeing go swimming or tanning on one of the city’s beaches, hike up cliff-tops or meander through several vibrant markets to find that special gift. Make new acquaintances in one of a handful of bars and nightclubs while appreciating a combination of soul, jazz, rock and traditional drumming.
- An historical city that’s overcome numerous battles, Dakar had the Lebou people settling during the 15th century and has for ages engaged in trade between Europe and West Africa. The slave trade was instigated by the presence of Portuguese on the island of Gorée that became a base for slave export. The French stopped the trade in 1794 but it commenced again in 1802 with Napoleon until it was permanently abolished in 1815. It did however continue secretly until 1848. The island was captured in 1588 by the ‘United Netherlands’ after which it underwent numerous Portuguese and Dutch rulers before succumbing to the English in 1664 and finally to the French in 1677. The city is a member of the ‘Organisation of World Heritage Cities’ and world famous for the gruelling Dakar Rally.
- The city has something for everyone including great options for accommodation and oodles of eateries covering all tastes. There are budget and 3 to 5-Star hotels, some located along the shores, such as the Radisson Blue Hotel. Backpacker choices include Quiksilver Boardriders Dakar Surf Camp, Dakar Int. House, Annexe Kingz Plaza and others. To appreciate the best Cape Verdean and Senegalese cuisine, Chez Loutcha is a local hot spot with no-frills that dishes up a generous portion of the most delicious meat stew. No visit to this city is complete without popping into Just4U that serves delectable authentic food with special focus on its desserts and live music, affording a true Senegalese experience. For an evening of elegant dining, La Fourchette has a refined European menu with a dash of Asian fusion, live music and a feeling of being in Paris. Right on the beach is Noflaye Beach that cooks up, besides superb fresh fish, a fabulous range of sweet and savoury crêpes.
When to Visit Dakar, Senegal:
The first half of the year from January to June plus November and December are the best months to visit. The hottest months are generally from June to the end of December. Average temperatures start off in January at 29°C reaching 31°C in June, 34°C in November and early evenings in December provide average temperatures of 30°C. The wettest month is August.
Places to Visit Dakar, Senegal:
- Taller than the Statue of Liberty, the ‘African Renaissance Monument’ is a stunningly spectacular bronze statue commemorating the end of slavery and Africa’s tallest statue.
- The Institut Français de Senegal is one of the city’s most imperative centres for culture and art with great facilities that house a small cinema, exhibition rooms, workshops, a shop and café and an open-air stage where traditional dance and music performances are enjoyed.
- For a great evening’s entertainment, the country’s national theatre the Théâtre Daniel Sorano puts on world class performances by the Ballet National du Sénégal, the ‘Ensemble Instrumental’ and the Théâtre National du Sénégal.
- Take a ferry to Gorée Island and explore historical remnants including the ‘House of Slaves’ built in 1776 now a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade. Providing a sombre experience is viewing the ‘Door of No Return’, the final exit point for (no-one knows exactly how many) slaves from Africa. Stop for refreshments on the beach or buy some works of art by local artists.
- The bright white Layen Mausoleum stands out in contrast to the surrounding brown sand. When visiting dress appropriately and there’s no smoking or drinking allowed.
- A lush oasis in the middle of the city is Hann Park and Zoo. Its public gardens featuring a large variety of Senegalese flora were created in 1903 and the three arboretums were built in 1947. The zoo is home to more than 130 animals.
- The IFAN Museum of African Arts is one of the country’s oldest art museums that opened in 1938 and displays statues, masks and wonderful olden works.
- A great experience is just strolling through the bustling markets. For an array of fruits, vegetables, meat, fresh fish and grains Marché Kermel is housed downtown at Rue de Essarts; Marché HLM is a web of stalls selling the most beautiful African fabrics at excellent prices; to buy virtually anything Marché Sandaga has it all: clothing, shoes, traditional masks, wood carvings, souvenirs and more. If you have to shop in a modern centre, ‘Sea Plaza’ is probably the best and offers a good range of shops selling international clothing brands, restaurants, chemists, a supermarket and glitzy casino.
- Additional places to see are the ‘Palais Présidentiel’ with pleasing surrounding gardens, the beautiful white ‘Les Mamelles Lighthouse’, built in 1864, Musée Théodore Monod, Dakar Railway Station, Our Lady of Victories Cathedral, Lake Retba, the Grand Mosque of Dakar, one of the city’s most important, the ‘Mosque of the Divinity’ and much more.
Getting Around Dakar:
It’s a great city to walk around during the day, more so than Lagos, Johannesburg or Nairobi, albeit on sandy and potholed streets, and after sunset, provided you’re on a well-lit road, it’s relatively safe. If walking alone at night avoid the medina area, beaches, markets and steer clear of the Corniche coastal road.
These hand-painted blue and yellow minivans are convenient and cheap to get around the city, besides being a great experience. They have fixed routes but no sign-posted stops so you need to ask a local where closest stop is. Car rapide translates in French to fast bus which these vehicles are not. The drivers have apprentices that shout out the destination and collect the fares.
Traversing from Dakar to the majority of regional destinations, these refitted sedan cars with two rows of seats in the back only depart once full with seven (or more) passengers. If planning to travel by sept-place and avoid waiting, get to the station early as they fill up quickly from 05h00 to 08h00. To sit in front with the driver will cost a bit extra and if you’re in a rush, you can pay for the empty spaces. Try not to sit at the very back, as the windows don’t normally open and should an accident occur, it’s not the best place to be sitting.
Dakar’s public bus system of ‘Demm Dikk’ (meaning ‘come and go’ in Wolof), are refurbished European buses that depart from fixed marked locations around the city. They’re ideal for travelling between the university area and Plateau district’s downtown.
Most noticeable is the city’s yellow taxis that can be seen circling the city and environs day and night with competition strong. Not all taxis are in ideal condition with some having holes in the roof or floor, dicey engines and missing windows but with friendly, chatty drivers, sit back and enjoy the experience. Be sure to negotiate the cost before getting, in as once you’re seated, all haggling power is lost.
The city offers a variety of car rental companies including ‘Sixt’.