Holidays to Dakar

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sprawling, dusty chaos of Dakar, but all of the sensory stimulation is precisely the appeal of the buzzing Senegalese capital. Dakar is often used as a jumping-off point, not only for the rest of the country, but also for much of West Africa, …

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How to get to Dakar

Here's what you need to know about getting to Dakar. You can see the cheapest month to fly and a snapshot of flight prices for the following month. Also, don't forget to factor in your travelling time - the typical flight from London Heathrow to Dakar takes 7 hours, 35 minutes.

When to go to Dakar

Typical Holiday Price

£673 per person

The average price of hotels and apartments in Dakar varies according to the time of year. To help you plan when to go, we've looked at the hotels available on our site, then worked out the average price per night for the quietest and the busiest months.

Cheapest Month to Visit


Based on a typical 1 week holiday - adding together the cost of flights and accommodation - January is the cheapest month to go to Dakar.

Things to see and do in Dakar

dorothy.voorhees | FlickrIsland of Gorée
Island of Gorée
Gerard Keyes | Trip by SkyscannerAfrican Renaissance Monument
African Renaissance Monument
BobbiLe Ba Photography | FlickrThe House of Slaves
The House of Slaves
Jeff Attaway | FlickrMonumento al Rinascimento Africano
Monumento al Rinascimento Africano
antonin_remond | FlickrLago Retba
Lago Retba

Reviews of Dakar

Konnet Isaac
Konnet IsaacTromso

i like to go there for liveiong i think i have something do there

Rachel S
Rachel SBerlin

Dakar is a hectic but vibrant city situated on a Peninsula. There's a constant chaotic flow of traffic that includes not just cars but animals and peddlers selling stuff. Despite its annoyances, it's worth visiting: you'll eat cheap, tasty street food, hear great live music and be welcomed by friendly locals.

Gerard Keyes
Gerard KeyesLincoln

Dakar is as mad a city as they come. From the driving to the random sights of naked people that I have come across. For a westerner this place sure is a total culture shock. I am seeing people with nothing who just get on with their lives. Senalgalese people are very friendly but they do get on your nerves as they try to sell you everything under the sun as you walk around Dakar.

Daniel Mason-D'Croz
Daniel Mason-D'CrozBrisbane

Dakar is a sprawling city located on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic. It can be a bit chaotic, and it definitely helps to speak French. The weather is fantastic, the people in general are very friendly. The local food is very tasty, and the music lively. It is definitely a fun place to go, and a great introduction to French Speaking Africa.

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