Dakar, the capital city of the West African country Senegal, is a vibrant and lively destination, with a rich cultural heritage. A stopover flight to Dakar will generally land in cities like Madrid, Paris, Casblanca and Las Palmas, which are all very accessible with flights from London. If you choose an indirect flight you'll save yourself money. However, naturally a cheap flight to Dakar with connections takes longer than a direct flight. Use our online comparison tool to check available cheap flight offers and compare prices. There are so many amazing places to visit in Dakar, one of them being The House of Slaves in Goree Island. A ferry ride from the city will take you to Goree Island and you'll find tour guides to show you around this historical location. This tour brings the harsh reality of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to light and many prominent figures like President Obama, Bill Clinton and Danny Glover have come to the shores of this historic and haunting place. Sandaga market is colourful and very active, the place to come to for authentic Senegalese jewellery, fabric, clothes, batik and wooden sculptures.
For ground transportation from the airport you have a choice of taxis, shuttles, bus or car hire services. Shuttles are provided for tourists that have hotel reservations and are available to catch outside the airport's terminal. You can also find yellow and black taxis, which line up outside the airport throughout the day and evening hours, right up until midnight. The official airport taxi drivers charge a fixed rate to the city. Prices are more expensive at night and there may be an extra charge for excess luggage. It's recommended that you check the price with the driver before accepting a taxi. To catch a bus, make your way to the east side of the airport and look for the sign Dakar Dim Dik. It takes around 20 minutes to get to the city centre from the airport. Car Rapide is an airport shuttle service that can be caught any time, to any destination in Dakar. Various car rental agencies are located in the airport. The African Renaissance Monument in the Ouakam suburb is closely located to the airport in Yoff and is a must see. This magnificent bronze sculpture stands at 161 feet tall and is located on a hill called Collines des Mamelles, which is one of two. The statue, designed by the Senegalese artist Pierre Goudiaby, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. This interesting creation is illustrative of a man, woman and child triumphantly rising from out of a volcano. Construction of this incredible monument started in 2006 and finished in 2010, with an official unveiling occurring on April 3rd. This monument is the tallest statue in the African continent.