Once a tiny settlement in the south of the Cap Vert peninsula, Dakar now spreads almost across its entire triangle, and keeps growing. This is a city of contrasts, where horse-cart drivers chug over swish highways and gleaming SUVs squeeze through tiny sand roads, where elegant ladies dig skinny heels into dusty walkways and suit-clad businessmen kneel down for prayer in the middle of the street. A fascinating place – once you've learned how to beat its scamsters, hustlers and traders at their own game.
Best places to stay in Dakar
10 best places to experience music
In an extract from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, we take you to the ten best places on the planet to shake a tail feather. 1. Grand Ole Opry, USA This country-music phenomenon is actually a Saturday night, live radio broadcast that goes out on Nashville's WSM station...
Dakar destination guides
Best of cosmopolitan Africa
In this excerpt from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, celebrate Africa and submerge yourself in some of the world's most surprising cities. 1. Windhoek, Namibia Guys in lederhosen clink steins of sweet beer, juicy slowcooked sausages scent the air, and oompah bands get the crowd dancing like chickens...
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech
People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do.
Dakar to Freetown
Discover rarely visited gems on this West Africa overland trip from Dakar to Freetown. Very much off-the-beaten-track, this is a fairly physically demanding tour that involves a lot of camping, hiking and trekking – though the bulk of it is undertaken in a comfortable overland truck.