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Getting there & away

Local transport

Road transport for long-distance destinations leaves from Gare Routière Pompiers off Ave Malik Sy (a taxi from Place de l’Indépendance should cost around US$3). To Ziguinchor costs about US$15 by sept-place (Peugeot 504 with ‘seven seats’) taxi (six to 10 hours, depending on the speed of the Gambia crossing). Sept-place taxis/minibuses go to Mbour (US$3), Kaolack (US$5), Saint-Louis (US$7), Tambacounda (US$15), and Karang (US$9) at the Gambian border.

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Dakar’s train station is 500m north of Place de l’Indépendance.

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The excellent ferry Wilis (brand new in 2005) travels between Dakar and Ziguinchor twice weekly in each direction.

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Dakar’s Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport is likely to be moved to a new location near Thiès in the coming years. Until then, all international flights will still arrive here, a mere 30-minute drive from the centre of Dakar.

Most airline offices and travel agencies are near the Place de l’Indépendance. For a full list see www.ausenegal.com. Important ones include the following:

Air France (829 7777; 47 Av Albert Sarraut)

Air Sénégal International (804 0404; 45 Av Albert Sarraut)

SN Brussels (823 0460; Immeuble Fayçal, Rue Parchappe)

South African Airways (823 0151; 12 Av Albert Sarraut)

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