West Africa 2012 (part VIII): Dakar

Dakar, Senegal:

wafrica358

tourists at the Maison des Esclaves

The flight from Conakry to Dakar took only 1.5 hours, but brought us into a new world. All of a sudden, we were within one of Africa’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities – and back together with throngs of international tourists. We stayed in a small bed and breakfast owned by a Swiss expat and explored Senegal’s capital for a few days. Maybe the most interesting locality of Dakar is the small Ile de Gourée, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is characterized by colonial architecture from the 18th century including the Maison des Esclaves, a house originally used to hold slaves before their transport to the Americas.

Apart from some picturesque buildings within the city centre, such as the train station and the Marche Kermel, we also went to the Pointe des Almadies, the westernmost point of the African continent.

After our long journey through five West African countries, we finally left Africa and returned home to cold and rainy Germany. If you want to read more about this trip, check out the first post of the series!

4 responses to “West Africa 2012 (part VIII): Dakar

  1. Pingback: West Africa 2012 (part VII) | wild life·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s