Travel tips for Dakar, Senegal


Simon here and ninja I’m back from Dakar Senegal we have been a few times over the past year Senegal is a great example that the sub Syrian Muslim country can be safe and super welcoming for travelers so I’m excited to show it to you this starts with my first impressions [Music] the first thing I thought when I landed was what the hell is this from the airport you can see this gigantic statue in the horizon that I personally never heard of before but it became a symbol for Senegal we’ll come back to that later on the way from the airport I started having a really good feeling about that city streets although dusty are quite clean and well-maintained and the city is very colorful from clothing to the signs and these amazing buses it’s really bursting with vivid colors the last noticeable thing is securely I was happy to see that the streets safe not only for men but also for women let’s move on to the very peculiar geography of the car [Music] the car is not very difficult to locate it’s the westernmost city in Africa this strategic location made it a very convenient stop for the Portuguese Dutch and then French settlers in the exploration and colonization you can see the airport is right in the middle of the city which is super convenient when you would rather but it pain for everyone else in December 2017 and after 10 years of construction a new International Airport will open located this time 47 kilometers away from the city it’s quite isolated at the moment but a train should link it to the city and new neighborhoods are being created called Senegal inertia but back to current Dakar its position on the peninsula means it’s surrounded by coastlines making for great views a good fishing industry and pretty nice waves to surf the main boulevard in the city runs along the coast and takes you quickly from one end of the city to the other which leads me to the next session the best spots in the city Dakar is quite flat but has two round hills called Mammal for obvious reasons if staying in a hotel it will likely be in the al-mahdi or Mammal neighborhood on top of the first hill you’ll find the tallest statue in africa the gigantic african on a stone monument it is surrounded by controversies as it was built by a north korean company and a short outfit given to the women caused outrage since it overlooks a muslim cemetery on the other hill you’ll find a lighthouse that you can visit it offers a great view and is a lively bar comes nighttime in the holidays you can find numerous bars and restaurants overlooking see some of them quite fancy some more rustic another important neighborhood is the plateau it’s home to administration’s and businesses but also many small shops and restaurants if you want to buy a boo boo like this one that’s the place to go at the back of the plateau are very nice creeks with private and public beaches in the background and you can see the girl island where slaves used to be traded it’s also a must go during your visit [Music] when it comes to food the French influence is very strong and you can find a last choice of wine and cheeses in store as well as baguette bread even in rural markets but the more traditional food involves a lot of fish and seafood surgery plantain bananas rice or a chicken which is a grain made of fermented young the traditional drink is called Bisset it’s a hibiscus infusion sometimes mixed with ginger in the countryside meals revolves more on millet and sold oh but unfortunately this is not served in restaurants in Dakar so I wouldn’t be able to tell you what it tastes like 95 percent of the population in Senegal is Muslim and you can see some beautiful mosques with the distinct African style around the city to some extent religion sets the pace of the society we need to Friday prayers and the traditional holiday is being observed but it is also a very tolerant Islam where women are very much equals to men and other religions are respected as well economically speaking Senegal is the fourth economy in the region and is in a kind of rivalry with Cote d’Ivoire for dominance in french-speaking Africa but unlike many African countries Senegal has very few natural resources and relies mostly and services tourism and fishing if Cote d’Ivoire is currently more prosperous Senegal wins in terms of political stability so much so that the US have one of the largest and the seas in that town and at a time where terrorist threats are undermining tourism and business in surrounding countries Senegal is permanent understood early how important it is to prevent any attacks on its ground for two years now you can see armed soldiers at every roundabout on the main Boulevard what more the most common language is Wolof but anyone who went to school can also speak French English she is less common oh and what’s also interesting is that there’s a political union of West African countries which unifies regulations and allow you to pay with the same money this one in different countries just like in Europe now let’s ask the kawah what he thinks about his city oh yeah how are ya all right Dima gets only photos would you prefer I put the diecast cylinder GUI that were passed with some some rockin nose answer physics is not passive part of our window before leo dollies it as unique don’t some hapless clubbers the movement analysis African we see communities on the notice of the nose on Sept see no sticky mama and for seeker to leave me a like and Rebecca please here you go to summarize I would say that the car is a great city to discover West Africa especially if you like fish and speak French it’s welcoming and safe but still colorful and lively which gives you a taste of the West African culture and lifestyle please subscribe if you like my videos and I’ll see you in the next episode bye you [Music]

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