Olivia ND @codsolivia
On the edge of West Africa, Dakar is a city of startling paradoxes. You will feel the sense of pride and honour permeating the former French colony with its visual arts and vibrant nightlife.
Prepare for Dakar
Be well prepared for your trip. Access information on safety and health, current affairs, what to read and, if you have time, some local language.
Tips for Dakar
Our tips to get more from your visit.
The airport is 45km from the city.
For your first trip, arrange your transport from the airport before you travel.
Get advice from your hotel about the best forms of transport including chauffeur-driven cars, taxis and ride-hailing apps.
Take the volume of road traffic into account when making plans.
Visitors will incur roaming charges when using a foreign mobile phone for calls or data.
You may choose to only use your handset for data when WiFi is freely available, such as in your hotel. But if you need more flexibility, and if you have an unlocked handset, buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card.
SIM cards may be bought at the airport and at outlets throughout the city.
You will be required to produce your passport.
The largest service providers are Orange, Tigo and Expresso.
Have the vendor set up the SIM card for you, load the initial airtime and explain how you can add more airtime when needed.
On arrival, try to get to the immigration counter as quickly as possible.
Leave your passport somewhere safe and carry a photocopy on you at all times.
Don’t take photographs of officials and official buildings. Ask people before photographing them.
Don’t drink tap water.
Observe religious customs and etiquette.
Being friendly goes a long way!