Dakar, Senegal Cruise Port

Located at the westernmost point of the African continent, Dakar is the capital of Senegal. This land has a storied history dating back to the 7th century. In the 15th century the Portuguese discovered the land and European powers began to fight over the land, with the French eventually taking control. The land is sparse but opens up to amazing natural landscapes. The city’s most visited attraction is Goree Island, which was once a slave trading center. President Barack Obama even visited this significant spot during a visit in 2013. Outlined below are some of the best ways to enjoy your time in Dakar, Senegal:

  • Like the Dead Sea in Israel, Lake Retba has a high salinity which allows people to float to the top. The lake is also noted for its pink colored water.
     
  • Learn about the West African slave trade at the Maison des Esclaves on Goree island. This informative museum recounts one of the world’s darkest moments.
     
  • Visit the African Renaissance Monument, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty. This monument was built to show Africa’s pride and their independence from the Colonial era.
     
  • Get a pair of binoculars because Dakar is a great place to go bird watching, and the Isle de la Madeleine is the best spot to see red-billed tropicbirds.


 

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