Dakar may be dirty, noisy and crowded, but Dakar has plenty to recommend it : follow me in the heart of West Africa !
Dakar is the capital city of Senegal. It is also worldwide known as the end of the Dakar Rally.
It is not a very old city: it was founded by the French in 1857, and replaced Saint Louis as the capital of French West Africa in 1902. After 1960, it became the capital of Senegal.
The name of Dakar comes from Dahar, which means « tamarind tree » in Wolof.
When we arrived at Leopold Senghor International Airport, we had enough time to visit the Island of Goree. So we took a taxi, admire the ocean from the corniche road, stopped at Independence Square, and finally arrived at the port, to take a boat to Goree Island, where the slaves were held before being shipped out, a very moving destination.
After our boat trip, we took the hotel bus, passed by the old train station, and took the road to Petite Cote, where our hotel was situated.
We discovered the famous traffic jam of Dakar: it took us one hour and a half to make 20 kms in the suburbs of the capital. We had time to look at all the sellers on the roadside:
They propose plenty o things to buy: oranges, razors, cakes, decorated driving wheels, cigarettes, lighters, phone cards, fishes, sunglasses, handkerchiefs…better than the supermarket!
We also saw weird things such as cows crossing the roads, old damaged buses, and an interesting craft center: painters with sand.
A few words about my pics : I took shapshots from the car with my Olympus mju II, and made a roll of slide film with my diana : but there wasn’t enought light in the afternoon (the weather was hot, but it was in winter, so the light wasn’t too strong), and the pics are a bit underexposed. The roll wasn’t enought tightened, so I got beautifull lightleaks too !!