Dakar

 

Dakar Airport (DKR)

Named for the river that runs along the eastern and northern border, the country of Senegal sits on the western Africa coast. Its capital, Dakar, is known for its French influences that distinguish it as one of the most European cities on the African continent. Located on the westernmost point of Africa — the Cap Vert peninsula — Dakar is packed with seascapes, museums and a monument or two that make it stand out from the rest.

Music, Museums and Must-Sea Views

The country of Senegal as a whole is well known as the place where the genre of music known as Mbalax first began. But Mbalax’s origins most specifically trace back to Dakar in the 1970s, when the sounds that were common to popular musicians of the time mixed with the traditional African stylings to form an eclectic new genre. The result, of course, was Mblax, which somehow combines sounds of Latin, soul, jazz and rock with the cultural sabar. Today Mblax can be found in clubs all throughout the city. If you can, catch a show from Youssou N’Dour and Orchestre Baobab who are famous for belting out jazzy tunes perfect for dancing the night away.

History is not lost on Dakar, either. Though its past is somewhat heavy, the Ile de Goree, which was once a station to the slave trade, combines what makes Dakar, and Senegal so interestingly beautiful — the sea and a story. The small, sparsely populated island is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to three museums and a beach that is open to the public. For more history, visit the African Renaissance Monument — taller than the Statue of Liberty — that celebrates the end of slavery. And end your day with a sunset over the water at the Secret Beach, which is one of the most popular places for surfing in Senegal.

Stop for roasted peanuts on the streets, which remain a Dakar travel staple. Lots of other street food is also available, so be sure to sample the other nuts, fruits, bread stands and all that the streets of Dakar have to offer. The French influences make their way into the tastes of Senegal also. Try out Café de Rome, which has Sole Meuniere that is worth the trip to Dakar alone.

Ready to say ‘oui’ to a French-inspired getaway? You might also try Paris or Nice.

Don’t Miss Dakar!

Duck into a club for some Mbalax music or head out to the Ile de Goree for some history and a view of the sun setting over the sea.

Flights to Dakar
Dakar Area Hotels
Car Rental, Dakar Airport (DKR)

 
close
close
close
2014-8-1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RECENT
SAVED
 
2014-09-01

(Including Hotel Brand, Search Radius, & Star Ratings)
Best Price Guarantee
Book on delta.com and EARN MILES!*
*Terms Apply
2014-09-01

(Including Discount & Loyalty Programs)
Book on delta.com and EARN MILES!*
*Terms Apply
 
close
OR
close
  • Please enter your 6 digit alphanumeric confirmation number.
  • Please enter your 13 or 14 digit eTicketNumber.
  • Please enter your 10 digit SkyMiles number.
  • Please enter your 10-16 digit credit card number.
  • Please enter your Last Name on the credit card.
  • Please enter your 3 digit city code or airport name.
close
i'm content
close

 Find Answers



Did you find the information you were looking for?

We're here to help

Didn't find the information you need? Get in touch with someone who can help you directly.

 Send us an email

 Give us a call

  @DeltaAssist

 Write to Us

Send us an email to tell us what you need help with. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Send an email >

 Talk to Us


 Let's Tweet

We're on Twitter to help you however we can. Tweet us for assistance, tips or updates.

For Customer Service:
@DeltaAssist


For ideas, inspiration, or just to say hi:
@Delta
@DeltaVacations