Enjoy a full day tour of Metropolitan Dakar discovering the major highlights of this bustling African city and the African architectural style. From visits to historical landmarks and major cultural institutions to a local experience shopping at Dakar’s most popular markets and dining on Senegalese food, prepare for the most authentic experience.
Start the day with a visit to the National Art Gallery, home to both local and international contemporary visual art.
Walk through Independence Square, Dakar’s central square and commercial corridor commemorating Senegal’s independence from France, and then to Kermel market, which is famous not only for its large variety of food and souvenirs but also known as a splendid piece of art with its Victorian style open air shelter. Buy artisan goods and African masks, watch a basket be woven, a glass tile be painted, and a wood statue be polished.
We make a quick stop at the Presidential Palace, one of the country’s architectural icons.
Downtown Walking Tour
Downtown Dakar comes alive with a walking tour through Soweto Square, a national mall filled with sculptures denoting national unity, Senegalese culture, and the triumphant liberation from French colonization in 1960. The most famous sculpture in this plaza is of an African man and woman holding hands in the middle of the square.
Discover West African art at the IFAN Museum of African Arts, one of the oldest art museums in the region and housing a great collection of Western African arts, masks, sculptures and jewelry.
The Catholic Cathedral of the African Memory is a landmark and the largest religious space in Dakar built on the site of an ancient cemetery.
The markets are where you'll find nothing but pure energy. Stroll through the colorful market of Sandaga, Dakar’s largest outdoor market also chock-full of Senegalese street foods.
A visit to the Dakar Grande Mosque and Islamic Institute of Dakar is also included as well as a visit to the Sand-Painting galleries.
Partake in the local culture and experience the picturesque Medina District, Dakar's oldest part of town and cultural center of the city with an open air street art exhibition and housing some of the most prominent landmarks.
Visit the colorful markets and the handicraft village of Soumbedioune for a taste of Dakar’s friendly bargain system; Tilen Market, famous for a variety of medicinal herbs and traditional healers; and HLM Market, a fabric market with on-site tailors to custom create Senegalese attire.
The last stop on the tour is the Monument of African Renaissance, the largest and tallest statue in Africa dedicated to Africa’s plight out of European oppression and a symbol of pride. The total height of the monument is taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty.