Dakar is a city of extremes, where horse-cart drivers chug over swish highways and gleaming SUVs squeeze through tiny sand roads; where elegant ladies dig skinny heels into dusty walkways and suit-clad businessmen kneel down for prayer in the middle of the street. Once a tiny settlement in the south of the Cap Vert peninsula, Dakar now spreads almost across its entire triangle, and keeps growing.
A visit to Goree Island is a journey back in time as tourists are treated to a colourful but painful memory of the slave trade era. Now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the expansive Goree island presents an array of monuments such as House of Slaves, La Maison des Esclaves, historic forts, colonial buildings and museums. It’s a great site for photo ops as well as to appreciate Africa’s amazing journey from the slave trade to civilization.
Africa’s Tallest Monument
Standing at a gigantic height of 160 feet in Dakar is the African Renaissance Monument. Bigger and taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty, this is one huge monument whose presence looms large over its host city. The statue was unveiled in 2010 to mark Senegal’s 50 years of independence. The 17million-pound worth bronze statue is perched atop a hill overlooking the ocean and can be accessed via a row of steps built from the base of the hill to the top.
Soumbedioune is a daily make-shift fish market which comes alive as the dusk sets on Dakar’s coastlines. As many as twenty fish vendors are always on standby every other night to sell theirwood-fired grills at incredibly low prices to their fish-loving patrons. A visit to this place is a must for every Dakar tourist; the experience is one that will linger on your taste buds for a very long time. The range of delicacies to enjoy includes mullet, grouper, hogfish, lobsters, sea urchins, shrimps, porgy, sailfish, seabream, red snapper and crabs.
Still not convinced about Dakar? Not to worry, the Sokhamon experience should do the magic. Now close your eyes. Imagine yourself on a soft-cushioned rocking bamboo chair, holding a glass of wine and listening to soft music as you gaze into the gentle waves of the sea. Yes, there you go! That is simply a snapshot of what awaits you at Hotel Sokhamon, a magnificent summer getaway, a hidden oasis, perched by the edge of the sea. Get ready to be overwhelmed with unbeatable comfort, serenity and ambience in this Dakar summer paradise. By the time you’re done, leaving will surely be an uphill task. You’ve got our word on this. Enjoy!