In a country where the population has doubled in the last decade, there’s always been a certain stigma attached to a trip to the capital, Dakar, or any city in the world that is less than a five-hour drive away.
The capital’s reputation as a hotbed of drug trafficking and violence has also made it one of the most dangerous places in the country.
But with the number of international visitors now on the rise, Dakars reputation for safety is slowly being eclipsed.
On the other hand, a new breed of tourists are turning up in droves and bringing a whole new generation of tourists to the city, which is a big part of why Dakar has grown in popularity.
The best time for a Dakar visit?
If you want to experience the city in all its fullness, a few suggestions will get you there in the best of ways.
Check out these 10 things you can do before you set off to Dakar: Get your travel visa before you arrive.
Dakar’s citizens don’t need visas to visit the city.
They can go to the airport and board a flight to Dakars home country, even if they have a valid visa to travel to other countries.
If you’re planning on spending the night at the Hotel de Dakar or the Hotel du Plessis, be sure to get a travel visa in advance to get the best deal.
While visiting the city on a temporary visa, it’s important to keep a close eye on the official tourist websites for the latest arrivals, so that you know if your travel document is valid.
The embassy of your country should be able to provide you with an updated visa application form.
If your application is approved, you will be issued with a new travel document.
You should be prepared to apply for a new visa when you get back home.
If not, be prepared for a lengthy visa process.
This will cost money and time, but you can always get a new one.
If there are any problems with your travel documents, be especially cautious of the embassy’s website or call them to see if there’s a problem with the original.
There’s also a huge chance that you won’t be able get a visa from the embassy in your native country, so it’s wise to be ready to do some research if you do end up having to apply in your home country.
If visiting the capital on a visa, there are several options available, including: Go online.
You can buy a Dakars tourist visa online and apply for your passport through the embassy, the country’s immigration office or at a border crossing.
You’ll need to pay a fee of about $25 for a tourist visa.
Be sure to check the website to see which passport you can get and whether it’s valid for Dakar.
Travel to the country of your choice.
If travelling to a foreign country, consider using the Dakar airport’s international transfer station.
You may also need to book flights for your trip if you want your passport to be processed there.
You could also try using the Intercontinental Airlines (ICA) network.
If the airport isn’t running on time, you could book a ticket to a nearby city.
If possible, book a flight for yourself or your partner.
It may be cheaper, but the travel times could be long and you may have to spend time in the airport waiting for the airline to make arrangements for your flight.
Make sure you have the correct documents.
If all else fails, check the official Dakar government website for all the information you need to make your travel arrangements.
You also can’t go on a tour without a valid passport and a visa.
If it’s a matter of traveling with your passport, be aware that Dakar doesn’t have a passport office.
You might need to find a local tour guide who can help you with your application.