Dakar is situated on the Cape Verde Peninsula. It is the capital city of Senegal and is also Senegal’s largest city. The population of the actual city exceeds one million, with over two million people in the Dakar metropolitan area. Dakar is a major regional port as a result of its European and Trans-Atlantic trade, and has many notable attractions and places to explore. Dakar was originally the capital of French West Africa before Senegal became independent, so the city still has a lot of French influence.
The weather is generally good in Dakar. The city is humid, especially during its rainy period in July and August. January and February are windy months which fills the air with sand, so between October and December may be the best time to visit, as temperatures are between 24°C and 31°C.
There are many beautiful West African beaches located near the city. Some of Dakar’s beaches offer activities such as snorkelling and other water sports, which you may wish to try during your visit. You can also explore the area further by taking a cliff top walk.