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Dakar is the capital of Senegal and is home to over 2.45 million people. The city is a major financial and cultural center. While once a small settlement on the Cap Vert Peninsula, the city has expanded considerably over the last few years and continues to grow even today. The locals are helpful, friendly and proud of their hospitality. Much of the expansion and explosion in cultural events comes from the International presence brought in by the widely popular Dakar Rally.
The climate in Dakar is generally warm and dry. Some of the main attractions in the city include the Dakar Grand Mosque, large markets, Dakar Cathedral, the Senegal Zoo, beaches, and the African Renaissance Monument.
The newly constructed African Renaissance Monument has become a major landmark in Dakar. It is dedicated to the emergence of Africa from the European regimes as well as from slavery. Goree Island is another major attraction. The island was taken over by the Dutch during the 1600s and was used for transporting slaves. The island has good colonial architecture and is home to the House of Salves museum.
Les Almadies is located on Africa's western tip and home to many good seafood restaurants. Dakar is also home to Lake Retba or the Pink Lake. The waters of the lake look pink because of cyanobacteria concentration.
Senegal is known for its bird-watching opportunities. In Dakar, Les Almadies is a great place to observe seabirds while Iles de la Madeliene is the only location in Africa to find the red-billed tropicbird.
There are a number of markets in Dakar that offer good shopping opportunities like Marche Kermel, Marche HLM and Marche Sandaga. Soumbedioune is a very popular fish market in Dakar. Nearby is a village artisanal where handmade local jewelry and wooden decorative items can be purchased.
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|1. Dakar Rally
|What is it? Although the start has moved from Paris to
Lisbon, the light at the end of the tunnel remains Dakar. Since
1979 participants have been traversing the thousands of kilometres
of the Sahara desert, and as African political circumstances have
changed over the years, so have the routes. In 2007 after
administrative duties are out of the way, the rally begins on 6
January in Lisbon and then covering Spain, Morocco, Mauritania,
Mali and ending in the Senegalese capital. A number of professional
rally drivers partake but most of the entrants are amateurs
enthralled by the sheer test of it.
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