Once home to the world-renowned Dakar Car Rally, Senegal’s capital city, has so much more to offer and is one of the chief seaports, being protected by the limestone cliffs of the cape and by a system of breakwaters.

Founded sometime in 1857 the French built a fort on the site of the modern Place de l’Indépendance to safeguard the interests of merchants, and to give you a grand idea of how Dakar is set out, hire a driver to whisk you along the Corniche, the long boulevard running parallel to the Atlantic.

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