When is the best time to go to Dakar?

When is the best time to go to Dakar? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The weather is good all year round in Dakar
  • On average, the warmest months are July, August, September, October, November and December
  • Dakar has dry periods in January, February, March, April, May, November and December
  • The rainiest months are August and September
  • The best months for swimming are June, July, August, September, October and November

Annual weather in Dakar

For full information about the climate and weather in Dakar a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 72°F/81°F
February 70°F/77°F
March 70°F/77°F
April 72°F/77°F
May 74°F/77°F
June 77°F/81°F
July 79°F/83°F
August 81°F/85°F
September 83°F/86°F
October 83°F/88°F
November 81°F/86°F
December 77°F/83°F

Weather and climate in Dakar

Dakar enjoys a steppe (or semi-arid) climate in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in Dakar is 83°F (ranging from 77°F in april to 88°F in october). Annual rainfall is 17.5in, with a minimum of 0in in january and a maximum of 6.8in in august.
  • From january to may the climate is very good. It is for example 77°F as maximum temperature in may and it rains about 0.2in each month.
  • In june the climate is good. It is for example 81°F as maximum temperature in june and it rains about 4% of the time in june.
  • From july to august the climate is passable, but still OK. By early evening, the temperature averages 83°F and it rains about 23% of the time in august.
  • Between september and october the climate is unfavorable. The record temperature this month is 99°F and, in october, 2 days of rain are expected.
  • In november the climate is beautiful. It is for example 86°F as maximum temperature in november.
  • In december the climate is very good. By early evening, the temperature averages 81°F and it rains about 0in each month.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Dakar

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Dakar: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Dakar

Find out when Dakar has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Dakar

  • Very low season in Dakar
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: April, May, June, September and October.
  • Low season in Dakar
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, July and August.
  • High season in Dakar
    The number of visitors to Dakar is high in: November.
  • Peak season in Dakar
    The largest number of tourists visiting Dakar is during: December.

Figure: Visitor index for Dakar month by month

Best time for low prices in Dakar

Average prices of hotels in Dakar month by month

Generally, July is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Dakar. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, May is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to Dakar

A return flight between London and Dakar is generally cheaper if you go in november ($ 519 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 390 more for your airline ticket to Dakar if you go in august.

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Average price of hiring a car in Dakar

On average, it costs $ 18 per day to hire a car in Dakar. This price varies by $ 1.2 depending on the month. In february, hiring a car costs an average of $ 17 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in april is $ 18.

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