Fodor's Expert Review Il de Gorée
Just 3 km (2 miles) off Dakar, this UNESCO World Heritage Site holds painful reminders of the slave trade. Prepare for an emotional experience. The island, in addition to other areas in Senegal, served as a human warehouse and the large La Maison des Esclaves testifies to how men and women were treated as commercial goods. Also see Fort d'Estrees, built by the French in the mid-1800s. The Historical Museum of Senegal at the fort houses collections tracing Senegal history from ancient times to the present. Ferries make the 20-minute journey to Ile de Gorée throughout the day, every day, from the port at the southeastern tip of the Dakar peninsula.