A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kampala vs. Dakar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kampala or Dakar?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Kampala or Dakar? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Kampala or Dakar?


Kampala is the capital of Uganda in the South part of the country near Lake Victoria. It is the largest city in Uganda, with a population of over two million people. This city is very safe and the locals are known to be very kind and approachable.


Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Overlanding Trips in Uganda, The Best Adventure Tours to Uganda, The Best Adventure Tours to Senegal, and The Best Luxury Tours to Senegal.

Which place is cheaper, Dakar or Kampala?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Kampala is $71, while the average daily cost in Dakar is $62. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kampala and Dakar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kampala $60
    Dakar $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kampala $120
    Dakar $66
Compare Hotels in Kampala and Dakar

Looking for a hotel in Kampala or Dakar? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Kampala

Hotels in Dakar

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Kampala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kampala $2.54
    Dakar $5.41
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kampala

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Kampala are as follows:

  • Taxi around town

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kampala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kampala:

  • Entebbe Airport Transfers: $80
  • Entebbe Airport taxi. For a safe, affordable and reliable 24/7 airport transfer.: $45
  • From 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer: $2,200
  • Full-Day Kampala Trip with Lunch and Hotel Transfers: $200

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Airport Transfer - Aéroport international Blaise Diagne to Dakar: $122
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $212
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $122
  • DSS transfer - DAKAR (one way) : $50
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $83
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Riu Baobab Hotel (two ways): $83
  • Private Transfer from Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS) to Dakar: $207
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $66

Is it cheaper to fly into Kampala or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar and Kampala change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Kampala $8.55
    Dakar $20
Typical Food Prices in Kampala

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Kampala:

  • Lunch for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kampala

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kampala.

  • Like a local cooking Tours: $26
  • Cooking Class for Typical Ugandan Food in Kampala: $31
  • Three-Hour Food Tour: $41
  • Private Cooking Class with a Local Host: $47
  • Cooking Class Tour Kampala.: $48
  • Momma Ida's Ugandan Cuisine Cooking Tour: $75
  • Kampala City Walking Food Tour: $77
  • Night-time Boda Boda Street Food Tour: $91
  • Fishing Village Food Tour & Luwombo Stop: $102
  • Kampala cooking tour: $133
  • Half-day Kampala City Tour and Traditional Dance Show with Dinner (7-Hours): $147

Typical Food Prices in Dakar

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dakar:

  • Breakfast

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dakar

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Dakar.

  • Senegalese Street Food Tour in Dakar: $115

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kampala -
    Dakar $14

Tours and Activities in Kampala

Here are a few actual costs in Kampala for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Uganda Community Tour: $15
  • African Fabric Market Tour : $18
  • Walking Tour in Kampala : $20
  • Kampala Half-Day Walking Tour with Local Female Guides: $20
  • Walk and tour inside Kampala: $24
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour with Optional Gaddafi Mosque: $24
  • Entebbe Walking Tour (3 Hours) with Zoo and Botanical Gardens Options: $25
  • Kampala:Guided walking tour: $25
  • Walk and tour inside Kampala: $25
  • Best Kampala group Walking Tour.: $25
  • Kampala Walking Tour With local Guide: $26
  • Steve Kampala Walking tours: $27

Tours and Activities in Dakar

Here are a few actual costs in Dakar for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Private Custom Tour with a Local Guide: $30
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Dakar: $31
  • Half Day Dakar City Tour: $105
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $111
  • Private City Tour: $111
  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • Half-Day GOREE Island Tour:The Heritage Tour: $130
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $141
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour(Minimum 2 Participants): $142
  • Day tour in Dakar museum and monument : $144
  • Full-Day DAKAR city / GOREE Island Tour: $160

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kampala -
    Dakar $9.06

Sample the Local Flavors in Kampala

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kampala:

  • Entebbe and club,pub and bar crawl experiences: $35
  • Kampala Pub Crawl | Uganda | 4 hours: $65
  • Kampala Bar Crawl, Beer Tasting and Street Food (6 Hours): $71

When comparing the travel costs between Kampala and Dakar, we can see that Kampala is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Kampala Expensive? and Is Dakar Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Kampala or Dakar?

Dakar has a larger population, and is about 83% larger than the population of Kampala. When comparing the sizes of Kampala and Dakar, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

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