15 days in Africa Itinerary

15 days in Africa Itinerary

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Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Nigeria
— 1 night
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Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights
Fly to Freetown, Drive to Freetown
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 2 nights
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Conakry, Guinea
— 1 night
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Serekunda, Gambia
— 2 nights
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
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Dakar, Senegal
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Abuja, Nigeria — 2 nights

The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
On the 1st (Sun), browse the different shops at Jabi Lake Mall, then make a trip to Abuja National Mosque, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bature Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Anglican Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Abuja trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Abuja is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Abuja is 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in April, with highs in Abuja at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lagos.
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Lagos, Nigeria — 1 night

Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Ikeja City Mall, contemplate the long history of Freedom Park Lagos, then kick back and relax at Tarkwa Bay Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of Christ.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lagos trip planner.

Fly from Abuja to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Accra.
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Accra, Ghana — 2 nights

On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
On the 4th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Independence Square, contemplate the long history of Black Star Gate, stop by Global Mamas, then take in the exciting artwork at Artists Alliance Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ghana. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Trashy Bags and then kick back and relax at Kokrobite Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Accra tour planner.

You can fly from Lagos to Accra in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Freetown.
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Freetown, Sierra Leone — 2 nights

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take a stroll through Aberdeen, stroll through Lakka Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lumley Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at John Obey Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Banana Divers Sierra Leone. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Cotton Tree, browse the exhibits of Sierra Leone National Museum, browse the exhibits of National Railway Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hausa Mosque, then head off the coast to Bunce Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Freetown Central Mosque.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Freetown online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Accra to Freetown in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Freetown sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Conakry.
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Conakry, Guinea — 1 night

Guinea's capital and largest city, Conakry acts as the nation's economic and cultural center, containing nearly a quarter of the population.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Sante Marie Cathedral, have fun at CanalOlympia Kaloum, step off the mainland to explore Iles de Los, then explore the galleries of National Museum (Musee National), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Conakry Grand Mosque.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Conakry online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Freetown to Conakry by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Serekunda.
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Serekunda, Gambia — 2 nights

Serekunda hugs the Atlantic Ocean on one side and faces the Gambia River on the other, both of which provide an escape from the heat when temperatures rise.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Brikama Craft Market, get a new perspective on nature at Gunjur Village Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort, see the interesting displays at Tanje Village Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lemonfish Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Serekunda holiday planner.

Getting from Conakry to Serekunda by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Conakry in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Serekunda, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bissau.
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau — 1 night

Looking out from the Geba River across the Atlantic Ocean, the little-known capital of Bissau offers the authentic experience of a West African fishing port.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Museu Nacional, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bissau road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Serekunda to Bissau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bissau are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Dakar.
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Dakar, Senegal — 3 nights

Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Accrobaobab Adventure, see the top attractions with Youba Tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Popenguine. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Les Mamelles Lighthouse.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dakar journey app.

You can fly from Bissau to Dakar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bissau in May, expect nights in Dakar to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to home.
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Nigeria travel guide

3.8
Art Galleries · Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls
Naija
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.
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Ghana travel guide

3.6
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.
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Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.
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Guinea travel guide

3.2
Islands · Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
The coast and hinterland of Guinea hold many hidden areas of attractive scenery, largely untouched by human hand. Explorations of the inland forests top many Guinea itineraries, with forest elephants marching through the lush greenery and exotic birds up in the trees just waiting to be spotted.
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Gambia travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Beaches · Flea Markets
Smiling Coast
The smallest country of mainland Africa, the Gambia consists of the Gambia River valley and the hills that run along its edges. Taking off on a journey down the river during your vacation in Gambia allows you to discover a landscape known worldwide as a bird-watcher's paradise--you might want to keep your binoculars and camera handy at all times. The Atlantic coast boats a number of beach resorts with large hotels and shining sands, while the fishing villages farther inland offer an altogether more rustic and basic take on Gambian charm.
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Guinea-Bissau travel guide

2.4
Churches · Flea Markets · Government Buildings
Guinea-Bissau offers a slew of colonial-era towns and picturesque beaches, as well as some remote areas tailor-made for those eager to get off the tourist path. An adventure to the southeastern hinterland, with its forests, savannahs, and small farms, represents one of the most daring and exciting things to do in Guinea-Bissau. Though the post-independence history of the country has been bleak at times, the locals remain remarkably upbeat and hopeful for the future--their spirit and welcoming nature provide additional reasons to plan a vacation in Guinea-Bissau.
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Senegal travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Generous Country
Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make it attractive to an international audience. The buzz surrounding the Senegalese music scene is justified, with mbalax dance music particularly popular and influential internationally. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques, remain among top attractions in Senegal--they're ideal spots to get to know the local culture and eat and shop like a native. The wide river deltas rich in wildlife provide an alternative for visitors looking to escape city life and discover the country's natural charms.
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