16 days in Africa Itinerary

16 days in Africa Itinerary

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Dakar, Senegal
— 3 nights
Somone, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive to Blaise Diagne International Airport, Fly to Bissau
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
Serekunda, Gambia
— 2 nights
Conakry, Guinea
— 1 night
Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 3 nights
Drive to Freetown, Fly to Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria
— 1 night
Fly to Accra, Bus to Cape Coast
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights


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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Les Mamelles Lighthouse and Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Island of Goree. Take a break from Dakar with a short trip to Plage Popenguine in Popenguine, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of the Divinity, explore the fascinating landscape at Lompoul Desert, take in the exciting artwork at Loman Art House - Art Gallery, and find something for the whole family at Accrobaobab Adventure.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dakar travel planner.

Manchester, UK to Dakar is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. When traveling from Manchester in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Dakar, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Somone.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Somone, Senegal — 1 night

A small seaside town that thrives off tourism, Somone offers tropical seaside views from the northwest coast of Africa.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Saly, then stroll through L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, and then surround yourself with nature on Youba Tour.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Somone journey planner.

You can drive from Dakar to Somone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bissau.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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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 21st (Thu): browse the exhibits of Museu Nacional, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Bissau, then admire all the interesting features of Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

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Explore your travel options from Somone to Bissau with the Route module. In July in Bissau, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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.
On the 22nd (Fri), soothe aching muscles at The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort, then get a new perspective on nature at Gunjur Village Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the next day, stop by Senegambia Craft Market, then see the interesting displays at Tanje Village Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lemonfish Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Serekunda travel route builder site.

Getting from Bissau to Serekunda by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Conakry.
Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
On the 24th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Conakry Grand Mosque, enjoy some diversion at CanalOlympia Kaloum, then head off the coast to Iles de Los, then browse the exhibits of National Museum (Musee National), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sante Marie Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Conakry trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Serekunda to Conakry in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Serekunda in July, plan for little chillier days in Conakry, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Freetown.
Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Nature
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Freetown, Sierra Leone — 3 nights

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
On the 25th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Aberdeen, admire the striking features of Hausa Mosque, then enjoy the sand and surf at John Obey Beach, then kick back and relax at Bureh Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Banana Divers Sierra Leone. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jamiul Atique Fourah Bay Mosque, step off the mainland to explore Bunce Island, kick back and relax at Lumley Beach, then stroll through Lakka Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freetown Central Mosque.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Freetown vacation planner.

You can drive from Conakry to Freetown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the different shops at Ikeja City Mall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tarkwa Bay Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Church of Christ.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lagos planning website.

Getting from Freetown to Lagos by combination of car and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Freetown to Lagos due to the time zone difference. In July in Lagos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Coast.
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Cape Coast, Ghana — 1 night

While it may seem like a regular fishing port at first glance, Cape Coast bears traces of the Portuguese, British, Danish, Swedish, and the Dutch colonists who variously ruled here.
On the 29th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Fort St. Jago, then tour the pleasant surroundings at International Stingless Bee Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Forest Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Coast online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lagos to Cape Coast takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Accra.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from James Town Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Black Star Gate, make a trip to Independence Square, then explore the galleries of Artists Alliance Gallery, and finally stop by Global Mamas.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Accra trip tool.

You can drive from Cape Coast to Accra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Senegal travel guide

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.

Guinea-Bissau travel guide

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.

Gambia travel guide

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.

Guinea travel guide

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.

Sierra Leone travel guide

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.

Nigeria travel guide

Art Galleries · Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls
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.

Ghana travel guide

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.