16 days in Senegal & Abidjan Itinerary

16 days in Senegal & Abidjan Itinerary

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16 days in Senegal & Abidjan Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  26​h
1
Dakar, Senegal
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Touba, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ndangane, Senegal
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Bus + Drive + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
5
Goree Island, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

4
nights
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar ©
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Popular historic sites such as Mosque of the Divinity and Dakar Railway Station are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Plage du Virage and Galerie Arte. Get out of town with these interesting Dakar side-trips: L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique (in Ngaparou) and Plage Popenguine (in Popenguine). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Village des Arts, get to know the resident critters at Parc Forestier et Zoologique de Hann, and take in the exciting artwork at Loman Art House - Art Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dakar road trip planning app .

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Dakar is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In December in Dakar, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Dakar

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Plage Popenguine, L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique
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La Galerie Antenna ©
La Galerie Antenna
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mosque of the Divinity ©
Mosque of the Divinity

2
nights
Saint-Louis, Senegal

Saint-Louis ©
West Africa's first French settlement, World Heritage-listed Saint-Louis (or Ndar in Wolof) shows off its colonial architectural style with an ambience of tranquility and historical charm.
On the 4th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Village Artisanal and then explore the striking landscape of Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Galerie Arte, look for gifts at Rama diaw, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Ethiopiques.

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Drive from Dakar to Saint-Louis in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Dakar in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Louis: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Touba.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Shopping Museums Parks
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Village Artisanal ©
Village Artisanal
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary ©
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

1
night
Touba, Senegal

Touba ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Touba trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Saint-Louis to Touba by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ndangane.

Things to do in Touba

Historic Sites
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Great Mosque ©
Great Mosque

1
night
Ndangane, Senegal

Ndangane ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Musee Mahicao and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National du Delta du Saloum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ndangane road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Touba to Ndangane takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Goree Island.

Things to do in Ndangane

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Musee Mahicao
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Parc National du Delta du Saloum ©
Parc National du Delta du Saloum
Musee Mahicao ©
Musee Mahicao

2
nights
Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Ndangane to Goree Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Ndangane in January, you will find days in Goree Island are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). You will leave for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Goree Island

Historic Sites
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Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee ©
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee

2
nights
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan ©
As Cote d'Ivoire's largest city and economic hub, Abidjan boasts the reputation of West Africa's party capital, while its rich culture remains evident in its numerous film festivals and a booming music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grande Mosquee du Plateau and Maison Ganamet. Get in touch with nature at International Club & Paintball Park and Ivoire Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Abidjan: Grand Bassam (Ex Poste de Douane, La 1ere boutique CFAO installe a BASSAM, & more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, have some family-friendly fun at Dream Zone Virtual Reality, join the crowd at Abidjan Karting El Keif, and look for gifts at Amani Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Abidjan online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Goree Island to Abidjan. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goree Island in January; daily highs in Abidjan reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Abidjan

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Grand Bassam
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Maison Ganamet ©
Maison Ganamet
Grande Mosquee du Plateau ©
Grande Mosquee du Plateau
La 1ere boutique CFAO installe a BASSAM ©

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