42 days in Africa Itinerary

42 days in Africa Itinerary

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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
— 4 nights
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Dakar, Senegal
— 4 nights
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Saly, Senegal
— 1 night
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Conakry, Guinea
— 1 night
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 3 nights
Drive to Freetown, Fly to Monrovia
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Monrovia, Liberia
— 1 night
Fly to Accra, Bus to Cape Coast
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Cape Coast, Ghana
— 2 nights
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Accra, Ghana
— 4 nights
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Lagos, Nigeria
— 3 nights
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Cotonou, Benin
— 2 nights
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Lome, Togo
— 3 nights
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 5 nights
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
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Kotu, Gambia
— 2 nights
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Boa Vista, Cape Verde
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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

— 4 nights
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Ilha do Sal is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Maria, don't miss a visit to Salinas de Pedra de Lume, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia de Nossa Senhora das Dores, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ilha do Sal online trip itinerary maker.

Boston, USA to Ilha do Sal is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Boston to Ilha do Sal. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in September; daily highs in Ilha do Sal reach 87°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dakar.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

Dakar, Senegal

— 4 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Step out of Dakar with an excursion to Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee in Goree Island--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Lago Rosa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dakar trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Ilha do Sal to Dakar in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ilha do Sal to Dakar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Dakar can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saly.

Things to do in Dakar

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Saly, Senegal

— 1 night
Saly is a seaside resort area in Thiès Region on the Petite Côte of Senegal, south of Dakar. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grande Mosquee Gandigal-Est, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagune de la Somone, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve De Bandia.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saly trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dakar to Saly takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In September, daytime highs in Saly are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Conakry.

Things to do in Saly

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then browse the exhibits of National Museum (Musee National), then step off the mainland to explore Iles de Los, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sante Marie Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Conakry road trip planner.

Fly from Saly to Conakry in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Conakry, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Freetown.

Things to do in Conakry

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Freetown, Sierra Leone

— 3 nights
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Number Two Beach (in Sussex), Bureh Beach (in Bure Town) and Lakka Beach (in Lakka). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Bunce Island, admire all the interesting features of Cotton Tree, explore the galleries of National Railway Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Freetown road trip planning app.

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 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Monrovia.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Monrovia, Liberia

— 1 night
The capital of Liberia and its most populous city, Monrovia lies on the Atlantic Coast of Cape Mesurado.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Centennial Pavilion and then browse the exhibits of Liberian National Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monrovia trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Freetown to Monrovia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Monrovia

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Cape Coast, Ghana

— 2 nights
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 16th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Cape Coast Castle, then don't miss a visit to Elmina Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Fort St. Jago. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kakum National Park and then stroll through Monkey Forest Resort.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Coast trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Monrovia to Cape Coast takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Cape Coast are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Accra.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Accra, Ghana

— 4 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.
Accra is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, kick back and relax at Labadi Pleasure Beach, browse the different shops at Accra Mall, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ghana.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Accra day trip app.

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 September in Accra, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Accra

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Lagos, Nigeria

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Lagos to Lekki to see The Henna Place about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lekki Conservation Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Elegushi Beach, browse the different shops at The Lennox Mall, and head outdoors with Tarkwa Bay Beach.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lagos online attractions planner.

Fly from Accra to Lagos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to West Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cotonou.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Cotonou, Benin

— 2 nights
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Ouidah Museum of History, then don't miss a visit to Temple des Pythons, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Nokoue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel church. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Fidjrosse Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquee de Zongo, don't miss a visit to Fondation Zinsou, then shop like a local with Artisanal Center, then don't miss a visit to Palais des Congres, and finally pause for some photo ops at Place des Martyrs.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cotonou trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Cotonou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Lome.

Things to do in Cotonou

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Lome, Togo

— 3 nights

The Pearl of West Africa

Sometimes called the Pearl of West Africa, Lome contains a cheerful spirit shown through its bustling street markets where both locals and visitors meet on a regular basis.
Lome is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Tamberma Villages, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Evangelique Presbyterienne Lome, hunt for treasures at Grand Marche, and appreciate the history behind Monument de l'Independance.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lome planning tool.

Getting from Cotonou to Lome by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cotonou to Lome. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Abidjan.

Things to do in Lome

Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

— 5 nights

Paris of Africa

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Bassam (Ex Poste de Douane, Musee National des Costumes, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee du Plateau, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin botanique de Bingerville, and buy something for everyone on your list at PlaYce-Marcory.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Abidjan trip builder tool.

You can fly from Lome to Abidjan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Abidjan, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 75°F at night. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Bissau.

Things to do in Abidjan

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

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 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bissau trip planner.

You can fly from Abidjan to Bissau in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kotu.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Kotu, Gambia

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kotu Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Katchikally Crocodile Pool, and then stop by Bakau Craft Market - Sand Art Shop. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Gunjur Village Museum, hunt for treasures at Brikama Craft Market, and then stroll through Bijilo Forest Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotu trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Bissau to Kotu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kotu sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Boa Vista.

Things to do in Kotu

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Boa Vista, Cape Verde

— 4 nights

Island of the Dunes

Sprinkled with sand dunes and pristine, sweeping beaches where turtles nest, the island of Boa Vista has been attracting more and more visitors looking to explore its remote trails and picturesque shore.
Boa Vista is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Mónica, get interesting insight from Tours, admire nature's extreme beauty at Deserto de Viana, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Boa Vista trip planner.

You can fly from Kotu to Boa Vista in 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kotu to Boa Vista due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kotu in October, expect nights in Boa Vista to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boa Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Cape Verde travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Scuba & Snorkeling
The main islands of Cape Verde each offer something different, both in terms of natural wonders and cultural heritage. Descendants of Portuguese colonialists and African slaves, the locals mainly speak Creole and blend influences from Europe and Africa in their cuisine, music, and architecture. The largely unspoiled natural landscape includes mountain peaks, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, and wildflower-filled valleys. With the country experiencing a dry tropical climate, holidays in Cape Verde lend themselves to a range outdoor sports and activities, including windsurfing and lazing on a beach, hill walking, and diving.

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.

Guinea travel guide

3.4
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

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.

Liberia travel guide

3.4
Museums · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
Founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves, Liberia today has a population of primarily indigenous Africans, but maintains certain links with the United States. One such link comes in the music and wider culture of the main urban areas, where hip-hop influences abound among traditional African rhythms, dress styles, and dance trends. Beaches close to the capital remain some of the main places to visit in Liberia, as exploring the inland areas away from the main towns represents a risk for foreign visitors without an accompanying local guide.

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.

Nigeria travel guide

3.6
Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
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.

Benin travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.

Togo travel guide

3.6
Flea Markets · Monuments · Historic Sites
Long, thin Togo makes the most of its shape, possessing an array of seemingly handpicked environments. White-sand beaches on the Atlantic coast act as the base for some of the most restful trips in the region, while the sparsely populated north of the country boasts towering mountains and a set of interesting cultural and historic sites, highlights of trips to Togo. The capital city sits beachside and offers the best partying in the country, as well as a number of religious and ethnic festivals throughout the year, celebrating the diverse cultures of the region's population.

Ivory Coast travel guide

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Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gift & Specialty Shops
The coastline and the rainforests remain the primary charms of Cote d'Ivoire, with visitors treated to some superlative natural locales during their holiday. Most tourists on vacation in Cote d'Ivoire stay close to the sea, where the larger cities, modern resorts, and long sandy beaches dominate. Head inland and you'll find cool highland areas and thick forests rich in wildlife. The presidential election in 2010 led to unrest and armed conflict--travel to certain areas of the country remains inadvisable.

Guinea-Bissau travel guide

2.5
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

3.6
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.