34 days in Africa Itinerary

34 days in Africa Itinerary

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Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ouadane, Mauritania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chinguetti, Mauritania
— 1 night
Drive
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Atar, Mauritania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trarza Region, Mauritania
— 2 nights
Fly to Blaise Diagne, Drive to Saint-Louis
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Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saly, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ndangane, Senegal
— 1 night
Fly
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Kolda, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive
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North Bank Division, Gambia
— 1 night
Drive
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Serekunda, Gambia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dakar, Senegal
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Goree Island, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive to Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, Fly to Conakry International Airport
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Conakry, Guinea
— 3 nights
Fly to Ziguinchor, Drive to Bissau
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 3 nights
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Nouakchott, Mauritania

— 4 nights
Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galerie Zeinart and Ibn Abbas Mosque. Saudi mosque and Haye Mohamedia Mosque will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Plage de Nouakchott, take a stroll around Centre culturel francais St Exupery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Ould Mbouja, and browse the range of quality goods at Marche Turc.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nouakchott online trip maker.

San Francisco, USA to Nouakchott is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Nouakchott is 8 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Nouakchott, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ouadane.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Ouadane, Mauritania

— 2 nights
Ouadane or Wādān is a small town in the desert region of central Mauritania, situated on the southern edge of the Adrar Plateau, 93 km northeast of Chinguetti. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Ouadane trip planner.

Drive from Nouakchott to Ouadane in 8.5 hours. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chinguetti.

Things to do in Ouadane

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Chinguetti, Mauritania

— 1 night
Chinguetti is a ksar or a Berber medieval trading center in northern Mauritania, located on the Adrar Plateau east of Atar.Founded in the 13th century as the center of several trans-Saharan trade routes, this small city continues to attract a handful of visitors who admire its spare architecture, scenery and ancient libraries. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get your bearings at Bibliotheque Habott and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chinguetti Mosque.

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Getting from Ouadane to Chinguetti by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Chinguetti are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Atar.

Things to do in Chinguetti

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Atar, Mauritania

— 3 nights
Atar is a town in northwestern Mauritania, the capital of the Adrar Region and the main settlement on the Adrar Plateau. Atar is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Terjit Oasis.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Atar online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chinguetti to Atar in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Atar are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Trarza Region.

Things to do in Atar

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Trarza Region, Mauritania

— 2 nights
Trarza is a region in southwest Mauritania. On the 13th (Wed), admire nature's extreme beauty at Mauritania Sahara.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Trarza Region road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Atar to Trarza Region. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Trarza Region

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Saint-Louis, Senegal

— 2 nights

Ndar

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 15th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Village Artisanal, then look for gifts at Rama diaw, and then stroll through Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Louis day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Trarza Region to Saint-Louis in 9 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Saint-Louis can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saly.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Saly, Senegal

— 2 nights
Saly is a seaside resort area in Thiès Region on the Petite Côte of Senegal, south of Dakar. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stop by Village Artisanal de Saly, then stroll through Lagune de la Somone, then get a dose of the wild on Youba Tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquee Gandigal-Est. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): stroll through L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve De Bandia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Popenguine, and finally deepen your understanding of the past and present with khadim guide senegal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saly day trip planning app.

Getting from Saint-Louis to Saly by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Saint-Louis in January, you will find days in Saly are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ndangane.

Things to do in Saly

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Ndangane, Senegal

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National du Delta du Saloum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ndangane trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Saly to Ndangane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saly in January: highs in Ndangane hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kolda.

Things to do in Ndangane

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Kolda, Senegal

— 1 night
Kolda is a city located in southern Senegal. On the 20th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National du Niokolo-Koba.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kolda route planner.

Traveling by flight from Ndangane to Kolda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ndangane in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kolda, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to North Bank Division.

Things to do in Kolda

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

North Bank Division, Gambia

— 1 night
North Bank was one of the five administrative divisions of the Gambia. On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fort Bullen, then contemplate the long history of Fort James Island, and then steep yourself in history at Jufureh.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our North Bank Division tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kolda to North Bank Division in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in North Bank Division when traveling from Kolda in January, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Serekunda.

Things to do in North Bank Division

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Bakau's Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of National Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, stroll through Katchikally Crocodile Pool and then take an exotic tour of Black and White Safari - Day Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Serekunda trip planning site.

You can drive from North Bank Division to Serekunda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in January, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Dakar.

Things to do in Serekunda

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Dakar, Senegal

— 2 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque of Dakar, admire the striking features of Dakar Railway Station, and then see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, view the masterpieces at Loman Art House - Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Arte.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dakar trip builder.

You can fly from Serekunda to Dakar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Serekunda in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dakar: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Goree Island.

Things to do in Dakar

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Goree Island, Senegal

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Goree Island day trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Dakar to Goree Island in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Conakry.

Things to do in Goree Island

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Conakry, Guinea

— 3 nights
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 28th (Thu): get outside with Les Cascades De La Soumba, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Conakry Grand Mosque, then head off the coast to Iles de Los, then explore the galleries of National Museum (Musee National), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sante Marie Cathedral. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at CanalOlympia Kaloum.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Conakry trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Goree Island to Conakry with the Route module. Traveling from Goree Island in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Conakry: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bissau.

Things to do in Conakry

Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Igreja Catolica da Bissau and Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura. Get some cultural insight at Mesquita Bissau and Museu Nacional. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Presidential Palace and hunt for treasures at Mercado Central.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bissau vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and car from Conakry to Bissau in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Conakry in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 66°F in Bissau. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Mauritania travel guide

3.7
Piers & Boardwalks · Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Vast, sparse, and unexplored by international visitors, Mauritania consists mainly of desert landscapes. In the north, the desert breaks into rocky massifs, hiding a collection of World Heritage-listed caravan towns, highlights of many adventurous Mauritania itineraries. Much of the country's Atlantic coast has been protected as part of a national park, and its wealth of migratory birds make holidays in Mauritania particularly popular with nature lovers.

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.

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.

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.

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.