40 days in Africa Itinerary

40 days in Africa Itinerary

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Dakar, Senegal
— 3 nights
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Banjul, Gambia
— 1 night
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
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Conakry, Guinea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 2 nights
Drive to Freetown, Fly to Monrovia
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Monrovia, Liberia
— 2 nights
Fly to Abidjan, Bus to Yamoussoukro
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 3 nights
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Accra, Ghana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lome, Togo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto-Novo, Benin
— 1 night
Drive
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Lagos, Nigeria
— 3 nights
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Douala, Cameroon
— 3 nights
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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
— 2 nights
Fly to Douala, Train to Yaounde
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Yaounde, Cameroon
— 2 nights
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Bata, Equatorial Guinea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Libreville, Gabon
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dakar: Reserve De Bandia (in Saly) and Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee (in Goree Island). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Galerie Antenna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of the Divinity, and make a trip to Dakar Railway Station.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dakar trip builder tool.

Newark, USA to Dakar is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Dakar due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Dakar: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Banjul.
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Banjul, Gambia — 1 night

Banjul, officially the City of Banjul and formerly known as Bathurst, is the capital of The Gambia and is in a division of the same name. On the 6th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Abuko Nature Reserve and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Market. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Arch 22, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bijilo Forest Park, and then stroll through Katchikally Crocodile Pool.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Banjul road trip planning website.

Fly from Dakar to Banjul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. October in Banjul sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly 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 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau and then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bissau road trip planner.

Fly from Banjul to Bissau in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Bissau sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Conakry.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Conakry, Guinea — 2 nights

Guinea's capital and largest city, Conakry acts as the nation's economic and cultural center, containing nearly a quarter of the population.
Step out of Conakry with an excursion to Les Cascades De La Soumba in Dubreka--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Iles de Los, pause for some serene contemplation at Sante Marie Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Conakry Grand Mosque, and enjoy some diversion at CanalOlympia Kaloum.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Conakry tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Bissau to Conakry takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Conakry can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with Banana Divers Sierra Leone and then enjoy the sand and surf at River Number Two Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, then stroll through Lumley Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakka Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Freetown trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Conakry to Freetown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Freetown can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Monrovia.
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Monrovia, Liberia — 2 nights

The capital of Liberia and its most populous city, Monrovia lies on the Atlantic Coast of Cape Mesurado.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Matadi Central Mosque, contemplate the long history of Providence Island, then browse the exhibits of Liberian National Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Centennial Pavilion.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monrovia online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Freetown to Monrovia in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. October in Monrovia sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Yamoussoukro.
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast — 2 nights

Unlike many of the world's cities with infrastructure trying to keep up with population, Yamoussoukro has no such problem--many of the city's sprawling six-lane highways and hotels were built before anybody lived here.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Palais Presidentiel, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Abokouamekro Game Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yamoussoukro tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Monrovia to Yamoussoukro in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Yamoussoukro sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Abidjan.
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Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Abidjan, Ivory Coast — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Banco National Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, take a stroll through The Plateau, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Abidjan travel planner.

Traveling by car from Yamoussoukro to Abidjan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Abidjan are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly to Accra.
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Accra, Ghana — 3 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, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, explore the galleries of Tiga African Art Consultancy, kick back and relax at Labadi Pleasure Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Aburi Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Accra trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Abidjan to Accra in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Accra sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Lome.
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Lome, Togo — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Lome Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Musee International du Golfe de Guinee, then get a taste of the local shopping with La Civette, and finally contemplate the long history of Tamberma Villages. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee, hunt for treasures at Grand Marche, then appreciate the history behind Monument de l'Independance, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lome trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Accra to Lome in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Porto-Novo.
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Porto-Novo, Benin — 1 night

Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Jardin Place Jean Bayol, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception, and finally step into the grandiose world of Musee Honme (Palais Royal).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Porto-Novo trip planner.

You can drive from Lome to Porto-Novo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to West Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Porto-Novo sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lagos.
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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.
Lagos is known for museums, wildlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Nike Art Gallery, walk around Freedom Park Lagos, kick back and relax at Tarkwa Bay Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lekki Conservation Centre.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lagos tour planner.

Traveling by car from Porto-Novo to Lagos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Douala.
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Douala, Cameroon — 3 nights

Cameroon's largest city and capital, Douala prides itself on its busy, commercial, and business-centric way of life.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Cameroon in Buea (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Musee Maritime de Douala, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, shop like a local with Marche des Fleurs, and make a trip to La Nouvelle Liberte.

Before you visit Douala, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Lagos to Douala takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Douala are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Malabo.
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Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea — 2 nights

The oldest city in Equatorial Guinea, regional capital Malabo represents a monument to Spanish colonial architecture, mingled with modern buildings commissioned since decolonization.
On the 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Fernando, get your bearings at Centro Cultural de Espana en Malabo, don't miss a visit to La Casa Verde, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Malabo National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Isabel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Pico Basile and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arena Blanca.

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Fly from Douala to Malabo in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Malabo can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Yaounde.
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Yaounde, Cameroon — 2 nights

Taking a central place in the country of Cameroon, the capital of Yaounde represents a hub for expats, foreign embassies, and trading.
On the 4th (Fri), watch a film at CanalOlympia Yaounde 1 and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mefou National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Yaounde (Le Musee National de Yaounde), and then take an in-depth tour of Musee Ethnographique des Peuples de la Foret.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yaounde online trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Malabo to Yaounde in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Malabo in November, expect little chillier with lows of 68°F in Yaounde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bata.
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Bata, Equatorial Guinea — 2 nights

Bata is a port city in the Litoral Province of Equatorial Guinea. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Bata Cathedral.

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Getting from Yaounde to Bata by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Yaounde in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bata, with lows around 75°F. You will leave for Libreville on the 7th (Mon).
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Libreville, Gabon — 2 nights

The capital of Gabon and home to almost half of the country's residents, Libreville differs from many African cities, with paved roads, clean streets, and luxurious residences.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): try your luck at Casino Croisette, stroll through Pointe-Denis Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Marie Cathedral. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-dame de Lourdes, then admire the landmark architecture of L'Eglise St-Michel Libreville, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche du Mont-Bouet, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cour Constitutionnelle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Libreville trip itinerary website.

Drive from Bata to Libreville in 11 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Libreville can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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