16 days in Africa Itinerary

16 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
— 1 night
Fly
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Lome, Togo
— 1 night
Bus
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Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
— 1 day
Drive
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Monrovia, Liberia
— 1 night
Fly to Freetown, Drive to Freetown
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 1 night
Drive
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Conakry, Guinea
— 1 night
Fly to Ziguinchor, Drive to Bissau
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ouaga

The capital of Burkina Faso and its economic center, Ouagadougou also serves as the regional center for art and cultural preservation.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at City Sport Fitness Sante, walk around Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Ouagadougou.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ouagadougou online road trip planner.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Ouagadougou is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5.5 hours traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Ouagadougou. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in May: highs in Ouagadougou hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lome.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

1
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Lome, Togo

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.
On the 13th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument de l'Independance, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lome Cathedral, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fetiches.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ouagadougou to Lome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ouagadougou in May, expect nights in Lome to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Accra.

Things to do in Lome

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Accra, Ghana

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 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Afrosenchic, then appreciate the history behind Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Black Star Gate, and finally kick back and relax at Labadi Pleasure Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Makola Market, then pause for some photo ops at Nii Tackie Tawiah III Statue, then make a trip to James Town Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bojo Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Accra trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Lome to Accra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Accra

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

1
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Cape Coast, Ghana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Elmina Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Cape Coast Castle, and then take in the waterfront activity at Elmina lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Kakum National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cape Coast using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Accra to Cape Coast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In May in Cape Coast, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Abidjan.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

1
night
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Banco National Park, visit The Plateau, then don't miss a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally stop by Nice Cream.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Abidjan road trip planning app.

Getting from Cape Coast to Abidjan by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Abidjan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yamoussoukro.

Things to do in Abidjan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

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 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquee, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, then get a sense of history and politics at Palais Presidentiel, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Abokouamekro Game Reserve.

Make your Yamoussoukro itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Abidjan to Yamoussoukro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monrovia.

Things to do in Yamoussoukro

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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Monrovia, Liberia

The capital of Liberia and its most populous city, Monrovia lies on the Atlantic Coast of Cape Mesurado.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Providence Island, browse the exhibits of Liberian National Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Centennial Pavilion. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Matadi Central Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monrovia online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yamoussoukro to Monrovia takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Freetown.

Things to do in Monrovia

Historic Sites · Museums

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Freetown, Sierra Leone

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Lumley Beach, explore the galleries of National Railway Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Cotton Tree, and finally explore the galleries of Sierra Leone National Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Freetown road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Monrovia to Freetown takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Freetown, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Conakry.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

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Conakry, Guinea

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 23rd (Sun): browse the exhibits of National Museum (Musee National), step off the mainland to explore Iles de Los, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Conakry day trip site.

Traveling by car from Freetown to Conakry takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bissau.

Things to do in Conakry

Nature · Museums · Parks · Spas

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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Presidential Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore the galleries of Museu Nacional and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Bissau.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bissau road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Conakry to Bissau takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Bissau can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Burkina Faso travel guide

3.4
Wildlife Areas · Gardens · Sacred & Religious Sites
Land of Upright People
Landlocked Burkina Faso offers a welcoming atmosphere, varied landscape, and rich cultural heritage. One of the poorest countries in the world, the country features largely undeveloped towns boasting lively music scenes and interesting markets filled with stalls selling handcrafted goods. Tourism in Burkina Faso remains a struggling industry, and with a largely undeveloped infrastructure, most travelers stick to the big cities and arrange short day trips into the wilder areas. The natural areas of the country remain known more for their topography than wildlife, with grassy sloping hills, Precambrian massifs, and rugged sandstone peaks dominating the terrain.

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.

Ghana travel guide

3.5
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.