57 days in Africa Itinerary

57 days in Africa Itinerary

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Accra, Ghana
— 4 nights
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Cape Coast, Ghana
— 2 nights
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 3 nights
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Conakry, Guinea
— 1 night
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
— 3 nights
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Porto-Novo, Benin
— 1 night
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Douala, Cameroon
— 1 night
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Yaounde, Cameroon
— 2 nights
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Libreville, Gabon
— 3 nights
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Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
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Luanda, Angola
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Bujumbura, Burundi
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 7 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Asmara, Eritrea
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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.
Visit W.E.B. DuBois Center and Black Star Gate for their historical value. Let the collections at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Artists Alliance Gallery capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ghana, take in the exciting artwork at The Loom, enjoy the sand and surf at Labadi Pleasure Beach, and don't miss a visit to James Town Lighthouse.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Accra online tour itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Accra is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Accra is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, things will get much hotter in Accra: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Accra

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Cape Coast Castle, explore the historical opulence of Elmina Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jago. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Kakum National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cape Coast tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Accra to Cape Coast in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Cape Coast can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Abidjan.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Paul's Cathedral and Grande Mosquee du Plateau. Get some cultural insight at Musee National des Costumes and The Plateau. Change things up with these side-trips from Abidjan: Grand Bassam (Palais de Justice Nouveau, Maison Varlet, &more). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Banco National Park, browse the different shops at PlaYce-Marcory, and stop by CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville.

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Getting from Cape Coast to Abidjan by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Conakry.

Things to do in Abidjan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Sante Marie Cathedral, explore the galleries of National Museum (Musee National), then head off the coast to Iles de Los, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Conakry Grand Mosque, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Conakry trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Abidjan to Conakry by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. April in Conakry sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ouagadougou.

Things to do in Conakry

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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.
Cathedral of Ouagadougou and Musee De La Bendrologie de Manega are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo, make a trip to marche de Sankariare, look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ranch de Nazinga.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ouagadougou tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Conakry to Ouagadougou takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Conakry in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ouagadougou, with highs around 47°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto-Novo.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

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Porto-Novo, Benin

Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes et de la Nature, get engrossed in the history at da Silva Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, then make a trip to Jardin Place Jean Bayol, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Porto-Novo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Musee Honme (Palais Royal).

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You can fly from Ouagadougou to Porto-Novo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ouagadougou to Porto-Novo. Traveling from Ouagadougou in April, expect nights in Porto-Novo to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Douala.

Things to do in Porto-Novo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Douala, Cameroon

Cameroon's largest city and capital, Douala prides itself on its busy, commercial, and business-centric way of life.
On the 16th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Le Monument aux Morts, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Maritime de Douala, and finally view the masterpieces at Doual'Art.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Douala road trip planning website.

You can fly from Porto-Novo to Douala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Douala can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Yaounde.

Things to do in Douala

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Yaounde, Cameroon

Taking a central place in the country of Cameroon, the capital of Yaounde represents a hub for expats, foreign embassies, and trading.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosquee Centrale, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mefou National Park, and then Head underground at Caves Akok Bekoe. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apotres, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Yaounde (Le Musee National de Yaounde), take an in-depth tour of Musee Ethnographique des Peuples de la Foret, then explore the world behind art at Blackitude Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Charles Atangana, and finally admire the masterpieces at Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yaounde trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Douala to Yaounde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Douala in April since evenings lows in Yaounde dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Libreville.

Things to do in Yaounde

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

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Libreville, Gabon

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.
Hassane II Mosque and Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon (Museum of Art and Culture) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Notre-dame de Lourdes and Cathedrale Saint Pierre. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Pointe-Denis Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Les Chocolats Gabonais de Julie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akanda National Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Marie Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Libreville itinerary app.

You can fly from Yaounde to Libreville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yaounde in April since evenings lows in Libreville dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brazzaville.

Things to do in Libreville

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks · Casinos

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Located on the River Congo, Brazzaville is a city divided between industrialism--thanks to the river--and cultural attractions, which come to life through multiple festivals, galleries, museums, and art schools, like the Poto-Poto painting school.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the striking features of Basilique St. Anne and then explore the galleries of Musee National du Congo (National Museum of Congo).

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brazzaville trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Libreville to Brazzaville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Brazzaville sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Luanda.

Things to do in Brazzaville

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip

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Luanda, Angola

After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
Get some cultural insight at Fortaleza de Sao Miguel and Museu Nacional da Escravatura. Get some historical perspective at Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios and Church of the Holy Family. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Cabo Ledo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Avenida 4 de Fevereiro, kick back and relax at Sangano Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Museu da Moeda.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Luanda trip planning tool.

Fly from Brazzaville to Luanda in 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Luanda can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Luanda

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Ngami and then stop by Motsana Maun.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ngamiland East tour builder.

You can fly from Luanda to Ngamiland East in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Luanda to Ngamiland East due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Luanda in April, Ngamiland East is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 29th (Thu), stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chobe National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife

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Bujumbura, Burundi

Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Rusizi National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bujumbura road trip planning website.

Getting from Chobe National Park to Bujumbura by flight takes about 21 hours. In May in Bujumbura, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Nairobi, Kenya

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Nairobi Gallery and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 5th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, hunt for treasures at The Maasai Market, admire all the interesting features of Mugie Ranch, and look for gifts at Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nairobi vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bujumbura to Nairobi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Bujumbura in May, expect Nairobi to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gede Ruins and Fort Jesus Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Mombasa side-trips: Diani Beach (Diani Beach & Waterskiing & Jetskiing). Spend the 11th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Nyali Centre, and look for gifts at Imani Collective.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mombasa road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Mombasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Mombasa is a bit warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Fri) before leaving for Djibouti.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Djibouti, Djibouti

Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura

Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Assal and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Abbe. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Mosque.

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

You can fly from Mombasa to Djibouti in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mombasa in May, with highs in Djibouti at 39°C and lows at 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Djibouti

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Ethiopia and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum and Lela Gallery. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, browse the exhibits of Asni Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, and contemplate the long history of Meskel Square.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa online visit planner.

You can fly from Djibouti to Addis Ababa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Djibouti, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Addis Ababa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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Lalibela, Ethiopia

Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Yemrehana Krestos Church will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of St. George and Biete Medhane Alem. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lalibela online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Asmara, Eritrea

Little Rome

Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): browse the exhibits of National Museum Asmara, admire the landmark architecture of Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Asmara, make a trip to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), then enjoy some diversion at Cinema Impero, and finally make a trip to Medebar Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Fiat Tagliero, admire the striking features of Cinema Roma, don't miss a visit to Tank Graveyard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue of Asmara, then admire the landmark architecture of Nda Mariam Othodox Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cimitero Italiano Di Asmara.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asmara tour app.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Asmara takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Nightlife

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

3.1
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 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.

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.

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.

Cameroon travel guide

3.7
Waterfalls · Art Museums · Zoos
Africa in Miniature
With swathes of rainforest, tall mountains, and desert landscapes, Cameroon features many of the most iconic African environments within its borders. Ethnic diversity represents one of the main attractions for visitors on holiday in Cameroon, with the country offering an introduction to the rich and varied cultures of the continent as a whole. Unlike many other African countries, Cameroon has remained a largely peaceful place, with different ethnicities living side by side in relative tranquility. Good roads and a decent train service make vacations in Cameroon mostly pleasant experiences, with most places of interests relatively easy to reach.

Gabon travel guide

3.4
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Shopping
Though tourism in Gabon remains a fledgling industry, the benefits of exploring this untempered place of wildlife-rich rainforests and ethnic diversity are numerous. A large percentage of the country remains protected as national parkland, allowing the dolphins playing in the Atlantic and the chimps and forest elephants to breathe a sigh of relief. The population includes around 40 different ethnicities, but the country has thankfully avoided the conflict and ethnic violence common among many of its neighbors.

Republic of the Congo travel guide

3.4
Architectural Buildings · Beaches · Museums
Most citizens of the Republic of the Congo live in the south of the country, with few residing outside the capital Brazzaville or Pointe-Noire on the coast. The capital represents a good place to start a holiday in the Republic of the Congo--it's a great jump-off point for voyages down the Congo River, the long and winding waterway that separates the country from its similarly named neighbor. Following the river to the north, the country becomes sparsely populated, with much of the area covered in lush rainforests. Two national parks, one in the far north and one in the center, represent the main focal points of the Republic of Congo itineraries, with a chance to spot lowland gorillas and forest elephants a major reason to visit for any genuine nature lover.

Angola travel guide

3.7
Museums · Lookouts · Outdoor Activities
Kuwait of Africa
Tourism in Angola thrives as the country's infrastructure develops and attractions are restored following years of internal conflict. Holidays in Angola usually involve at least a little time at the beach, with the Atlantic coastline featuring long stretches of sand, wide estuaries, and small islands close to the main cities. A wealth of national parks shelter a rich array of wildlife, including African icons such as lions, elephants, and leopards, with barely a tourist in sight to disturb the natural order of things.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Burundi travel guide

2.9
Historic Sites · Monuments · National Parks
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.

Kenya travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

Eritrea travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Monuments
Little Eritrea boasts diverse landscapes that include mountains, an arid coastline, and fertile swathes of land to the west. With tourism in Eritrea still a burgeoning industry, the country represents a place of adventure for daring travelers looking to get of that beaten path. The Art Deco architecture of the capital shows off the cultural complexity and interesting facets of the former Italian colony's recent history, while a number of archaeological sites provide evidence of once-thriving ancient kingdoms. The country gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but the areas bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti remain dangerous and, as a result, off the map for most foreign tourists.