42 days in Africa Itinerary

42 days in Africa Itinerary

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Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h
2
Dakar, Senegal
— 4 nights
Bus + Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Saly, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2 h
4
Conakry, Guinea
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Monrovia, Liberia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h
8
Accra, Ghana
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
9
Lagos, Nigeria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Cotonou, Benin
— 2 nights
Fly:  45 min
11
Lome, Togo
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
12
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h
13
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
14
Kotu, Gambia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
15
Boa Vista, Cape Verde
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Boston, United States

4
nights
Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

Ilha do Sal ©
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, explore the activities along Buracona, don't miss a visit to Nazarene Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ilha do Sal online trip itinerary maker.

Boston, USA to Ilha do Sal is an approximately 8.5- 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
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Praia de Santa Maria ©
Praia de Santa Maria
Salinas de Pedra de Lume ©
Salinas de Pedra de Lume
Buracona ©
Buracona

4
nights
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar ©
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. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves, find something for the whole family at Accrobaobab Adventure, appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dakar journey planning app.

Getting from Ilha do Sal to Dakar by combination of flight and car takes about 2 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Saly.

Things to do in Dakar

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar ©
Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar
La Maison des Esclaves ©
La Maison des Esclaves
Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine ©
Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine

1
night
Saly, Senegal

Saly ©
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 see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saly trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Dakar to Saly takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grande Mosquee Gandigal-Est, Lagune de la Somone
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Reserve De Bandia ©
Reserve De Bandia
Lagune de la Somone ©
Lagune de la Somone
Grande Mosquee Gandigal-Est ©
Grande Mosquee Gandigal-Est

1
night
Conakry, Guinea

Conakry ©
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 ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Conakry road trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Saly to Conakry in 2 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 travel to Freetown.

Things to do in Conakry

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
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Sante Marie Cathedral ©
Sante Marie Cathedral
Iles de Los ©
Iles de Los
National Museum (Musee National) ©
National Museum (Musee National)

3
nights
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Freetown ©
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lakka Beach (in Lakka), River Number Two Beach (in Sussex) and Bureh Beach (in Bure Town). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Bunce Island, kick back and relax at Lumley Beach, browse the exhibits of National Railway Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Freetown trip planning website.

Getting from Conakry to Freetown by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Freetown, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Monrovia.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lakka Beach, River Number Two Beach, Bureh Beach
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary ©
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Bunce Island ©
Bunce Island
Bureh Beach ©
Bureh Beach

1
night
Monrovia, Liberia

Monrovia ©
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): relax in the rural setting at Wulki farms, steep yourself in history at Centennial Pavilion, and then explore the galleries of Liberian National Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monrovia road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Freetown to Monrovia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Monrovia, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Monrovia

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Liberian National Museum ©
Liberian National Museum
Wulki farms ©
Wulki farms

2
nights
Cape Coast, Ghana

Cape Coast ©
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 find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Coast trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Monrovia to Cape Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or 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 travel to Accra.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Elmina
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kakum National Park ©
Kakum National Park
Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle

4
nights
Accra, Ghana

Accra ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Accra to Kokrobite to see Art without borders gallery about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, steep yourself in history at W.E.B. DuBois Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Aburi Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Accra trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Cape Coast to Accra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Accra sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Accra

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Art without borders gallery, Legon Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park ©
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Labadi Pleasure Beach ©
Labadi Pleasure Beach
Bojo Beach ©
Bojo Beach

3
nights
Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos ©
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.
Take a break from Lagos with a short trip to The Henna Place in Lekki, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lekki Conservation Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Alexis Galleries, browse the eclectic array of goods at Lekki Market, and browse the different shops at The Lennox Mall.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Accra to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Accra to Lagos due to the time zone difference. 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

Side Trip

Lekki
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Lekki Conservation Centre ©
Lekki Conservation Centre
The Cathedral Church of Christ ©
The Cathedral Church of Christ
Tarkwa Bay Beach ©
Tarkwa Bay Beach

2
nights
Cotonou, Benin

Cotonou ©
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.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, 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 travel to Lome.

Things to do in Cotonou

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ouidah, Lac Nokoue
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Ouidah Museum of History ©
Ouidah Museum of History
Lac Nokoue ©
Lac Nokoue
Fondation Zinsou ©
Fondation Zinsou

3
nights
Lome, Togo

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

Getting from Cotonou to Lome by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; 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 Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lome Cathedral ©
Lome Cathedral
Tamberma Villages ©
Tamberma Villages
La Civette ©
La Civette

5
nights
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan ©
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). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Dream Zone Virtual Reality, get a new perspective on nature at Musee des Civilisations de Cote d’Ivoire, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Abidjan vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Lome to Abidjan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Abidjan sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bissau.

Things to do in Abidjan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Grand Bassam
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Dream Zone Virtual Reality ©
Dream Zone Virtual Reality
Banco National Park ©
Banco National Park

1
night
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Centro Artistico Juvenil, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bissau day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Abidjan to Bissau takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. October in Bissau sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kotu.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites Shopping
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Igreja Catolica da Bissau ©
Igreja Catolica da Bissau
Mesquita Bissau ©
Mesquita Bissau
Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura ©
Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura

2
nights
Kotu, Gambia

Kotu ©
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.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotu trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bissau to Kotu takes 1.5 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

Side Trips

Bakau, Bijilo Forest Park, Brikama Craft Market, Gunjur Village Museum
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Katchikally Crocodile Pool ©
Katchikally Crocodile Pool
Bijilo Forest Park
Bijilo Forest Park
Kotu Beach ©
Kotu Beach

4
nights
Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Boa Vista ©
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Di Curralinho, have some family-friendly fun at Boa Vista Karting, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Boa Vista holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kotu to Boa Vista takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Cape Verde Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kotu in October: highs in Boa Vista hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boa Vista

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Santa Mónica ©
Praia de Santa Mónica
Off-Road Tours
Praia de Chaves ©
Praia de Chaves

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