22 days in Accra, Cape Coast & Sao Tome and Principe Itinerary

22 days in Accra, Cape Coast & Sao Tome and Principe Itinerary

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Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  11 h
1
Accra, Ghana
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h
2
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Accra, Ghana
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
4
Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Principe, Sao Tome and Principe
— 4 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Coco Beach and Shai Hills Resource Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Osu Castle and Legon Botanical Gardens. Step out of Accra to go to Koforidua and see Umbrella Rock, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Makola Market, get some fabulous bargains at Trashy Bags, and pause for some photo ops at Nii Tackie Tawiah III Statue.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Accra online trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Accra is an approximately 16- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Accra is minus 1 hour. In November, Accra is much hotter than Copenhagen - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Accra

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Umbrella Rock, Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Legon Botanical Gardens
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Shai Hills Resource Reserve ©
Shai Hills Resource Reserve
Osu Castle ©
Osu Castle
Umbrella Rock ©
Umbrella Rock

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kakum National Park as well as Elmina lagoon. On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Elmina Castle, contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jago, then explore the historical opulence of Cape Coast Castle, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Elmina lagoon. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kakum National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cape Coast trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Accra to Cape Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Cape Coast sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Accra.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Elmina
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Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle
Kakum National Park ©
Kakum National Park

5
nights
Accra, Ghana

Accra ©
Visit W.E.B. DuBois Center and Accra Central Mosque for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Good Hope and Art without borders gallery. When in Accra, make a side trip to see Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in Nkoranza, approximately Nkoranza away. Explore Accra further: stroll through Kokrobite Beach, look for gifts at Vidya Bookstore, ponder the world of politics at Supreme Court of Ghana, and visit a coastal fixture at James Town Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Accra travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cape Coast to Accra in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Tome.

Things to do in Accra

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Fort Good Hope, Art without borders gallery
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W.E.B. DuBois Center ©
W.E.B. DuBois Center
Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary ©
Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Kokrobite Beach ©
Kokrobite Beach

5
nights
Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome ©
São Tomé is the capital city of São Tomé and Príncipe and is by far the nation's largest town. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia dos Tamarindos and Pico Cao Grande. Step out of the city life by going to Lagoa Azul and Obo National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Tome: Bombaim Waterfalls (in Bombaim) and Museu do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal (in Morro Peixe). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Praia Micondo, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio do Povo, steep yourself in history at Forte De Sao Sebastiao, and examine the collection at National Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sao Tome online travel route planner.

Getting from Accra to Sao Tome by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Principe.

Things to do in Sao Tome

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bombaim Waterfalls, Museu do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal
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Praia dos Tamarindos ©
Praia dos Tamarindos
Obo National Park ©
Obo National Park
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul

4
nights
Principe, Sao Tome and Principe

Principe ©
Life slows down in Principe, and visitors appreciate the laid-back vibe.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Banana Beach and Kaxi Tetuga Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Principe road trip planning app.

Fly from Sao Tome to Principe in an hour. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Principe

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Banana Beach ©
Banana Beach

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