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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Accra, Ghana
— 5 nights
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Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
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Accra, Ghana
— 5 nights
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Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe
— 5 nights
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Principe, Sao Tome and Principe
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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.
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 Makola Market. 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: appreciate the history behind Nii Tackie Tawiah III Statue, get some fabulous bargains at Trashy Bags, and admire the natural beauty at Legon Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Accra online trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Accra is an approximately 13-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 go by car to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Accra

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:

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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.
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 find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Coast 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. 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 drive to Accra.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:

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Accra, Ghana

Your inner history buff will appreciate W.E.B. DuBois Center and Accra Central Mosque. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Good Hope and James Town Lighthouse. Go for a jaunt from Accra to Nkoranza to see Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary about 5h 30 min away. Explore Accra further: enjoy the sand and surf at Kokrobite Beach, look for gifts at Vidya Bookstore, get a sense of history and politics at Supreme Court of Ghana, and don't miss a visit to Independence Square.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Accra road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cape Coast to Accra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Tome.

Things to do in Accra

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:

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Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe

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 Obo National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Lagoa Azul and Praia Micondo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Tome: Bombaim Waterfalls (in Bombaim) and Museu do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal (in Morro Peixe). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Pico Cao Grande, get outside with Praia Piscina, ponder the world of politics at Palacio do Povo, and see the interesting displays at National Museum.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Tome tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Accra to Sao Tome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

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Principe, Sao Tome and 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 find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Principe road trip planning app.

Fly from Sao Tome to Principe in 2.5 hours. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Principe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Sao Tome and Principe travel guide

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Beaches · Outdoor Activities · Specialty Museums
Center of the World
The island nation of Sao Tome and Principe encompasses a volcanic chain that gives it its distinctive topography. The beaches that ring the islands remain some of the main places to visit in Sao Tome and Principe, with many hidden, deserted strips of sandy coastline serving as perfect getaways for those looking to escape the everyday grind. Much of the nation remains unexplored by tourists and undeveloped, making the lush rainforests and volcanic peaks of the interior particularly atmospheric hiking destinations. The laidback Creole culture of the main towns won't take too long to get used to, but it might take a little longer to get shake off after you return home.