32 days in Africa Itinerary

32 days in Africa Itinerary

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Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 3 nights
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Dakar, Senegal
— 7 nights
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Mbour, Senegal
— 2 nights
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Bamako, Mali
— 2 nights
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 4 nights
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
— 2 nights
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Banfora, Burkina Faso
— 2 nights
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
— 3 nights
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Niamey, Niger
— 5 nights
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Nouakchott, Mauritania

— 3 nights
Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
Bring the kids along to Plage de Nouakchott and Marche Turc. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Port de Peche, take a stroll around Centre culturel francais St Exupery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Ould Mbouja, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Capitale.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nouakchott trip itinerary builder app.

Manchester, UK to Nouakchott is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester in July, you will find days in Nouakchott are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly to Dakar.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Dakar, Senegal

— 7 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Family-friendly places like La Maison des Esclaves and Accrobaobab Adventure will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Dakar: Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee (in Goree Island) and Le Village des Tortues (in Rufisque). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity, explore the fascinating landscape at Lompoul Desert, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dakar travel route site.

Getting from Nouakchott to Dakar by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mbour.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 10:

Mbour, Senegal

— 2 nights
One of Senegal's fastest-growing cities, Mbour offers proximity to the capital as well as a taste of the culture of Senegal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Saly, stroll through Lagune de la Somone, and then get a dose of the wild on Youba Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Accrobaobab, stroll through Reserve De Bandia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Popenguine.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mbour vacation planner.

You can drive from Dakar to Mbour in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August in Mbour, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bamako.

Things to do in Mbour

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Bamako, Mali

— 2 nights
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Bamako Grand Mosque, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo National du Mali, then explore the galleries of Musee National de Bamako, and finally explore the striking landscape of Parc national du Mali, Bamako. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Bamako City Centre Market, appreciate the history behind Monument de l"Independance, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Bamako.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bamako online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Mbour to Bamako takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Mbour in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bamako, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly to Abidjan.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

— 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like St. Paul's Cathedral and The Plateau will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Bassam (Musee National des Costumes & Pont De La Victoire) and Dipi Crocodile Farm (in Assinie). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Banco National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee du Plateau, admire the natural beauty at Jardin botanique de Bingerville, and play a few rounds at Ivoire Golf Club.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Abidjan trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Bamako to Abidjan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bamako in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Abidjan: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yamoussoukro.

Things to do in Abidjan

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

— 2 nights
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 (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, then ponder the world of politics at Palais Presidentiel, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Abokouamekro Game Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamoussoukro trip tool.

You can drive from Abidjan to Yamoussoukro in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in Yamoussoukro, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll set off for Banfora on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Yamoussoukro

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Banfora, Burkina Faso

— 2 nights
Banfora is a city in south western Burkina Faso with a population of 93,750 people (2012). On the 21st (Sat), get outside with Cascade de Banfora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Karfiguela Falls, then get great views at Domes de Fabedougou, then explore the striking landscape at Les Pics de Sindou, and finally identify plant and animal life at Les Cascades de Banfora.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Banfora road trip app.

Traveling by car from Yamoussoukro to Banfora takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ouagadougou.

Things to do in Banfora

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

— 3 nights

Ouaga

The capital of Burkina Faso and its economic center, Ouagadougou also serves as the regional center for art and cultural preservation.
Bring the kids along to Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo and Laongo Sculpture Symposium. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Ouagadougou, relax and rejuvenate at City Sport Fitness Sante, get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier, and admire all the interesting features of marche de Sankariare.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ouagadougou day trip planner.

You can fly from Banfora to Ouagadougou in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ouagadougou can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Niamey.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Niamey, Niger

— 5 nights
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koure (Koure Giraffe Reserve & Koure Reserve). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niamey Grand Mosque, stroll through Ferme Youyou, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and hunt for treasures at Grand Marche.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Niamey attractions planner.

Getting from Ouagadougou to Niamey by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ouagadougou to Niamey, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Niamey

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

N'Djamena, Chad

Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the N'Djamena sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Niamey to N'Djamena takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in N'Djamena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in N'Djamena

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

Mauritania travel guide

3.7
Piers & Boardwalks · Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Vast, sparse, and unexplored by international visitors, Mauritania consists mainly of desert landscapes. In the north, the desert breaks into rocky massifs, hiding a collection of World Heritage-listed caravan towns, highlights of many adventurous Mauritania itineraries. Much of the country's Atlantic coast has been protected as part of a national park, and its wealth of migratory birds make holidays in Mauritania particularly popular with nature lovers.

Senegal travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Generous Country
Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make it attractive to an international audience. The buzz surrounding the Senegalese music scene is justified, with mbalax dance music particularly popular and influential internationally. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques, remain among top attractions in Senegal--they're ideal spots to get to know the local culture and eat and shop like a native. The wide river deltas rich in wildlife provide an alternative for visitors looking to escape city life and discover the country's natural charms.

Mali travel guide

3.6
National Parks · Flea Markets · Museums
Lively, cultured, and colorful Mali allows visitors to get familiar with African traditions and witness contemporary African art and lifestyles. Ancient empires built cities along the Niger River, leaving behind them knowledge, beliefs, and traditions, even as the architecture crumbled. Today, the country's world-renowned musical heritage has become central to tourism in Mali, with live performances of ngoni and kora music a highlight for many tourists exploring this west African nation.

Ivory Coast travel guide

3
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.

Burkina Faso travel guide

3.4
Wildlife Areas · Gardens · Gift & Specialty Shops
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.

Niger travel guide

3.5
Museums · Flea Markets · Ruins
River of Song
Much of Niger consists of untouched landscapes, dotted here and there with old caravan towns and abandoned medieval settlements. The mountains of the north and the dunes of the center and south hold a captivating, enigmatic atmosphere, made even more memorable by the mud-brick architecture of the market towns developed over the centuries. Most visitors on vacation in Niger head to the southwest, where an abundance of protected areas rich in wildlife, some of the most scenic views of the Niger River, and the country's capital just beg to be explored.

Chad travel guide

3.1
Tourist Spots · Nature & Parks · Museums
With a desert in the north, an arid strip through the middle, and grassland areas in the south, Chad boasts a huge diversity of environments, wildlife, and plants. The country has always appealed to adventurous and daring travelers, with unadulterated landscapes and large animal populations the rewards for those bothering to visit. A ratcheting up of unrest, political violence, and terrorism in the 21st century has made travel to the country inadvisable, so it's not surprising mass tourism in Chad never really took off.