10 days in Senegal & Cape Verde Itinerary

10 days in Senegal & Cape Verde Itinerary

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Dakar, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive to Blaise Diagne, Fly to Ilha do Sal
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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
— 3 nights
Fly
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Boa Vista, Cape Verde
— 1 night
Taxi to Boa Vista, Fly to Praia
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Cidade Velha, Cape Verde
— 2 nights
Drive to Praia International Airport, Fly to Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport

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Dakar, Senegal

Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Head to Galerie Arte and La Galerie Antennafor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Reserve De Bandia and Lagune de la Somone. Venture out of the city with trips to Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee (in Goree Island) and Plage Popenguine (in Popenguine). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves, admire the masterpieces at L'esprit des lieux, take in the exciting artwork at Loman Art House - Art Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dakar trip planner.

If you are flying in from Senegal, the closest major aiports are Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport and Blaise Diagne International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Saint-Louis, Senegal

Ndar

West Africa's first French settlement, World Heritage-listed Saint-Louis (or Ndar in Wolof) shows off its colonial architectural style with an ambience of tranquility and historical charm.
On the 15th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Galerie Ethiopiques, stroll through Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, and then view the masterpieces at Galerie Arte.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Louis day trip planning website.

You can drive from Dakar to Saint-Louis in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Dakar in November, you will find days in Saint-Louis are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are slightly colder (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ilha do Sal.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife
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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Paroquia de Nossa Senhora das Dores and Visoes Africanas. Relax by the water at Praia de Santa Maria and Ponta Preta. There's still lots to do: stroll through Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery, contemplate the waterfront views at Buracona, head outdoors with Shark Bay, and make a trip to Salinas de Pedra de Lume.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha do Sal trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Saint-Louis to Ilha do Sal in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Cape Verde Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Saint-Louis in November, you will find days in Ilha do Sal are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Boa Vista.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Island of the Dunes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Un click per un Sorriso - The Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Chaves, then kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Mónica, and finally kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Curralinho.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Boa Vista online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Ilha do Sal to Boa Vista takes 2.5 hours. November in Boa Vista sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Cidade Velha.

Things to do in Boa Vista

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
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Cidade Velha, Cape Verde

Cidade Velha is a town in the southern part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. On the 20th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande, then contemplate the long history of Pelourinho, and then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Real de San Felipe. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Banana.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cidade Velha route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Boa Vista to Cidade Velha in 3.5 hours. In November in Cidade Velha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cidade Velha

Historic Sites
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Senegal travel guide

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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.

Cape Verde travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Scuba & Snorkeling
The main islands of Cape Verde each offer something different, both in terms of natural wonders and cultural heritage. Descendants of Portuguese colonialists and African slaves, the locals mainly speak Creole and blend influences from Europe and Africa in their cuisine, music, and architecture. The largely unspoiled natural landscape includes mountain peaks, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, and wildflower-filled valleys. With the country experiencing a dry tropical climate, holidays in Cape Verde lend themselves to a range outdoor sports and activities, including windsurfing and lazing on a beach, hill walking, and diving.