17 days in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal & South Africa Itinerary

17 days in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal & South Africa Itinerary

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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 2 nights
Dakar, Senegal
— 3 nights
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 9 nights
Cape Town, South Africa


Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

— 2 nights
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 9th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, and finally admire all the interesting features of Presidential Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Museu Nacional and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bissau trip app.

Washington, USA to Bissau is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in December, with highs in Bissau at 89°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Dakar.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Dakar, Senegal

— 3 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a sense of history and politics at Presidential Palace, admire the masterpieces at IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum), then browse for treasures at La Galerie Antenna, and finally make a trip to Village des Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, then step off the mainland to explore Island of Goree, and then don't miss a visit to Lago Rosa.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dakar trip planner.

Fly from Bissau to Dakar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bissau in December, expect nights in Dakar to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are little chillier, around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Dakar

Nature · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 9 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom), The Cradle of Humankind (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Spend the 22nd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, get to know the resident critters at Johannesburg Zoo, try your luck at Emperors Palace, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg attractions tool.

Getting from Dakar to Johannesburg by flight takes about 11.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Dakar in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in Johannesburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cape Town, South Africa

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Cape Town

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife
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Guinea-Bissau travel guide

Churches · Flea Markets · Government Buildings
Guinea-Bissau offers a slew of colonial-era towns and picturesque beaches, as well as some remote areas tailor-made for those eager to get off the tourist path. An adventure to the southeastern hinterland, with its forests, savannahs, and small farms, represents one of the most daring and exciting things to do in Guinea-Bissau. Though the post-independence history of the country has been bleak at times, the locals remain remarkably upbeat and hopeful for the future--their spirit and welcoming nature provide additional reasons to plan a vacation in Guinea-Bissau.

Senegal travel guide

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.

South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.