17 days in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau & Sierra Leone Itinerary

17 days in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau & Sierra Leone Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Blaise Diagne International Airport, Drive to Somone
Somone, Senegal
— 3 nights
Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 2 nights
Dakar, Senegal
— 5 nights
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 2 nights
Fly to Conakry, Drive to Freetown
Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 4 nights
Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC


Somone, Senegal

— 3 nights
A small seaside town that thrives off tourism, Somone offers tropical seaside views from the northwest coast of Africa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Youba Tour and Accrobaobab. Escape the urban bustle at Lagune de la Somone and Plage Popenguine. Change things up with these side-trips from Somone: Musee Mahicao (in Guilor) and Joal Fadiout (in Joal Fadiouth). There's still lots to do: stroll through Reserve De Bandia.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Somone online travel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Somone is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Somone, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Somone to be much hotter, temps between 82°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Somone

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Saint-Louis, Senegal

— 2 nights


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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): shop like a local with Galerie Ethiopiques, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, and then stop by Rama diaw. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint-Louis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Somone to Saint-Louis takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Somone in December, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Saint-Louis: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dakar.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Dakar, Senegal

— 5 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Step out of the city life by going to Le Village des Tortues and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Les Mamelles Lighthouse and Lompoul Desert. Change things up with a short trip to Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee in Goree Island (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves, make a trip to Lago Rosa, pause for some photo ops at Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dakar trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Saint-Louis to Dakar by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Saint-Louis, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Dakar, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bissau.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau, then explore the galleries of Museu Nacional, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bissau day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dakar to Bissau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dakar in December, you will find days in Bissau are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Freetown.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Freetown, Sierra Leone

— 4 nights
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
We've included these beaches for you: Bureh Beach and Lumley Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Banana Divers Sierra Leone and Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Freetown: Lakka Beach (in Lakka) and River Number Two Beach (in Sussex). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at John Obey Beach, explore the galleries of National Railway Museum, and explore and take pictures at Hausa Mosque.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Bissau to Freetown in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bissau in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Freetown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

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.

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.

Sierra Leone travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.