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


Somone, Senegal

— 2 nights
A small seaside town that thrives off tourism, Somone offers tropical seaside views from the northwest coast of Africa.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve De Bandia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Popenguine, and then get a dose of the wild on Youba Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagune de la Somone, then tour the pleasant surroundings at L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, and then stop by Village Artisanal de Saly.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Somone attractions 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. In December, Somone is much hotter than Washington DC - with highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Somone

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Ethiopiques, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, and then view the masterpieces at Galerie Arte. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Louis itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Somone to Saint-Louis takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Somone in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Louis, with highs around 91°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dakar.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Lompoul Desert. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dakar: Le Village des Tortues (in Rufisque) and Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee (in Goree Island). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves, enjoy the sea views from Les Mamelles Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Village des Arts, and get a taste of the local shopping with La Galerie Antenna.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dakar sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Louis to Dakar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Saint-Louis, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Dakar, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bissau.

Things to do in Dakar

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

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 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau, then admire all the interesting features of Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bissau trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dakar to Bissau by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Dakar, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bissau, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Freetown.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Freetown, Sierra Leone

— 5 nights
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
We've included these beaches for you: River Number Two Beach and John Obey Beach. Visiting Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Bureh Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from Freetown with a short trip to Lakka Beach in Lakka, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lumley Beach, browse the exhibits of National Railway Museum, head off the coast to Bunce Island, and discover the deep blue sea with Banana Divers Sierra Leone.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Freetown online driving holiday planner.

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

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 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.