14 days in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau & Gambia Itinerary

14 days in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau & Gambia Itinerary

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Dakar, Senegal
— 4 nights
Somone, Senegal
— 3 nights
Drive to Blaise Diagne International Airport, Fly to Bissau
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
Serekunda, Gambia
— 5 nights
Drive to Banjul International Airport, Fly to London


Dakar, Senegal — 4 nights

Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Les Mamelles Lighthouse and Loman Art House - Art Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee and Mosque of the Divinity. Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Plage du Virage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque of Dakar, and browse for treasures at La Galerie Antenna.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dakar vacation planning website.

London, UK to Dakar is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from London in December, expect Dakar to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Somone.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Transportation
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Somone, Senegal — 3 nights

A small seaside town that thrives off tourism, Somone offers tropical seaside views from the northwest coast of Africa.
Get outdoors at Youba Tour and Reserve De Bandia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage Popenguine and Mini Beach by Lamantin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Somone: Musee Mahicao (in Guilor) and Joal Fadiout (in Joal Fadiouth). There's still lots to do: stroll through L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, stop by Village Artisanal de Saly, and soothe aching muscles at Eden Center.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Somone vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Dakar to Somone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In December in Somone, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bissau.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau — 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, then browse the exhibits of Museu Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Bissau.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Bissau travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Somone to Bissau. When traveling from Somone in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bissau, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Serekunda.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Serekunda, Gambia — 5 nights

Serekunda hugs the Atlantic Ocean on one side and faces the Gambia River on the other, both of which provide an escape from the heat when temperatures rise.
Let the collections at Gunjur Village Museum and Lemonfish Art Gallery capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort James Island and The Reptile Farm. Step out of Serekunda with an excursion to Tanje Village Museum in Tanji--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at River Gambia National Park. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Traditional Tour Gambia, head off the coast to Kunta Kinteh Island, look for gifts at Senegambia Craft Market, and stroll through Katchikally Crocodile Pool.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Serekunda trip builder website.

Getting from Bissau to Serekunda by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
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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.

Gambia travel guide

Nature & Parks · Beaches · Flea Markets
Smiling Coast
The smallest country of mainland Africa, the Gambia consists of the Gambia River valley and the hills that run along its edges. Taking off on a journey down the river during your vacation in Gambia allows you to discover a landscape known worldwide as a bird-watcher's paradise--you might want to keep your binoculars and camera handy at all times. The Atlantic coast boats a number of beach resorts with large hotels and shining sands, while the fishing villages farther inland offer an altogether more rustic and basic take on Gambian charm.