10 days in Africa Itinerary

10 days in Africa Itinerary

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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
— 3 nights
Fly to Lagos, Drive to Ouidah
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Ouidah, Benin
— 1 night
Drive
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Accra, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 1 night
Fly to Conakry, Drive to Freetown
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 2 nights

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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

— 3 nights
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nazarene Church, make a trip to Salinas de Pedra de Lume, then kick back and relax at Pedra de Lume Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Buracona. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Viveiro, Botanical Garden & Zoo di Terra, get a new perspective on things with Eco Dive School Cabo Verde, then steep yourself in history at Paroquia de Nossa Senhora das Dores, then stop by Djunta Mo Art, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Cabo Verde: Pure yoga.

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Boston, USA to Ilha do Sal is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Boston to Ilha do Sal. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Boston in January: high temperatures in Ilha do Sal hover around 78°F and lows are around 67°F. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ouidah.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Ouidah, Benin

— 1 night
Ouidah, historically also called Whydah, Juda, Juida by the French and Ajudá by the Portuguese, formally the Kingdom of Whydah (so named for the Whydah Bird of Paradise), is a city on the coast of the Republic of Benin. On the 5th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Temple des Pythons, steep yourself in history at La Porte Du Non Retour, and then see the interesting displays at Ouidah Museum of History.

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Getting from Ilha do Sal to Ouidah by combination of flight and car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Ilha do Sal to Ouidah, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Ouidah is somewhat warmer than Ilha do Sal - with highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Accra.

Things to do in Ouidah

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Accra, Ghana

— 1 night
On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Artists Alliance Gallery, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ghana, then pause for some photo ops at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Black Star Gate, and finally visit a coastal fixture at James Town Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Accra trip maker website.

Getting from Ouidah to Accra by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Accra are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Accra

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Cape Coast, Ghana

— 1 night
While it may seem like a regular fishing port at first glance, Cape Coast bears traces of the Portuguese, British, Danish, Swedish, and the Dutch colonists who variously ruled here.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Elmina Castle and then explore the historical opulence of Cape Coast Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Coast trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Accra to Cape Coast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Coast can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Abidjan.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Abidjan, Ivory Coast

— 1 night

Paris of Africa

As Cote d'Ivoire's largest city and economic hub, Abidjan boasts the reputation of West Africa's party capital, while its rich culture remains evident in its numerous film festivals and a booming music scene.
On the 8th (Sat), take a stroll through The Plateau and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Abidjan trip maker.

Drive from Cape Coast to Abidjan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Freetown.

Things to do in Abidjan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Freetown, Sierra Leone

— 2 nights
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lakka Beach, kick back and relax at River Number Two Beach, and then explore the galleries of Sierra Leone National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Lumley Beach, and then browse the exhibits of National Railway Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Freetown trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Abidjan to Freetown takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

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.

Benin travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.

Ghana travel guide

3.6
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.

Ivory Coast travel guide

3
Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gift & Specialty Shops
The coastline and the rainforests remain the primary charms of Cote d'Ivoire, with visitors treated to some superlative natural locales during their holiday. Most tourists on vacation in Cote d'Ivoire stay close to the sea, where the larger cities, modern resorts, and long sandy beaches dominate. Head inland and you'll find cool highland areas and thick forests rich in wildlife. The presidential election in 2010 led to unrest and armed conflict--travel to certain areas of the country remains inadvisable.

Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
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.