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.
Appreciate the collections at Loman Art House - Art Gallery and La Galerie Antenna. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee and Dakar Railway Station. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity, enjoy the sea views from Les Mamelles Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Plage du Virage, and make a trip to Village des Arts.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dakar trip planner.

London, UK to Dakar is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from London in October, things will get much warmer in Dakar: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Somone.
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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 in touch with nature at Youba Tour and Lagune de la Somone. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage Popenguine and Mini Beach by Lamantin. Get out of town with these interesting Somone side-trips: Joal Fadiout (in Joal Fadiouth) and Musee Mahicao (in Guilor). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Saly, and relax and rejuvenate at Eden Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Somone trip builder website.

You can drive from Dakar to Somone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In October, daily temperatures in Somone can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bissau.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, then browse the exhibits of Museu Nacional, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bissau tour itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Somone to Bissau. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Serekunda.
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gunjur Village Museum and Lemonfish Art Gallery. Get outdoors at River Gambia National Park and The Reptile Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Serekunda: Fort James Island (in North Bank Division) and Tanje Village Museum (in Tanji). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of Traditional Tour Gambia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katchikally Crocodile Pool, head off the coast to Kunta Kinteh Island, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Serekunda online travel route planner.

You can fly from Bissau to Serekunda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Serekunda can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for home.
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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.