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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mosque of the Divinity and Loman Art House - Art Gallery. Bring the kids along to Accrobaobab Adventure and La Galerie Antenna. Step out of Dakar to go to Goree Island and see Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Les Mamelles Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Presidential Palace, step off the mainland to explore Island of Goree, and admire the landmark architecture of Dakar Railway Station.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dakar online travel route planner.

London, UK to Dakar is an approximately 11-hour flight. In January, Dakar is much hotter than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Youba Tour and Plage Popenguine. Step out of the city life by going to L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique and Lagune de la Somone. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Somone: Musee Mahicao (in Guilor) and Joal Fadiout (in Joal Fadiouth). There's still lots to do: try out the rides at Mini Beach by Lamantin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve De Bandia, stop by Village Artisanal de Saly, and relax and rejuvenate at Eden Center.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Somone trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dakar to Somone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In January, daily temperatures in Somone can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 10th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, then explore the galleries of Museu Nacional, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bissau itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Somone to Bissau. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Somone in January: highs in Bissau hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort James Island and Traditional Tour Gambia. You'll explore and learn at Gunjur Village Museum and Lemonfish Art Gallery. Explore Serekunda's surroundings by going to The Reptile Farm (in Kartong) and Tanje Village Museum (in Tanji). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at River Gambia National Park. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, head off the coast to Kunta Kinteh Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katchikally Crocodile Pool, and look for gifts at Senegambia Craft Market.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Serekunda itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bissau to Serekunda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Serekunda sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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.