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.
Get in touch with nature at Plage du Virage and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Accrobaobab Adventure and Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity, head off the coast to Island of Goree, visit a coastal fixture at Les Mamelles Lighthouse, and get a sense of history and politics at Presidential Palace.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dakar day trip site.

London, UK to Dakar is an approximately 11-hour flight. When traveling from London in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Dakar: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to 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 Mini Beach by Lamantin. Step out of the city life by going to Plage Popenguine and L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Somone: Joal Fadiout (in Joal Fadiouth) and Musee Mahicao (in Guilor). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Eden Center, look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Saly, and stroll through Lagune de la Somone.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Somone online travel route planner.

Getting from Dakar to Somone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, then explore the galleries of Museu Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Bissau.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bissau trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Somone to Bissau. September in Bissau sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow 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.
Appreciate the collections at Gunjur Village Museum and Tanje Village Museum. Visiting The Reptile Farm and Traditional Tour Gambia will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Serekunda side-trips: Fort James Island (in North Bank Division) and Lemonfish Art Gallery (in Kartong). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at River Gambia National Park. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, step off the mainland to explore Kunta Kinteh Island, stop by Senegambia Craft Market, and stroll through Katchikally Crocodile Pool.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Serekunda trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bissau to Serekunda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 14th (Thu), 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.