29 days in Africa Itinerary

29 days in Africa Itinerary

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29 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Lagos, Nigeria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cotonou, Benin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lome, Togo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Accra, Ghana
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
6
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Banfora, Burkina Faso
— 3 nights
bus:  10​h 15​min
9
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
nights
Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja ©
The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): savor the flavors at Dunes, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then don't miss a visit to Abuja National Mosque, and finally view the masterpieces at Nike Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Anglican Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jabi Lake, and then stop by Abuja Arts & Crafts Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Abuja planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Abuja is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Abuja, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in July, with highs in Abuja at 33°C and lows at 26°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Abuja

#Nature, #Shopping, #Parks
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Jabi Lake ©
Jabi Lake
Abuja National Mosque ©
Abuja National Mosque
Dunes ©
Dunes

3
nights
Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos ©
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like GET Arena and Elegushi Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lekki Conservation Centre, browse the eclectic array of goods at Lekki Market, pause for some photo ops at The Eyo of Eko Statue, and contemplate the long history of Freedom Park Lagos.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lagos journey site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Abuja to Lagos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cotonou.

Things to do in Lagos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

GET Arena, Tarkwa Bay Beach
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Tarkwa Bay Beach ©
Tarkwa Bay Beach
Lekki Conservation Centre ©
Lekki Conservation Centre
Elegushi Beach ©
Elegushi Beach

2
nights
Cotonou, Benin

Cotonou ©
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Fondation Zinsou, step into the grandiose world of Musee Honme (Palais Royal), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fidjrosse Beach. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Temple des Pythons, then admire the striking features of Palais des Congres, then take in the exciting artwork at Artisanal Center, and finally have fun at Lac Nokoue.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cotonou, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Lagos to Cotonou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lome.

Things to do in Cotonou

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Musee Honme (Palais Royal), Temple des Pythons, Lac Nokoue
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Fidjrosse Beach ©
Fidjrosse Beach
Fondation Zinsou ©
Fondation Zinsou
Lac Nokoue ©
Lac Nokoue

2
nights
Lome, Togo

Lome ©
Sometimes called the Pearl of West Africa, Lome contains a cheerful spirit shown through its bustling street markets where both locals and visitors meet on a regular basis.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fetiches, contemplate the long history of Tamberma Villages, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lome Cathedral, and finally pick up some local products at Grand Marche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee International du Golfe de Guinee, appreciate the history behind Monument de l'Independance, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum, and finally take a stroll around Palais des Congres.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lome trip itinerary planner .

Lome is just a stone's throw from Cotonou. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cotonou to Lome. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Accra.

Things to do in Lome

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Grand Marche ©
Grand Marche
Monument de l'Independance ©
Monument de l'Independance
Marche aux Fetiches ©
Marche aux Fetiches

5
nights
Accra, Ghana

Accra ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Center for National Culture- call Ila on the below number and Global Mamas. Go for a jaunt from Accra to Akosombo to see Akosombo Hydro Plant about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Labadi Pleasure Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Marvels MiniGolf, browse the exhibits of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Accra trip planning website .

Getting from Cape Coast to Accra by combination of car and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Ouagadougou.

Things to do in Accra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Akosombo Hydro Plant, Boti Falls, Artists Alliance Gallery
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Labadi Pleasure Beach ©
Labadi Pleasure Beach
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park ©
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Bojo Beach ©
Bojo Beach

3
nights
Cape Coast, Ghana

Cape Coast ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like International Stingless Bee Centre and Monkey Forest Resort. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Kakum National Park. There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Cape Coast Castle and steep yourself in history at Elmina Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Coast visit planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Accra to Cape Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cape Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Abidjan.

Things to do in Cape Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Elmina Castle
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Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle
Kakum National Park ©
Kakum National Park

2
nights
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville and La 1ere boutique CFAO installe a BASSAM. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Banco National Park, stop by Comptoir Des Artisans, admire the natural beauty at Jardin botanique de Bingerville, and tee off at Ivoire Golf Club.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Abidjan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cape Coast to Abidjan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July in Abidjan, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Banfora.

Things to do in Abidjan

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Golf

Side Trip

La 1ere boutique CFAO installe a BASSAM
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Comptoir Des Artisans ©
Comptoir Des Artisans
Banco National Park ©
Banco National Park
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

3
nights
Banfora, Burkina Faso

Banfora ©
Banfora is a city in south western Burkina Faso with a population of 93,750 people (2012). Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Cascades de Banfora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Karfiguela Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Les Pics de Sindou.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Banfora tour planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abidjan to Banfora. July in Banfora sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ouagadougou.

Things to do in Banfora

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Karfiguela Falls ©
Karfiguela Falls
Les Cascades de Banfora ©
Les Cascades de Banfora
Les Pics de Sindou ©
Les Pics de Sindou

2
nights
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou ©
The capital of Burkina Faso and its economic center, Ouagadougou also serves as the regional center for art and cultural preservation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Grand Mosque at Bani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou, stroll through Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ouagadougou Markets.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ouagadougou itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Banfora to Ouagadougou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ouagadougou can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

The Grand Mosque at Bani
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Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo ©
Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo
Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou ©
Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou
Ouagadougou Markets ©
Ouagadougou Markets

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