29 days in Africa Itinerary

29 days in Africa Itinerary

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29 days in Africa Itinerary

Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  21​h
Tripoli, Libya
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
Djerba Island, Tunisia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + train:  4​h 45​min
Algiers, Algeria
— 4 nights
+2
train + Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
Ad Dakhla, Western Sahara
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Bamako, Mali
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Niamey, Niger
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
N'Djamena, Chad
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
Vancouver, Canada

2
days
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Nalut ruins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurgi Mosque, then make a trip to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, then ponder the world of politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), and finally make a trip to Martyrs' Square. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Street Murals, admire nature's extreme beauty at Libyan Sahara, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Majidya Mosque.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tripoli travel route planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Tripoli is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Tripoli, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect Tripoli to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 28°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Djerba Island.

Things to do in Tripoli

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Libyan Sahara, Nalut ruins
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The Arch of Marcus Aurelius ©
The Arch of Marcus Aurelius
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Martyrs' Square

4
days
Djerba Island, Tunisia

Djerba Island ©
Explore pristine beaches and charming villages on a vacation on Djerba Island, a small island in the Gulf of Gabes known for its Berber population.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lalla Hadria Museum and Dar Jilani La maison des Arts & Metiers. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Djerba Explore, make a trip to Djerbahood, enjoy the sand and surf at Sentido Djerba Beach, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Djerba Island travel app .

Getting from Tripoli to Djerba Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In July in Djerba Island, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Djerba Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums
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Djerba Explore ©
Djerba Explore
Musee de Guellala ©
Musee de Guellala
El Ghriba Synagogue ©
El Ghriba Synagogue

4
days
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers ©
Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Tassili n'Ajjer. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique, take a stroll through Kasbah of Algiers, stroll the grounds of Mausolee Sidi Abderrahmane, and explore the fascinating landscape at Algerian Sahara.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Algiers trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, car, and train from Djerba Island to Algiers in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, car, and bus. Traveling from Djerba Island in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Algiers. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ad Dakhla.

Things to do in Algiers

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Algerian Sahara
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Algerian Sahara ©
Algerian Sahara
Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique
Memorial du Martyr ©
Memorial du Martyr

4
days
Ad Dakhla, Western Sahara

Ad Dakhla ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sahara Sailing and Mosque Assona.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ad Dakhla journey site .

You can do a combination of train, car, and flight from Algiers to Ad Dakhla in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Algiers to Ad Dakhla, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Algiers in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ad Dakhla: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you're off toNouakchott.

Things to do in Ad Dakhla

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Mosque Assona ©
Mosque Assona

1
day
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Nouakchott ©
Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
On the 18th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Nouakchott, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata, then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Peche, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Zeinart.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nouakchott trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Ad Dakhla to Nouakchott takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ad Dakhla in July; daily highs in Nouakchott reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Nouakchott

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata
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Galerie Zeinart ©
Galerie Zeinart
Port de Peche ©
Port de Peche
Plage de Nouakchott ©
Plage de Nouakchott

3
days
Bamako, Mali

Bamako ©
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc national du Mali, Bamako and Bamako city centre, market. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee National de Bamako, don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Bamako, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Bamako Artisan Market.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bamako day trip planning site .

You can fly from Nouakchott to Bamako in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in Bamako can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Niamey.

Things to do in Bamako

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trip

Niger River
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Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako
Cathedral of Bamako ©
Cathedral of Bamako

3
days
Niamey, Niger

Niamey ©
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Air Mountains and National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger). When in Niamey, make a side trip to see Koure Giraffe Reserve in Koure, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at W National Park. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Marche.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Niamey online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Bamako to Niamey by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bamako to Niamey is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Niamey

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Air Mountains, W National Park, Koure Giraffe Reserve
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W National Park ©
W National Park
Koure Giraffe Reserve ©
Koure Giraffe Reserve
Air Mountains ©
Air Mountains

3
days
N'Djamena, Chad

N'Djamena ©
Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
Explore hidden gems such as Tibesti Mountains and Musée National du Tchad. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Lakes of Ounianga, explore the activities along Lake Chad, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque N'Djamena.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read N'Djamena trip planning tool .

Getting from Niamey to N'Djamena by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. In July in N'Djamena, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in N'Djamena

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tibesti Mountains, Lake Chad
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Tibesti Mountains ©
Tibesti Mountains
Musée National du Tchad ©
Musée National du Tchad
Grand Mosque N'Djamena ©
Grand Mosque N'Djamena

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