29 days in Africa Itinerary

29 days in Africa Itinerary

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29 days in Africa Itinerary

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

2
days
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), savor the flavors at Dunes, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then don't miss a visit to Abuja National Mosque, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Nike Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Anglican Church, explore the activities along Jabi Lake, and then look for gifts at Abuja Arts & Crafts Village.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Abuja holiday builder site .

Vancouver, Canada to Abuja is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Western African Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in March, expect Abuja to be much warmer, temps between 41°C and 30°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lagos.

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Abuja Arts & Crafts Village ©
Abuja Arts & Crafts Village
Abuja National Mosque ©
Abuja National Mosque
Dunes ©
Dunes

3
days
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at GET Arena and The Cathedral Church of Christ. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lekki Conservation Centre, don't miss a visit to The Eyo of Eko Statue, kick back and relax at Tarkwa Bay Beach, and view the masterpieces at Nike Art Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lagos online route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Abuja to Lagos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cotonou.

Things to do in Lagos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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GET Arena, Tarkwa Bay Beach
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Tarkwa Bay Beach ©
Tarkwa Bay Beach
Lekki Conservation Centre ©
Lekki Conservation Centre
Freedom Park Lagos ©
Freedom Park Lagos

2
days
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 (Fri): don't miss a visit to Fondation Zinsou, then step into the grandiose world of Musee Honme (Palais Royal), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fidjrosse Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Temple des Pythons, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais des Congres, then take in the exciting artwork at Artisanal Center, and finally enjoy some diversion at Lac Nokoue.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cotonou trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Lagos to Cotonou in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Lome.

Things to do in Cotonou

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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
days
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.
On the 11th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fetiches, then contemplate the long history of Tamberma Villages, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lome Cathedral, and finally indulge your taste buds at Grand Marche. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee International du Golfe de Guinee, then appreciate the history behind Monument de l'Independance, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum, and finally take a stroll around Palais des Congres.

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Lome is very close to Cotonou. The time zone difference moving from Western African Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Lome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Accra.

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Grand Marche ©
Grand Marche
Monument de l'Independance ©
Monument de l'Independance
Tamberma Villages ©
Tamberma Villages

5
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Center for National Culture and Global Mamas. Take a break from Accra with a short trip to Akosombo Hydro Plant in Akosombo, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Labadi Pleasure Beach, take an in-depth tour of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, stroll through Bojo Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at Marvels MiniGolf.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Accra online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Lome to Accra in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Accra are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Accra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
days
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 (Tue) exploring nature at Kakum National Park. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Cape Coast Castle and steep yourself in history at Elmina Castle.

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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 March, daily temperatures in Cape Coast can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can 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

3
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville and Amani Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Abidjan to Grand Bassam to see La 1ere boutique CFAO installe a BASSAM about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Banco National Park, stop by Nice Cream, tee off at Ivoire Golf Club, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Abidjan trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cape Coast to Abidjan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In March in Abidjan, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Banfora.

Things to do in Abidjan

#Shopping, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trip

La 1ere boutique CFAO installe a BASSAM
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CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville ©
Banco National Park ©
Banco National Park
Jardin botanique de Bingerville ©
Jardin botanique de Bingerville

2
days
Banfora, Burkina Faso

Banfora ©
Banfora is a city in south western Burkina Faso with a population of 93,750 people (2012). Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Les Cascades de Banfora. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Karfiguela Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Pics de Sindou.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Banfora trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abidjan to Banfora. When traveling from Abidjan in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Banfora, with highs around 44°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ouagadougou.

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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
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the striking features of The Grand Mosque at Bani. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo, and then hunt for treasures at Ouagadougou Markets.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ouagadougou trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banfora to Ouagadougou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Ouagadougou sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

#Parks, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

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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