30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Africa Itinerary

Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  25​h
Niamey, Niger
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Bamako, Mali
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Djenne, Mali
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Mopti, Mali
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
Banfora, Burkina Faso
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h
Timbuktu, Mali
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
Agadez, Niger
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
N'Djamena, Chad
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
Vancouver, Canada

4
days
Niamey, Niger

Niamey ©
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
Step off the beaten path and head to Koure Giraffe Reserve and Air Mountains. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at W National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger), browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Marche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Niamey Grand Mosque, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Niger Sahara.

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Vancouver, Canada to Niamey is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Niamey. Traveling from Vancouver in November, things will get much hotter in Niamey: highs are around 43°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Niamey

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
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.
On the 7th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Bamako Artisan Market, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo National du Mali, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Bamako, and finally explore the striking landscape of Parc national du Mali, Bamako. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Niger River, examine the collection at Musee National de Bamako, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Bamako city centre, market, and finally don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bamako trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Niamey to Bamako takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Western African Time (WAT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Niamey in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bamako, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Djenne.

Things to do in Bamako

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

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Niger River
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Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako
Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Bamako city centre, market ©
Bamako city centre, market

2
days
Djenne, Mali

Djenne ©
Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Jenne-Jeno and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque Of Djenne.

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Traveling by car from Bamako to Djenne takes 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bamako in November since evenings lows in Djenne dip to 24°C. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toMopti.

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#Historic Sites
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Great Mosque Of Djenne ©
Great Mosque Of Djenne
Jenne-Jeno ©
Jenne-Jeno

2
days
Mopti, Mali

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): hike along Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Grand Mosque of Mopti.

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Traveling by car from Djenne to Mopti takes 2.5 hours. November in Mopti sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 23°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Banfora.

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#Historic Sites, #Trails, #Parks
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Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) ©
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country)
Grand Mosque of Mopti ©
Grand Mosque of Mopti

3
days
Banfora, Burkina Faso

Banfora ©
Banfora is a city in south western Burkina Faso with a population of 93,750 people (2012). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Karfiguela Falls and Cascade de Banfora. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Cascades de Banfora and explore the striking landscape at Les Pics de Sindou.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Banfora tour site .

Traveling by car from Mopti to Banfora takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bobo Dioulasso.

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Les Cascades de Banfora ©
Les Cascades de Banfora
Les Pics de Sindou ©
Les Pics de Sindou
Karfiguela Falls ©
Karfiguela Falls

3
days
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Bobo Dioulasso ©
The second-largest city in the country, Bobo-Dioulasso represents both an economical and cultural center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ma Copine Femmes & Creativite and Nenekafle. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso, stop by Gafreh, don't miss a visit to Mare aux Hippopotames, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Lourdes.

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Getting from Banfora to Bobo Dioulasso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for Ouagadougou on the 20th (Tue).

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#Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso ©
Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso
Mare aux Hippopotames ©
Mare aux Hippopotames
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Lourdes ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Lourdes

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grande Mosquee de Ouagadougou and The Grand Mosque at Bani. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Laongo Sculpture Symposium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier, delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Loropeni, and head outdoors with Mare aux Crocodiles Sacres de Bazoule.

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Getting from Bobo Dioulasso to Ouagadougou by flight takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. November in Ouagadougou sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Timbuktu.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burkina Faso, Mare aux Crocodiles Sacres de Bazoule
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Laongo Sculpture Symposium ©
Laongo Sculpture Symposium
Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo ©
Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo
Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou ©
Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou

1
day
Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu ©
On the 25th (Sun), make a trip to Mosque of Sankore and then steep yourself in history at Djinguereber Mosque.

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Drive from Ouagadougou to Timbuktu in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Agadez.

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Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque
Mosque of Sankore ©
Mosque of Sankore

1
day
Agadez, Niger

Agadez ©
Agadez, formerly spelled Agades, is the largest city in central Niger, with a population of 118,244 (2012 census). Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): wander the streets of The Old Quarter and then explore the ancient world of Agadez Grande Mosquee.

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Drive from Timbuktu to Agadez in 31 hours. Traveling from Timbuktu to Agadez, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to N'Djamena.

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The Old Quarter ©
The Old Quarter
Agadez Grande Mosquee ©
Agadez Grande Mosquee

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tibesti Mountains, don't miss a visit to Lakes of Ounianga, and then examine the collection at Musée National du Tchad.

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You can drive from Agadez to N'Djamena in 21.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in N'Djamena

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Tibesti Mountains
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Tibesti Mountains ©
Tibesti Mountains
Musée National du Tchad ©
Musée National du Tchad