14 days in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau & Gambia Itinerary

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Loman Art House - Art Gallery and La Galerie Antenna. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee and Les Mamelles Lighthouse. Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Island of Goree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque of Dakar, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and find something for the whole family at Accrobaobab Adventure.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dakar holiday planner.

London, UK to Dakar is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from London in December, things will get much hotter in Dakar: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Somone.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Transportation
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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.
Get outdoors at Youba Tour and Plage Popenguine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Mahicao and Joal Fadiout. There's still lots to do: stroll through L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, relax and rejuvenate at Eden Center, look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Saly, and try out the rides at Mini Beach by Lamantin.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Somone holiday builder app.

Drive from Dakar to Somone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. December in Somone sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bissau.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips
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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.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, then browse the exhibits of Museu Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Bissau.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Bissau travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Somone to Bissau. When traveling from Somone in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bissau, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Serekunda.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.
Let the collections at Gunjur Village Museum and Tanje Village Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort James Island and The Reptile Farm. Step out of Serekunda with an excursion to Lemonfish Art Gallery in Kartong--about 58 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at River Gambia National Park. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, head off the coast to Kunta Kinteh Island, look for gifts at Senegambia Craft Market, and stroll through Katchikally Crocodile Pool.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Serekunda trip builder website.

Getting from Bissau to Serekunda by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
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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.