17 days in Sierra Leone, Liberia & Ivory Coast Itinerary

17 days in Sierra Leone, Liberia & Ivory Coast Itinerary

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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 6 nights
Drive to Freetown, Fly to Monrovia
Monrovia, Liberia
— 2 nights
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 5 nights
Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
— 1 night
Assinie, Ivory Coast
— 1 night
Drive to Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, Fly to New Delhi


Freetown, Sierra Leone — 6 nights

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Explore Freetown's surroundings by going to Bureh Beach (in Bure Town), Lakka Beach (in Lakka) and River Number Two Beach (in Sussex). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, take a stroll through Aberdeen, explore and take pictures at Cotton Tree, and stroll through John Obey Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Freetown trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Freetown is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 5.5 hours. When traveling from New Delhi in May, plan for little chillier days in Freetown, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monrovia.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Monrovia, Liberia — 2 nights

The capital of Liberia and its most populous city, Monrovia lies on the Atlantic Coast of Cape Mesurado.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Matadi Central Mosque. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Centennial Pavilion, browse the exhibits of Liberian National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Providence Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monrovia trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Freetown to Monrovia by combination of car and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Abidjan.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast — 5 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near Abidjan: Grand Bassam (Pont De La Victoire, Musee National des Costumes, &more). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Banco National Park. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Musee des Civilisations de Cote d’Ivoire, take a stroll through The Plateau, and watch a film at Majestic Cinema.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Abidjan visit website.

You can fly from Monrovia to Abidjan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Abidjan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yamoussoukro.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast — 1 night

Unlike many of the world's cities with infrastructure trying to keep up with population, Yamoussoukro has no such problem--many of the city's sprawling six-lane highways and hotels were built before anybody lived here.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquee, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, and then ponder the world of politics at Palais Presidentiel.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yamoussoukro itinerary planner.

Drive from Abidjan to Yamoussoukro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Assinie.
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Assinie, Ivory Coast — 1 night

A coastal resort town in the Ivory Coast, Assinie acts as a tranquil haven from the bustle of Abidjan some 80 km (49 mi) to the west.
On the 15th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Dipi Crocodile Farm.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Assinie attractions planner.

Drive from Yamoussoukro to Assinie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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Sierra Leone travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.

Liberia travel guide

Museums · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
Founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves, Liberia today has a population of primarily indigenous Africans, but maintains certain links with the United States. One such link comes in the music and wider culture of the main urban areas, where hip-hop influences abound among traditional African rhythms, dress styles, and dance trends. Beaches close to the capital remain some of the main places to visit in Liberia, as exploring the inland areas away from the main towns represents a risk for foreign visitors without an accompanying local guide.

Ivory Coast travel guide

Churches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Nightlife
The coastline and the rainforests remain the primary charms of Cote d'Ivoire, with visitors treated to some superlative natural locales during their holiday. Most tourists on vacation in Cote d'Ivoire stay close to the sea, where the larger cities, modern resorts, and long sandy beaches dominate. Head inland and you'll find cool highland areas and thick forests rich in wildlife. The presidential election in 2010 led to unrest and armed conflict--travel to certain areas of the country remains inadvisable.