17 days in Sierra Leone & Senegal Itinerary

17 days in Sierra Leone & Senegal Itinerary

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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 4 nights
Drive to Conakry, Fly to Saly
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Saly, Senegal
— 2 nights
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Ndangane, Senegal
— 2 nights
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Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 2 nights
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Dakar, Senegal
— 5 nights
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Freetown, Sierra Leone

— 4 nights
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Relax by the water at Bureh Beach and Lumley Beach. Get outdoors at Banana Divers Sierra Leone and Bunce Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Freetown: Lakka Beach (in Lakka) and River Number Two Beach (in Sussex). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at John Obey Beach, explore and take pictures at Aberdeen, explore the galleries of National Railway Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Freetown Central Mosque.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Freetown day trip app.

Washington, USA to Freetown is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In December, Freetown is much warmer than Washington - with highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Saly.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Saly, Senegal

— 2 nights
Saly is a seaside resort area in Thiès Region on the Petite Côte of Senegal, south of Dakar. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Accrobaobab, then stroll through Plage Popenguine, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve De Bandia. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, get a dose of the wild on Youba Tour, and then stroll through Lagune de la Somone.

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Getting from Freetown to Saly by combination of car and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Freetown in December, expect Saly to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ndangane.

Things to do in Saly

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Ndangane, Senegal

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National du Delta du Saloum. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Musee Mahicao and then surround yourself with nature on Obinomag.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ndangane online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saly to Ndangane takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Saly in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Ndangane, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Ndangane

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Saint-Louis, Senegal

— 2 nights

Ndar

West Africa's first French settlement, World Heritage-listed Saint-Louis (or Ndar in Wolof) shows off its colonial architectural style with an ambience of tranquility and historical charm.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Galerie Ethiopiques, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, and then stop by Rama diaw. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saint-Louis trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Ndangane to Saint-Louis in 4.5 hours. December in Saint-Louis sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Dakar.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Dakar, Senegal

— 5 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Take a break from the city and head to Le Village des Tortues and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lompoul Desert and Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves, head off the coast to Island of Goree, admire the masterpieces at IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum), and make a trip to Village des Arts.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dakar trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Louis to Dakar takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Saint-Louis in December, plan for little chillier days in Dakar, with highs around 82°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
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.

Senegal travel guide

3.7
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.