17 days in Senegal & Ghana Itinerary

17 days in Senegal & Ghana Itinerary

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17 days in Senegal & Ghana Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
1
Goree Island, Senegal
— 1 day
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  2​h
2
Dakar, Senegal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Somone, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
5
Accra, Ghana
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Busua, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Newark, United States


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1
day
Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Goree Island trip itinerary maker .

Newark, USA to Goree Island is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in March, things will get much hotter in Goree Island: highs are around 76°F and lows about 64°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Dakar.

Things to do in Goree Island

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee ©
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee

4
nights
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar ©
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Maison des Esclaves and La Galerie Antenna. Do your shopping at Loman Art House - Art Gallery and Village Artisanal de Saly. Step out of Dakar to go to Popenguine and see Plage Popenguine, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Galerie Arte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar, admire the masterpieces at L'esprit des lieux, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche HLM.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dakar tour planner.

Getting from Goree Island to Dakar by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in March, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Somone.

Things to do in Dakar

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oh Gallery, Village Artisanal de Saly, Plage Popenguine
Highlights from your plan
La Maison des Esclaves ©
La Maison des Esclaves
Plage Popenguine ©
Plage Popenguine
Les Mamelles Lighthouse ©
Les Mamelles Lighthouse

1
night
Somone, Senegal

Somone ©
A small seaside town that thrives off tourism, Somone offers tropical seaside views from the northwest coast of Africa.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, stroll through Reserve De Bandia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagune de la Somone.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Somone trip planner .

You can drive from Dakar to Somone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In March, daily temperatures in Somone can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Somone

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Reserve De Bandia, L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique
Highlights from your plan
Lagune de la Somone ©
Lagune de la Somone
Reserve De Bandia ©
Reserve De Bandia

2
nights
Saint-Louis, Senegal

Saint-Louis ©
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.
On the 19th (Thu), stop by Rama diaw, then stroll through Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Le Camee, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Arte. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Louis trip maker .

Traveling by car from Somone to Saint-Louis takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Somone in March, you will find days in Saint-Louis are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Accra.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary ©
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Artists Alliance Gallery and Nubuke Foundation. You'll get in some beach time at Labadi Pleasure Beach and Kokrobite Beach. Step out of Accra to go to Kokrobite and see Art without borders gallery, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bojo Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Accra Mall, try your luck at Millionaires Casino Accra, and take in the exciting artwork at Tiga African Art Consultancy.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Accra trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Saint-Louis to Accra in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Saint-Louis in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Accra, with lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Busua.

Things to do in Accra

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Art without borders gallery
Highlights from your plan
Accra Mall ©
Accra Mall
Labadi Pleasure Beach ©
Labadi Pleasure Beach
Bojo Beach ©
Bojo Beach

1
night
Busua, Ghana

Busua ©
On the 25th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Fort Metal Cross, then steep yourself in history at Fort Batenstein, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Busua Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Busua attractions app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Accra to Busua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Busua, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Busua

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Fort Metal Cross, Fort Batenstein
Highlights from your plan
Fort Metal Cross ©
Fort Metal Cross
Busua Beach ©
Busua Beach
Fort Batenstein ©
Fort Batenstein

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Elmina Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Cape Coast Castle, and then take in the waterfront activity at Elmina lagoon. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kakum National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Coast trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Busua to Cape Coast takes 2 hours. March in Cape Coast sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elmina
Highlights from your plan
Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle
Kakum National Park ©
Kakum National Park

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