34 days in Africa Itinerary

34 days in Africa Itinerary

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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 2 nights
Drive to Ziguinchor, Fly to Conakry
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Conakry, Guinea
— 2 nights
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 3 nights
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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
— 2 nights
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Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
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Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Ferry to Kinshasa Harbour, Fly to Goma
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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Drive to Bujumbura, Fly to Bangui
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Bangui, Central African Republic
— 3 nights
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Dahab, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Hurghada, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau — 2 nights

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.
Bissau is known for historic sites, shopping, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Bissau, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, admire the striking features of Presidential Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bissau online visit planner.

Mumbai, India to Bissau is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -5.5 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Bissau are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Conakry.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Conakry, Guinea — 2 nights

Guinea's capital and largest city, Conakry acts as the nation's economic and cultural center, containing nearly a quarter of the population.
Go for a jaunt from Conakry to Dubreka to see Les Cascades De La Soumba about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Iles de Los, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, steep yourself in history at Sante Marie Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of National Museum (Musee National).

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Conakry route website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bissau to Conakry takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bissau in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Conakry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Abidjan.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Nightlife
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Abidjan, Ivory Coast — 3 nights

Paris of Africa

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.
On the 29th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Musee des Civilisations de Cote d’Ivoire, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Nationale d'Abidjan. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at PlaYce-Marcory, then stop by CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville, then take a stroll through The Plateau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosquee SALAM du Plateau.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Abidjan trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Conakry to Abidjan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to Malabo.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea — 2 nights

The oldest city in Equatorial Guinea, regional capital Malabo represents a monument to Spanish colonial architecture, mingled with modern buildings commissioned since decolonization.
Go for a jaunt from Malabo to Luba to see Arena Blanca about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Basile, don't miss a visit to La Casa Verde, get advice or help at Centro Cultural de Espana en Malabo, and stroll through The Malabo National Park.

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You can fly from Abidjan to Malabo in 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Abidjan to Malabo due to the time zone difference. December in Malabo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Pointe Noire.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo — 2 nights

The second largest city of Congo, coastal Pointe-Noire has rapidly grown into a metropolitan area in past decades, rising to become the main commercial center of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Cote Sauvage. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Gorges of Diosso.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pointe Noire trip planner.

Fly from Malabo to Pointe Noire in 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Pointe Noire can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Brazzaville.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo — 2 nights

Located on the River Congo, Brazzaville is a city divided between industrialism--thanks to the river--and cultural attractions, which come to life through multiple festivals, galleries, museums, and art schools, like the Poto-Poto painting school.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Reserve Naturelle de Gorilles de Lesio-Louna-Lefini and then admire the striking features of Basilique St. Anne. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of National Museum of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brazzaville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Pointe Noire to Brazzaville in 3 hours. In January in Brazzaville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goma.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo — 2 nights

Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Virunga National Park - Mount Nyiragongo & Mountain Gorilla Treks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Virunga Amani Tours and Travel and then get outside with Kasitu Eco Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Goma online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Brazzaville to Goma in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Brazzaville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Goma, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Bangui.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Bangui, Central African Republic — 3 nights

Bangui, or Bangî in Sango, formerly written Bangi in English, is the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic. Step out of Bangui to go to Boali and see Les Chutes de Boali, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Oubangui River, admire all the interesting features of Place de la Republique, relax and rejuvenate at Melanie's Beauty, and admire the striking features of Notre-Dame of Bangui Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bangui road trip app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Goma to Bangui takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to West Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Goma in January, you will find days in Bangui are much warmer (40°C), and nights are little chillier (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Sharm El Sheikh.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt — 2 nights

City of Peace

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour and then browse the different shops at SOHO Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the galleries of St Catherine Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, and then take a stroll through Na'ama Bay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bangui to Sharm El Sheikh takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Bangui in January, you will find days in Sharm El Sheikh are much colder (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Dahab.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Dahab, Egypt — 2 nights

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Coral Reefs, Head underground at Blue Hole, and then view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dahab trip builder site.

You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Dahab sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Luxor.
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Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Luxor, Egypt — 2 nights

A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get your bearings at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, and then appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and then don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor day trip planning site.

Fly from Dahab to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Luxor when traveling from Dahab in January, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hurghada.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Hurghada, Egypt — 2 nights

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Spend the 19th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, boost your wellbeing at Planet Spa at Baron Palace Resort Sahl Hasheesh, and head off the coast to Mahmya Island.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip tool.

You can drive from Luxor to Hurghada in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hurghada, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cairo.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Cairo, Egypt — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
On the 22nd (Sun), view the masterpieces at Sondos Papyrus, then contemplate the long history of Great Sphinx, and then steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Al-Azhar Park and then examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hurghada to Cairo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in January, expect nights in Cairo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Guinea travel guide

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Islands · Museums · Nature & Parks
The coast and hinterland of Guinea hold many hidden areas of attractive scenery, largely untouched by human hand. Explorations of the inland forests top many Guinea itineraries, with forest elephants marching through the lush greenery and exotic birds up in the trees just waiting to be spotted.
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Ivory Coast travel guide

3.2
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.
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Equatorial Guinea travel guide

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Churches · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
The mainland and offshore areas of Equatorial Guinea offer different flavors for off-road adventuring. The islands boast rainforests rich in endemic wildlife and volcanic rock formations, while the mainland offers a slew of gold beaches. The main port cities, on the mainland and off, hold few real charms for international visitors on vacation in Equatorial Guinea, with the emphasis much more on what lies beyond.
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Republic of the Congo travel guide

3.5
Nature & Parks · Architectural Buildings · Museums
Most citizens of the Republic of the Congo live in the south of the country, with few residing outside the capital Brazzaville or Pointe-Noire on the coast. The capital represents a good place to start a holiday in the Republic of the Congo--it's a great jump-off point for voyages down the Congo River, the long and winding waterway that separates the country from its similarly named neighbor. Following the river to the north, the country becomes sparsely populated, with much of the area covered in lush rainforests. Two national parks, one in the far north and one in the center, represent the main focal points of the Republic of Congo itineraries, with a chance to spot lowland gorillas and forest elephants a major reason to visit for any genuine nature lover.
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Democratic Republic of the Congo travel guide

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National Parks · Mountains · Wildlife Areas
Democratic Republic of Congo possesses a wealth of scenic highlights, ethnic diversity, and a complex history. Inaccessible for many years due to conflict, the country once again draws adventurous and confident travelers looking for a different type of vacation. For those who can forego the usual home comforts and quickly adapt to challenging conditions, the rewards of a holiday in Democratic Republic of Congo are numerous--trekking through unspoiled forests, spotting endemic wildlife, and meeting welcoming, inspiring people.
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Central African Republic travel guide

3.1
Nature & Parks · Churches · Monuments
Natural attractions in Central African Republic include large forested areas rich in wildlife, especially lowland gorillas and elephants. One the most impoverished and historically unstable countries in the world, CAR remains known for its openness, its people praised for their welcoming nature and positive attitude. The Central African Republic Bush War began in 2004 and, despite a ceasefire in 2007, the fallout from the conflict and re-ignition of sectarian and political violence has made travel to the country inadvisable ever since.
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Egypt travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Ruins
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.
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