17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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1
Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 3 nights
2
Bamako, Mali
— 2 nights
3
Niamey, Niger
— 3 nights
4
N'Djamena, Chad
— 2 nights
5
Khartoum, Sudan
— 4 nights

3
nights
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Nouakchott ©
Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
Nouakchott is known for parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Port de Peche, get into the urban bustle at Centre culturel francais St Exupery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saudi mosque, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Nouakchott.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nouakchott online tour planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Nouakchott is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to Nouakchott. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in January; daily highs in Nouakchott reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Galerie Zeinart ©
Galerie Zeinart
Port de Peche ©
Port de Peche
Plage de Nouakchott ©
Plage de Nouakchott

2
nights
Bamako, Mali

Bamako ©
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali, browse the exhibits of Musee National de Bamako, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako, and finally hunt for treasures at Bamako City Centre Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Bamako Grand Mosque, thentry your luck at Casino De L'amitie, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Bamako.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bamako attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Nouakchott to Bamako takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Bamako, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Niamey.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Casinos Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako
Zoo National du Mali ©
Zoo National du Mali

3
nights
Niamey, Niger

Niamey ©
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
Step out of Niamey with an excursion to Koure Giraffe Reserve in Koure--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger), hunt for treasures at Grand Marche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosquee Cite Caisse.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Niamey trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bamako to Niamey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bamako to Niamey due to the time zone difference. January in Niamey sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Niamey

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Koure Giraffe Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Koure Giraffe Reserve ©
Koure Giraffe Reserve
Niamey Grand Mosque ©
Niamey Grand Mosque

2
nights
N'Djamena, Chad

N'Djamena ©
Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): have fun at Cinema le Normandie Tchad and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque N'Djamena. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Big Market Marché central, thenexplore the galleries of Musée National du Tchad, and then explore and take pictures at Avenue Charles de Gaulle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the N'Djamena planning website.

You can fly from Niamey to N'Djamena in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in N'Djamena can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Khartoum.

Things to do in N'Djamena

Fun & Games Nightlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cinema le Normandie Tchad ©
Cinema le Normandie Tchad
Musée National du Tchad ©
Musée National du Tchad
Avenue Charles de Gaulle ©
Avenue Charles de Gaulle

4
nights
Khartoum, Sudan

Khartoum ©
Situated at the meeting point of the White and Blue Niles, the sprawling capital Khartoum captivates with its welcoming atmosphere, chaotic marketplaces, and extravagant skyline punctuated with glass towers.
Change things up with a short trip to Khalifa House Museum in Omdurman (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Sudan National Museum, steep yourself in history at Naga: Temple of Amun, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum, and gain insight at University of Khartoum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Khartoum tour itinerary planning website.

You can fly from N'Djamena to Khartoum in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Khartoum

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Omdurman
Highlights from your plan
Naga: Temple of Amun ©
Naga: Temple of Amun
Sudan National Museum ©
Sudan National Museum
Nile Street ©
Nile Street

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