17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cotonou, Benin
— 1 night
Lagos, Nigeria
— 3 nights
Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
Bangui, Central African Republic
— 1 night
Fly to Douala, Train to Yaounde
Yaounde, Cameroon
— 2 nights
Train to Edea, Drive to Kribi
Kribi, Cameroon
— 1 day
Drive to Douala, Fly to Malabo
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
— 1 night
Libreville, Gabon
— 1 night
Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo
— 1 night


Cotonou, Benin

— 1 night
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the striking features of Palais des Congres, hunt for treasures at Marche Dantokpa, head outdoors with Fidjrosse Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel church, then view the masterpieces at Artisanal Center, and finally make a trip to Fondation Zinsou.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cotonou online route builder.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Cotonou is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Cotonou, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Cotonou sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Cotonou

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:

Lagos, Nigeria

— 3 nights
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Lekki Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Lekki Conservation Centre, then stop by The Henna Place, and finally steep yourself in history at Freedom Park Lagos. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at LUFASI Nature Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elegushi Beach.

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Getting from Cotonou to Lagos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Abuja.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Abuja, Nigeria

— 2 nights
The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
Abuja is known for shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Abuja National Mosque, browse the different shops at Grand Towers Abuja Mall, take in the exciting artwork at Nike Art Gallery, and explore the activities along Jabi Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Abuja travel route builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from Lagos to Abuja in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Abuja can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Bangui.

Things to do in Abuja

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Bangui, Central African Republic

— 1 night
Bangui, or Bangî in Sango, formerly written Bangi in English, is the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame of Bangui Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bangui visit planner.

Getting from Abuja to Bangui by flight takes about 16 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Abuja in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bangui, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Yaounde.

Things to do in Bangui

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

Yaounde, Cameroon

— 2 nights
Taking a central place in the country of Cameroon, the capital of Yaounde represents a hub for expats, foreign embassies, and trading.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Musee Ethnographique des Peuples de la Foret, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Charles Atangana, then meet the residents at Mefou National Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apotres. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe, pause for some photo ops at Monument de la Reunification, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Yaounde (Le Musee National de Yaounde), then stroll around Bois Sainte Anastasie, and finally admire the masterpieces at Blackitude Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Yaounde trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bangui to Yaounde in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bangui in March: highs in Yaounde hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kribi.

Things to do in Yaounde

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Kribi, Cameroon

— 1 day
The town of Kribi supports about 55,000 people and offers some of Cameroon's best stretches of sand, plus a lively port and central market.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): head outdoors with Plage de Grand Batanga, admire the sheer force of Chutes de la Lobe, then enjoy the sea views from Le Phare De Kribi, and finally don't miss a visit to Londji village des pecheurs.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kribi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yaounde to Kribi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Malabo.

Things to do in Kribi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

— 1 night
The oldest city in Equatorial Guinea, regional capital Malabo represents a monument to Spanish colonial architecture, mingled with modern buildings commissioned since decolonization.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get advice or help at Centro Cultural de Espana en Malabo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Fernando, then don't miss a visit to La Casa Verde, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Malabo National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Isabel.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Malabo trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kribi to Malabo in 6 hours. In March in Malabo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Libreville.

Things to do in Malabo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Libreville, Gabon

— 1 night
The capital of Gabon and home to almost half of the country's residents, Libreville differs from many African cities, with paved roads, clean streets, and luxurious residences.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the striking features of L'Eglise St-Michel Libreville, then explore the galleries of Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon (Museum of Art and Culture), then get outside with Pointe-Denis Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Marche du Mont-Bouet.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Libreville day trip planner.

You can fly from Malabo to Libreville in 4 hours. In March in Libreville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pointe Noire.

Things to do in Libreville

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Mon), kick back and relax at Cote Sauvage.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Pointe Noire attractions planner.

Fly from Libreville to Pointe Noire in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Pointe Noire are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pointe Noire

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Benin travel guide

Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.

Nigeria travel guide

Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.

Central African Republic travel guide

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.

Cameroon travel guide

Waterfalls · Art Museums · Zoos
Africa in Miniature
With swathes of rainforest, tall mountains, and desert landscapes, Cameroon features many of the most iconic African environments within its borders. Ethnic diversity represents one of the main attractions for visitors on holiday in Cameroon, with the country offering an introduction to the rich and varied cultures of the continent as a whole. Unlike many other African countries, Cameroon has remained a largely peaceful place, with different ethnicities living side by side in relative tranquility. Good roads and a decent train service make vacations in Cameroon mostly pleasant experiences, with most places of interests relatively easy to reach.

Equatorial Guinea travel guide

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.

Gabon travel guide

Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Shopping
Though tourism in Gabon remains a fledgling industry, the benefits of exploring this untempered place of wildlife-rich rainforests and ethnic diversity are numerous. A large percentage of the country remains protected as national parkland, allowing the dolphins playing in the Atlantic and the chimps and forest elephants to breathe a sigh of relief. The population includes around 40 different ethnicities, but the country has thankfully avoided the conflict and ethnic violence common among many of its neighbors.

Republic of the Congo travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Beaches · 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.