41 days in Senegal, Gambia & Nouakchott Itinerary

41 days in Senegal, Gambia & Nouakchott Itinerary

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41 days in Senegal, Gambia & Nouakchott Itinerary

Start: Nouakchott, Mauritania
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Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 5 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
3
Kolda, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 45 min
4
Ndangane, Senegal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kaolack, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Banjul, Gambia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Kartong, Gambia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Serekunda, Gambia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Bakau, Gambia
— 1 night
Bus:  8 h
10
Dakar, Senegal
— 11 nights
Ferry:  26 h
11
Ziguinchor, Senegal
— 2 nights
End: Ziguinchor, Senegal


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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.
You've now added Marche Capitale to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galerie Zeinart and Ibn Abbas Mosque. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage de Nouakchott and Saudi mosque. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Ould Mbouja, explore the wide array of goods at Marche Turc, take a leisurely stroll along Port de Peche, and get into the urban bustle at Centre culturel francais St Exupery.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nouakchott trip planning site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Nouakchott are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors
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Marche Capitale ©
Marche Capitale
Plage de Nouakchott ©
Plage de Nouakchott
Galerie Zeinart ©
Galerie Zeinart

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Lac des Guiers, Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Camee and Galerie Ethiopiques. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galerie Arte and Village Artisanal. There's more to do: make a trip to Gandiol.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Louis trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Nouakchott to Saint-Louis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Saint-Louis sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Kolda.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Lac des Guiers
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Lac des Guiers ©
Lac des Guiers
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary ©
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

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nights
Kolda, Senegal

Kolda ©
Kolda is a city located in southern Senegal. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National du Niokolo-Koba.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kolda online trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Saint-Louis to Kolda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In April, Kolda is a bit warmer than Saint-Louis - with highs of 107°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ndangane.

Things to do in Kolda

Parks Nature
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Parc National du Niokolo-Koba ©
Parc National du Niokolo-Koba

3
nights
Ndangane, Senegal

Ndangane ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, Village Artisanal de Saly, Mini Beach by Lamantin, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National du Delta du Saloum and Musee Mahicao.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ndangane driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Kolda to Ndangane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In April in Ndangane, expect temperatures between 106°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Kaolack.

Things to do in Ndangane

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique, Mini Beach by Lamantin, Village Artisanal de Saly, Lagune de la Somone, Musee Mahicao
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Parc National du Delta du Saloum ©
Parc National du Delta du Saloum
Lagune de la Somone ©
Lagune de la Somone
Musee Mahicao ©
Musee Mahicao

1
night
Kaolack, Senegal

Kaolack ©
Kaolack is a town of 172,305 people on the north bank of the Saloum River and the N1 road in Senegal. To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kaolack trip planner.

Getting from Ndangane to Kaolack by car takes about 2 hours. April in Kaolack sees daily highs of 106°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Banjul.

Things to do in Kaolack

Historic Sites
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Stone Circles of Senegambia ©
Stone Circles of Senegambia

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nights
Banjul, Gambia

Banjul ©
Banjul, officially the City of Banjul and formerly known as Bathurst, is the capital of The Gambia and is in a division of the same name. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Albert Market, Mission Koulangoume, Fort Bullen, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arch 22 and National Museum. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baitus Salam Mosque.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Banjul using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaolack to Banjul takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kaolack in April, expect Banjul to be slightly colder, temps between 94°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kartong.

Things to do in Banjul

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

North Bank Division, Mission Koulangoume, Bakau Craft Market - Sand Art Shop
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Fort James Island ©
Fort James Island
River Gambia National Park
River Gambia National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Kartong, Gambia

Kartong ©
A multi-ethnic village community formed by several tribes, Kartung lies on the far-southern coast of the Atlantic Ocean and provides some of Gambia's most secluded and picturesque bays and beaches.
You've now added Gunjur Village Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): browse the exhibits of Lemonfish Art Gallery and then learn more about the world around you at Gunjur Village Museum. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at The Reptile Farm.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kartong road trip planner.

Drive from Banjul to Kartong in an hour. In April in Kartong, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Serekunda.

Things to do in Kartong

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Gunjur Village Museum
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Gunjur Village Museum ©
Gunjur Village Museum

2
nights
Serekunda, Gambia

Serekunda ©
Serekunda hugs the Atlantic Ocean on one side and faces the Gambia River on the other, both of which provide an escape from the heat when temperatures rise.
You've added Ida's Home Cooking (Yabouy Home Cooking), Senegambia Craft Market, Makasutu Culture Forest, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Youth Monument, soothe aching muscles at The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort, and then stroll through Makasutu Culture Forest. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Senegambia Craft Market and then expand your horizons at Ida's Home Cooking (Yabouy Home Cooking).

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Serekunda trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kartong to Serekunda takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in April, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bakau.

Things to do in Serekunda

Classes Spas Parks

Side Trips

The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort, Ida's Home Cooking (Yabouy Home Cooking)
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The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort ©
The Spa at Coco Ocean Resort
Makasutu Culture Forest ©
Makasutu Culture Forest
Senegambia Craft Market ©
Senegambia Craft Market

1
night
Bakau, Gambia

Bakau ©
Nestled at the meeting point of the Gambia River and the Atlantic, the small resort town of Bakau draws visitors with its palm-lined beaches, lively marketplaces, and friendly, welcoming local community.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Bakau Fish Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bakau's Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Katchikally Crocodile Pool.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bakau trip planner.

Bakau is very close to Serekunda. In April, daytime highs in Bakau are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You'll set off for Dakar on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Bakau

Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Katchikally Crocodile Pool ©
Katchikally Crocodile Pool
Bakau Fish Market ©
Bakau Fish Market
Bakau's Botanical Gardens ©
Bakau's Botanical Gardens

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Marche HLM, Le Village des Tortues, Reserve De Bandia, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee and Grand Mosque of Dakar. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar and IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oceanium Dakar, admire the landmark architecture of Dakar Railway Station, and get a taste of the local shopping with Loman Art House - Art Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dakar route planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bakau to Dakar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Bakau in April, you will find days in Dakar are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Ziguinchor.

Things to do in Dakar

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Thies, Reserve De Bandia, Plage Popenguine, Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, Le Village des Tortues
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La Maison des Esclaves ©
La Maison des Esclaves
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee ©
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
Plage Popenguine ©
Plage Popenguine

2
nights
Ziguinchor, Senegal

Ziguinchor
Capital of the region of the same name and the largest town in southern Senegal, the port town of Ziguinchor provides a gateway to the scenic landscape of the Casamance region.
On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at Mission Koulangoume.

Plan my day in Ziguinchor using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Dakar to Ziguinchor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Dakar, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Ziguinchor, ranging from highs of 100°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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