17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  25 h
1
Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Bamako, Mali
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Niamey, Niger
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
N'Djamena, Chad
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Khartoum, Sudan
— 4 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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 beaches, shopping, historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Port de Peche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Khaimas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saudi mosque, and browse the range of quality goods at Marche Turc.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nouakchott holiday planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Nouakchott is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in January, expect Nouakchott to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Saudi mosque ©
Saudi mosque
Plage de Nouakchott ©
Plage de Nouakchott
Port de Peche ©
Port de Peche

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo National du Mali, explore the galleries of Musee National de Bamako, then explore the striking landscape of Parc national du Mali, Bamako, and finally shop like a local with Bamako City Centre Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Bamako Grand Mosque, try to win big at Casino De L'amitie, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Bamako.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bamako trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Nouakchott to Bamako in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. January in Bamako sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Niamey.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Fun & Games Casinos
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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.
Take a break from Niamey with a short trip to Koure Giraffe Reserve in Koure, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosquee Cite Caisse, shop like a local with Grand Marche, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Niamey trip website .

You can fly from Bamako to Niamey in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Western African Time is 1 hour. In January in Niamey, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Niamey

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Koure Giraffe Reserve
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): have fun at Cinema le Normandie Tchad and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque N'Djamena. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Big Market Marché central, then browse the exhibits of Musée National du Tchad, and then admire all the interesting features of Avenue Charles de Gaulle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for N'Djamena using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Niamey to N'Djamena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in N'Djamena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Khartoum.

Things to do in N'Djamena

Fun & Games Nightlife Historic Sites
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Omdurman (Khalifa House Museum & Nilian Mosque). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Sudan National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Afra Mall, head off the coast to Tuti Island, and don't miss a visit to Nile Street.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Khartoum trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from N'Djamena to Khartoum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from N'Djamena to Khartoum due to the time zone difference. January in Khartoum sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. 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
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Naga: Temple of Amun ©
Naga: Temple of Amun
Sudan National Museum ©
Sudan National Museum
Nile Street ©
Nile Street

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