55 days in Africa Itinerary

55 days in Africa Itinerary

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Banjul, Gambia
— 3 nights
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Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 1 night
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
— 2 nights
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Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
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Accra, Ghana
— 4 nights
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Yaounde, Cameroon
— 2 nights
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Libreville, Gabon
— 2 nights
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 3 nights
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Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
— 1 night
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Luanda, Angola
— 3 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Bujumbura, Burundi
— 1 night
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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 3 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 7 nights
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Djibouti, Djibouti
— 2 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
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Asmara, Eritrea
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Banjul, Gambia

— 3 nights
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. Gunjur Village Museum and Fort Bullen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Banjul to go to Brikama and see Brikama Craft Market, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at River Gambia National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Katchikally Crocodile Pool, stop by Bakau Craft Market - Sand Art Shop, make a trip to Arch 22, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Banjul sightseeing planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Banjul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, Banjul is much warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bissau.

Things to do in Banjul

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau, then explore the galleries of Museu Nacional, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

Find out how to plan Bissau trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Banjul to Bissau by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Bissau sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ouagadougou.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

— 2 nights

Ouaga

The capital of Burkina Faso and its economic center, Ouagadougou also serves as the regional center for art and cultural preservation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to marche de Sankariare, look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou, walk around Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo, then admire the masterpieces at Musee De La Bendrologie de Manega, and finally hunt for treasures at Ouagadougou Markets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Laongo Sculpture Symposium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquee de Ouagadougou, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Ouagadougou.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ouagadougou day trip planner.

Getting from Bissau to Ouagadougou by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Cape Coast, Ghana

— 1 night
While it may seem like a regular fishing port at first glance, Cape Coast bears traces of the Portuguese, British, Danish, Swedish, and the Dutch colonists who variously ruled here.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the waterfront activity at Elmina lagoon, then take an in-depth tour of Cape Coast Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Elmina Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort St. Jago.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Coast trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ouagadougou to Cape Coast takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Ouagadougou in February, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Cape Coast: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Accra.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:

Accra, Ghana

— 4 nights
On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Get some historical perspective at Black Star Gate and Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity. You'll explore and learn at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and The Loom. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ghana, enjoy the sand and surf at Bojo Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 1957, and explore the galleries of Nubuke Foundation.

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Traveling by car from Cape Coast to Accra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. In February in Accra, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yaounde.

Things to do in Accra

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

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.
On the 13th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ecopark, admire the masterpieces at Blackitude Museum, get engrossed in the history at Musee Ethnographique des Peuples de la Foret, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at cathedrale de la paix, North 10, Yaunde, Camerun, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosquee Centrale, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Yaounde (Le Musee National de Yaounde). On the next day, Head underground at Caves Akok Bekoe, get to know the resident critters at Mefou National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lamido Grand Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apotres, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Charles Atangana, and finally explore the world behind art at Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yaounde trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Accra to Yaounde in 10 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to West Africa Standard Time (WAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Accra in February, Yaounde is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Libreville.

Things to do in Yaounde

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

Libreville, Gabon

— 2 nights
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.
On the 15th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Akanda National Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Les Chocolats Gabonais de Julie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Pierre, then try your luck at Casino Croisette, then ponder the world of politics at Cour Constitutionnelle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hassane II Mosque. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of L'Eglise St-Michel Libreville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-dame de Lourdes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Marie Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Musee des Arts et Traditions du Gabon (Museum of Art and Culture), and finally kick back and relax at Pointe-Denis Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Libreville road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Yaounde to Libreville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yaounde in February, Libreville is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kinshasa.

Things to do in Libreville

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

— 3 nights
In a city bubbling with life, a Kinshasa vacation offers a non-stop immersion into African culture and history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Paroisse Sainte Anne and Eglise CBFC-Gombe. Get a sense of the local culture at Texaf Bilembo and Musée de Kinshasa & Académie des Beaux-Arts. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lola ya Bonobo, make a trip to Tour de l'echangeur, get to know the resident critters at Serpents du Congo, and get outside with Cercle de Kinshasa.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kinshasa itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Libreville to Kinshasa in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brazzaville.

Things to do in Kinshasa

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

— 1 night
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 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque, then explore the galleries of Musee National du Congo (National Museum of Congo), then explore and take pictures at Basilique St. Anne, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale du Sacre-Ceour de Brazzaville.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brazzaville online trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Kinshasa to Brazzaville takes 2 hours. In February in Brazzaville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Luanda.

Things to do in Brazzaville

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

Luanda, Angola

— 3 nights
After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get outside with Octopus, browse the exhibits of National Anthropology Museum (Museu Nacional de Antropologia), browse the exhibits of Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, then take an in-depth tour of Museu da Moeda, then admire the striking features of Palacio de Ferro, and finally grab your bike and head to Avenida 4 de Fevereiro. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Ilha do Mussulo, take an in-depth tour of Museu Nacional da Escravatura, make a trip to Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, and finally get outside with Cabo Ledo.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Luanda itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Brazzaville to Luanda takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Luanda

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 1 night
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Luanda to Ngamiland East in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Luanda to Ngamiland East due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Luanda in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ngamiland East, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Boab Prison Tree, tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center, and then walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chobe National Park online holiday maker.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:

Bujumbura, Burundi

— 1 night
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Rusizi National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bujumbura trip maker site.

Fly from Chobe National Park to Bujumbura in 21 hours. In February, daytime highs in Bujumbura are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Goma.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

— 3 nights
Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Virunga National Park. On the 1st (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Nyiragongo. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Kivu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goma day trip planning site.

You can drive from Bujumbura to Goma in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bujumbura in February, expect nights in Goma to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Mombasa.

Things to do in Goma

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:

Mombasa, Kenya

— 4 nights
Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gede Ruins and Fort Jesus Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Watamu) and Diani Beach (in Diani Beach). Spend the 6th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Haller Park, kick back and relax at Bamburi Beach, get to know the resident critters at Mombasa Butterfly House, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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Traveling by flight from Goma to Mombasa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Goma in March, you will find days in Mombasa are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 7 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Nairobi War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi railway museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 10th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get a taste of life in the country at Mugie Ranch, and explore the world behind art at Nairobi Gallery.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Nairobi trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Mombasa to Nairobi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Mombasa in March, expect Nairobi to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Djibouti.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 14:

Djibouti, Djibouti

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura

Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assal and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Abbe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Day Forest National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Djibouti trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Djibouti takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Nairobi in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Djibouti. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Djibouti

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 4 nights

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Ethiopia and Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. You'll explore and learn at Ethnological Museum and Asni Gallery. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, delve into the lush surroundings at Menagesha Suba Forest Park, and explore the ancient world of Melka Kunture.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Djibouti to Addis Ababa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Djibouti in March: highs in Addis Ababa hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Lalibela, Ethiopia

— 3 nights
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. Church of St. George and Yemrehana Krestos Church will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Adam, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Biete Medhane Alem.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lalibela online journey planner.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Asmara, Eritrea

— 4 nights

Little Rome

Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Popular historic sites such as Nda Mariam Othodox Church and Cattedrale di Asmara are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave) and Qohaito. The adventure continues: make a trip to Medebar Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethel Kale Hiwot Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue of Asmara, and browse the exhibits of National Museum Asmara.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Asmara trip maker site.

You can fly from Lalibela to Asmara in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Gambia travel guide

3.6
Nature & Parks · Beaches · Flea Markets
Smiling Coast
The smallest country of mainland Africa, the Gambia consists of the Gambia River valley and the hills that run along its edges. Taking off on a journey down the river during your vacation in Gambia allows you to discover a landscape known worldwide as a bird-watcher's paradise--you might want to keep your binoculars and camera handy at all times. The Atlantic coast boats a number of beach resorts with large hotels and shining sands, while the fishing villages farther inland offer an altogether more rustic and basic take on Gambian charm.

Guinea-Bissau travel guide

2.5
Churches · Flea Markets · Government Buildings
Guinea-Bissau offers a slew of colonial-era towns and picturesque beaches, as well as some remote areas tailor-made for those eager to get off the tourist path. An adventure to the southeastern hinterland, with its forests, savannahs, and small farms, represents one of the most daring and exciting things to do in Guinea-Bissau. Though the post-independence history of the country has been bleak at times, the locals remain remarkably upbeat and hopeful for the future--their spirit and welcoming nature provide additional reasons to plan a vacation in Guinea-Bissau.

Burkina Faso travel guide

3.4
Wildlife Areas · Gardens · Sacred & Religious Sites
Land of Upright People
Landlocked Burkina Faso offers a welcoming atmosphere, varied landscape, and rich cultural heritage. One of the poorest countries in the world, the country features largely undeveloped towns boasting lively music scenes and interesting markets filled with stalls selling handcrafted goods. Tourism in Burkina Faso remains a struggling industry, and with a largely undeveloped infrastructure, most travelers stick to the big cities and arrange short day trips into the wilder areas. The natural areas of the country remain known more for their topography than wildlife, with grassy sloping hills, Precambrian massifs, and rugged sandstone peaks dominating the terrain.

Ghana travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.

Cameroon travel guide

3.7
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.

Gabon travel guide

3.4
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.

Democratic Republic of the Congo travel guide

3.8
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.

Republic of the Congo travel guide

3.4
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.

Angola travel guide

3.7
Museums · Lookouts · Outdoor Activities
Kuwait of Africa
Tourism in Angola thrives as the country's infrastructure develops and attractions are restored following years of internal conflict. Holidays in Angola usually involve at least a little time at the beach, with the Atlantic coastline featuring long stretches of sand, wide estuaries, and small islands close to the main cities. A wealth of national parks shelter a rich array of wildlife, including African icons such as lions, elephants, and leopards, with barely a tourist in sight to disturb the natural order of things.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Burundi travel guide

2.9
Historic Sites · Monuments · National Parks
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

Eritrea travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Monuments
Little Eritrea boasts diverse landscapes that include mountains, an arid coastline, and fertile swathes of land to the west. With tourism in Eritrea still a burgeoning industry, the country represents a place of adventure for daring travelers looking to get of that beaten path. The Art Deco architecture of the capital shows off the cultural complexity and interesting facets of the former Italian colony's recent history, while a number of archaeological sites provide evidence of once-thriving ancient kingdoms. The country gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but the areas bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti remain dangerous and, as a result, off the map for most foreign tourists.