49 days in Africa Itinerary

49 days in Africa Itinerary

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Bamako, Mali
— 3 nights
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Gao, Mali
— 3 nights
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Mopti, Mali
— 2 nights
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Djenne, Mali
— 2 nights
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Segou, Mali
— 2 nights
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Loropeni, Burkina Faso
— 1 day
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Banfora, Burkina Faso
— 2 nights
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Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
— 1 night
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Koudougou, Burkina Faso
— 1 night
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
— 3 nights
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Niamey, Niger
— 2 nights
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Agadez, Niger
— 2 nights
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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
— 1 night
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Tarrafal, Cape Verde
— 1 night
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Boa Vista, Cape Verde
— 2 nights
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Praia, Cape Verde
— 2 nights
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Santo Antao, Cape Verde
— 1 night
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Mindelo, Cape Verde
— 3 nights
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Moundou, Chad
— 1 night
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N'Djamena, Chad
— 3 nights
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Bayanga, Central African Republic
— 3 nights
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Bangui, Central African Republic
— 2 nights

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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 3rd (Sun): browse the exhibits of Musee National de Bamako, explore the striking landscape of Parc national du Mali, Bamako, then get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali, then make a trip to Bamako Grand Mosque, and finally try to win big at Casino De L'amitie. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yacouba Guindo Mosque, then hunt for treasures at Bamako City Centre Market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Bamako, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument de l"Independance.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bamako trip builder site.

San Francisco, USA to Bamako is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Bamako due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Bamako are warmer (91°F), and nights are a bit warmer (62°F). You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Gao.

Things to do in Bamako

Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games
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Religious Site
Yacouba Guindo Mosque
2.3

3
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Gao, Mali

Gao ©
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tomb of Askia and La Dune Rose.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gao journey maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bamako to Gao in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Mopti.

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
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World heritage site
Tomb of Askia
5.0
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Landmark
La Dune Rose
4.5

2
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Mopti, Mali

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
On the 9th (Sat), hike along Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country). Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Mosque of Mopti.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mopti holiday planning app.

You can drive from Gao to Mopti in 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in January, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Djenne.

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Architectural Building
Grand Mosque of Mopti
2.9

2
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Djenne, Mali

Djenne ©
Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. On the 11th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Jenne-Jeno and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque Of Djenne. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Niger River.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Djenne online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Mopti to Djenne takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Djenne can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Segou.

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Ruin
Jenne-Jeno
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Water Body
Niger River
3.8

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Segou, Mali

Segou ©
Nestled along the Niger River, Segou has established itself as a major port and key player in Mali's cultural development.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Segou Grand Mosque.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Segou trip app.

You can drive from Djenne to Segou in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Loropeni.

Things to do in Segou

Historic Sites
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Architectural Building
Segou Grand Mosque
2.0

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Loropeni, Burkina Faso

Loropeni ©
Loropéni is a market town in southern Burkina Faso, lying about west of Gaoua. On the 15th (Fri), delve into the distant past at The Ruins of Loropeni.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Loropeni trip itinerary app.

Getting from Segou to Loropeni by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Banfora.

Things to do in Loropeni

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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World heritage site
The Ruins of Loropeni
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Banfora, Burkina Faso

Banfora ©
Banfora is a city in south western Burkina Faso with a population of 93,750 people (2012). Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): head outdoors with Cascade de Banfora, then admire the sheer force of Karfiguela Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Domes de Fabedougou, and finally identify plant and animal life at Les Cascades de Banfora. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Les Pics de Sindou.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Banfora trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Loropeni to Banfora in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Banfora, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 66°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Bobo Dioulasso.

Things to do in Banfora

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Geologic Formation
Les Pics de Sindou
4.5
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Wildlife Area
Les Cascades de Banfora
4.2

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Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Bobo Dioulasso ©

Bobo

The second-largest city in the country, Bobo-Dioulasso represents both an economical and cultural center.
On the 18th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mare aux Hippopotames, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso, and finally view the masterpieces at Ma Copine Femmes & Creativite.

To see reviews and more tourist information, go to the Bobo Dioulasso trip website.

Traveling by car from Banfora to Bobo Dioulasso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Bobo Dioulasso can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Koudougou.

Things to do in Bobo Dioulasso

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
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Koudougou, Burkina Faso

Koudougou
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Musee d'Issouka.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Koudougou trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Bobo Dioulasso to Koudougou takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Ouagadougou.

Things to do in Koudougou

Museums
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou ©

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 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee de Ouagadougou, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Ouagadougou, hunt for treasures at Ouagadougou Markets, then look for gifts at Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou, and finally stroll around Faso Parc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Laongo Sculpture Symposium, explore the world behind art at Musee De La Bendrologie de Manega, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier, and finally walk around Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo.

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

Getting from Koudougou to Ouagadougou by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in January, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Niamey.

Things to do in Ouagadougou

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Niamey, Niger

Niamey ©
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
Visit Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Niamey Grand Mosque for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosquee Cite Caisse and National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niamey: Koure (Koure Giraffe Reserve & Koure Reserve). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ferme Youyou and hunt for treasures at Grand Marche.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Niamey vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Ouagadougou to Niamey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ouagadougou to Niamey, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Niamey are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Agadez.

Things to do in Niamey

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Agadez, Niger

Agadez ©
Agadez, formerly spelled Agades, is the largest city in central Niger, with a population of 118,244 (2012 census). Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Grande Mosquee d'Agadez.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Agadez travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Niamey to Agadez in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Niamey in January, with highs in Agadez at 83°F and lows at 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Ilha do Sal.

Things to do in Agadez

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

Ilha do Sal ©
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Salinas de Pedra de Lume, then stroll through Pedra de Lume Beach, then get outside with C-Riders, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia de Nossa Senhora das Dores. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Orca Dive Club Cabo Verde, indulge in some personalized pampering at Beauty Plaza Spa & Wellness, get outside with Wavemafia Cabo Verde, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Viveiro, Botanical Garden & Zoo di Terra, and finally take a pleasant ride with Santa Marilha Horse Excursions.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Ilha do Sal trip planner.

You can fly from Agadez to Ilha do Sal in 25 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Agadez to Ilha do Sal. When traveling from Agadez in January, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ilha do Sal: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tarrafal.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Orca Dive Club Cabo Verde
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Tarrafal, Cape Verde

Tarrafal ©
Tarrafal is a town in the northern part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra de Malagueta, then contemplate the long history of Tarrafal camp, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Amaro Abade Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tarrafal vacation maker.

You can fly from Ilha do Sal to Tarrafal in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Boa Vista.

Things to do in Tarrafal

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
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Historic Site
Tarrafal camp
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Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Boa Vista ©

Island of the Dunes

Sprinkled with sand dunes and pristine, sweeping beaches where turtles nest, the island of Boa Vista has been attracting more and more visitors looking to explore its remote trails and picturesque shore.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Cabo Santa Maria, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima, and then get a new perspective on things with Boavista Windclub. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Criol Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Di Curralinho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Mónica, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Deserto de Viana, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Chaves, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Boa Vista trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tarrafal to Boa Vista takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Boa Vista can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Praia.

Things to do in Boa Vista

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
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Praia, Cape Verde

Praia ©
The capital and largest city of Cabo Verde, Praia represents one of the most renowned commercial centers in Africa.
On the 1st (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Farol de D. Maria Pia, enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Real de San Felipe, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Banana, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Pelourinho, get a sense of history and politics at Quartel Jaime Mota, take an in-depth tour of Sala-Museu Amilcar Cabral, get engrossed in the history at Ethnography Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Quebra Canela Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Archeology Museum of Praia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Praia route website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Boa Vista to Praia in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Praia are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Santo Antao.

Things to do in Praia

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Must see
Rue Banana
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Santo Antao, Cape Verde

Santo Antao ©

Island of the Mountains

The second-largest island in Cape Verde and the westernmost of Africa, Santo Antao offers dizzying sights of highlands ruptured with canyons, valleys, and gorges.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Monte Fontainhas, appreciate the views at Paul Tal, then visit a coastal fixture at Fontes Pereira de Melo Lighthouse, and finally get impressive views of Cova - Krater.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santo Antao tour itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Praia to Santo Antao in 5.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Santo Antao can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mindelo.

Things to do in Santo Antao

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Must see
Paul Tal
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Must see
Cova - Krater
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Mountain
Monte Fontainhas
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Mindelo, Cape Verde

Situated on the northern tip of Sao Vicente island, the lively port town of Mindelo envelops crescent-shaped Porto Grande Bay and houses almost all of the island's population.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Praia da Laginha and Sao Pedro Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Monte Verde. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of Cabo Verde Safari, take in the exciting artwork at Art D’Cretcheu, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Bote, and pause for some photo ops at Torre de Belem.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mindelo trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santo Antao to Mindelo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in February, and nighttime lows around 67°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moundou.

Things to do in Mindelo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6

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Moundou, Chad

Moundou
Moundou is the second largest city in Chad and is the capital of the region of Logone Occidental.The city lies on the Mbéré River (a tributary of the Western Logone) some 475 kilometres south of the capital N'Djamena. On the 8th (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Gala Brewery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Moundou sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Mindelo to Moundou takes 32 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Mindelo to Moundou due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mindelo in February, plan for much warmer days in Moundou, with highs around 99°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Moundou

Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Mosque N'Djamena and Avenue Charles de Gaulle. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Musée National du Tchad.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the N'Djamena trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Moundou to N'Djamena in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bayanga.

Things to do in N'Djamena

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Religious Site
Grand Mosque N'Djamena
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Bayanga, Central African Republic

Bayanga ©
Bayanga is known for parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dzanga-Sangha Reserve.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayanga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from N'Djamena to Bayanga takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Bangui.

Things to do in Bayanga

Parks · Wildlife
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Nature / Park
Dzanga-Sangha Reserve
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Bangui, Central African Republic

Bangui ©
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 16th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at Melanie's Beauty and then hunt for treasures at Marche Central (Central Market). On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Oubangui River, wander the streets of K-Cinq (Km-5 Intersection), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame of Bangui Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bangui trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayanga to Bangui takes 11.5 hours. In February in Bangui, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangui

Shopping · Nature · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
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