17 days in Senegal & Gambia Itinerary

17 days in Senegal & Gambia Itinerary

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Fly to Blaise Diagne International Airport, Drive to Somone
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Somone, Senegal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dakar, Senegal
— 5 nights
Fly
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Serekunda, Gambia
— 5 nights
Fly to Blaise Diagne, Drive to Saint-Louis
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Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 4 nights
Drive to Blaise Diagne International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Somone, Senegal

— 2 nights
A small seaside town that thrives off tourism, Somone offers tropical seaside views from the northwest coast of Africa.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Popenguine, then stroll through Reserve De Bandia, and then get outside with Accrobaobab. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): stop by Village Artisanal de Saly, then gain insight with Youba Tour, and then stroll through Lagune de la Somone.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Somone planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Somone is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Somone due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in Somone at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Dakar.

Things to do in Somone

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Dakar, Senegal

— 5 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dakar: Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee (in Goree Island) and Museo de la Tapiceria (in Thies). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at La Maison des Esclaves, appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Arte, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dakar online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Somone to Dakar in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Dakar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Serekunda.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Serekunda, Gambia

— 5 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Serekunda: Fort Bullen (in Barra), Abuko Nature Reserve (in Banjul) and Fort James Island (in North Bank Division). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at River Gambia National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kotu Beach, admire the natural beauty at Bakau's Botanical Gardens, stroll through Katchikally Crocodile Pool, and look for gifts at Senegambia Craft Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Serekunda itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Dakar to Serekunda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Dakar in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Serekunda: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Serekunda

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Saint-Louis, Senegal

— 4 nights

Ndar

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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at Hotel Mermoz: Le Salon d'Esthetique, don't miss a visit to Gandiol, and stop by Rama diaw.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Louis trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Serekunda to Saint-Louis by combination of flight and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Beaches
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Senegal travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Generous Country
Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make it attractive to an international audience. The buzz surrounding the Senegalese music scene is justified, with mbalax dance music particularly popular and influential internationally. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques, remain among top attractions in Senegal--they're ideal spots to get to know the local culture and eat and shop like a native. The wide river deltas rich in wildlife provide an alternative for visitors looking to escape city life and discover the country's natural charms.

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.