30 days in Senegal & Gambia Itinerary

30 days in Senegal & Gambia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dakar, Senegal
— 8 nights
2
Saint-Louis, Senegal
— 4 nights
3
Kolda, Senegal
— 4 nights
4
Ndangane, Senegal
— 4 nights
5
Saly, Senegal
— 3 nights
6
Kotu, Gambia
— 5 nights


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8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dakar: Thies (Museo de la Tapiceria & Accrobaobab) and Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee (in Goree Island). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at La Maison des Esclaves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity, explore the fascinating landscape at Lompoul Desert, and appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Dakar trip builder website.

Barcelona, Spain to Dakar is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Dakar due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in September; daily highs in Dakar reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Louis.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Thies, Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, Oh Gallery
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La Maison des Esclaves ©
La Maison des Esclaves
Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine ©
Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine
Lago Rosa ©
Lago Rosa

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lac des Guiers in Louga (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Ethiopiques, have fun at Ibrahim & Cie, and look for gifts at Rama diaw.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Louis online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dakar to Saint-Louis takes 3.5 hours. In September in Saint-Louis, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Kolda.

Things to do in Saint-Louis

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lac des Guiers
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Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary ©
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Rama diaw ©
Rama diaw
Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria ©
Parque Nacional de la Lengua de Barbaria

4
nights
Kolda, Senegal

Kolda ©
Kolda is a city located in southern Senegal. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National du Niokolo-Koba.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kolda trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Saint-Louis to Kolda in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Ndangane.

Things to do in Kolda

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

4
nights
Ndangane, Senegal

Ndangane ©
Explore Ndangane's surroundings by going to Fathala Reserve (in Foundiougne), Centre D'interpretation de Toubacouta (in Toubakouta) and Joal Fadiout (in Joal Fadiouth). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National du Delta du Saloum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ndangane sightseeing site.

You can fly from Kolda to Ndangane in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Ndangane sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saly.

Things to do in Ndangane

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fathala Reserve, Centre D'interpretation de Toubacouta, Musee Mahicao, Joal Fadiout
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Parc National du Delta du Saloum ©
Parc National du Delta du Saloum
Joal Fadiout ©
Joal Fadiout
Musee Mahicao ©
Musee Mahicao

3
nights
Saly, Senegal

Saly ©
Saly is a seaside resort area in Thiès Region on the Petite Côte of Senegal, south of Dakar. Get out of town with these interesting Saly side-trips: Lagune de la Somone (in Somone) and Plage Popenguine (in Popenguine). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve De Bandia, laugh and play at Mini Beach by Lamantin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grande Mosquee Gandigal-Est, and stop by Village Artisanal de Saly.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saly trip planner.

Drive from Ndangane to Saly in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ndangane in September, you will find days in Saly are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kotu.

Things to do in Saly

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mbour, Lagune de la Somone, Plage Popenguine, L'Elevage d'Oiseaux Exotique
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Reserve De Bandia ©
Reserve De Bandia
Lagune de la Somone ©
Lagune de la Somone
Plage Popenguine ©
Plage Popenguine

5
nights
Kotu, Gambia

Kotu ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Tanji / Karinti Bird Reserve (in Tanji), Sanyang Main Mosque (in Sanyang) and Kartong (Lemonfish Art Gallery & The Reptile Farm).

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kotu trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Saly to Kotu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotu

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Bakau, Tanji, Kartong, Gunjur Village Museum, Brikama Craft Market
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Kotu Beach ©
Kotu Beach
Katchikally Crocodile Pool ©
Katchikally Crocodile Pool
Bijilo Forest Park
Bijilo Forest Park

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