16 days in Lagos, Abidjan & Freetown Itinerary

16 days in Lagos, Abidjan & Freetown Itinerary

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16 days in Lagos, Abidjan & Freetown Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lagos, Nigeria
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

4
nights
Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos ©
Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Abeokuta (Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library & Olumo Rock) and The Henna Place (in Lekki). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lekki Conservation Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue Church Of all Nations, enjoy the sand and surf at Tarkwa Bay Beach, and hunt for treasures at Lekki Market.

Plan trip to Lagos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lagos is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Lagos. Traveling from Riyadh in January, things will get warmer in Lagos: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Abidjan.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Abeokuta, The Henna Place
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Lekki Conservation Centre ©
Lekki Conservation Centre
Freedom Park ©
Freedom Park
Olumo Rock ©
Olumo Rock

4
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan ©
As Cote d'Ivoire's largest city and economic hub, Abidjan boasts the reputation of West Africa's party capital, while its rich culture remains evident in its numerous film festivals and a booming music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abidjan: Grand Bassam (Musee National des Costumes & Maison Varlet) and Dipi Crocodile Farm (in Assinie). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, have some family-friendly fun at Dream Zone Virtual Reality, browse the range of quality goods at PlaYce-Marcory, and take a stroll through The Plateau.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Abidjan tour app .

Traveling by flight from Lagos to Abidjan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Western African Time (WAT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Abidjan can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Freetown.

Things to do in Abidjan

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Bassam, Dipi Crocodile Farm
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
The Plateau ©
The Plateau
Banco National Park ©
Banco National Park

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Freetown, Sierra Leone

Freetown ©
Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Change things up with a short trip to Bureh Beach in Bure Town (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at River Number Two Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at John Obey Beach, wander the streets of Aberdeen, and don't miss a visit to Cotton Tree.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Freetown trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Abidjan to Freetown in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Freetown are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bureh Beach
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River Number Two Beach ©
River Number Two Beach
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary ©
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Lumley Beach ©
Lumley Beach

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