Wonders of West Africa

mud home of benin africaWe’re all familiar with photos of Victoria Falls or the Masai Mara migration, but Katrin Holmsten discovers that the vast continent of Africa also has its hidden gems…

“Seen the pyramids of Cairo and surfed the beaches of Cape Town? Been to Kenya, spotted the Big Five and ticked Africa off the list? But you missed Africa at its best. If eastern Africa is known for its wildlife and nature, then western Africa teems with culture. Countries from Senegal to Cameroon are all about festivals and traditions, singers and dancers, magicians, spirituality and the voodoo cult.

Colours are bright and the smells are strong, and then of course, there’s the music. Blues and reggae, salsa and samba that Central America is so famous for, were all born here (and were spread by the slave trade to the Americas). Get your drumsticks out and join in, in Kokrobite in southern Ghana they even give you a lesson. Or learn about the cruelties of slavery on the Point of No Return in Benin.

Admire the Wassu Stone Circles in Gambia, dance through the night in Conakry in Guinea, and get to know your future at the Marche de Feticheurs in Lome, capital of Togo. Mali’s Dogon country and Togo’s Tamberma Valley are dotted with amazing stilt villages with mud houses and straw roofs. Niger’s Tenere Desert is spectacularly red and Benin’s Pendjari National Park is full of elephants, giraffes, lions and buffaloes. Just keep those lucky charms with you and you’ll spot them!”

Tour West Africa with Intrepid on trips like these great Overland adventures:
Ghana, Togo & Benin – 21 days
Dakar to Ghana – 56 days

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* photo by Christoph Herby – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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Christian Friborg / Reply

Although I’d like to try surfing in the beaches of Cape Town, I think I’d be more interested in learning their culture and experiencing it first-hand. Festivals, people, food, and music has always captivated me. Hopefully, I’ll get to visit this place a few years from now.

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