Discover West Africa on an overland adventure from Dakar to Accra

The quintessential West Africa overland trip, this tour from Dakar to Ghana leaves no cultural, natural or historical stone unturned on its eastbound journey across the continent. Very much off the beaten track, this is a fairly physically demanding tour that involves a lot of camping, hiking and trekking – though the bulk of it is undertaken in a comfortable overland truck. This is grassroots travelling at its very best; where you can really get involved in the communities and local people you meet along the way. Whether experiencing stunning birdlife and witnessing the last populations of West African lions, or getting involved in a community project in Ghana, this West African adventure takes in the best this part of the continent has to offer. From the wonderful and wacky city of Yamoussoukro to relaxing on the many serene beaches along the coast, West Africa is the ideal destination for travellers wanting a different travel experience.

Start
Dakar, Senegal
Finish
Accra, Ghana
Countries
Ivory Coast,
Ghana,
Guinea,
Guinea-bissau,
Senegal,
Sierra Leone
Themes
Overland
Code
DDOCC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 22
Carbon offset
2 523kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Relax on Ghana's beautiful Brenu Beach
  • Explore the dense jungles of Kakum National Park
  • Get absorbed in Bissau's buzzing arts scene
  • Discover Ghana’s capital city of Accra
  • Embark on a pirogue trip through the Sine-Saloum Delta
  • Unlock the secrets of the historic Elmina Castle
  • Encounter the great mosques of Senegal

Itinerary

Welcome to West Africa! Begin this epic adventure in Senegal’s sunny capital.
Meander along the charming colonial streets of historic St. Louis.
Look for flamingos, pelicans, herons, gulls, terns, egrets and avocets on a pirogue trip through the winding waterways of the Sine-Saloum Delta.
The largest national park in The Gambia, Kiang West encompasses deciduous woodlands, sweeping savannas and mangrove creeks. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, antelopes, hyenas and warthogs as we journey up the Gambia River into the wild surrounds.
Relax on the picturesque palm-fringed beaches of Cap Skirring. Those feeling energetic might want to head out for a swim, jump on a quad bike or do a spot of fishing.
Soak up the carefree vibe of Bissau, Guinea-Bissau's character-packed capital. Stroll the city streets and admire Portuguese-style buildings - remnants of the city’s colonial origins.
Journey through true African wilderness en route to Labe. Camp under canvas near remote Kandika and in the stunning countryside beyond Seriba.
Explore the magnificent Guinean highlands, better known as Fouta Djallon. Hike out to hidden waterfalls, admire the ‘Pont de Piedre’ and make a splash in unspoilt natural pools.
Leave the lush landscape of Fouta Djallon behind and head south to the town of Mamou. We’ll try to stay in a local guesthouse tonight.
Continue the drive south through Guinea’s wild, sprawling landscape. Enjoy another night under the stars in a bush camp.
Cross the border into Sierra Leone and head for the coast. Enjoy a couple of days chilling out on the sandy shores of Bureh Beach.
With its rich history, stunning scenery and vibrant city centre, Sierra Leone’s charismatic capital has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Meander around the city streets or head out to the nearby hills for some awesome views of the city.
Venture back to the beach for some more chill out time.
Spend a couple of nights camped out on platforms in the middle of the Tiwai Island Sanctuary. Search for turtles, monkeys and pygmy hippos on canoe and walking tours.
Visit the small town of Kabala, famous for its particular brand of Ronko cloth dyeing.
Veer right off the beaten track for some real overlanding travel from Sierra Leone into neighbouring Guinea.
Travel through the lush tropical landscape towards Guinee Forestiere.
Explore the densely forested mountain terrain of Guinee Forestiere. Visit remote villages, learn about the endemic flora and fauna on treks across the savanna and track elephants.
Head across the Cote d’Ivoire border and onto the town of Odienne. Home to a stately mosque and backed by the craggy mountain range of Den Ke Le Massif, this is a great introduction to the next nation on our route.
Get ready to haggle hard for the carved wooden sculptures and decorative woven cloth that are the cultural pride of Korhogo.
Become acquainted with Cote d’Ivoire’s strangely extravagant capital, Yamoussoukro. With two nights here, there’s plenty of time to take in the sights and attractions. Visit the Presidential Palace, drop by the Le Basilique De Notre Dame De la Paix or perhaps take a cab ride down one of the 6-lane highways that lead nowhere.
Take a stroll through the faded grandeur of Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire's capital during the French colonial era.
It’s goodbye Cote d’Ivoire and hello Ghana today as we drive across the border for two nights on the Atlantic coast in Elmina. Log some well-deserved beach time, then lend a hand with a local school community project.
Take to the treetops of Kakum National Park with a walk along the series of hanging bridges strung between its giant trees. Keep a close eye out for pygmy elephants and forest buffalo – there’s no better vantage point to spot them from.
Become immersed in the vibrant cityscape of Kumasi with its National Cultural Centre, streetside eateries and sprawling markets.
This West African road journey comes to an end in Accra, Ghana’s cheery capital. Check out the local beach scene, view the collection of exhibits on display in the National Museum or hit the markets for a final spot of souvenir shopping.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (17 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (18 nights), Rondavel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Elmina Castle
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Guided tour of the local cloth weavers
  • Nature walk
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina

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