Start
Douala,
Finish
Casablanca, Morocco
Countries
Benin,
Burkina Faso,
Gambia,
Ghana,
Morocco,
Senegal,
Togo
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
FDOXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 904kg pp per trip

Discover Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal on trip from Dakar to Douala


Highlights

  • Travel to the remote villages of Mali and meet the proud Dogon tribes
  • Spot lions and leopards in a safari through Mole National Park
  • Haggle for treasures in the noisy Djenne marketplace
  • Relax in the cosmopolitan vibe of Dakar
  • Feel the rhythms of Mali in Bamak
  • Help out Elmina locals on a community project in Ghana
  • Safari through the rainforests of Cameroon
  • Catch some rays on Kribi Beach
  • See palaces filled with golden treasures in Benin
  • Learn about voodoo culture in Togo
  • Experience Bukina Faso’s infectious grooves in Ouagadougou
  • Experience colonial Casablanca
  • Soak up coastal ambience in Essaouira
  • Blitz through bazaars in Marrakech

Itinerary

Discover Douala's curious mix of gracefully decayed colonial ambience and modern, marble buildings.
Live it up in Kribi - a glitzy, palm-fringed playground for the rich, and relax on the beach while soaking up the glorious African sun.
Travel to Limbe and lounge on the black volcanic sands of its quiet beaches. Perhaps visit the Limbe Wildlife Centre and watch the playful antics of the resident monkeys and gorillas.
Journey through the tropical rainforest of Cameroon and camp in remote locations along the way.
Delight in spending time in the forests of the Drill Monkey Sanctuary and perhaps help out the guardians of orphaned drill monkeys and chimpanzees at this worthy wildlife project.
Watch the dramatic African scenery unfold as the trip heads to Yankari National Park.
Soak in a hot spring beneath sandstone cliffs and safari among prowling lions, springing antelope and elegant ostriches in this remote reserve.
Enjoy the cooler climes of the scenic Jos Plateau.
Explore Nigeria's capital then leave the city behind to camp in the bush.
Spend time getting acquainted with this thriving African city.
Cross the border into Benin. Pay a visit to a palace filled with gold and silver - and pervaded by the spirit of voodoo!
Stay overnight in the fascinating village of Ganvie, built entirely on stilts in the middle of a lagoon and accessible only by canoe. Travel to Cotonou and take the chance to visit a unique African market.
Visit the epicentre of voodoo culture in Ouidah. Perhaps explore the fascinating Musée d’histoire d’Ouidah to learn about the history and culture of voodooism. For a sobering experience, visit the Ouidah Museum of History which gives a glimpse into the horrors of this town's slave trade past.
Lounge on the beach or wander in the nearby museum. Perhaps join locals in the evening to spot sea turtles on the beach.
Make tracks to Togo and take a ride with local fishermen to Togoville to learn about the mysteries and rituals of voodoo.
Perhaps take a butterfly safari through lush rainforest before enjoying a night of traditional African cuisine and music.
Travel across the border into Ghana and camp by one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
Explore the Keta Lagoon Complex - vast wetlands that are home to a myriad birds, fish and butterflies.
Take a break on the beach in Ghana's golden capital city.
Help out on a local community project in the little fishing town of Elmina.
Visit the busy markets of this bustling provincial city.
Visit the picturesque Kintampo Waterfalls.
Home to elephants, lions and leopards, Mole National Park is one of West Africa's best parks for wildlife viewing.
Explore the magnificent Karfiguela Waterfalls.
Bobo-Dioulasso is a vibrant city, home to a sacred fishpond used for unusual rituals.
Dance the night away to the hypnotic sounds of local musicians in Ouagadougou.
Travel to Segou and choose to revel in the lively atmosphere at a local nightclub.
Discover the rhythmic heart of Bamako. Why not catch a performance from some of West Africa's finest musicians while here.
Go on a 4-day trek to the seldom visited Mandingue country, south of Bamako. Trek between local villages amid wonderful scenery and stay in the villages overnight.
Head back to Bamako and take the chance to rest weary legs. Perhaps enjoy a blast of Malian sounds on a night out in the capital.
Camp in the wild landscape.
Embark on game drives in the Niokolo-Koba National Park. Keep watch for chimpanzees, leopards, hippos and elands, which can all be found here.
Explore the small Gambian village of Bassa Santu Su.
Experience The Gambia's largest National Park, Kiang West.
Join local fisherman exploring the mangroves by canoe in Palmarin.
Spot egrets, ducks, pelicans and flamingos in an estuary off the Senegal River.
Relax on the beaches or explore the lively streets in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.
Farewell Senegal and fly to Casablanca, Morocco.
Get acquainted with the distinct architecture and European flavour of Casablanca.
Visit the Kasbah des Oudaias.
Head to a Moroccan homestay in the sacred hilltop town of Moulay Idriss.
Discover the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis en route to historic Fes.
Spend the night camping in the rugged Moroccan wilds.
Ride into the desert overnight on a camel safari.
Hike through the magnificent Todra Gorge.
Watch a golden sunset paint the graceful Ait Benhaddou kasbah in red hues.
Head to the Moroccan village of Talioune.
Visit the Saffron Community Project.
Why not conquer the slopes of Mt Toubkal?
Make the most of the coastal beauty and mellow vibe of Essaouria. Wander the narrow streets to explore markets and shop for trinkets or simply relax by the beach.
Visit Marrakech and get lost amongst the souqs and bazaars that line the winding streets.
Sit back with the locals and sip on a sweet mint tea in Casablanca.
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Inclusions

Meals
55 breakfasts, 55 lunches, 55 dinners
Transport
4x4, Overland vehicle, Plane
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (58 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (17 nights)
Included activites
  • Boat Trip to Local Villages, Segou
  • Canoe trip in Atlantic mangroves
  • Domes of Fabedougou, Banfora
  • Entrance and Game Drives
  • Entrance French Fort, Kayes
  • Entrance into Kiang West National Park
  • Entrance to Volubilis
  • Game Drive and visit to hot springs
  • Guided city tour of Togoville
  • Guided city tour with local lunch, Fes
  • Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey
  • Guided walks
  • Kintampo Waterfalls
  • Overnight camel safari
  • Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina
  • Saffron Community Project
  • Stilt Village Boat Trip
  • Visit Slave Castle, Elmina
  • Visit the Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
  • Visit to Lake Tengrela
  • Visit to the Kasbah
  • Walking Safari and Entrance, Mole National Park

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Notes

1. Please note that due to the unpredictable security situation in Mali, and a 'Do Not Travel' government warning, we are no longer able to travel through Mali. The itinerary for all future departures will be changing to instead travel from Ghana through Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia to Senegal. We expect to have the new itinerary online by the end of July 2012.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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