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Visit Africa and travel overland from Doula to Dakar, safari in Cameroon jungles, relax on Senegal's beaches and tour Nigerian cities.

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

Visit exhilarating West Africa and travel overland from Dakar to Doula, sampling all the sights and sounds of this diverse corner of the globe. Cruise the Niger River on a traditional pinasse boat, explore Cameroon’s mountains and jungles, be captivated by the Great Mosque of Djenne, trek through Mali’s remote countryside to meet the reclusive Dogon people and mingle with locals in Dakar, one of the busiest cities in Senegal. Make the most of the pristine wilderness by exploring lush, tropical forests on game drives in national parks and by lazing on gorgeous beaches Spanning 69 days and visiting eight inviting countries, Dakar to Doula is the definitive tour for those seeking to discover some of Africa’s hidden gems.

  • Catch some rays on Kribi Beach
  • Feel the rhythms of Mali in Bamak
  • Haggle for treasures in the noisy Djenne marketplace
  • Help out Elmina locals on a community project in Ghana
  • Learn about voodoo culture in Togo
  • Relax in the cosmopolitan vibe of Dakar
  • See palaces filled with golden treasures in Benin
  • Travel to the remote villages of Mali and meet the proud Dogon tribes

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

  • Finish:

    Dakar, Senegal
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    48 breakfasts, 48 lunches, 48 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nts), Camp site (1 nt), Camping (with facilities) (49 nts), Hostel (2 nts), Hotel (10 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    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, Game Drive and visit to hot springs, Guided city tour of Togoville, Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey, Kintampo Waterfalls, Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo, Sabre Trust School project, Elmina, Stilt Village Boat Trip, Visit Slave Castle, Elmina, Visit the Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Visit to Lake Tengrela, Walking Safari and Entrance, Mole National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    2002kg pp per trip
  • 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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Douala to Dakar Summary

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Day 1 Douala

Arrive in Cameroon and discover Douala's curious mix of gracefully decayed colonial ambience and modern, marble buildings.

Days 2-3 Kribi Beach

Spice it up on the sophisticated sands of Kribi Beach.

Days 4-5 Limbe

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.

Days 6-7 Cameroon Rainforest

Traverse Cameroon’s rugged roads winding through jungles, arid plains and soaring mountains.

Days 8-10 Drill Ranch Monkey Sanctuary

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.

Day 11 Bush Camp

Head into Nigeria and enjoy camping in the bush.

Days 12-13 Yankari National Park

Soak in a hot spring beneath sandstone cliffs and spot prowling lions, springing antelope and elegant ostriches on safari in this remote reserve.

Day 14 Jos

Enjoy cooler the climes of the scenic Jos Plateau.

Day 15 Abuja

Explore Nigeria's capital, then leave the city behind to camp in the bush.

Day 18 Bush Camp/Abeokuta

Stroll around the marketplace of this thriving Nigerian city.

Days 19-20 Abomey

Cross the border into Benin. Pay a visit to a palace filled with gold and silver, and pervaded by the spirit of voodoo.

Day 21 Ganvie

Stay overnight in the fascinating village of Ganvie, built entirely on stilts in the middle of a lagoon and accessible only by canoe. Then, travel to Cotonou and take the chance to visit a unique market.

Days 22-23 Ouidah

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.

Days 24-25 Grand Popo

Lounge on the beach or wander the nearby museum. Perhaps join locals in the evening to spot sea turtles on the beach.

Days 26-27 Agbodrafo

Make tracks to Togo and take a ride with local fisherman, visit Togoville and learn more of the mysteries and rituals of voodoo.

Days 28-29 Mt Klouto

Perhaps take a butterfly safari through lush jungle, then enjoy a night of traditional cuisine and music.

Day 30 Akosombo/Lake Volta

Leaving the mountains behind, enter Ghana and camp by one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.

Days 31-32 Keta

Revisit Ghana's colonial history at coastal stone forts, then pitch in and help at a local school project.

Days 33-34 Accra

Recharge on the beach in Accra, Ghana's golden capital city.

Days 35-36 Elmina

Help out on a local community project in this little fishing town.

Days 37-38 Kumasi

Browse the lively markets of this bustling provincial city.

Day 39 Kintampo Waterfalls

Visit the picturesque Kintampo Waterfalls.

Days 40-41 Mole National Park

Home to elephants, lions and leopards, this is one of West Africa's best parks for wildlife viewing.

Days 42-44 Banfora

Travel to Burkina Faso and explore the magnificent Kariguela Waterfalls.

Days 45-46 Bobo-Dioulaso

This vibrant African city is home to a sacred fishpond used for unusual rituals.

Days 47-48 Ouagadougou

A 300 km drive takes us to the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. We will stay here for one or maybe two nights in a friendly hotel. Located right in the very centre of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou is an intriguing city that's definitely worth exploring. "Ouaga", as it's affectionately known by many travellers, may at first appear shabby and chaotic, but in many ways this is part of its charm. Persevere and you will find one of West Africa's most vibrant cities. This was the traditional capital of the Mossi empire, but all the country's major ethnic groups, religions and languages co-exist here with remarkable harmony. Life moves at a brisk pace and you'll find that contact with the people is much more immediate than in many other West African cities. The night life in Ouaga is famous throughout West Africa, with excellent music, bars and nightclubs and the music goes on all night, so make sure to pack your dancing shoes.

Days 49-50 Segou

Relax into the laidback pace of this lively city.

Days 51-52 Bamako

Feel the rhythmic heart of Mali’s welcoming capital. Why not catch a performance from some of West Africa's finest musicians?

Days 53-55 Dyas 53-55 Mandingue Country trek

Embark on a 4 day trek to the seldom visited area of Mali.

Day 56 Bamako

Return to Bamako.
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