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.

Start
Douala,
Finish
Dakar, Senegal
Countries
Benin,
Burkina Faso,
Gambia,
Ghana,
Senegal,
Togo
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
FDOAC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
2 002kg pp per trip


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

Itinerary

Arrive in Cameroon and discover Douala's curious mix of gracefully decayed colonial ambience and modern, marble buildings.
Spice it up on the sophisticated sands of Kribi Beach.
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.
Traverse Cameroon’s rugged roads winding through jungles, arid plains and soaring mountains.
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.
Head into Nigeria and enjoy camping in the bush.
Soak in a hot spring beneath sandstone cliffs and spot prowling lions, springing antelope and elegant ostriches on safari in this remote reserve.
Enjoy cooler the climes of the scenic Jos Plateau.
Explore Nigeria's capital, then leave the city behind to camp in the bush.
Stroll around the marketplace of this thriving Nigerian 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. Then, travel to Cotonou and take the chance to visit a unique 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 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 fisherman, visit Togoville and learn more of the mysteries and rituals of voodoo.
Perhaps take a butterfly safari through lush jungle, then enjoy a night of traditional cuisine and music.
Leaving the mountains behind, enter Ghana and camp by one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
Revisit Ghana's colonial history at coastal stone forts, then pitch in and help at a local school project.
Recharge on the beach in Accra, Ghana's golden capital city.
Help out on a local community project in this little fishing town.
Browse the lively markets of this bustling provincial city.
Visit the picturesque Kintampo Waterfalls.
Home to elephants, lions and leopards, this is one of West Africa's best parks for wildlife viewing.
Travel to Burkina Faso and explore the magnificent Kariguela Waterfalls.
This vibrant African city is home to a sacred fishpond used for unusual rituals.
Dance the night away to the hypnotic sounds of local musicians in this charming city.
Relax into the laidback pace of this lively city.
Feel the rhythmic heart of Mali’s welcoming capital. Why not catch a performance from some of West Africa's finest musicians?
Embark on a 4 day trek to the seldom visited area of Mali.
Return to Bamako.
Enjoy camping in the bush.
Embark on game drives in this forested park. Keep watch for chimpanzees, leopards, hippos and elands, which can all be found here.
Explore a small Gambian village.
Take a wildlife Safari in Gambia's largest National Park.
Join local fisherman exploring the mangroves by canoe.
Spot egrets, ducks, pelicans and flamingos in an estuary of the Senegal River.
Celebrate the end of this unforgettable journey from Doula to Dakar in this vibrant African city.
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Inclusions

Meals
48 breakfasts, 48 lunches, 48 dinners
Transport
4x4, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Camp site (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (49 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights)
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

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Important 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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