Douala to Dakar Overview
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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