Douala to Dakar Itinerary

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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Day 1 Douala

Arrive in Cameroon and discover Douala's curious mix of gracefully decayed colonial ambience and modern, marble buildings.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Kribi Beach

Spice it up on the sophisticated sands of Kribi Beach.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 6-7 Cameroon Rainforest

Traverse Cameroon’s rugged roads winding through jungles, arid plains and soaring mountains.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 11 Bush Camp

Head into Nigeria and enjoy camping in the bush.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 14 Jos

Enjoy cooler the climes of the scenic Jos Plateau.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 15 Abuja

Explore Nigeria's capital, then leave the city behind to camp in the bush.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 28-29 Mt Klouto

Perhaps take a butterfly safari through lush jungle, then enjoy a night of traditional cuisine and music.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 30 Akosombo/Lake Volta

Leaving the mountains behind, enter Ghana and camp by one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 31-32 Keta

Revisit Ghana's colonial history at coastal stone forts, then pitch in and help at a local school project.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 33-34 Accra

Recharge on the beach in Accra, Ghana's golden capital city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 35-36 Elmina

Help out on a local community project in this little fishing town.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 37-38 Kumasi

Browse the lively markets of this bustling provincial city.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 39 Kintampo Waterfalls

Visit the picturesque Kintampo Waterfalls.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 40-41 Mole National Park

Home to elephants, lions and leopards, this is one of West Africa's best parks for wildlife viewing.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 42-44 Banfora

Travel to Burkina Faso and explore the magnificent Kariguela Waterfalls.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2, Hotel - 1

Days 45-46 Bobo-Dioulaso

This vibrant African city is home to a sacred fishpond used for unusual rituals.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 47-48 Ouagadougou

Dance the night away to the hypnotic sounds of local musicians in this charming city.
ACCOM: Camp site - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 49-50 Segou

Relax into the laidback pace of this lively city.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

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?
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 53-55 Dyas 53-55 Mandingue Country trek

Embark on a 4 day trek to the seldom visited area of Mali.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 56 Bamako

Return to Bamako.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 57-58 Kayes

Enjoy camping in the bush.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 59-60 Niokolo-Koba National Park

Embark on game drives in this forested park. Keep watch for chimpanzees, leopards, hippos and elands, which can all be found here.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 61 Basse Santu-Su

Explore a small Gambian village.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 62-63 Kiang West National Park

Take a wildlife Safari in Gambia's largest National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 64-65 Palmarin

Join local fisherman exploring the mangroves by canoe.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 66-67 St Louis

Spot egrets, ducks, pelicans and flamingos in an estuary of the Senegal River.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 68-69 Dakar

Celebrate the end of this unforgettable journey from Doula to Dakar in this vibrant African city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1