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Dakar to Douala Overview
Travel to Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Visit Africa and experience West Africa's highlights on this incredible 69-day adventure. The journey begins in the famous city of Dakar, Senegal, and travels through the vast sands of the north. Have the chance to cruise the Niger River on a traditional pinasse boat and trek mountain terrain in search of Dogon villages. Head south to explore the lush tropical wilderness on game drives in Kakum Park, Ghana, and then laze on the remarkable black sands of Limbe's beaches in Cameroon. Along the way, meet welcoming West African folk and discover some of Africa's hidden gems.
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Travel to Senegal and stay at seaside Dakar city.
Check out the Parc National de la Langue de Barbarie, Senegal.
Leave Senegal's beaches to explore by canoe.
Today we head 200 km across the Gambian border to a river campsite at Tendaba, neighbouring Kiang West National Park, where we camp for 2 nights. Established as a national park in 1987, Kiang West is now the largest national park in the Gambia. Situated on the south bank of the river it encompasses dry deciduous woodland, savannah, mangrove creeks and tidal flats. Over 300 species of birds have been sighted in the area, including 21 raptors: vultures, harrier eagles, sandgrouse, Blue-breasted, Kingfisher hawks, white-shouldered black tit and falcons. An ideal spot to watch birds is Tubabkollon Point. Also can be seen are the West African Manatee, otters, sitatunga and roan antelopes plus rarer sightings of animals include the hyenas, leopards and dolphins.
Travel through the centre of western Gambia.
Embark on game drives in this forested park.
Cross the border and travel to Mali.
Discover the delights of Bamako city, home to some of Africa's finest musicians.
Trek into the remote heart of Mandingue country and mingle with friendly locals on village stays.
Arrive back at Bamako city to rest.
Relax into the laidback pace of Segou.
Travel to Burkina Faso and camp under a starry African sky.
Dance the night away to the sounds of local musicians in Ouagadougou.
See Burkina Faso attractions, including a sacred fishpond.
Head through an avenue of mango trees to the spectacular Karfiguela Falls.
Travel to Ghana - home to national parks, coastal beauty, colourful markets and an acclaimed music scene.
Mole National Park rivals those of East Africa for its wildlife safaris.
See the impressive Kintampo Falls and visit the Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.
Browse the lively markets of bustling Kumasi city.
Lend a hand at a rural educational and building project.
Relax on beautiful Accra beach.
Chill out on coastal Keta.
Visit Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world.
A butterfly safari through lush jungle is one of the amazing things to do in Togo.
Cross Lake Togo to investigate voodoo culture.
Visit Benin and make the most of the coastline.
Camp by a lake near Cotonou city.
Visit a palace and museum filled with treasures.
Say goodbye to Benin and head to Nigeria's thriving city of Abeokuta.
Travel through the lush green heart of Nigeria to Abuja city.
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