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.

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


Highlights

  • Travel in Ghana and browse the colourful markets of Kumasi
  • Visit Ghana and spot wild game in Mole National Park
  • Meet cheeky chimps in Nigeria
  • Lounge on the beach in Grand Popo, Benin
  • Explore mangroves with local fisherman in Senegal
  • Experience the country of Mali and be enchanted by its music
  • Tour Mali and engage the culture of the reclusive Dogon tribe of Africa
  • Float down the Niger River

Itinerary

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.
Farewell the beaches of Senegal and experience Gambia. Spot vutures and falcons circling the sky above Kiang West National Park.
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.
Discover Nigeria's cooler regions on the scenic Jos Plateau.
Soak in a hot spring in Yankari, Nigeria.
Camp in the bush on the way to the Afi Mountains.
See where chimps and endangered drill monkeys are protected.
Travel through the varied Cameroon landscape.
Lounge on Limbe beach's black volcanic sands below mighty Mt Cameroon.
Kribi Beach is a dramatic contrast to Limbe's chilled-out vibe and is a glitzy, palm-fringed playground for the rich.
Travel to Douala and indulge in great restaurants and bars.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camp site (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (47 nights), Hotel (15 nights)
Included activities
  • 3 night/4 day Mandingue trek
  • African Workshop community project
  • Domes of Fabedougou, Banfora
  • Entrance and Game Drives
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Entrance French Fort, Kayes
  • Entrance into Kiang West National Park
  • Game Drive and visit to hot springs
  • Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey
  • Kintampo Waterfalls
  • La Maison Bresil at Ouidah
  • Niger River Day Trip and Village Visit
  • Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo
  • Pirogue Trip
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina
  • Stilt Village Boat Trip
  • Visit Drill Monkey Conservation Project
  • Visit Slave Castle, Elmina
  • Visit the Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
  • Visit to Karfiguela Waterfalls
  • Visit to Lake Tengrela
  • Visit to Sindou Peaks
  • Walking Safari and Entrance, Mole National Park

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Important notes

1. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes for more details.
2. 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 Senegal through The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire to Ghana. We expect to have the new itinerary online by the end of June 2012.
3. 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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