Itinerary

Day 1 Dakar

Begin this Nomadic West Africa journey in the vibrant costal city of Dakar.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Toubakouta/Sine-Saloum Delta

Stop over in the tiny town of Toubakouta, and, if there's time, head to Medina Baay Mosque in Kaolack. The next day, head out and explore the beautiful beaches, mangrove swamps, islands and dunes of the Sine-Saloum Delta.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 4-5 Tendaba Camp/Kiang West National Park

Reach the Gambia River and spend two nights in traditional round huts made entirely out of natural materials from the bush. Explore the woodlands, savannas, mangrove creeks and tidal flats of Kiang West, the Gambia's largest national park, and keep an eye out for West African Manatee, otters, hyenas and leopards.
ACCOM: Rondavel - 2

Days 6-7 Bintang Bolong

Stay in the peaceful surrounds of Bintang Bolong Eco Lodge, using the riverside huts as a base in which to step into a canoe and explore the surrounding mangroves, or experience the lively culture of Bintang village.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Days 8-9 Ziguinchor

Arrive in the sandy streets of Ziguinchor, and head out to explore the overgrown downtown area or check out the colourful local boat-builders at the port.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 10-11 Cap Skirring

Feel the fresh sea breeze in the coastal village of Cap Skirring, and perhaps take a dip in the warm waters or relax on the palm-fringed beaches.
ACCOM: Cabin - 2

Day 12 Bush Camp

Continue the Africa overland odyssey toward Guinea Bissau, stopping to camp for the night.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 13-14 Bissau

Relax among the laidback, Portuguese-inspired vibes of Bissau. Pull up a seat in a bustling cafe or snap some photos of the character-clad colonial buildings.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 15-16 Bush Camp

Camp overnight in Mampata and Koundara, passing through some of West Africa's most remote scenery on the way.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 17-19 Fouta Djallon

Head into the cool climes of Fouta Djallon, the perfect place to enjoy a spot of walking, hiking or biking.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 20-21 Mamou/Kissidougou

Leave the Fouta Djallon region behind and head further through Guinea, stopping en route for two nights.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Guesthouse - 1

Days 22-23 Guinee Forestiere

Explore the forested mountain region of south-eastern Guinea, an untamed area that offers great opportunities to trek across wild savanna, follow less-trodden trails to spectacular waterfalls and track forest elephants at the Foret Classee de Ziama.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 24-25 Bush Camp/Odienne

Cut a path through rural West Africa, spending a night camping under the stars before reaching Odienne - renowned for its gold mines and striking granite backdrop.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 26 Korhogo

Weave through the fabric-filled marketplaces of cotton-producing Korhogo - a great place to pick up some handmade souvenirs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 27-28 Yamoussoukro

Explore the bizarre capital of the Cote d'Ivoire, a monument to presidential wealth and a city that sports the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix - an almost exact replica of St Peter's in the Vatican City.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 29-31 Grand Bassam

Explore the colonial town, watch local artists at work or kick back and relax on the serene beaches of Grand Bassam.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 32-33 Elmina

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

Day 34 Kakum National Park

Head deep into tropical rainforest in Kakum National Park. Embark on a canopy walk to spot pygmy elephants, forest buffalo and the extremely rare Mona-meercat.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 35-36 Accra

This eastbound West Africa trip ends among Accra's powdery beaches and lively bars.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 37 Akosombo/Lake Volta

The largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Volta covers almost 4% of Ghana’s landmass. Explore the workings of the hydroelectric Akosombo Dam while visiting this remarkable site.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 38-39 Mount Klouto

Arrive at the spectacular Mount Klouto, where an evening of drumming and voodoo offers an authentic African experience. Perhaps embark on a hike and discover the area’s dense forest and gently cascading streams and waterfalls.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 40-41 Bush Camp

Experience a wild African bush camp after journeying through Togo and soaking up some of the dramatic scenery along the way.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 42-43 Tata Somba Region

Stay in an eco-lodge in Tata Somba, and discover the incredible mud houses of the Tammari people. A World Heritage site, these two-storey fort-like structures are a truly impressive spectacle.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Days 44-45 Pendjari National Park

The stunning surrounds of Pendjari National Park offer a fantastic environment for embarking on game drives in the truck. Abundant with wildlife including elephants, hippos, buffalo, antelopes and some of the last populations of West African lions - there’s no shortage of astonishing natural sights here.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 46 Bush Camp

Journey through Benin and gaze out across captivating West African landscapes en route to another wild bush camping experience.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 47 Abomey

Camp overnight in the ancient capital of what was once one of the most powerful empires in Africa - the Dahomey Kingdom. Discover some of the kingdom’s history by visiting original Dahomeyan palaces and temples, or stopping by the Musee Historique D’Abomey.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 48 Ganvie

Jump aboard pirogues (dugout canoes) and explore Ganvie, a town built entirely on stilts in the middle of a lagoon. Spend a night in the stilt village – remarkable in that it’s home to more than 10,000 people – and learn more about the history of what is possibly the largest lake village in the whole of Africa.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 49 Ouidah

Paddle the pirogues back to shore and continue on to Ouidah – the centre of Benin’s Voodoo culture – and discover the intriguing Musee d’histoire d’Ouidah, which offers an interesting insight into the area’s Voodoo history.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 50-51 Grand Popo

Get in some rest and relaxation West African style on the beach at Grand Popo. Once a port that serviced the slave trade, the town is now a lovely spot to spend a lazy couple of days.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 52-53 Agbodrafo

Head to the shoes of Lake Togo, where an auberge (inn) in the quiet town of Agbodrafo will be home for the next couple of nights. A perfectly idyllic spot to wind down and partake in some watersports, the trip will also venture across the lake on pirogues to Togoville, another hotspot of the Voodoo culture.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 54 Keta

The largest wetlands site in Ghana, the Keta Lagoon Complex is abundant with bird, fish and butterfly species, and is a great place to do some wildlife spotting. After getting acquainted with some colourful creatures, perhaps discover the remains of Fort Prinzenstein, a slave den built by the Danes 300 years ago.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 55-56 Accra

Arrive back in Accra and perhaps pick up some local souvenirs from the craft market or reminisce about the adventure with the rest of the group over one last dinner together. There’s also a lively nightlife in Accra, so there’s ample opportunity for the trip to end with a bang.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1