Douala to Dakar Itinerary

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Mud house on Madara Mountains, Cameroon

Goumori local herding cattle, Benin

Four Horned Chameleon, Cameroon

Locally handcrafted goods on sale at market in Accra, Ghana

Smiling young students from the Ashanti region, Ghana

Day 1 Douala

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

Days 2-3 Kribi Beach

Live it up in Kribi - a glitzy, palm-fringed playground for the rich, and relax on the beach while soaking up the glorious African sun.
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

Journey through the tropical rainforest of Cameroon and camp in remote locations along the way.
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

Watch the dramatic African scenery unfold as the trip heads to Yankari National Park.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 12-13 Yankari National Park

Soak in a hot spring beneath sandstone cliffs and safari among prowling lions, springing antelope and elegant ostriches in this remote reserve.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 14 Jos

Enjoy the cooler 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

Spend time getting acquainted with this thriving African 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. Travel to Cotonou and take the chance to visit a unique African 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 in 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 fishermen to Togoville to learn about the mysteries and rituals of voodoo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 28-29 Mt Klouto

Perhaps take a butterfly safari through lush rainforest before enjoying a night of traditional African cuisine and music.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 30 Akosombo/Lake Volta

Travel across the border into Ghana and camp by one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 31-32 Keta

Explore the Keta Lagoon Complex - vast wetlands that are home to a myriad birds, fish and butterflies.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 33-34 Accra

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

Day 35 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 36-37 Elmina

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

Days 38-39 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 - 2

Days 40-41 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 Vatican City.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 42 Korhogo

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

Days 43-44 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

Days 45-47 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) - 3

Days 48-49 Mamou/Kissidougou

Travel through south-east Guinea, stopping to camp en route.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Guesthouse - 1

Days 50-52 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 53-54 Bush Camp

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

Days 55-56 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

Day 57 Bush Camp

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

Days 58-59 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

Days 60-61 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 62-63 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 64-65 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, t]The Gambia's largest national park, and search for West African Manatee, otters, hyenas and leopards.
ACCOM: Rondavel - 2

Days 66-67 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, sand islands and dunes of the Sine-Saloum Delta.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 68-69 Dakar

Celebrate the end of your African journey in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1