Start
Douala,
Finish
Dakar, Senegal
Countries
Benin,
Ivory Coast,
Gambia,
Ghana,
Guinea,
Guinea-bissau,
Senegal,
Togo
Themes
Explorer
Code
FDOAC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
2 002kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

Discover Douala's curious mix of gracefully decayed colonial ambience and modern, marble buildings.
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.
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.
Journey through the tropical rainforest of Cameroon and camp in remote locations along the way.
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.
Watch the dramatic African scenery unfold as the trip heads to 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.
Enjoy the cooler climes of the scenic Jos Plateau.
Explore Nigeria's capital then leave the city behind to camp in the bush.
Spend time getting acquainted with this thriving African city.
Cross the border into Benin. Pay a visit to a palace filled with gold and silver - and pervaded by the spirit of voodoo!
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.
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.
Lounge on the beach or wander in the nearby museum. Perhaps join locals in the evening to spot sea turtles on the beach.
Make tracks to Togo and take a ride with local fishermen to Togoville to learn about the mysteries and rituals of voodoo.
Perhaps take a butterfly safari through lush rainforest before enjoying a night of traditional African cuisine and music.
Travel across the border into Ghana and camp by one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
Explore the Keta Lagoon Complex - vast wetlands that are home to a myriad birds, fish and butterflies.
Relax on the beach in Ghana's golden capital city.
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.
Help out on a local community project in the little fishing town of Elmina.
Explore the colonial town, watch local artists at work or kick back and relax on the serene beaches of Grand Bassam.
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.
Weave through the fabric -filled marketplaces of cotton-producing Korhogo - a great place to pick up some handmade souvenirs.
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.
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.
Travel through south-east Guinea, stopping to camp en route.
Head into the cool climes of Fouta Djallon, the perfect place to enjoy a spot of walking, hiking or biking.
Camp overnight in Koundara and Mampata, passing through some of West Africa's most remote scenery on the way.
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.
Continue the Africa overland odyssey toward Senegal, stopping to camp for the night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate the end of your African journey in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (10 nights), Cabin (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (29 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (19 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Rondavel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Elmina Castle
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Game Drive and visit to hot springs
  • Great Mosque
  • Guided city tour of Togoville
  • Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey
  • Guided tour of the local cloth weavers
  • Medina Baay Mosque
  • Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo
  • Pirogue trip
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina
  • Stilt Village Boat Trip

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