This 36-day Nomadic West Africa Westbound adventure is packed with highlights. Stop by traditional villages, explore mangroves and highland forests and wander through through vibrant West African cities. Meet welcoming folk as you travel overland through Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, The Gambia and Senegal, tasting the traditional cuisine and discovering some of the continent's best kept secrets. So don't just sit there, get moving and embrace the bright colours and vibrant life of West Africa.

Start
Accra, Ghana
Finish
Dakar, Senegal
Countries
Ivory Coast,
Gambia,
Ghana,
Guinea,
Guinea-bissau,
Senegal
Themes
Overland
Code
DDOL
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 044kg pp per trip

Visit Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire and Senegal, travelling from Accra to Dakar.


Highlights

  • Spot birdlife from the sand islands and dunes of the Sine-Saloum Delta

Itinerary

The trip begins in Ghana's glamorous capital, among Accra's powdery beaches and lively bars.
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 Nomadic West Africa journey in the vibrant costal city of Dakar.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Cabin (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (9 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (14 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Rondavel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Elmina Castle
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Great Mosque
  • Guided tour of the local cloth weavers
  • Medina Baay Mosque
  • Pirogue trip
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina

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