West Africa Overland Itinerary

Travel from Dakar to Ghana on a road trip across this unspoilt and fascinating region of Africa, discovering the cultures, unique animals, stunning scenery and the warm smiles of the people of West Africa

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $6,030
      CAD $6,535
      AUD $5,770
      EUR €4,410
      GBP £3,560
      NZD $7,155
      ZAR R51,640
      CHF FR4,865
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,880
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $7,890*
      CAD $8,550*
      AUD $7,826*
      EUR €5,769*
      GBP £4,792*
      NZD $9,355*
      ZAR R71,418*
      CHF FR6,510*
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.
There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2016. View later West Africa Overland.
Palm trees under blue skies, Benin

Clay hut of Ditamari people, Benin

Friendly children of the Ashanti region, Ghana

Traditional pottery market, Accra, Ghana

Day 1 Dakar

Begin your West Africa journey in the vibrant coastal 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/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, savannah, 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 Ziguinchor

Arrive on 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 8-9 Cap Skirring

Feel the fresh sea breeze in the coastal village of Cap Skirring. Perhaps take a dip in warm ocean waters or relax on palm-fringed beaches.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 10-11 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 12 Saltinho

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

Days 13-14 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 15-17 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 18-19 Bush Camp

Leave the Fouta Djallon region behind and head south in Guinea, before crossing into Sierra Leone.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Guesthouse - 1

Days 20-21 Bureh Beach

Drive on to Bureh Beach and let cares melt away on one of the stunning beaches.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Day 22 Freetown

End the adventure in Sierra Leone's lively capital, Freetown.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 23-24 Freetown/Bureh Beach

Uncover a wealth of culture and history in Freetown - the main base for the suppression of the slave trade in the 1700s. Perhaps ease into the adventure by lazing about on one of the many beautiful beaches.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 25-27 Tiwai Island Sanctuary

Encounter river turtles, colourful primates and spectacular natural rainforest on Tiwai Island Sanctuary.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 28-30 Bush Camp/Kabala

Explore southern Sierra Leone and camp under the stars in the glorious African wilderness.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2, Hotel - 1

Days 31-33 Bush Camp/Faranah

Discover the meaning of 'off the beaten track' in Sierra Leone. Travel along narrow, corrugated dirt roads to a remote section of west Africa.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2, Guesthouse - 1

Day 34 Macenta

Continue overland through the mid-region of Guinea, stopping en route in Macenta.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 35-36 Guinee Forestiere

Journey into the wilds of the forested mountain region that is home to most of Guinea's population. Learn about local culture, see an eye-popping array of flora and flora, trek across savannah, follow trails to beautiful waterfalls and track forest elephants.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 37-42 Bush Camp/Danane

Take in the scenery while driving to Odienne, known for its large mosque and nearby gold mines. This town is set against a seriously striking backdrop - the imposing granite mountain of Den Ke Le Massif - so be ready to snap some great photos.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 39 Korhogo

Get insight into the Senoufo way of life in Korhogo. Practise haggling skills in Le Quartier des Sculpteurs where woven cloth, jewellery and antique souvenirs abound.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 40-41 Yamoussoukro

Discover Yamoussoukro's collection of opulent buildings built by post-independence president Felix Houphouet-Boigny on his quest to make his hometown the new, spectacular capital of Cote d'Ivoire. Appreciate the bizarre, quirky feel of this city, which has six-lane highways that lead nowhere and multi-million dollar replica of St Peter's Basilica - even though only a small percentage of the population is Catholic.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 43-44 Grand Bassam

Explore Cote d'Ivoire's old French colonial capital of Grand Bassam. Explore the Old Town, watch local artists at work, or kick back and relax on the serene beaches.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 45-46 Elmina

Head into Ghana to the fishing village of Elmina and camp by the glittering Atlantic. Visit Elmina Castle - sub-Saharan Africa's oldest European structure - and get involved with a local community project.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 47-48 Kakum NP/Kumasi

Journey to Kumasi, and visit to the lush Kakum National Park. Try to spot pygmy elephants, forest buffaloes and colourful birdlife while ambling through the treetops - the canopy walkways are a unique way to experience this tropical rainforest.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 49 Accra

See why Ghana's sprawling capital is a favourite among sun worshippers and beach lovers. Make a beeline for one of the many stretches of sand in this coastal city, and be entertained by musicians, acrobats and souvenir vendors. In the evening, make the most of Accra's lively nightlife by hitting the restaurants and bars.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 50 Accra

Enjoy a free afternoon in Ghana’s sprawling capital. Whether kicking back on one of the many beaches, enjoying the street musicians and acrobats, or taking in some history at the National Museum, there’s something for every type of traveller in Accra.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 51 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 52-53 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 54-55 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 56-57 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 58-59 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 60 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

Days 61-62 Abomey

Set up camp 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) - 2

Day 63 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 64 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 65-66 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

Day 67 Agbodrafo

Head to the the quiet town of Agbodrafo on the shores of Lake Togo for a night in an auberge (inn). Wind down lakeside, or jump in a pirogue for a paddle across to Togoville; a hotspot of Voodoo culture.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 68 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 69-70 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