Discover West Africa on an overland adventure from Dakar, Senegal to Accra, Ghana

The quintessential West Africa overland trip, this tour from Dakar to Ghana leaves no cultural, natural or historical stone unturned on its eastbound journey across the continent. Very much off-the-beaten-track, this is a fairly physically demanding tour that involves a lot of camping, hiking and trekking – though the bulk of it is undertaken in a comfortable overland truck. This is grassroots travelling at its very best; where you can really get involved in the communities and local people you meet along the way. From experiencing stunning birdlife and witnessing the last populations of West African lions, to getting involved in a community project in Ghana, this West African adventure takes in the best this part of the continent has to offer. Whether hanging out at the voodoo shrines, walking with butterflies at Mount Klouto or relaxing on the many serene beaches along the coast, West Africa is the ideal destination for travellers wanting a different travel experience.

Dakar, Senegal
Accra, Ghana
Ivory Coast,
Sierra Leone,
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • Relax on the stunning Brenu Beach on Ghana’s gold coast
    Explore the dense jungles of Kakum National Park
    Get absorbed in the buzzing arts and handicrafts scene of Bissau
    Discover Ghana’s capital city of Accra
    Embark on a pirogue trip through the Sine-Saloum Delta
    Unlock the secrets of Ghana’s historic Elmina Castle
    Encounter the great mosques of Senegal


Begin your West Africa journey in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.
Head north through the Sahel to the historic city of St. Louis. Explore the picturesque colonial streets or maybe take a trip to Langue de Barbarie National Park.
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.
Reach the Gambia River and spend two nights in traditional round huts made entirely out of natural materials from the bush. Explore the woodlands, 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.
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.
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.
Camp in the wild en route to Guinea, passing through some of West Africa's most remote scenery on the way.
Head into the cool climes of Fouta Djallon, the perfect place to enjoy some outdoor activities. Trek through stunning scenery and swim in pristine natural lagoons.
Travel south through Guinea to the central town of Mamou.
Stop overnight in a wild bush camp close to the Sierra Leone border.
Drive on to Bureh Beach and let cares melt away on one of the stunning beaches.
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.
Relax on stunning Bureh Beach.
Encounter river turtles, colourful primates and spectacular natural rainforest in the Tiwai Island Sanctuary.
Explore southern Sierra Leone and camp under the stars in the glorious African wilderness.
Discover the meaning of 'off the beaten track' in Sierra Leone. Travel along narrow, corrugated dirt roads to a remote section of west Africa.
Continue overland through the mid-region of Guinea, stopping en route in Gueckedou.
Journey into 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 fauna, trek across savanna, follow trails to beautiful waterfalls and track forest elephants.
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.
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.
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 a multi-million dollar replica of St Peter's Basilica - even though only a small percentage of the population is Catholic.
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.
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.
Journey to 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.
Drive north to Kumasi, once the centre of the Ashanti Kingdom and today home to West Africa's largest market. Spend some time exploring the town and its interesting museums.
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.
Welcome to 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.
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.
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.
Experience a wild African bush camp after journeying through Togo and soaking up some of the dramatic scenery along the way.
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.
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.
Journey through Benin and gaze out across captivating West African landscapes en route to another wild bush camping experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Canoe, Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (9 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (28 nights), Guesthouse (5 nights), Hotel (21 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Rondavel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Elmina Castle
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Guided city tour of Togoville
  • Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey
  • Guided tour of the local cloth weavers
  • Nature walk
  • Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina
  • Stilt Village Boat Trip
  • Tour of Tata Somba houses
  • Visit Akosombo Dam


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3. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman

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