Travel to Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Visit Africa and experience the highlights of these incredible countries. The journey begins in the famous city of Casablanca, Morocco, and travels through Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon. Cruise the Niger River, trek rugged mountain passes, explore the wilderness on game drives in Ghana, and then laze on the remarkable black sands of Limbe's beaches in Cameroon. From start to finish, this epic tour from Casablanca to Douala will leave you in awe of amazing West Africa.

Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Douala,
Countries
Benin,
Burkina Faso,
Gambia,
Ghana,
Morocco,
Senegal,
Togo
Themes
Overland
Code
XDOXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Spot wildlife in Mole National Park
  • Float down the Niger River
  • Explore mangroves with local fisherman in Senegal
  • Meet cheeky chimps in Nigeria
  • Lounge on the beach in Grand Popo, Benin
  • Explore the colourful markets of Kumasi
  • Hike to Mt Toubkal
  • Wander the medieval streets of Fes
  • Experience colonial Casablanca
  • Experience enchanting Mali
  • Blitz through bazaars in Marrakech
  • Soak up coastal ambience in Essaouira

Itinerary

Get acquainted with the distinct architecture and European flavour of Casablanca.
Visit the Kasbah des Oudaias.
Head to a Moroccan homestay in the sacred hilltop town of Moulay Idriss.
Discover the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis en route to historic Fes.
Spend the night camping in the rugged Moroccan wilds.
Ride into the desert overnight on a camel safari.
Hike through the magnificent Todra Gorge.
Watch a golden sunset paint the graceful Ait Benhaddou kasbah in red hues.
Head to the Moroccan village of Talioune.
Visit the Saffron Community Project.
Why not conquer the slopes of Mt Toubkal?
Make the most of the coastal beauty and mellow vibe of Essaouria. Wander the narrow streets to explore markets and shop for trinkets or simply relax by the beach.
Visit Marrakech and get lost amongst the souqs and bazaars that line the winding streets.
Sit back with the locals and sip on a sweet mint tea in Casablanca.
Farewell Morocco and fly to Dakar, Senegal's cosmopolitan capital.
Relax on the beaches or explore the lively streets in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.
Spot egrets, ducks, pelicans and flamingos in an estuary of the Senegal River, Africa.
Take a break from Senegal's beach and explore mangroves on board a traditional pirogue - a dugout canoe.
Farewell the beaches of Senegal and head inland to experience Gambia. Explore the woodlands and mangrove creeks of Kiang West National Park and try to spot African vultures and falcons circling in the sky.
Sit back, relax and experience Gambia while travelling through this central western region of Africa.
Travel on game drives to spot chimpanzees, leopards and hippos in this forested park.
Camp in some of the most remote parts of the African sub-Sahara.
Discover tribal music and warmth in Mali's capital, Bamako. Be sure to catch a musical performance - Bamako city is home to some of West Africa's finest musicians.
Travel on a 4-day trek into the remote heart of Mandingue country and mingle with friendly locals on village stays.
Travel back to Bamako and enjoy a well earned rest.
Perusing colourful fabrics and crafts at a local market is one of the essential things to do in Mali.
Travel to Burkina Faso and be touched by the warmth of the friendly people.
Dance the night away to the hypnotic sounds of local musicians in Ouagadougou.
The vibrant African city of Bobo-Dioulasso is home to a sacred fishpond used for unusual rituals.
Travel through a magnificent avenue of mango trees to the spectacular Karfiguela Falls.
Enter the proud nation of Ghana.
Home to elephants, lions and leopards, Mole National Park is one of West Africa's best.
Pay a visit to the impressive Kintampo Falls and meet wide-eyed inhabitants at the Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.
A visit to the atmospheric market in Kumasi city is an eye-opening thing to do in Ghana.
Help out on a local community project in this little Ghanaian fishing town.
The African adventure ends in Ghana's coastal capital, Accra city.
Readjust to holiday time on the sprawling beaches of Keta. Pay a visit to Fort Prinzenstein, a slave den built over 300 years ago.
Visit the Akosombo Dam before setting up camp for the night.
Travel to Togo to enjoy a butterfly safari through lush jungle. By night, get a rhythmic introduction to local drumming.
Ride across Lake Togo with local fishermen to investigate voodoo culture in Togoville.
Visit Benin and relax beachside in Grand Popo.
Be sure to check out the candy-striped Cotonou Cathedral.
Visit a palace filled with shimmering gold and silver and pervaded by the spirit of voodoo.
Travel into Nigeria and spend the night in booming Abeokuta.
Enjoy a night camping in the bush en route to Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
Traverse the picturesque Jos Plateau.
Soak in a hot spring beneath dramatic sandstone cliffs. Look out for lions, antelope and elegant ostriches on a trip into this remote park.
Spend the night in a camp near Makurdi.
See where chimps and endangered drill monkeys are saved from hunters and perhaps lend a hand.
Travel along rugged roads winding through Cameroon's rainforests, arid plains and soaring mountains.
Lounge on Limbe's black volcanic sands below mighty Mt Cameroon.
Kribi Beach is a dramatic contrast to Limbe's chilled-out vibe and is a glitzy, palm-fringed playground for the rich.
End your western beaches and jungles adventure among Douala's graceful and decaying colonial ambience.
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Inclusions

Meals
63 breakfasts, 63 lunches, 63 dinners
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle, Plane
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (6 nights), Camp site (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (56 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (21 nights)
Included activites
  • 3 night/4 day Mandingue trek
  • African Workshop community project
  • Domes of Fabedougou, Banfora
  • Entrance and Game Drives
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Entrance French Fort, Kayes
  • Entrance into Kiang West National Park
  • Entrance to Volubilis
  • Game Drive and visit to hot springs
  • Guided city tour with local lunch, Fes
  • Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey
  • Guided walks
  • Kintampo Waterfalls
  • La Maison Bresil at Ouidah
  • Niger River Day Trip and Village Visit
  • Overnight camel safari
  • Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo
  • Pirogue Trip
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina
  • Saffron Community Project
  • Stilt Village Boat Trip
  • Visit Drill Monkey Conservation Project
  • Visit Slave Castle, Elmina
  • Visit the Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
  • Visit to Karfiguela Waterfalls
  • Visit to Lake Tengrela
  • Visit to Sindou Peaks
  • Visit to the Kasbah
  • Walking Safari and Entrance, Mole National Park

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Notes

1. This is a combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details.
2. Please note that due to the unpredictable security situation in Mali, and a 'Do Not Travel' government warning, we are no longer able to travel through Mali. The itinerary for all future departures will be changing to instead travel from Senegal through The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire to Ghana. We expect to have the new itinerary online by the end of June 2012.

Important notes

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