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Dakar to Douala Overview
Travel to Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Visit Africa and experience West Africa's highlights on this incredible 69-day adventure. The journey begins in the famous city of Dakar, Senegal, and travels through the vast sands of the north. Have the chance to cruise the Niger River on a traditional pinasse boat and trek mountain terrain in search of Dogon villages. Head south to explore the lush tropical wilderness on game drives in Kakum Park, Ghana, and then laze on the remarkable black sands of Cameroon's Limbe's beaches. Along the way, meet welcoming West African folk and discover some of Africa's hidden gems.
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Visit Senegal and relax 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 (dugout canoe).
Today we head 200 km across the Gambian border to a river campsite at Tendaba, neighbouring Kiang West National Park, where we camp for 2 nights. Established as a national park in 1987, Kiang West is now the largest national park in the Gambia. Situated on the south bank of the river it encompasses dry deciduous woodland, savannah, mangrove creeks and tidal flats. Over 300 species of birds have been sighted in the area, including 21 raptors: vultures, harrier eagles, sandgrouse, Blue-breasted, Kingfisher hawks, white-shouldered black tit and falcons. An ideal spot to watch birds is Tubabkollon Point. Also can be seen are the West African Manatee, otters, sitatunga and roan antelopes plus rarer sightings of animals include the hyenas, leopards and dolphins.
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 has 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 a wonderful thing 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.
Ein Walkway führt durch die Baumkronen des Regenwaldes.
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.
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