Dakar to Douala

Tour Africa on this epic adventure through eight enchanting West African countries. Hear entrancing African music, visit incredible people and experience unique African cultures on this not-to-be-missed trip from Dakar to Douala.

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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.

  • Experience the country of Mali and be enchanted by its music
  • Explore mangroves with local fisherman in Senegal
  • Float down the Niger River
  • Tour Mali and experience the unique culture of the reclusive Dogon tribe of Africa
  • Visit Ghana and spot wild game in Mole National Park
  • Travel in Ghana and browse the colourful markets of Kumasi
  • Lounge on the beach in Grand Popo, Benin
  • Meet cheeky chimps in Nigeria

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Dakar, Senegal
  • Finish:

  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nts), Camp site (3 nts), Camping (with facilities) (47 nts), Hotel (15 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    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, Game Drive and visit to hot springs, Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey, Kintampo Waterfalls, La Maison Bresil at Ouidah, Niger River Day Trip and Village Visit, Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo, Pirogue Trip, Sabre Trust School project, Elmina, 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, Walking Safari and Entrance, Mole National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1904kg pp per trip
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Day 1 Dakar

Visit Senegal and relax in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.

Days 2-3 St Louis

Spot egrets, ducks, pelicans and flamingos in an estuary of the Senegal River, Africa.

Days 4-5 Palmarin

Take a break from Senegal's beach and explore mangroves on board a traditional pirogue (dugout canoe).

Days 6-7 Kiang West National Park

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.

Day 8 Basse Santu-Su

Sit back, relax and experience Gambia while travelling through this central western region of Africa.

Days 9-10 Niokolo-Koba National Park

Travel on game drives to spot chimpanzees, leopards and hippos in this forested park.

Day 11 Kayes/Bush Camp

Camp in some of the most remote parts of the African sub-Sahara.

Days 12-14 Bamako

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.

Days 15-17 Mandingue Country Trek

Travel on a 4-day trek into the remote heart of Mandingue country and mingle with friendly locals on village stays.

Day 18 Bamako

Travel back to Bamako and enjoy a well earned rest.

Day 19 Segou

Perusing colourful fabrics and crafts at a local market is a wonderful thing to do in Mali.

Day 20 Bush Camp

Travel to Burkina Faso and be touched by the warmth of the friendly people.

Days 21-22 Ouagadougou

Dance the night away to the hypnotic sounds of local musicians in Ouagadougou.

Days 23-24 Bobo-Dioulasso

The vibrant African city of Bobo-Dioulasso is home to a sacred fishpond used for unusual rituals.

Days 25-26 Banfora

Travel through a magnificent avenue of mango trees to the spectacular Karfiguela Falls.

Day 27 Bush Camp

Enter the proud nation of Ghana.

Days 28-29 Mole National Park

Home to elephants, lions and leopards, Mole National Park is one of West Africa's best.

Day 30 Kintampo Falls

Pay a visit to the impressive Kintampo Falls and meet wide-eyed inhabitants at the Baobeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.

Days 31-32 Kumasi

A visit to the atmospheric market in Kumasi city is an eye-opening thing to do in Ghana.

Days 33-34 Elmina

Help out on a local community project in this little Ghanaian fishing town.

Days 35-36 Accra

The African adventure ends in Ghana's coastal capital, Accra city.

Days 37-38 Keta

Ein Walkway führt durch die Baumkronen des Regenwaldes.

Day 39 Akosombo/Lake Volta

Visit the Akosombo Dam before setting up camp for the night.

Days 40-41 Mt Klouto

Travel to Togo to enjoy a butterfly safari through lush jungle. By night, get a rhythmic introduction to local drumming.

Days 42-43 Agbodrafo

Ride across Lake Togo with local fishermen to investigate voodoo culture in Togoville.

Days 44-45 Grand Popo

Visit Benin and relax beachside in Grand Popo.

Days 46-47 Cotonou/Ouidah/Ganvie

Be sure to check out the candy-striped Cotonou Cathedral.

Days 48-49 Abomey

Visit a palace filled with shimmering gold and silver and pervaded by the spirit of voodoo.

Day 50 Abeokuta

Travel into Nigeria and spend the night in booming Abeokuta.

Days 51-53 Bush Camp/Abuja

Enjoy a night camping in the bush en route to Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
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