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.

Start
Dakar, Senegal
Finish
Douala,
Countries
Benin,
Burkina Faso,
Gambia,
Ghana,
Senegal,
Togo
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
DDOAC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 904kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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).
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 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.
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
n/a
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camp site (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (47 nights), Hotel (15 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
  • 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

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