Embark on an adventure from Sierra Leone through to Guinea, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal.

Discover rarely-visited gems on this West Africa overland trip from Freetown to Dakar. 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. Whether appreciating the breadth of stunning birdlife or relaxing on the many serene beaches along the coast, West Africa is the ideal destination for travellers wanting a different travel experience.

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Dakar, Senegal
Sierra Leone
Explorer, Overland
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • Relax on a stunning beach in Sierra Leone
  • Get back to nature in Guinea's Fouta Djallon region
  • Get absorbed in the buzzing arts and handicrafts scene of Bissau
  • Glide through Senegal's Sine-Saloum Delta on a pirogue trip


Start your adventure in Sierra Leone's lively capital, Freetown.
Relax on stunning Bureh Beach.
Head into Guinea, stopping en route for the night.
We will spend two nights in local guesthouses in the towns of Mamou and Labe.
Head into the cool climes of Fouta Djallon, the perfect place to enjoy a spot of walking, hiking or biking.
Set up camp for a night in the wilds.
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.
Feel the fresh sea breeze in the coastal village of Cap Skirring, and perhaps take a dip in the warm waters or relax on the palm-fringed beaches.
Reach the Gambia River and spend two nights in traditional round huts made entirely out of natural materials from the bush. Explore the woodlands, savannah, 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.
Stop over in the tiny town of Toubakouta, and head out and explore the beautiful beaches, mangrove swamps, islands and dunes of the Sine-Saloum Delta.
Explore the streets of St. Louis' old city and take an optional trip to the Langue de Barbarie National Park.
End your West Africa journey in the vibrant coastal capital of Dakar.
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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (8 nights), Rondavel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Entrance into Kiang West National Park
  • Great Mosque
  • Medina Baay Mosque
  • Pirogue trip


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Important notes

1. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
2. A single supplement is not available for this trip.
3. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman

Trip notes

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