Encounter mountains, beaches and mud roads on this epic West African adventure. Explore Ghana's buzzing capital Accra, walk among tree canopies in Kakum National Park and travel along the stunning Altantic coast to the beaches of Elmina. Cross the border into Cote d'Ivoire and appreciate colonial architecture in the old French capital Grand Bassam, with its own bevy of beautiful beaches, and stop in at bizarre Yamoussoukro. Journey onto Guinea and explore mountainous forested regions, incredible scenery, lush forests and villages famed for their vine bridges. Get off the beaten track in Sierra Leone, fall in love with cheeky primates and be surrounded by dense rainforest at Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary before ending the adventure in historic Freetown. This challenging adventure showcases the best of West Africa.

Accra, Ghana
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Ivory Coast,
Sierra Leone
Explorer, Overland
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • Visit and explore the historic Elmina Castle
  • Relax and unwind on the stunning Brenu Beach on Ghana's Gold Coast
  • Visit Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti kingdom and culture
  • Visit the stunning jungles of Kakum National Park
  • Get to know the forested region of Guinea on foot
  • Nature walk through Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Discover how Sierra Leone's capital Freetown became a centre for freed slaves


See why Ghana's sprawling capital is a favourite among sun worshippers and beach lovers. Make a beeline for one of the many stretches of sand in this coastal city, and be entertained by musicians, acrobats and souvenir vendors. In the evening, make the most of Accra's lively nightlife by hitting the restaurants and bars.
Leave Accra behind and make tracks for Kumasi.
Journey on to the lush Kakum National Park. Try to spot pygmy elephants, forest buffaloes and colourful birdlife while ambling through the treetops - the canopy walkways are a unique way to experience this tropical rainforest.
Head south to the fishing village of Elmina and camp by the glittering Atlantic. Visit Elmina Castle - sub-Saharan Africa's oldest European structure - and get involved with a local community project.
Travel west to Cote d'Ivoire. Explore the old French colonial capital of Grand Bassam. Explore the Old Town, watch local artists at work, or kick back and relax on the serene beaches.
Discover Yamoussoukro's collection of opulent buildings built by post-independence president Felix Houphouet-Boigny on his quest to make his hometown the new, spectacular capital of Cote d'Ivoire. Appreciate the bizarre, quirky feel of this city, which has six-lane highways that lead nowhere and multi-million dollar replica of St Peter's Basilica - even though only a small percentage of the population is Catholic.
Get insight into the Senoufo way of life in Korhogo. Practise haggling skills in Le Quartier des Sculpteurs where woven cloth, jewellery and antique souvenirs abound.
Bush camp enroute to the central region of Cote d'Ivoire.
Journey across the border into Guinea and into the wilds of the forested mountain region that is home to most of Guinea's population. Learn about local culture, see an eye-popping array of flora and flora, trek across savannah, follow trails to beautiful waterfalls and track forest elephants.
Farewell Guinea's forested region and continue overland through the mid-region of Guinea, stopping en route in Gueckedou and Faranah.
Discover the meaning of 'off the beaten track' in Sierra Leone. Travel along narrow, corrugated dirt roads to a remote section of west Africa.
Taste some of the freshest produce in the country in Kabala, and perhaps get active on a trek to the Wara Wara Mountains.
Explore southern Sierra Leone and spend two nights camping under the stars in the glorious African wilderness.
Encounter river turtles, colourful primates and spectacular natural rainforest on Tiwai Island Sanctuary.
Relax on stunning Bureh Beach.
Uncover a wealth of culture and history in Freetown - the main base for the suppression of the slave trade in the 1700s. Perhaps end the adventure by lazing about on one of the many beautiful beaches.
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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (11 nights)
Included activities
  • Elmina Castle
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Guided tour of the local cloth weavers
  • Nature walk
  • Sabre Trust School project, Elmina


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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

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