Discover the wonders of West Africa from historic Freetown to alluring Accra

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

Start
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Finish
Accra, Ghana
Countries
Ivory Coast,
Ghana,
Guinea,
Sierra Leone
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
DDOG
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 413kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the historic Elmina Castle
  • Relax and unwind on Ghana's stunning Brenu Beach
  • Visit Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti culture
  • Visit the stunning jungles of Kakum National Park
  • Get to know the forested region of Guinea on foot
  • Nature walk through the Tiwai Island Sanctuary
  • Discover Freetown's history as a centre for freed slaves

Itinerary

Uncover a wealth of culture and history in Freetown - the main base for the suppression of the slave trade in the 1700s. Perhaps ease into the adventure by lazing about on one of the many beautiful beaches.
Relax on stunning Bureh Beach.
Encounter river turtles, colourful primates and spectacular natural rainforest in the Tiwai Island Sanctuary.
Explore southern Sierra Leone and camp under the stars in the glorious African wilderness.
Discover the meaning of 'off the beaten track' in Sierra Leone. Travel along narrow, corrugated dirt roads to a remote section of west Africa.
Continue overland through the mid-region of Guinea, stopping en route in Gueckedou.
Journey into 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 fauna, trek across savanna, follow trails to beautiful waterfalls and track forest elephants.
Take in the scenery while driving to Odienne, known for its large mosque and nearby gold mines. This town is set against a seriously striking backdrop - the imposing granite mountain of Den Ke Le Massif - so be ready to snap some great photos.
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.
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 a multi-million dollar replica of St Peter's Basilica - even though only a small percentage of the population is Catholic.
Explore Cote d'Ivoire's 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.
Head into Ghana 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.
Journey to 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.
Drive north to Kumasi, once the centre of the Ashanti Kingdom and today home to West Africa's largest market. Spend some time exploring the town and its interesting museums.
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.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (11 nights)
Included activites
  • 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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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

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