Discover rarely visited gems on this West Africa overland trip from Dakar to Freetown. 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.

Start
Dakar, Senegal
Finish
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Countries
Guinea,
Guinea-bissau,
Senegal,
Sierra Leone
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
DDOH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 161kg pp per trip

Travel from delightful Dakar to lively Freetown


Highlights

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

Itinerary

Begin your West Africa journey in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.
Head north through the Sahel to the historic city of St. Louis. Explore the picturesque colonial streets or maybe take a trip to Langue de Barbarie National Park.
Stop over in the tiny town of Toubakouta, and, if there's time, head to Medina Baay Mosque in Kaolack. The next day, head out and explore the beautiful beaches, mangrove swamps, islands and dunes of the Sine-Saloum Delta.
Reach the Gambia River and spend two nights in traditional round huts made entirely out of natural materials from the bush. Explore the woodlands, 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.
Feel the fresh sea breeze in the coastal village of Cap Skirring. Perhaps take a dip in warm ocean waters or relax on palm-fringed beaches.
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.
Camp in the wild en route to Guinea, passing through some of West Africa's most remote scenery on the way.
Head into the cool climes of Fouta Djallon, the perfect place to enjoy some outdoor activities. Trek through stunning scenery and swim in pristine natural lagoons.
Travel south through Guinea to the central town of Mamou.
Stop overnight in a wild bush camp close to the Sierra Leone border.
Drive on to Bureh Beach and let cares melt away on one of the stunning beaches.
End the adventure in Sierra Leone's lively capital, Freetown.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Rondavel (2 nights)

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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

Important notes

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