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West Africa between Dakar and Accra

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  • Tendaba Camp
  • Macenta
  • Western Côte d'Ivoire
  • Kumasi
  • Freetown
  • Tiwai Island Sanctuary
  • Nzerekoré
  • Freetown Peninsular
  • Gberia Fotombu
  • Fouta Djallon
  • Grand Bassam
  • Northern Guinea
  • Kabala
  • Accra
  • Bissau
  • Yamoussoukro
  • Kakum National Park
  • St. Louis
  • Korhogo
  • Touba
  • Cap Skirring
  • Southern Guinea
  • Dakar
  • Elmina
  • Labé
  • Toubakouta
  • Makeni
  • Faranah
  • Gueckedou

This amazing yet challenging adventure includes the highlights of Senegal and the Gambia and explores the region's marvellous wetlands and birdlife, We then plunge into the remarkable but lesser-visited countries of Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, visiting the area's stunning and remote mountains and the phenomenal beaches of the Freetown Peninsular. We will then head east through Guinea's remote forest region, before entering the wonderful country of Cote d'Ivoire and finally following the Atlantic coast of Ghana to its bustling capital of Accra. Unlike their more visited cousins in East Africa, these countries truly are hidden gems that are largely untouched by tourism - every trip through the region is therefore an incredible adventure involving fantastic community interaction, some wonderful wild camps, some difficult roads, and a rare opportunity to experience a more traditional way of life. West Africa boasts a huge arts and craft scene, colourful and vibrant markets, and incredible traditional music - however, what makes West Africa especially wonderful are the people - the fascinating cultures, incredible atmosphere, and warm friendly smiles that greet you every day are what makes a trip here so very special, and why the area is frequently on the top of the favourites list for many of our most seasoned travellers. Join us for this incredible adventure!

  • Day 1 Accra

    Border information: if you are joining in Accra, then you will most likely enter Ghana at Accra Kotoka International Airport. There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport, visas, and insurance details at this meeting. The afternoon will be free to explore the city of Accra. In Accra we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

  • Day 2 to 3 Kumasi

    Leaving Accra behind us, we journey north through Ghana's interior to the historic town of Kumasi. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day, we will have lots of time for free exploration of the fascinating town and its museums. Kumasi is the home of West Africa's largest market and was the centre of the Ashanti Kingdom.  In Kumasi we will stay in a local guesthouse.

  • Day 4 Kakum National Park

    Today we will drive south to the rainforests of Kakum National Park. On arrival we will head out on an included evening walk through the forests in search of wildlife, bugs and snakes! We may also have the chance to visit a small animal sancutary en route. In Kakum National Park we will camp in the grounds of the Park HQ. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

  • Day 5 to 6 Elmina

    Today we have an early start with an included morning visit to the Kakum National Park canopy walkways. These are a long series of hanging bridges at the forest canopy level that gives us a unique perspective of the rainforest - and at that time of the morning we will have the place to ourselves! We will then head back south to the Atlantic coast and into Cape Coast for a fascinating and moving tour of the old slave fort there. We will then move to our stunning beach resort in Brenu Akynin near the town of Elmina. Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours. On the following day, we will get involved with the currently community projects being run in the Elmina area by the SABRE Charitable Trust. The Trust does very valuable work in developing educational projects across Ghana, with a focus on providing early-years education - Dragoman has been visiting their projects and providing a day of help and a donation for many years, allowing us to give a little back and to experience a wonderful bit of community interaction. The exact experience will depend on what the Trust has a need for at the time, but we could be asked to help to paint a classroom, do a bit of gardening in one of the schools, or simply come and play some games with the kids! We will also have time for an optional visit to Elmina Castle and to relax on the beautiful beaches on Ghana's Atlantic Coast. In Elmina we will camp at a stunning beach resort.

  • Day 7 to 8 Grand Bassam

    Border information: Exit Ghana at Elubo, enter Côte d'Ivoire at Elubo. Today we will follow the Atlantic coast and cross into Côte d'Ivoire, arriving at the old French colonial capital of Grand Bassam situated east of Abidjan. Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours. On the following day, we will have a free day to explore the old colonial town and to relax on the beautiful beaches around our hotel. In Grand Bassam we will stay in a local hotel on the beach.

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Overland expedition vehicle, Pirogues, boats

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