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West Africa between Freetown and Accra including Togo and Benin

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  • Mont Klouto
  • Lake Volta
  • Keta
  • Nzerekoré
  • Macenta
  • Grand Bassam
  • Kumasi
  • Accra
  • Yamoussoukro
  • Abomey
  • Kabala
  • Western Côte d'Ivoire
  • Grand Popo
  • Agbodrafo
  • Tata Somba region
  • Ouidah
  • Freetown
  • Tiwai Island Sanctuary
  • Kakum National Park
  • Ganvie
  • Gberia Fotombu
  • Korhogo
  • Elmina
  • Central Togo
  • Pendjari
  • Central Benin
  • Akosombo
  • Freetown Peninsular
  • Makeni
  • Faranah
  • Gueckedou

This incredible yet challenging adventure begins on the phenomenal beaches of the Freetown Peninsular and will head east through the remote forest region of Guinea and into the wonderful country of Cote d'Ivoire. We will then cross into Ghana and follow the Atlantic coast to its bustling capital of Accra, before continuing on to the unique and fascinating lands of Togo and Benin, two countries packed full of history, voodoo culture and stunning scenery. 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 Freetown

    Border information: If you are starting at Freetown, you will enter Sierra Leone at Lungi Airport. The fastest and most reliable way to Freetown from the airport is by water-taxi, as Lungi is across a bay from the city. The departure times for the water-taxis are linked to each flight in and out of the airport, so there will be transport available for you when you land. Exit the airport and walk to the right, and you'll see the water-taxi office at the end - you'll have to buy your ticket there for USD40 or EUR35, and check in your large bags. You'll take a minibus for 15 minutes, then the water-taxi for 30 minutes. The boat lands at the jetty, where you hand in your luggage ticket to get your large bags back. The jetty is in the Aberdeen district of Freetown, only a 200m walk from our hotel. Just walk up the hill to the main road - the Raza Guesthouse is slightly further down and on the other side of the road. Today is an arrival day with a pre departure meeting at 10:00am. Your leader will leave a note in reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport and insurance details at this meeting. The afternoon will be free to explore Freetown and it's surroundings. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

  • Day 2 to 4 Freetown Peninsular

    Today we leave Freetown to spend 3 nights exploring the beaches of Freetown Peninsular. There are a few different options for which beaches we could choose to visit, our favourites being River Number 2 Beach and Bureh Beach. On the beaches there will the be chance to go fishing, take a boat to explore the Banana Islands, get to know the local communities and of course relax on the beach! Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours. (Please note that all drive times are approximate estimates only - these times will vary due to road conditions, weather, roadworks, road closures, traffic jams, police checks, and many other mitigating factors - flexibility is an absolute necessity when travelling in West Africa!)

  • Day 5 Tiwai Island Sanctuary

    Leaving the Freetown peninsular behind we have a long drive southeast through Sierra Leone to the Tiwai Island Sanctuary, one of Sierra Leone's largest inland islands. We will stay here for 2 nights sleeping in tents perched on covered platforms. Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours

  • Day 6 Tiwai Island Sanctuary

    Today is a full day on Tiwai Island to enjoy various nature walks through webs of trails that weave through the Tiwai Forest. We'll be in search of the rare and colourful primates that inhabit the sanctuary, and if we're very lucky we may spot a very rare pygmy hippo!

  • Day 7 to 8 Kabala

    Over the next 2 days we travel north up through Sierra Leone to the small town of Kabala. Kabala is famous for a being an oasis of cool air in the hills of northern Sierra Leone, and for its traditional Ronko dyed clothes - shirts or gowns made of strips of cloth, typically dyed a rusty reddish-brown using local pigments.  We aim to wild camp near the town of Makeni en route, or we may stay in a local guesthouse depending on the size and wishes of the group. In Kabala we will stay in a local guesthouse. Drive times - 6-8 hours each day.

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