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West Africa between Dakar and Freetown

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  • Ziguinchor
  • Dakar
  • Toubakouta
  • Bureh Beach
  • Northern Guinea
  • Kiang West National Park
  • Mamou
  • Fouta Djallon
  • Freetown
  • Cap Skirring
  • Bissau
  • Mampata
  • Tendaba Camp
  • Touba
  • Southern Guinea
  • St. Louis
  • Labé
  • Freetown Peninsular
  • Bissau

This trip takes in the highlights of Senegal and the Gambia, first exploring the Sahel region, the colonial city of St. Louis and the impressive Mouride mosque in Touba. The journey then moves to the stunning wetlands of Toubakouta and the Gambia, where there is an abundance of birdlife. We then plunge into the remarkable but lesser-visited countries of Guinea-Bissau and Guinea. We will have several days of travelling on poor roads, wild camping on the way, before we reach the Fouta Djallon highlands where we have two days of trekking through spectacular mountains and waterfalls. We then make our way south to the unique country of Sierra Leone and visit the beaches of the Freetown Peninsular, before ending our trip in the bustling capital of Freetown.

  • Day 1 Dakar

    Border information: if you are joining at Dakar, you will most likely enter Senegal at Dakar Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (IATA code: DKR). 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 the cosmopolitan city and perhaps take an optional trip to the famous Île de Goreé. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Dakar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Dakar. In Dakar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Explore the atmospheric and historic Island of Goree - Cost: XOF 5000
    Explore Senegal's bustling capital, Dakar - Cost: USD
    Discover the incredible beaches of N'gor and Yoff on the northern edge of the Dakar Peninsular - Cost: USD
    See the controversial African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, completed in 2010 - the tallest statue in Africa and built to symbolise Africa's emergence from European domination, it has been criticised by many for its 'Stalinist' design - Cost: USD
    Visit the IFAN Museum of Arts (otherwise known as the Théodore Monod Museum), one of the best museums in Africa with 9000 objects of African art and culture from across the region, including traditional dress, masks, drums, and tools - Cost: XOF 2500
    Visit the Village des Arts, Dakar's hub for local artists to display and showcase their work in a large garden space - Cost: USD

  • Day 2 to 3 St. Louis

    Today we head north through the dry Sahel region to the old colonial city of St. Louis, formerly the capital of French West Africa. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, 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 a free day to explore the streets of the old city and take an optional trip to the Langue de Barbarie National Park or the nearby Djoudj Birdlife Reserve. In St. Louis we will stay in a colonial-era hotel with good facilities.

    Explore Senegal's atmospheric colonial city of St. Louis - Cost: ARS
    Marvel at the abundant birdlife in the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary - Cost: XOF 20000
    Explore the incredible landscapes of the Langue de Barbarie National Park on the tip of the sandy peninsular near St. Louis - Cost: XOF 10000
    Visit some of the museums of St. Louis, including the Jean Mermoz museum dedicated to the history of the pioneering French aviators that open up the air route from Africa to South America in the 1930s - Cost: XOF 600
    Visit the nearby Guembeul Nature Reserve, the centre for a gazelle reintroduction program and home to the African Spurred Tortoise - Cost: XOF 20000

  • Day 4 to 5 Touba

    Today we start our journey south to the small town of Toubakouta, situated close to the Sine-Saloum Delta. On the way we will see the landscape change as we enter the greener wetland region, and we will stop to see the Grand Mosque of Touba, one of the best known mosques in Senegal and most holy site in the Mouride branch of Islam. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. On our full day in Toubakouta we will have an optional morning pirogue trip to a nearby village to see a slice of rural Senegalese life and to meet their charismatic female chief. In the afternoon we have an included pirogue trip to the mangroves, the 'Shellfish Island' and the 'Island of Birds' - if the weather is good, there are often some stunning sunsets across the delta. In Toubakouta we will camp in the grounds of a small locally-run hotel.

    Visit the stunning Grand Mosque of Touba, one of Africa's largest mosques and the holiest site of the Mouride Brotherhood, a sect of Islam that focuses on hard work as a form of salvation
    Take an evening pirogue trip into the heart of the Sine-Saloum Delta to explore the fascinating islands and enjoy the spectacular sunset

    Head out by pirogue to a nearby village to meet the locals (including their female chief!) and learn all about rural village life - Cost: XOF 2500

  • Day 6 to 7 Tendaba

    Border information: Exit Senegal at Karang, enter The Gambia at Fass. Today we will head across the border from Senegal into the small country of The Gambia, then cross the Gambia River on a local transport barge to arrive at the famous Tendaba Camp on the southern shore of the Gambia River. The ferry can be quite a chaotic local experience! Tendaba Camp was the first inland hotel in The Gambia, and is one of the most popular spots in the country for birdwatchers. Estimated Drive Time - 6-9 hours (depending on the ferry crossing). Tendaba is located opposite the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, one of the premier birdwatching sites in Africa. On our full day here we will have an included morning boat trip into the wetlands to spot some of the stunning area's wildlife and natural scenery. We will also have an opportunity to take an optional safari drive around the nearby forests of Kiang West National Park. In Tendaba we will stay in a basic guesthouse.

    Explore deep into the stunning wetland delta of the Bao Balong Reserve on a motorised pirogue, discovering one of Africa's best birdwatching areas

    Take a fun safari truck ride through the dry deciduous forests of Kiang West National Park - Cost: GMD 350

  • Day 8 to 10 Cap Skirring

    Border information: Exit The Gambia at Soma, enter Senegal at Senoba. Today we will cross the border into the southern Casamance region of Senegal, arriving at the beautiful beaches of Cap Skirring. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. We will have 2 full days in Cap Skirring, where there will be good opportunities for optional activities such as swimming, biking, fishing, quad-biking and sun-bathing! While in Cap Skirring, your co-driver will travel to the nearby town of Ziguinchor to obtain Guinea-Bissau visas for the group at the consulate there. In Cap Skirring we will camp in the grounds of a good beach hotel, where there will likely be the opportunity to upgrade to rooms.

    Relax, sunbathe, swim and explore on the idyllic beaches of Cap Skirring and Kabrousse - Cost: USD
    Head out on a fishing trip on the Atlantic near Cap Skirring, having your catch for dinner that evening! - Cost: XOF 15000
    Go out on a great day trip on the pirogues along the coast of Cap Skirring and to some nearby scenic islands - Cost: XOF 15000
    Hire bikes to explore the beautiful coastline of the Altantic near Cap Skirring - Cost: XOF 5000
    Head on an exhilirating quad-biking expedition down the miles of sandy beaches on the Cap Skirring coast (when available) - Cost: USD 40

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