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West Africa between Freetown and Accra

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  • Kumasi
  • Kabala
  • Nzerekoré
  • Kakum National Park
  • Freetown
  • Grand Bassam
  • Western Côte d'Ivoire
  • Yamoussoukro
  • Korhogo
  • Freetown Peninsular
  • Tiwai Island Sanctuary
  • Faranah
  • Accra
  • Elmina
  • Gueckedou
  • Macenta
  • Forested Guinea
  • Potoru
  • Southern Guinea

This adventure begins on the beautiful beaches of the Freetown Peninsular before heading overland to Sierra Leone's eastern province and the unique Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary. The adventure continues as we journey through Sierra Leone's northern province and across the remote border into Guinea. We then explore the eastern areas of this rarely-visited country and pass through stunning mountainous forested area, famed for their vine bridges. From here we continue into the wonderful country of Côte d'Ivoire, visiting the handicraft town of Korhogo, the famous Basilica in Yamoussoukro, and the sleepy old colonial town of Grand Bassam. We will then cross into Ghana and follow the Atlantic coast to Elmina, the Fort of Cape, the canopy walkways of Kakum National Park and onto to the Ashanti capital of Kumasi. The trip ends in the bustling Ghanaian capital of Accra.

  • Day 1 Accra

    Border information: if you are joining in Accra, then you will most likely enter Ghana at Accra Kotoka International Airport (IATA code: ACC). 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. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Accra 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 Accra. In Accra we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Activities(Optional)
    Explore the fascinating and chaotic Ghanaian capital city of Accra - Cost: GHC 5
    Learn all about the history and culture of Ghana in the National Museum - Cost: GHC 40
    Visit the famous Labadi Beach situated on the outskirts of Accra - Cost: GHC 5
    Freely explore the huge Independence Square and Black Star Arch in Accra, where independence was celebrated in 1957 - Cost: USD
    Freely explore the area of Jamestown, Accra's oldest district and a vibrant fishing area - Cost: GHC
    Visit the outside of the famous Osu Castle, the seat of power in Ghana since the 1600s - Cost: GHC

  • 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 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 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.

    Activities(Optional)
    Visit to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti kingdom and culture - Cost: GHC 10
    Freely explore the bustling and colossal centre of Kejetia, the largest market in West Africa - Cost: USD
    Visit the National Cultural Centre and the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum to learn all about the history and culture of the Ashanti civilisation, of which Kumasi is still the capital - Cost: GHC 5
    Find out all about the British-Ashanti Wars of the 19th century on a guided tour of the Ghana Armed Forces Museum in Kumasi - Cost: GHC 8
    Escape the city and explore the shore of Lake Bosumtwe, a circular lake formed by a meteorite crash 100 million years ago - Cost: GHC 30

  • 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.

    Activities(Included)
    Visit to the stunning jungles of Kakum National Park and walk through the rainforests at night
    Explore the incredible rainforest canopy from the unique suspended bridges in Kakum National Park

    Activities(Optional)
    Learn all about the area's stingless bees and their importance to the local ecology at the International Stingless Bee Centre near Kakum National Park (if time allows) - Cost: GHC 10
    Visit the Monkey Forest Resort Animal Sanctuary near Kakum NP, a sanctuary for animals rescued from poachers (if time allows) - Cost: GHC 15

  • 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 - 2-4 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.

    Activities(Included)
    Visit and explore the historic Elmina Castle

    Activities(Optional)
    Learn all about the appalling history of the Atlantic slave trade with a tour of the historic Cape Coast Castle - Cost: USD

  • Day 7 to 9 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 - 7-8 hours. On the following two days, we will have free time 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.

    Activities(Optional)
    Freely explore the stunning beaches and old colonial buildings of Grand Bassam, the original French capital of Côte d'Ivoire - Cost: USD
    Visit the National Museum of Costume, which showcases the cultural dresses of the different tribes of Côte d’Ivoire - Cost: XOF 2000

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Transport

Overland expedition vehicle, boats

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