West Africa is a cultural and musically journey, incomparable to anywhere else in the world. Dakar is about as far west as you can go in Africa, a city-sized village perched on the Atlantic coast. From here we’ll head south-west through Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
We then head well off the tourist route through Ivory Coast before heading for the coast, travelling down through Ghana, Togo and Benin with time to relax on beautiful beaches to recover from the rigours of desert travel.
West Africa is not the easiest place to travel. Roads are rough, things don’t go to plan, and the climate can be uncomfortable – but this region has a wealth of attractions included the little known forested region of Fouta Djallon, the colonial centre of Bissau and the bizarre buildings of Yamoussoukro. Enjoy wildlife experiences in the Sine-Saloum Delta, Kiang West, Kakum and Pendjari (one of the last populations of West African lions) National Parks and the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Witness incredible voodoo displays at Mount Klouto and Togoville and immerse yourself in the history of slavery from Elmina Fort to the Route des Esclaves at Ouidah. We’ll be travelling on mud roads that mean digging out the truck when it rains but there’s also time to hit the beach on numerous occasions for plenty of R&R after the extraordinary journey we’ve undertaken.