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West Africa

Dakar - Freetown

23 DAYS THROUGH Guinea, Guinea Bissau (+ 3 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $2,160 USD + 580 KITTY EUR
Now: $1,728 (USD) + 580 KITTY (EUR)
DURATION:
23 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Pirogue (dugout canoe)
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
45%
55%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 6, Lunches x 10, Dinners x 5
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZDF
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Immerse in the art and culture of Dakar

  Explore atmospheric St Louis

  Visit the stunning grand mosque of Touba

  Spot exotic birds at Tendeba in Gambia

  2 days at the coastal resort of Cap Skirring

  Overland the rough and tough roads of Guinea

  Overnight in remote community accommodation

  Guided 2 day trip to Fouta Djallon

  Relax on the beaches of Freetown peninsular in Sierra Leone

  Explore Freetown and visit the National Museum

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Dakar ( 12th Nov 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the atmospheric and historic Island of Goree

XOF 5000

Explore Senegal's bustling capital, Dakar

Free

Discover the incredible beaches of N'gor and Yoff on the northern edge of the Dakar Peninsular

Free

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

Free

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

XOF 2500

Visit the Village des Arts, Dakar's hub for local artists to display and showcase their work in a large garden space

Free
Day 2-3 - St. Louis ( 13th Nov 2018 to 14th Nov 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore Senegal's atmospheric colonial city of St. Louis

Free

Marvel at the abundant birdlife in the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

XOF 20000

Explore the incredible landscapes of the Langue de Barbarie National Park on the tip of the sandy peninsular near St. Louis

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

XOF 600

Visit the nearby Guembeul Nature Reserve, the centre for a gazelle reintroduction program and home to the African Spurred Tortoise

XOF 20000
Day 4-5 - Touba, Toubakouta ( 15th Nov 2018 to 16th Nov 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty

Take an evening pirogue trip into the heart of the Sine-Saloum Delta to explore the fascinating islands and enjoy the spectacular sunset

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

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

XOF 2500
Day 6-7 - Tendaba ( 17th Nov 2018 to 18th Nov 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a fun safari truck ride through the dry deciduous forests of Kiang West National Park

GMD 350
Day 8-10 - Cap Skirring ( 19th Nov 2018 to 21st Nov 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Relax, sunbathe, swim and explore on the idyllic beaches of Cap Skirring and Kabrousse

Free

Head out on a fishing trip on the Atlantic near Cap Skirring, having your catch for dinner that evening!

XOF 15000

Go out on a great day trip on the pirogues along the coast of Cap Skirring and to some nearby scenic islands

XOF 15000

Hire bikes to explore the beautiful coastline of the Altantic near Cap Skirring

XOF 5000

Head on an exhilirating quad-biking expedition down the miles of sandy beaches on the Cap Skirring coast (when available)

USD 40
Day 11-12 - Bissau ( 22nd Nov 2018 to 23rd Nov 2018 )

Border information: Exit Senegal at Mpack, enter Guinea Bissau at São Domingos.

Today we will drive across the border into the very rarely-visited country of Guinea-Bissau, and drive to its capital of Bissau.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day, we will have time to freely explore the city and the old Portuguese centre of Bissau Velho.

In Bissau we will stay in a local hotel.

Day 13-15 - Northern Guinea, Labé ( 24th Nov 2018 to 26th Nov 2018 )

Border information: Exit Guinea-Bissau at Kandika, enter Guinea at Kandika.

From Bissau we will journey through Guinea-Bissau and into the remote hilly areas of northern Guinea on our way to the town of Labé, the gateway to the stunning Fouta Djallon highland region. The roads on this section are very challenging dirt roads which take us through some incredibly remote areas, and our speed will largely be determined by the state of these roads - although getting to these areas is very special and a great adventure, even more flexibility will be required on these days!

We will stop for 2 wild camps en route - the first is likely to be next to the Guinean border at Kandika, the second is likely to be in the highlands past the village of Seriba.

In Labé we will stay in a pleasant local hotel.

Estimated Drive Times - 9-10 hours each day. 

Day 16-17 - Fouta Djallon, Labé ( 27th Nov 2018 to 28th Nov 2018 )

From Labé we will set off for an included 2-day excursion to the heart of the Fouta Djallon region of Guinea.

On the first day we will travel in 4x4 jeeps through very remote country roads to the small rural community of Aïnguel (approximately a 4 hour drive). After lunch there will be a short 3-hour trek to a waterfall viewpoint and to the nearby 'Pont de Pierre' rock bridge where we have the change to swim in a beautiful natural lagoon.

On this night we will stay in a very small and basic community-run guesthouse - please note that if the group is large, some people may need to sleep in tents just outside.

On the second day there is a long 8-hour trek through the surrounding hills and villages taking in the incredible scenery. We will stop for a picnic lunch next to a stunning waterfall, where we have the opportunity to swim in the lagoon beneath. In the latter stages of the trek, we hope to be able to get to the base of a much larger and incredibly powerful waterfall, although this is dependent on the ground waters having receded enough after the rainy season to make this route passable.

Upon returning after this walk, we will immediately drive back in the 4x4s to Labé to spend the night in our guesthouse there.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided 2-day excursion to the stunning highland region of Fouta Djallon, with treks through the scenic hills to the incredible waterfalls and local villages, and an overnight stay in a community guesthouse

Included in Kitty
Day 18 - Mamou ( 29th Nov 2018 )

Leaving the Fouta Djallon region behind us, we head south through central Guinea to the town of Mamou.

In Mamou we will stay in a local guesthouse. 

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 19 - Southern Guinea ( 30th Nov 2018 )

Today we will continue our drive south through Guinea, stopping to wild camp close to the border with Sierra Leone.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 20-21 - Freetown Peninsular ( 1st Dec 2018 to 2nd Dec 2018 )

Border information: Exit Guinea at Pamalap, enter Sierra Leone at Kindia.

Today we leave Freetown for the stunning beaches of Freetown Peninsular, where we will spend 2 nights for some well-deserved relaxation after our journey through the tough roads of Guinea.

There are a few different options for which beaches we could choose to visit, our favourites being Bureh Beach at the south of the peninsular and River Number 2 Beach in the western part.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

We will have a full day for optional activities on the wonderful beaches - we could go fishing, take a boat to explore the Banana Islands, get to know the local communities, and of course relax on the beautiful beaches!

On Freetown Peninsular we will camp on the beach, with some options to upgrade to basic guesthouses.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Relax on some of the best beaches in the world dotted along the Freetown Peninsular

Free

Take a boat trip to explore the beautiful and overgrown Banana Islands off the coast of the Freetown Peninsular

USD 25

Visit the orphan chimpanzees at Tacaguma Chimpanzee Sanctuary outside of Freetown, a wonderful organisation that rehabilitates rescued chimpanzees for their return to the wild

USD 15

Head out with the locals in their traditional wooden boats to try your hand at fishing

USD 10

Hire surfboards to take out onto the waves of Bureh Beach, one of West Africa's best surfing spots

USD 10

Head out on a diving trip around the reefs and shipwrecks off the Banana Islands

USD 180

Snorkel through the idyllic waters off the Banana Islands near Freetown Peninsular

USD 120
Day 22 - Freetown ( 3rd Dec 2018 )

Today we will have a short drive up the western side of the Freetown Peninsular to arrive in the Aberdeen district of the city of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

In Freetown we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See the Freetown Cotton Tree, the city's most famous landmark and home to hundreds of bats that fly out at dusk

Free

See the King's Yard Gate, where the ancestors of all modern Creole people will have passed through on their way to a free life after their rescue from illegal slaving ships

Free

Learn about Sierra Leone's traditional history and cultures at the National Museum

Free

Take a boat to the overgrown ruins of the old slaving fort of Bunce Island, from where the ancestors of most modern African-Americans were shipped to the New World

USD 150

Visit the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum, a remarkable collection of old trains that was hidden from destruction for 30 years

USD 5
Day 23 - Freetown ( 4th Dec 2018 )

Border information: if you are leaving in Freetown, you will most likely exit Sierra Leone at Freetown Lungi International Airport (IATA code: FNA).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Freetown. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Airport information - the fastest and most reliable way to the airport from Freetown is by water-taxi, as Lungi is across a bay from the city. Our hotel in Freetown is a 200m walk to the jetty where the water-taxis depart from - the departure times for the water-taxis are linked to every flight in and out of Lungi airport (usually around 4 hours before the time of the flight). We advise that when the trip arrives in Freetown, you go to the jetty to check the timetable for the water-taxis for your flight and purchase a ticket in advance (USD40 or EUR35) - your trip leader will be able to assist with this. The ticket counter at the jetty is open 24 hours a day. 

You should arrive at the jetty 30 minutes before the departure time, as you have to check in your large bags and take a luggage ticket. The water-taxi takes approximately 30 minutes, then you take a minibus for another 15 minutes to arrive at Lungi airport. Your large bags will be waiting for you at the water-taxi office on the left-hand-side of the airport entrance, just hand in your luggage ticket to get them back.  

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Departing: 12 Nov 2018
Returning: 4 Dec 2018
Duration: 23 days
Route: Dakar - Freetown
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

My first Dragoman trip, after many years considering it. Overall really enjoyed the experience and hope to do it again some time.
Sharon R
Traveling with a truck is great.
Stephanie F
The trip is more beach-heavy than I personally like. I would personally like a bit more time in Bissau.
Maciej W
I definitely enjoyed the experience and look forward to the next trip!
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I've never done overlanding or subsaharan Africa before so both were very new experiences to me
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There are no highlights but I knew that when I booked it.
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