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West Africa

Freetown - Accra

28 DAYS THROUGH Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana (+ 2 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$2,625 (USD) + 700 KITTY (EUR)
DURATION:
28 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Pirogue (dugout canoe)
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
45%
55%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 7, Lunches x 12, Dinners x 6
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZFA
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore Freetown and visit the National Museum

  Relax on the beaches of Freetown peninsular in Sierra Leone

  Visit Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary and try and spot a rare Pygmy hippo

  Shop for Ronko-dyed clothes in the market at Kabala

  Try out the famous vine bridges of Guinea

  Overland through Cote d'Ivoire

  Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the largest Christian church in the world

  Explore the old colonial town of Grand Bassam

  Visit a Dragoman supported community project in Elmina, Ghana

  Jungle visit at Kakum National Park

  Shop at West Africa's largest market in Kumasi

  Enjoy a fine meal and cool drink in one of Accra's many restaurants

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Freetown ( 4th Dec 2018 )

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

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 Freetown and it's surroundings.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Freetown 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 Freetown.

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

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.

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

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

USD 5

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
Day 2-4 - Freetown Peninsular ( 5th Dec 2018 to 7th Dec 2018 )

Today we leave Freetown for the stunning beaches of Freetown Peninsular, where we will spend 3 nights.

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 - 2-3 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!).

We will have 2 full days 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.

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

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

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 5-6 - Tiwai Island Sanctuary ( 8th Dec 2018 to 9th Dec 2018 )

Leaving the Freetown Peninsular behind, today we have a full day's drive through Sierra Leone to the Tiwai Island Sanctuary, one of Sierra Leone's largest inland islands.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day, we will enjoy various nature walks through the web 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!

In Tiwai we will stay for 2 nights sleeping in tents perched on covered platforms.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to one of the densest populations of primates and pygmy hippos in Africa, and enjoy several included walks around the web of trails on the island

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Take an optional canoe or motor boat tour through the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary (if available)

USD 10
Day 7-8 - Kabala ( 10th Dec 2018 to 11th Dec 2018 )

Over the next 2 days we will travel north up through Sierra Leone to the small town of Kabala. Kabala is famous for 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 basic local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Times - 6-8 hours each day.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Freely explore the markets of Kabala or walk to the top of the nearby Gbawuria Hill

Free
Day 9-10 - Faranah, Gberia Fotombu ( 12th Dec 2018 to 13th Dec 2018 )

Border information: Exit Sierra Leone and enter Guinea at Gberia-Fotombu.

The next 2 days we will spend travelling through the remote border region between Sierra Leone and Guinea, driving through scenic areas very rarely visited by tourists and wild camping for a night en route. We will arrive at the small Guinean town of Faranah on the second day.

The road conditions in this area can be pretty tough going and unpredictable, and progress can be greatly affected by the weather conditions, so flexibility is very important over these days.

We will wild camp en route for the first night, and stay in a local guesthouse in Faranah on the second night.

Estimated Drive Times - 5-8 hours each day.

Day 11 - Guéckédou, Macenta ( 14th Dec 2018 )

Today we will travel through the central region of Guinea, stopping for a night in one of the towns en route (depending on how the drive goes, this may be Macenta or Guéckédou).

In Macenta or Guéckédou we will stay in a small locally-run hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 12-13 - Nzerekoré, Forested Guinea ( 15th Dec 2018 to 16th Dec 2018 )

Today we will continue through the forested region of Guinea, visiting one of the famous vine bridges (Pont de Liana) en route. We will arrive at the small town of Nzerekoré in the heart of Guinea's Forest Region.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

On the following day, we will have free time to explore the town, the nearby villages and the surrounding forests.

In Nzerekoré we will stay in a small locally-run guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek to the Pont de Liana, one of the phenomenal old vine bridges in the forested region of Guinea

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Freely explore the forested region of Guinea and the market town of Nzerekoré on foot

Free
Day 14-15 - Western Côte d'Ivoire ( 17th Dec 2018 to 18th Dec 2018 )

Border information: Exit Guinea at Gbakoré, enter Côte d'Ivoire at Gbapleu.

The next 2 days are spent crossing the border and driving through central Côte d'Ivoire. These days take us through some very remote areas and some very poor quality dirt roads, so a great deal of flexibility is needed as our progress will largely be determined by the state of the roads.

Both nights will be spent wild camping en route.

Estimated Drive Times - 7-9 hours each day.

Day 16-17 - Korhogo ( 19th Dec 2018 to 20th Dec 2018 )

Today we will drive through the lush countryside to the northern Ivorian town of Korhogo, famed for the multitude of crafts that are made there.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day, we will head out on an included tour around many of the handicraft workshops in the area, visiting painters, bead makers, wood carvers and cloth weavers. We will also have time to freely explore the town and its surroundings. 

In Korhogo we will stay in a small local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

See a performance of drumming and acrobatic dancing in the villages near Korhogo

USD 5
Day 18 - Yamoussoukro ( 21st Dec 2018 )

Today we will drive to Yamoussoukro, the tiny and bizarre capital of Côte d'Ivoire. Yamoussoukro was the birthplace of Felix Houphouët-Boigny, the first president of independent Côte d'Ivoire, and is also the unusual location of the colossal and breathtaking Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the largest Christian church in the world.

In the afternoon will have an included visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, and then have free time to further explore the small city.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

In Yamoussoukro we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the opulent Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix, the largest Christian place of worship in the world

Included in Kitty
Day 19-21 - Grand Bassam ( 22nd Dec 2018 to 24th Dec 2018 )

Today we will drive to the Atlantic coast, 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Discover the stunning beaches and old colonial buildings of Grand Bassam, the original French capital of Côte d'Ivoire

Free

Visit the National Museum of Costume, which showcases the cultural dresses of the different tribes of Côte d’Ivoire

XOF 2000
Day 22-23 - Elmina ( 25th Dec 2018 to 26th Dec 2018 )

Border information: Exit Côte d'Ivoire at Elubo, enter Ghana at Elubo.

Today we cross into Ghana and then head east along the Atlantic coast to the beaches of Beru Akyinim near the historic town of Elmina.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day, we will get involved with community projects currently 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 children!

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Visit and explore the historic Elmina Castle

GHC 20
Day 24 - Kakum National Park, Cape Coast ( 27th Dec 2018 )

Today we will head into the nearby town of Cape Coast for a fascinating and moving tour of the old slave fort there.

We will then drive inland 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 or stingless bee centre en route.

In Kakum National Park we will camp in the grounds of the Park HQ.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the incredible rainforest canopy from the unique suspended bridges in Kakum National Park

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Visit to the stunning jungles of Kakum National Park and walk through the rainforests at night

Free

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)

GHC 10

Visit the Monkey Forest Resort Animal Sanctuary near Kakum NP, a sanctuary for animals rescued from poachers (if time allows)

GHC 15

Learn all about the appalling history of the Atlantic slave trade with a tour of the historic Cape Coast Castle

Free
Day 25-26 - Kumasi, Kakum National Park ( 28th Dec 2018 to 29th Dec 2018 )

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 journey north through Ghana's interior to the historic town of Kumasi.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Visit to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti kingdom and culture

GHC 10

Freely explore the bustling and colossal centre of Kejetia, the largest market in West Africa

Free

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

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

GHC 8

Escape the city and explore the shore of Lake Bosumtwe, a circular lake formed by a meteorite crash 100 million years ago

GHC 30
Day 27 - Accra ( 30th Dec 2018 )

Today we will drive to Accra, the chaotic capital of Ghana! We will have free time on arrival to explore the city.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Explore the fascinating and chaotic Ghanaian capital city of Accra

GHC 5

Learn all about the history and culture of Ghana in the National Museum

GHC 40

Visit the famous Labadi Beach situated on the outskirts of Accra

GHC 5

Freely explore the huge Independence Square and Black Star Arch in Accra, where independence was celebrated in 1957

Free

Freely explore the area of Jamestown, Accra's oldest district and a vibrant fishing area

Free

Visit the outside of the famous Osu Castle, the seat of power in Ghana since the 1600s

Free
Day 28 - Accra ( 31st Dec 2018 )

Border information: If you are leaving at Accra, you will most likely exit Ghana at Accra Kotoka International Airport (IATA code: ACC).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Accra. 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Explore the fascinating and chaotic Ghanaian capital city of Accra

GHC 5

Learn all about the history and culture of Ghana in the National Museum

GHC 40

Visit the famous Labadi Beach situated on the outskirts of Accra

GHC 5

Freely explore the huge Independence Square and Black Star Arch in Accra, where independence was celebrated in 1957

Free

Freely explore the area of Jamestown, Accra's oldest district and a vibrant fishing area

Free

Visit the outside of the famous Osu Castle, the seat of power in Ghana since the 1600s

Free

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Departing: 4 Dec 2018
Returning: 31 Dec 2018
Duration: 28 days
Route: Freetown - Accra
$2,625 USD + €700 Kitty (EUR)
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Departing: 18 Dec 2018
Returning: 14 Jan 2019
Duration: 28 days
Route: Freetown - Accra
$2,680 USD + €700 Kitty (EUR)
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Departing: 17 Feb 2019
Returning: 16 Mar 2019
Duration: 28 days
Route: Accra - Freetown
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Departing: 3 Dec 2019
Returning: 30 Dec 2019
Duration: 28 days
Route: Freetown - Accra
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Departing: 17 Dec 2019
Returning: 13 Jan 2020
Duration: 28 days
Route: Freetown - Accra
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Departing: 16 Feb 2020
Returning: 14 Mar 2020
Duration: 28 days
Route: Accra - Freetown
$2,725 USD + €710 Kitty (EUR)
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Departing: 1 Dec 2020
Returning: 28 Dec 2020
Duration: 28 days
Route: Freetown - Accra
$2,730 USD + €700 Kitty (EUR)
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Departing: 15 Dec 2020
Returning: 11 Jan 2021
Duration: 28 days
Route: Freetown - Accra
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Departing: 16 Feb 2021
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Route: Accra - Freetown
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

Guinea and Sierra Leone were amazing.
Philippe M
Was a great way to visit those countries!!
Peter Johannes Georg N
it is the journey...
Peter Johannes Georg N