The Gold Coast & Beyond

Freetown - Accra

48 days through Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin
FROM: $6555 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Pirogue
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Guesthouse 4 nights
Camping 20 nights
Camping without facilities 4 nights
Basic Hotel 14 nights
Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
Breakfasts x 44, Lunches x 25, Dinners x 24
$435 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

West Africa is an overlanders dream come true!

You’ll experience truly getting off the beaten track as you mix tribal culture, wildlife and raw adventure! From the fauna of the Taiwan Island Wildlife Sanctuary to the palm-fringed beaches of the Ivory Coast and the amazing vine bridges of Guinea to the voodoo ceremonies of Grand Popo.

If you are after all things African; colour, music, vibrancy, culture, stunning landscapes, great artefacts, beautiful materials and friendly and open laughter, then you will LOVE West Africa.

Explore Freetown and visit the National Museum
Relax on the beaches of Freetown peninsula 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 supported community project in Elmina, Ghana
Jungle visit at Kakum NP

Although not a physically demanding trip, you will be pushed out of your comfort zone as we get to grips with the weather, camping and/or the lack of infrastructure.

The roads through much of West Africa can be poor, but this is part of the experience.

You’ll definitely be rewarded with a chance to connect to everyday West African life. To try to make life easier, we mix camping with some nights in hotels, but expect to camp in the wilds of Africa.

Day 1 - Freetown (30th November 2021)

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.

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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 2 - Freetown Peninsula (1st December 2021)
Day 3 - Freetown Peninsula (2nd December 2021)
Day 4 - Freetown Peninsula (3rd December 2021)
Day 5 - Tiwai Island (4th December 2021)
Day 6 - Tiwai Island (5th December 2021)
Day 7 - Makeni (6th December 2021)
Day 8 - Kabala (7th December 2021)
Day 9 - Faranah (8th December 2021)
Day 10 - Faranah (9th December 2021)
Day 11 - Gueckedou (10th December 2021)
Day 12 - Nzekore (11th December 2021)
Day 13 - Nzekore (12th December 2021)
Day 14 - Western Côte d'Ivoire (13th December 2021)
Day 15 - Western Côte d'Ivoire (14th December 2021)
Day 16 - Korhogo (15th December 2021)
Day 17 - Korhogo (16th December 2021)
Day 18 - Yamoussoukro (17th December 2021)
Day 19 - Grand Bassam (18th December 2021)
Day 20 - Grand Bassam (19th December 2021)
Day 21 - Grand Bassam (20th December 2021)
Day 22 - Elmina (21st December 2021)
Day 23 - Elmina (22nd December 2021)
Day 24 - Kakum NP (23rd December 2021)
Day 25 - Kumasi (24th December 2021)
Day 26 - Kumasi (25th December 2021)
Day 27 - Accra (26th December 2021)
Day 28 - Accra (27th December 2021)
Day 29 - Akosombo (28th December 2021)
Day 30 - Akosombo (29th December 2021)
Day 31 - Mont Klouto (30th December 2021)
Day 32 - Mont Klouto (31st December 2021)
Day 33 - Central Togo (1st January 2022)
Day 34 - Tanguieta (2nd January 2022)
Day 35 - Tanguieta (3rd January 2022)
Day 36 - Pendjari NP (4th January 2022)
Day 37 - Pendjari NP (5th January 2022)
Day 38 - Central Benin (6th January 2022)
Day 39 - Abomey (7th January 2022)
Day 40 - Abomey (8th January 2022)
Day 41 - Ganvie (9th January 2022)
Day 42 - Ganvie (10th January 2022)
Day 43 - Grand Popo (11th January 2022)
Day 44 - Grand Popo (12th January 2022)
Day 45 - Agbodrafo (13th January 2022)
Day 46 - Keta (14th January 2022)
Day 47 - Accra (15th January 2022)
Day 48 - Accra (16th January 2022)

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30 Nov 21 Freetown
16 Jan 22 Accra

$6,625 USD

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24 Jan 22 Accra
12 Mar 22 Freetown

$6,555 USD

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