West African Discoverer

Dakar - Accra

70 days through Senegal, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin
FROM: $9480 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Pirogue
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 4 nights
Basic Hotel 26 nights
Camping 24 nights
Camping without facilities 7 nights
Guesthouse 6 nights
Breakfasts x 65, Lunches x 32, Dinners x 31
$580 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This trip is ideal for someone who wants to explore the majority of West Africa and is happy to take it slowly. Do not expect it to mirror any trip that you have made to East or Southern Africa, because West Africa is so utterly different and this trip is designed to really show you how.

So will you see Africa's big game? Yes, but not to the extent that you would elsewhere. You will get to do and see so much more and without the annoying encumbrances of more tourist conscious destinations. There's forest trekking, village hikes, pirogue trips through swamplands and mountain walks to stunning waterfalls. There's village stays with dancing, music, culture and festivities; stunning beaches, sand and sun; boat trips to stilt villages; wonderful food; local beers and local football; history and culture; laughter and smiles. This is Africa at its rawest without the infrastructure that has been built up elsewhere and it is a privilege to be able to travel through it.

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

This is a long and challenging journey, but it is immensely rewarding. Road conditions can be very poor and the going can be slow and this trip is very much about participation. We will be wild camping for much of the time, as well as staying in home stays and some hotels, so do expect to be outside of your comfort zone for some of the time.

Day 1 - Dakar

Border information: if you are joining at Dakar, you will most likely enter Senegal at Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport (IATA code: DSS).

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.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 2 - Saint-Louis
Day 3 - Saint-Louis
Day 4 - Toubakouta
Day 5 - Toubakouta
Day 6 - Tendaba
Day 7 - Tendaba
Day 8 - Cap Skirring
Day 9 - Cap Skirring
Day 10 - Cap Skirring
Day 11 - Bissau
Day 12 - Bissau
Day 13 - Labe
Day 14 - Labe
Day 15 - Labe
Day 16 - Labe
Day 17 - Labe
Day 18 - Mamou
Day 19 - Southern Guinea
Day 20 - Freetown Peninsula
Day 21 - Freetown Peninsula
Day 22 - Freetown
Day 23 - Freetown
Day 24 - Freetown Peninsula
Day 25 - Freetown Peninsula
Day 26 - Freetown Peninsula
Day 27 - Tiwai Island
Day 28 - Tiwai Island
Day 29 - Makeni
Day 30 - Kabala
Day 31 - Faranah
Day 32 - Faranah
Day 33 - Gueckedou
Day 34 - Nzekore
Day 35 - Nzekore
Day 36 - Western Côte d'Ivoire
Day 37 - Western Côte d'Ivoire
Day 38 - Korhogo
Day 39 - Korhogo
Day 40 - Yamoussoukro
Day 41 - Grand Bassam
Day 42 - Grand Bassam
Day 43 - Grand Bassam
Day 44 - Elmina
Day 45 - Elmina
Day 46 - Kakum NP
Day 47 - Kumasi
Day 48 - Kumasi
Day 49 - Accra
Day 50 - Accra
Day 51 - Akosombo
Day 52 - Akosombo
Day 53 - Mont Klouto
Day 54 - Mont Klouto
Day 55 - Central Togo
Day 56 - Tanguieta
Day 57 - Tanguieta
Day 58 - Pendjari NP
Day 59 - Pendjari NP
Day 60 - Central Benin
Day 61 - Abomey
Day 62 - Abomey
Day 63 - Ganvie
Day 64 - Ganvie
Day 65 - Grand Popo
Day 66 - Grand Popo
Day 67 - Agbodrafo
Day 68 - Keta
Day 69 - Accra
Day 70 - Accra

Wayne L

While this trip did not have the scenery, antiquities, adventures of other Dragoman trips, it did expose us to a wonderful aspect of human life little witnessed by the rest of the world.

Jurgen B

The route was planned very well

Michael W

My only previous experience with Dragoman was from 20 years ago when I did 12 weeks in Central and South America. So I knew what to expect, and having then travelled with other overland tours, I can say Dragoman provides the best experience.