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Unexplored West Africa – 26 Days

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Duration

26 days 25 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Unexplored West Africa

Unexplored West Africa – West Africa is waiting to be explored! Have a pleasant tour of the West African coast, visiting the nations of Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  Not only will you take in the vibrant atmosphere of all these countries’ capital cities, but you will also be able to visit their hidden jewels, such as Ghana’s Kumasi, the center of the famed Ashanti kingdom.

Highlights

  • Pink Lake
  • St Louis
  • Elmina Castle
  • Cape Coast Castle
  • Kakum National Park
  • Canopy Walks

Itinerary

Day 1: Dakar
Day 1: Dakar

Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Your experienced tour guide will brief you on what to expect during your stay in Senegal

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at Djoloff Dakar

Day 2: Dakar City Tour – Gorée Island
Day 2: Dakar City Tour – Gorée Island

After breakfast, we will head to Dakar, for a city tour of this former capital of French West Africa.

From Independence Place and the presidential palace, we will continue by a seafront drive towards the main cathedral, to feel the contrasts between some upscale residential areas and other popular neighbourhoods.

We will stop at the African Renaissance Monument, being the highest world bronze statue, and the Museum of black civilisation. Since 1966 after the success of the first World Festival of Negro Arts, the idea was to show the African influence in today's progress.

From the ground floor with the first hominids to the fourth floor, different concepts and different exhibitions showing Africa the cradle of humanity, to the invention by Africans of metallurgy, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, medicine ...

Lunch and departure for the port, there a ferry will lead us to Gorée Island a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Land of martyr and suffering, Goree Island was an important slaves transit center before their deportation to the Americas

Our visit will start at the famous slave's house, built 1776 by the Portuguese, a presentation by the curator in this last house of slaves, to know about the captive’s life and to observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas.

We will walk through the alleys of Goree, to better discover its homogeneous architecture, the first buildings of which date from the 15th century.

Overnight at Djoloff Dakar

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Dakar – Pink Lake - St Louis
Day 3: Dakar – Pink Lake  - St Louis

We will depart from Dakar after breakfast for a visit to Pink Lake, a unique phenomenon brought on by a special microbial mixture and a significant salt concentration that gives the lake its various hues. Everything in this lake is floating because the concentration of salt is greater than saturation at 380g per liter of water.

Before traveling to St. Louis, the former capital of Senegal's French colonial period, we will engage in swim-floatation

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight at Residence Hotel

Day 4 : St Louis – Djoudj Birds Parc
Day 4 : St Louis – Djoudj Birds Parc

Visit Djoudj Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after a relaxing breakfast. Take a pirogue ride to get a better look at the numerous cormorants, pelicans, ducks, flamingo, and other bird species. Visit the Djoudj National Park on a trip to view wild boars, boas, and crocodiles.

We'll go back to St. Louis to explore the narrow streets surrounded by homes with carved wooden verandas and balconies.
The Signares, a mixed ethnicity descended from black African mothers who were slaves and European fathers who were slave owners, also call St. Louis home.

We will go to the fishing community of Guet Ndar, which is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the west bank of the Senegal River.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Residence Hotel

St Louis – Touba – Kaolack
St Louis – Touba – Kaolack

After breakfast, you go to Kaolack in southern Senegal. Visit Touba along the journey to see the Grand Mosque, which is the biggest and most majestic in all of West Africa. Check out the graves of Cheikh Ahmadou Mbacke, the founder of the African Brotherhood or African Islamic movement known as Mouridism, and his four sons. Spend some time in the huge library, which has tens of thousands of books, many of which were authored by the mystic founder.

Discover the past of the Wadiour/Keur Khaly, Kaolack, and Touba. In a similar way to the Vatican in Italy, Touba is an autonomous city in Senegal. Meet residents in Kaolack and discover more about their daily routines and traditions. Additionally, you'll head to Malango, a nearby traditional hospital, where you can meet physicians from several ethnic groups and explore the huge open-air market.



Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Le Relais de Kaolack

Day 6 : Kaolack / Sine Ngayene / Banjul
Day 6 : Kaolack / Sine Ngayene / Banjul

After breakfast, we'll go to the Sine Ngayene complex, a cluster of 52 stone circles that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The quarry where the monoliths were taken out is located near the site, about 1 km east of the circles (outside the magnificent property). There are 1102 stones there. There are also the origins of about 150 stones. In the 1970s, the site was excavated. The solitary burials discovered in the area seem to come before the numerous burials connected to the stone circle.

Banjul, the capital of the Gambia, is surrounded by breathtaking tropical grassland and amazing beaches.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Atlantic Hotel, Banjul

Day 7: Banjul
Day 7: Banjul

After breakfast, go on a tour of the Gambia River and visit sites where the stories from Alex Haley's Saga "Roots’’. Cruise up-river from Banjul Port and go back 200 years in time. Upon arrival at the ancient trading station of Albreda, we will observe the ruins of the Sao Domingo Church erected by the Portuguese in the 17th Century. The church is reported to be one of the oldest churches in West Africa. Albreda gained fame in the period of slavery as a result of its Flag Pole which many believed would guarantee freedom to any slave who touched it after escaping from nearby James Island. The village of Juffureh where “Kunta Kinte” of Roots fame traced his ancestry is just fifteen minutes' walk away.  

We will also visit the original home of Alex Haley’s great grandfather, which stands near to the mosque and is still occupied by the Kinte family. The current leader of the community is a female cousin of Alex Haley. Continue to the “Museum of Slavery where you will get a good insight of Gambian slave history. 

We will go on a short river cruise to James Island, steeped in slave trade history. The fortress ruins tell the tale of colonial rivalries, and the beads still buried in the sand conjure pictures of the hundreds of slaves shackled together waiting to be transported to an unknown land. 

Early in the evening, get in a boat and go back to Banjul. Sail along with black dolphins that mostly appear. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight at Atlantic Hotel Banjul

Day 8: Banjul / Ziguinchor
Day 8: Banjul / Ziguinchor

After breakfast, begin the tour of Banjul at the National Museum where you can learn about the history of the Gambia. Have a short drive through the city and pay a visit to the bustling Central Market where you can find anything from live chickens and vegetables to herbs. (We caution that care is taken with travellers' valuables such as handbags and cameras when visiting crowded areas.)  

Late afternoon, visit Serrekunda, the most densely populated town in the Gambia. There, you will see Tie & Dye skills and the handling of beautiful Batik cottons on display.. Afterwards, continue to Ziguinchor, stopping at Jola villages on the way where you will learn about the Jola tribe. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Kadiandoumagne

Day 9: Ziguinchor /Oussouye / Karabane/ Ziguinchor
Day 9: Ziguinchor /Oussouye / Karabane/ Ziguinchor

After breakfast, visit the last king of the Jola people, who will welcome you in his palace located in a sacred forest. Currently, he rules 18 villages which keeps him busy doling assistance and settling disputes.  

Continue to the historical Island of Karabane facing the Casamance river where you will have lunch. Return to Ziguinchor through Cap Skirring, known for its stunning beaches. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Kadiandoumagne

Day 10: Ziguinchor/Bissau
Day 10: Ziguinchor/Bissau

Start your journey from Ziguinchor after breakfast, then enter Guinea Bissau. Take a city trip in the afternoon. Your visa for Guinea-Bissau will be handed to you at the border.

You may find out more about the distinctive history of Guinea Bissau by visiting the National Museum and the Military Museum. The monument of Amilcal Cabral and his revolutionary comrade will be visible. Visit the Mercado Central (Central Market), which is well-known for its lively ambiance, handmade goods, and the "Centro Artistico Juvenile," where artists display their works.
Visit the Fortaleza d'Amura barracks, which has a memorial to Amilcal Cabral, the Presidential Palace, Porto Pidjiguiti, and the historic colonial center of Bissau Velho. Spend some time visiting the National Arts Institute before going back to your hotel.




Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Hotel 24 Septembro

Day 11: Bissau / Quinhamel/Bissau
Day 11: Bissau / Quinhamel/Bissau

Drive to Quinhamel and the Mar Azul, which is Portuguese for "blue sea," after breakfast. Visit the Quinhamel weavers' factory to see how the region's cashew nuts, palm oil, and rum are produced. This presents a wonderful chance to engage with the locals. Other surrounding villages will also be visited before you return to Bissau overnight.

 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Hotel 24 Septembro

Day 12:  Bissau / Cacheu / Bissau
Day 12:  Bissau / Cacheu / Bissau

Following a good breakfast, drive to Cacheu in northwestern Guinea Bissau. Due to its strategic location on the Cacheu River, Cacheu was one of the earliest European colonial settlements in sub-Saharan. The Portuguese crown officially used Cacheu in the seventeenth and eighteenth as a landmark to ensure that duties on all exports, including humans, were paid. 

After you arrive in Cacheu, start your city tour with a visit to the Fortress of Cacheu and the Slavery Museum, the Rua Grande, and the Nativity Church (first church built in Guinea- Bissau). 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Hotel 24 Septembro

Day 13: Bissau/ Conakry
Day 13: Bissau/ Conakry

Transfer to the airport for your trip to Conakry after breakfast. You will be welcomed at the airport, escorted, and driven to your hotel in Conakry. Start the city tour of Conakry and the surrounding area, if time permits.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Petit Bateau

Day 14: Conakry /Dalaba
Day 14: Conakry /Dalaba

Drive to Dabala after breakfast and explore the market before proceeding to Fouta Jalon, a fascinating farming region known as the African Switzerland. The late Mariam Makeba, a famous South African vocalist whose home, built during the French colonial era, is still meticulously maintained, made this region her preferred second home.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at SIB Hotel Fouta

Day 15: Dalaba – Kindia

Start the Dalaba city tour after breakfast. Visit the Sekou Touré Palace, the residence of Ahmed Sekou Toure, the first president of Guinea. Visit the local craftsmen and travel to Pita's Kinkon Waterfalls. Continue on to Kindia for dinner and the night.

Hotel: Hotel Masibi

Day 16: Kindia / Conakry
Day 16: Kindia / Conakry

Drive to Conakry after breakfast, stopping along the way to see the Waterfall, Le Voile de la Mariee (Weeding Veil), the Natural Swimming Pool at Kilissi, and the scenery from the Valley of Labota. Upon arrival, start your city tour in Conakry 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Petit Bateau

Day 17: Conakry/ Freetown
Day 17: Conakry/ Freetown

After breakfast, Proceed to Sierra Leone. Take a break to observe the scenery and the nearby towns. We will travel to Freetown for dinner and the night after crossing the border into Sierra.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Home Suites Hotel

Day 18:  Freetown
Day 18:  Freetown

After breakfast, travel to Mount Aureol to the University of Sierra Leone/Fourah Bay College, the oldest university in West Africa. From the elevated position and the Botanical Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views. Take a trip to Bunce Island, a well-known European commercial fort established during the height of the slave trade that was designated a national monument in 1948. It served as a hub for trade between European and African nations.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Home Suites Hotel

Day 19: Freetown/Bunce Island / Monrovia
Day 19: Freetown/Bunce Island / Monrovia

After breakfast, drive to the oldest University in West Africa, the University of Sierra Leone/Fourah Bay College at Mount Aureol. Enjoy the stunning views from the elevated location and the Botanical Gardens. Cruise to Bunce Island, which was declared a national monument in 1948 and was a famous European commercial fort built during the slave trading era. It was a location for European and African traders to meet. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Bella Casa

Day 20: Monrovia
Day 20: Monrovia

Drive through small towns and tropical rainforests to reach the Kpatawee waterfalls. One male and one female waterfall are present.

Visit Gbarnga in Bong County, the region's capital. Learn about the history and culture of the tribes by visiting a tribal leader. Late at night, return to Monrovia.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Bella Casa

Day 21: Monrovia - Accra
Day 21: Monrovia - Accra

After breakfast, take a tour of Africa's first independent Republic's capital to learn about its past. A substantial amount of history may be found in this tiny city. The first defense facility in the nation is located on Ducor Hill, which is the highest point in Monrovia. The remnants of the Ducor Hotel, Liberia's first five-star hotel (and the first in West Africa), Fort Norris, the nation's first lighthouse, and a monument honoring the nation's first president, Joseph Jenkins Roberts. The Ducor Inn With the backdrop of the ocean and the river, this tour will leave you speechless.

On July 26, 1847, the Liberian Declaration of Independence was ratified at The Providence Baptist Church, the nation's oldest and most prestigious church.
The cemetery of Monrovia's most famous president, William V. S. Tubman, the Centennial Pavilion, and Providence Island, where Liberia's first settlement was founded in 1822, is among the city's historic sites. One of the best places to see Monrovia's diverse populace is in the marketplaces.
You will then be driven to the airport to catch your flight to Accra. You will be welcomed, helped, and driven to the hotel.
The tour guide will give you an overview of what to expect while you are in Ghana when you arrive.



Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at La Villa Boutique

Day 22:  Accra and vicinity
Day 22:  Accra and vicinity

Following a refreshing night and a good breakfast, we tour the vibrant city of Accra, which is a blend of historic and modern buildings, with many colonial-era buildings still evident today. Highlights include: 

We will first visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre was established in recognition of the life of the prominent Pan-Africanists who chose to live and work in Ghana. The Centre is a place for Pan-African Thought and houses a conference room, as well as a memorial/museum documenting Du Bois' life and highlighting Ghana's role in Pan-Africanism.  
We'll continue to Independence Square, where you will see the flame of African Liberation that was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, with its attractive gardens and museum, is a great place to learn about the first President of Ghana. It also serves as the final resting place for the late president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah after his previous burial in Guinea and Nkroful, his birth town. 
We continue to Jamestown Community, the oldest city in Accra. It is the most historic neighborhood where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse was completed in 1921.  
You may visit the “Brazil House” which is famous for the Afro-Brazilian history behind it. Built-in 1836 and completed 100 years after 1638, this historic house serves as a museum to showcase historic memories indicative of the previous centuries of migration to Ghana by Africans from Brazil and Portugal. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at La Villa Boutique

Day 23: Accra/Kumasi
Day 23: Accra/Kumasi

After breakfast, drive to Kumasi and then go see the Bunso Arboretum. It's a protected reserve and a home to over 120 species of birds, some of which are very rare. The Arboretum contains a garden with over 200 different species/varieties of herbs, used for food, medicine, It is a research center for Plant Genetic Resources Center.   

After arriving in Kumasi, have a tour of the city. It begins with a visit to the Kumasi Cultural Center, where you will see the houses Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, named after a former Asantehene, Nana Osei Agyeman Prempeh II. Exhibits include the  Okomfo Anokye Sword, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the Golden Stool “descended from the sky” and has been in place for 300 years. It is said that the Ashanti Kingdom would fall should the sword be removed from its sheath. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Miklin Kumasi

Day 24: Kumasi
Day 24: Kumasi

After breakfast, we will visit Manhyia Palace Museum to learn about the history and cultural heritage of the Ashanti Kingdom at the official residence of Asantehene. The museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. This is where you obtain first-hand information on the legacies of this unified monarchy. 

Enjoy the Akwasidae Festival, the pomp, and the pageantry of the Ashanti Kingdom. The King riding in a palanquin and adorned with all his gold ornaments comes out to receive the homage of his sub-chiefs and people, it's fascinating to watch the colorful canopies and umbrellas, the skillful drummers, dancers, horn blowers, and praise-singers at these regular festivals, held in honor of their ancestral spirits. 

We enjoyed a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people on our way to visit the nearby Okomfo Anokye Sword site, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the Golden Stool “descended from the sky” and has been in place for 300 years. It is said that the Ashanti Kingdom would fall should the sword be removed from its sheath. 

We continue to the village of Ahwiaa which has long been known for its many talented craftsmen who fashion Royal Stools, walking sticks, and fertility dolls from wood. This thriving community is also known for producing some of the most talented artisans who create hand-carved jewelry boxes and other wood-carving items of all kinds. 

We will also Adanwomase village, where you will witness how the local weavers work on their looms in the town center and demonstrate how the famous Kente cloth is made in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You may decide to purchase some of the stunning Kente fabrics on display at the center. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Miklin Kumasi

Day 25: Kumasi- Cape Coast
Day 25: Kumasi- Cape Coast

After a hearty breakfast, we will depart Kumasi for Cape Coast. En route, we will visit the burial site of two former slaves from the U.S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day celebration. You can see the ‘slave river’ where enslaved Africans were washed before being confined in the castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. 

Arrive in Cape Coast early afternoon and continue the tour to Cape Coast Castle and its dungeon, where you will be moved emotionally by the ‘’Door of No Return’’. 

This evening, enjoy a picturesque tour of Elmina township, which was the first destination of Europeans in Sub-Saharan Africa. It used to be the most cosmopolitan city in tropical Africa. As you walk through the ancient town of Elmina and down to the harbor, you are greeted by colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This a perfect picture opportunity for photographers. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort

Day 26: Cape Coast/Accra/Depart
Day 26: Cape Coast/Accra/Depart

After breakfast and check out, you will visit Kakum National Park in Ghana. It has one of Africa’s famous rainforest canopy walkways. This canopy walkway will be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana. Prepare to take a deep breath while you walk the suspended bridge and marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rainforest. There are more than 40 kinds of mammals in the park including elephants, leopards, and primates. 

We stop for refreshment at the Hans Cottage, which is situated on a lake filled with Nile crocodiles. 

On your return to Accra, you will stop at villages along the way to get souvenirs. Upon reaching Accra there will be an opportunity for last-minute shopping. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.  

OR EXTEND YOUR STAY IN ACCRA

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

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  • Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
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