Rhythms & Realms of West Africa

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5.0 Based on 6 Reviews
  • duration 28 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Accra, Ghana
  • Ends Freetown, Sierra leone
  • +12
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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 Ronkodyed clothes in the market at Kabala
Starting in Accra and ending in Freetown, the tour Rhythms & Realms Of West Africa is a guided trekking tour that takes 28 days. You will visit Freetown, Faranah, Kakum National Park and 11 other destinations in 5 different countries. Rhythms & Realms Of West Africa is a group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

The myth of West Africa is that there is no wildlife left. After 2 nights of staying at the Tiwai Island Widlife Sanctuary in Sierra Leone, and seeing up to 11 different primate species, including chimpanzees, plus otters and sea turtles and even, perhaps, the elusive pygmy hippo, you will realise that this is a myth.

If it's tribal culture and wild scenery that you are after mingled with raw adventure and off the beaten track travel, then this really is a trip to consider. The roads through much of Guinea and the Ivory Coast can be very poor, but this is part of the experience, as we get to see stuff that others usually only see from an armchair on the TV.

In the forests of northern Guinea, we will seek out the amazing vine bridges, while in the north of Ivory Coast we will explore the culture, music and villages of the Korhogo peoples. Then there are the stunning Atlantic beaches; those in Ghana are particularly beautiful and a great place to relax.

5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
5 - Excellent
  • Donovan V
  • On Feb 15 2019
“The guides helped to make the trip memorable.”
5 - Excellent
  • Bradley S
  • On Jan 29 2019
“The local people were so friendly and happy to see us”
5 - Excellent
  • Felix B
  • On Jan 22 2019
“The group expierience was very important to me. This experience was made possible by the overlanding concept of living together, receiving a role and a task by working in the cooking group and caring for the truck. Thats what a group needs to build. I cannot imagine going on a group tour again only sitting around doing nothing.”
5 - Excellent
  • Sofia G
  • On Jan 22 2019
“Lots of fun!”
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  • Day 1: Accra
  • Day 2: Kumasi
  • Day 3: Kumasi
  • Day 4: Kakum NP
  • Day 5: Elmina
  • Day 6: Elmina
  • Day 7: Grand Bassam
  • Day 8: Grand Bassam
  • Day 9: Grand Bassam
  • Day 10: Yamoussoukro
  • Day 11: Korhogo
  • Day 12: Korhogo
  • Day 13: Western Côte d'Ivoire
  • Day 14: Western Côte d'Ivoire
  • Day 15: Nzekore
  • Day 16: Nzekore
  • Day 17: Faranah
  • Day 18: Faranah
  • Day 19: Kabala
  • Day 20: Kabala
  • Day 21: Makeni
  • Day 22: Tiwai Island
  • Day 23: Tiwai Island
  • Day 24: Freetown Peninsula
  • Day 25: Freetown Peninsula
  • Day 26: Freetown Peninsula
  • Day 27: Freetown
  • Day 28: Freetown
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Pirogue
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • 25 Breakfasts
  • 11 Lunches
  • 10 Dinner
  • Any international flights to Accra and from Freetown are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Rhythms & Realms of West Africa tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Rhythms & Realms of West Africa tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure.

Travel Insurance

Rhythms & Realms of West Africa tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Rhythms & Realms of West Africa tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

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