West African Discoverer

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5.0 Based on 3 Reviews
  • Trekking
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  • duration 70 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 25
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Accra, Ghana
  • Ends Dakar, Senegal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
Start in Accra and end in Dakar, the West African Discoverer tour is a guided trekking trip that takes 70 days. You will visit Toubakouta, Makeni, Faranah and 30 other destinations in 7 different countries. West African Discoverer is a group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

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.

5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Michael W
  • On Feb 15 2019
5 - Excellent
“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.”
  • Wayne L
  • On Jan 29 2019
5 - Excellent
“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
  • On Jan 29 2019
5 - Excellent
“The route was planned very well”
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  • Day 1: Dakar
  • 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
  • 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
  • 134 Breakfasts
  • 64 Lunches
  • 62 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Accra and from Dakar 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 West African Discoverer 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 West African Discoverer 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.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

West African Discoverer 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 West African Discoverer 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.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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