West African Atlantic Explorer

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4.5 Based on 9 Reviews
  • Trekking
  • Safari
  • Walking tour
  • Sailing, yachting and motor boating
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  • duration 23 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 25
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Dakar, Senegal
  • Ends Freetown, Sierra leone
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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
The West African Atlantic Explorer trip starts from Dakar and ends in Freetown. The West African Atlantic Explorer trip is a trekking trip that takes 23 days. You will travel through Coyah, Tendaba, Touba and 6 other destinations visiting Guinea, Sierra leone and 2 more countries. This is a guided group tour. The trip includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This has to be one of the best overland routes in West Africa, due to its diversity. Starting in the Sarhelean country of Senegal, at the fascinating city of Dakar, and travelling south through to the stunning beaches of Sierra Leone, a country that is beginning to really embrace tourism, there is so much to see along the way.

With wonderful trekking to remote waterfalls, canoe trips to local villages, great opportunity for wetland birdlife and some absolutely stunning beaches, this trip really will surprise travellers.

But it is no walk in the park as we are travelling though countries such as Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and The Gambia with a minimum of tourist infrastructure. That is the whole point of the trip though; allowing us to trek through hills and stunning scenery to small villages that few outsiders will ever see and then to chill on the yellow sands of Atlantic beaches.

4.5 - Excellent
Based on 9 reviews
  • Tamsin C
  • On Jan 22 2019
5 - Excellent
“It was my first time travelling with Dragoman and I am completely sold!”
  • Carolyn C
  • On Jan 08 2019
5 - Excellent
“The intinerary took us to the most beautiful places of each country without moving too fast.”
  • Nils Fredrik V
  • On Dec 15 2018
5 - Excellent
“Enjoyed most the general vibe of the countries everyday life. One real highlight was hiking and swimmin ini Fouta Djallon.”
  • Sharon R
  • On Jan 22 2018
5 - Excellent
“My first Dragoman trip, after many years considering it. Overall really enjoyed the experience and hope to do it again some time.”
  • 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
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Pirogue
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Comfortable Hotel 1 night
  • Basic Hotel 12 nights
  • Camping 4 nights
  • Camping without facilities 3 nights
  • Guesthouse 2 nights
  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Dinner
  • Any international flights to Dakar 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 West African Atlantic Explorer 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 Atlantic Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 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 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

West African Atlantic Explorer 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 Atlantic Explorer 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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