West African Discoverer

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 70 days
  • tour type Group Tour
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • Starts Dakar, Senegal
  • Ends Dakar , Senegal
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  • Visit Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary and try and spot a rare Pygmy hippo
  • Go on a safari in the Pendjari National Park in the far north of Benin
  • Visit the fascinating double storey mud huts in Tata Somba
  • Enjoy a guided walk around Butterfly Mountain, Mont Kluto
Starting in Dakar and ending in Greater Accra Region, the West African Discoverer tour is a guided trekking trip that takes 70 days. You will visit Freetown, Fouta Djallon, Elmina and 31 other destinations in 7 different countries. West African Discoverer is a group tour which will include accommodation, transport 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
5 - Excellent
  • Michael W
  • On Feb 15 2019
“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.”
5 - Excellent
  • Wayne L
  • On Jan 29 2019
“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.”
5 - Excellent
  • Jurgen B
  • On Jan 29 2019
“The route was planned very well”
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  • Day 1: Accra
  • Day 2: Akosombo
  • Day 3: Lake Volta
  • Day 4: Mont Klouto
  • Day 5: Mont Klouto
  • Day 6: Central Togo
  • Day 7: Tata Somba region
  • Day 8: Tata Somba region
  • Day 9 - 10: Pendjari National Park
  • Day 11: Central Benin
  • Day 12 - 13: Abomey
  • Day 14: Ganvie
  • Day 15: Ouidah
  • Day 16: Grand Popo
  • Day 17: Grand Popo
  • Day 18: Agbodrafo
  • Day 19: Keta
  • Day 20: Accra
  • Day 21: Accra
  • Day 22 - 23: Kumasi
  • Day 24: Kakum National Park
  • Day 25 - 26: Elmina
  • Day 27 - 29: Grand Bassam
  • Day 30: Yamoussoukro
  • Day 31 - 32: Korhogo
  • Day 33 - 34: Western Côte d'Ivoire
  • Day 35 - 36: Nzerekoré
  • Day 37 - 38: Faranah
  • Day 39 - 40: Kabala
  • Day 41: Makeni
  • Day 42 - 43: Tiwai Island Sanctuary
  • Day 44 - 46: Freetown Peninsula
  • Day 47: Freetown
  • Day 48: Freetown
  • Day 49 - 50: Freetown Peninsula
  • Day 51: Southern Guinea
  • Day 52 - 53: Labé
  • Day 54 - 55: Fouta Djallon
  • Day 56 - 57: Northern Guinea
  • Day 58 - 59: Bissau
  • Day 60 - 62: Cap Skirring
  • Day 63 - 64: Tendaba
  • Day 65 - 66: Toubakouta
  • Day 67 - 68: Touba
  • Day 69: Dakar
  • Day 70: Dakar
  • Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Pirogue (dugout canoe)
  • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
  • 50% Camping - 50% Hotels
  • Any international flights to/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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A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before 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.

CANCELLATION 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.
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