Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 134 days
  • tour type Group Tour
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • Starts Dakar, Senegal
  • Ends Western Cape , South Africa
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  • Wild camping in local villages on route
  • 2 day overland safari through Etosha National Park with excellent wildlife
  • Wildcamp and hike in the stunning wild mountains of Spitzkoppe
  • Take a cable car up Table Mountain or any of the numerous options in Cape Town
The tour Western Trans Africa, Sahel To The Cape starts in Dakar and ends in Western Cape. This is a trekking trip that takes 134 days. You will travel through Etosha National Park, Western Cape, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and 43 other destinations visiting Nigeria, Senegal and 12 more countries. This is a guided group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This is our ultimate West Africa trip as it takes us from the western most part of mainland Africa, through to the southern tip of the continent, travelling overland in between. However, do not expect things to follow the itinerary as they may well not. We only run this trip once a year and it is only for really experienced travellers or for folk who are happy to go way out of their comfort zone. It is an amazing journey through some of Africa’s least visited countries. We divide the journey into three parts. The first part from Dakar through to Freetown, takes you in 23 days through Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and then into Sierra Leone. The next section of 28 days, cuts back through Guinea, and then explores Ivory Coast and Ghana. Finally we embark on the real expedition stage of the journey, through Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and into the jungles of Cameroon. Then heading south out of West Africa, into the beauty of Gabon, a haven of wildlife, forests and beaches and into The Congo, DRC and on into Angola. Angola is the hidden gem for travellers and finally we enter Namibia and on to the Cape.
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Megan's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Megan
  • On Jan 29 2019
“Each leg had it's own personality and high points, but I guess the camping leg and the final leg through Darjeeling are the two that I would most recommend.”
Joseph's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Joseph
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Our guide in Georgia was Sophie - she was helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable of the country's history, geology, and past events. Very willing to help.”
Louise's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Louise
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Gino, full of enthusiasm and energy - excellent leader. Jim, excellent driver, safe and reliable. Both great fun and worked well together.”
  • Day 1: Dakar
  • Day 2 - 3: St. Louis
  • Day 4 - 5: Touba
  • Day 6 - 7: Tendaba
  • Day 8 - 10: Cap Skirring
  • Day 11 - 12: Bissau
  • Day 13 - 15: Northern Guinea
  • Day 16 - 17: Fouta Djallon
  • Day 18: Mamou
  • Day 19: Southern Guinea
  • Day 20 - 21: Freetown Peninsula
  • Day 22: Freetown
  • Day 23: Freetown
  • Day 24 - 26: Freetown Peninsula
  • Day 27 - 28: Tiwai Island Sanctuary
  • Day 29 - 30: Kabala
  • Day 31 - 32: Faranah
  • Day 33: Guéckédou
  • Day 34 - 35: Nzerekoré
  • Day 36 - 37: Western Côte d'Ivoire
  • Day 38 - 39: Korhogo
  • Day 40: Yamoussoukro
  • Day 41 - 43: Grand Bassam
  • Day 44 - 45: Elmina
  • Day 46: Kakum National Park
  • Day 47 - 48: Kumasi
  • Day 49: Accra
  • Day 50: Accra
  • Day 51: Accra
  • Day 52: Akosombo
  • Day 53: Mont Klouto
  • Day 54: Mont Klouto
  • Day 55 - 56: Central Togo
  • Day 57: Togoville
  • Day 58 - 59: Grand Popo
  • Day 60: Ouidah
  • Day 61: Ganvie
  • Day 62 - 63: Abomey
  • Day 64 - 72: Nigeria
  • Day 73 - 84: Cameroon
  • Day 85 - 90: Gabon
  • Day 91 - 99: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 100 - 111: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 112 - 120: Angola
  • Day 121 - 122: Etosha National Park
  • Day 123: Windhoek
  • Day 124: Spitzkoppe
  • Day 125 - 126: Swakopmund
  • Day 127: Sesriem & Soussusvlei
  • Day 128: Bethanie
  • Day 129: Fish River Canyon
  • Day 130: Noordoewer
  • Day 131: Citrusdal
  • Day 132 - 133: Cape Town
  • Day 134: Cape Town
  • 65% Camping - 35% Hotels
  • Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Pirogue (dugout canoe)
  • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
  • Any international flights to Dakar and from Western Cape 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 Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape 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

Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape 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 Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape 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 Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape 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.
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.