Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 134 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Dakar, Senegal
  • Ends Cape Town, South Africa
  • +47
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
Starting in Dakar and ending in Cape Town, the trip Western Trans Africa, Sahel To The Cape is a guided trekking trip that takes 134 days. You will visit Quicama National Park, Yamoussoukro, Etosha National Park and 45 other destinations in 14 different countries. Western Trans Africa, Sahel To The Cape is a group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

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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Based on 1020 reviews
Peter's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Peter
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Smithy and Jamil on the Community Trek were excellent. They gave us so much information, always had time for us and were so engaging that they really made the Community Inka Trek extra special and one of the highlights of the tour.”
Maria's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Maria
  • On Sep 15 2018
“Amazing trip, wonderfull crew, fantastic group!!!”
Marion's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Marion
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Professional, responsible, supportive crew - Jaime has a natural ability to always be cheerful, understanding and extremely well organised. Jan give everyone sound reassurance that everything is in check and that nothing is beyond his capabilities. Together they make a great team and make travelling with them a relaxing, stress free experience. Then of course we had Rob for a few days - Rob has the personality that embraces everyone and makes everyone feel that they are special and worthy of individual time and attention whilst being professional, knowledgable and caring.”
  • 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: Accra
  • Day 52: Akosombo
  • Day 53: Akosombo
  • Day 54: Mont Klouto
  • Day 55: Mont Klouto
  • Day 56: Central Togo
  • Day 57: Togoville
  • Day 58: Grand Popo
  • Day 59: Pendjari NP
  • Day 60: Pendjari NP
  • Day 61: Abomey
  • Day 62: Abomey
  • Day 63: Grand Popo
  • Day 64: Grand Popo
  • Day 65: Ouidah
  • Day 66: Ganvie
  • Day 67: Nigeria
  • Day 68: Nigeria
  • Day 69: Nigeria
  • Day 70: Nigeria
  • Day 71: Nigeria
  • Day 72: Nigeria
  • Day 73: Nigeria
  • Day 74: Nigeria
  • Day 75: Nigeria
  • Day 76: Cameroon
  • Day 77: Cameroon
  • Day 78: Cameroon
  • Day 79: Cameroon
  • Day 80: Cameroon
  • Day 81: Cameroon
  • Day 82: Cameroon
  • Day 83: Cameroon
  • Day 84: Cameroon
  • Day 85: Gabon
  • Day 86: Gabon
  • Day 87: Gabon
  • Day 88: Gabon
  • Day 89: Gabon
  • Day 90: Gabon
  • Day 91: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 92: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 93: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 94: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 95: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 96: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 97: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 98: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 99: Republic of the Congo
  • Day 100: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 101: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 102: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 103: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 104: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 105: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 106: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 107: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 108: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 109: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 110: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 111: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Day 112: Angola
  • Day 113: Angola
  • Day 114: Angola
  • Day 115: Angola
  • Day 116: Angola
  • Day 117: Angola
  • Day 118: Angola
  • Day 119: Angola
  • Day 120: Angola
  • Day 121: Etosha NP
  • Day 122: Etosha NP
  • Day 123: Windhoek
  • Day 124: Spitzkoppe
  • Day 125: Swakopmund
  • Day 126: Swakopmund
  • Day 127: Sesriem
  • Day 128: Bethanie
  • Day 129: Fish River Canyon
  • Day 130: Noordoewer
  • Day 131: Citrusdal
  • Day 132: Cape Town
  • Day 133: Cape Town
  • Day 134: Cape Town
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Pirogue, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • 260 Breakfasts
  • 162 Lunches
  • 160 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Dakar and from Cape Town 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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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.


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.

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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