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The myth of West Africa is that there is no wildlife left. After 2 nights of staying at the Tiwai Island Widlife Sanctuary in Sierra Leone, and seeing up to 11 different primate species, including chimpanzees, plus otters and sea turtles and even, perhaps, the elusive pygmy hippo, you will realise that this is a myth. If it's tribal culture and wild scenery that you are after mingled with raw adventure and off the beaten track travel, then this really is a trip to consider. The roads through much of Guinea and the Ivory Coast can be very poor, but this is part of the experience, as we get to see stuff that others usually only see from an armchair on the TV. In the forests of northern Guinea, we will seek out the amazing vine bridges, while in the north of Ivory Coast we will explore the culture, music and villages of the Korhogo peoples. Then there are the stunning Atlantic beaches; those in Ghana are particularly beautiful and a great place to relax.
  • Explore Freetown and visit the National Museum
  • Relax on the beaches of Freetown peninsula in Sierra Leone
  • Visit Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary and try and spot a rare Pygmy hippo
  • Shop for Ronko-dyed clothes in the market at Kabala
  • Try out the famous vine bridges of Guinea
  • Overland through Cote d'Ivoire
  • Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the largest Christian church in the world
  • Explore the old colonial town of Grand Bassam
  • Visit a supported community project in Elmina, Ghana
  • Jungle visit at Kakum NP
  • Shop at West Africa's largest market in Kumasi
  • Enjoy a fine meal and cool drink in one of Accra's many restaurants
  • This is a tough and very much off the beaten track journey. Roads can be poor, and the climate challenging, but it is very rewarding for someone who wants to connect to everyday West African life. To try to make life easier, we mix camping with some nights in hotels, but expect to camp in the wilds of Africa.

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    Rhythms & Realms of West Africa

    Day 1 Accra

    Border information: if you are joining in Accra, then you will most likely enter Ghana at Accra Kotoka International Airport (IATA code: ACC). There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport, visas, and insurance details at this meeting. The afternoon will be free to explore the city of Accra. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Accra before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Accra.

    Day 2 Kumasi

    Leaving Accra behind us, we journey north through Ghana's interior to the historic town of Kumasi.

    Day 3 Kumasi

    Today, we will have lots of time for free exploration of the fascinating town and its museums. Kumasi is the home of West Africa's largest market and was the centre of the Ashanti Kingdom. 

    Day 4 Kakum NP

    Today we will drive south to the rainforests of Kakum NP. On arrival we will head out on an included evening walk through the forests in search of wildlife, bugs and snakes! We may also have the chance to visit a small animal sancutary en route.

    Day 5 Elmina

    Today we have an early start with an included morning visit to the Kakum NP canopy walkways. These are a long series of hanging bridges at the forest canopy level that gives us a unique perspective of the rainforest - and at that time of the morning we will have the place to ourselves! We will then head back south to the Atlantic coast and into Cape Coast for a fascinating and moving tour of the old slave fort there. We will then move to our stunning beach resort in Brenu Akynin near the town of Elmina.

    Day 6 Elmina

    Today, we will get involved with community projects currently being run in the Elmina area by the SABRE Charitable Trust. The Trust does very valuable work in developing educational projects across Ghana, with a focus on providing early-years education - we have been visiting their projects and providing a day of help and a donation for many years, allowing us to give a little back and to experience a wonderful bit of community interaction. The exact experience will depend on what the Trust has a need for at the time, but we could be asked to help to paint a classroom, do a bit of gardening in one of the schools, or simply come and play some games with the children! We will also have time for an optional visit to Elmina Castle and to relax on the beautiful beaches on Ghana's Atlantic Coast.

    Day 7 Grand Bassam

    Border information: Exit Ghana at Elubo, enter Côte d'Ivoire at Elubo. Today we will follow the Atlantic coast and cross into Côte d'Ivoire, arriving at the old French colonial capital of Grand Bassam situated east of Abidjan.

    Day 8 Grand Bassam

    Today we will have free time to explore the old colonial town.

    Day 9 Grand Bassam

    Our final day in Grand Bassam is the perfect day to relax on the beautiful beaches around our hotel.

    Day 10 Yamoussoukro

    Today we will drive to Yamoussoukro, the tiny and bizarre capital of Côte d'Ivoire. Yamoussoukro was the birthplace of Felix Houphouët-Boigny, the first president of independent Côte d'Ivoire, and is also the unusual location of the colossal and breathtaking Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the largest Christian church in the world. In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, and then have free time to further explore the small city.

    Day 11 Korhogo

    Today we will drive through the lush countryside to the northern Ivorian town of Korhogo, famed for the multitude of crafts that are made there.

    Day 12 Korhogo

    Today, we will head out on an included tour around many of the handicraft workshops in the area, visiting painters, bead makers, wood carvers and cloth weavers. We will also have time to freely explore the town and its surroundings. 

    Day 13 Western Cote d'Ivoire

    Over the next 2 days, we will drive through central Cote d'Ivoire and then cross its western border into Guinea. This journey will take us through some very remote areas and some very poor-quality dirt roads, so a great deal of flexibility is needed as our progress will largely be determined by the state of the roads.

    Day 14 Western Cote d'Ivoire

    Today we continue our journey through the wilds of Cote d'Ivoire. It is on days like this when you get to see just how untamed this area is and appreiciate how lucky you are to get a taste of life here.

    Day 15 Nzekore

    Border information: Exit Côte d'Ivoire at Gbapleu, enter Guinea at Gbakoré. Today we will cross the border into Guinea arriving in the small far-eastern town of Nzerekoré in the heart of Guinea's Forest Region.

    Day 16 Nzekore

    Today, we will have free time to relax after our journey and explore the town, the nearby villages, and the surrounding forests.

    Day 17 Faranah

    Over the next 2 days we will travel through the central region of Guinea, stopping for a night in one of the towns en route (depending on how the drive goes, this may be Macenta or Guéckédou), and then arriving at Faranah near the Sierra Leonean border. En route we will stop to visit one of the region's famous vine bridges (Pont de Liana).

    Day 18 Faranah

    We will arrive at the small Guinean town of Faranah today. The road conditions in this area can be pretty tough going and unpredictable, and progress can be greatly affected by the weather conditions, so flexibility is very important over these days.

    Day 19 Kabala

    Border information: Exit Guinea and enter Sierra Leone at Gberia-Fotombu. The next 2 days are spent travelling from Guinea over to Sierra Leone through the remote border near Kabala, driving through scenic areas very rarely visited by tourists.  The road conditions in this area can be pretty tough going and unpredictable, and progress can be greatly affected by the weather conditions, so flexibility is very important over these days. Kabala is famous for a being an oasis of cool air in the hills of northern Sierra Leone, and for its traditional Ronko-dyed clothes - shirts or gowns made of strips of cloth, typically dyed a rusty reddish-brown using local pigments. We will have free time to explore the area on arrival.

    Day 20 Kabala

    Today we will reach Kabala and should have the afternoon free to wander the twon or climb the famous Gbawuria Hill.

    Day 21 Makeni

    Today we start our journey south through Sierra Leone towards the Tiwai Wildlife Sanctuary. 

    Day 22 Tiwai Island

    Today we will arrive at the Tiwai Island Sanctuary, one of Sierra Leone's largest inland islands.

    Day 23 Tiwai Island

    Today, we will enjoy various nature walks through the web of trails that weave through the Tiwai forest. We'll be in search of the rare and colourful primates that inhabit the sanctuary, and if we're very lucky we may spot a very rare pygmy hippo!

    Day 24 Freetown Peninsula

    Today we have a full day drive across Sierra Leone to the stunning beaches of the Freetown Peninsular, where we will spend 3 nights. There are a few different options for which beaches we could choose to visit, our favourites being Bureh Beach at the south of the peninsular and River Number 2 Beach in the western part. On the beaches there will the be chance to go fishing, take a boat to explore the Banana Islands, get to know the local communities, and of course relax on the beautiful beaches!

    Day 25 Freetown Peninsula

    We will have 2 full days for optional activities on the wonderful beaches - we could go fishing, take a boat to explore the Banana Islands, get to know the local communities, and of course relax on the beautiful beaches!

    Day 26 Freetown Peninsula

    Our final day on this beautiful beach we make the most of this time to relax before the journey continues.

    Day 27 Freetown

    Today we will have a short drive up the western side of the Freetown Peninsular to arrive in the Aberdeen district of the city of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. We will have plenty of time to head out and explore the sites in and around Freetown, before heading out for a final group meal together!

    Day 28 Freetown

    Border information: if you are leaving in Freetown, you will most likely exit Sierra Leone at Freetown Lungi International Airport (IATA code: FNA). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Freetown. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below. Airport information - the fastest and most reliable way to the airport from Freetown is by water-taxi, as Lungi is across a bay from the city. Our hotel in Freetown is a 200m walk to the jetty where the water-taxis depart from - the departure times for the water-taxis are linked to every flight in and out of Lungi airport (usually around 4 hours before the time of the flight). We advise that when the trip arrives in Freetown, you go to the jetty to check the timetable for the water-taxis for your flight and purchase a ticket in advance (USD40 or EUR35) - your trip leader will be able to assist with this. The ticket counter at the jetty is open 24 hours a day.  You should arrive at the jetty 30 minutes before the departure time, as you have to check in your large bags and take a luggage ticket. The water-taxi takes approximately 30 minutes, then you take a minibus for another 15 minutes to arrive at Lungi airport. Your large bags will be waiting for you at the water-taxi office on the left-hand-side of the airport entrance, just hand in your luggage ticket to get them back.  
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    Explore the incredible rainforest canopy from the unique suspended bridges in Kakum National Park

    Visit to the stunning jungles of Kakum National Park and walk through the rainforests at night

    Kakum NP Night Walk

    Learn all about the appalling history of the Atlantic slave trade with a tour of the historic Cape Coast Castle

    Visit the amazing project run by Global Mamas Help out at the Sabre Trust School project Yamoussoukro Basilica

    Head out on a half day trip exploring the many local handicrafts from the area including a painter's collective a woodcarver's shop a bead-making workshop and a cotton-weaving community

    Trek to the Pont de Liana one of the phenomenal old vine bridges in the forested region of Guinea

    Visit the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary home to one of the densest populations of primates and pygmy hippos in Africa and enjoy several included walks around the web of trails on the island

    Take an optional canoe or motor boat tour through the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary (if available)

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    Guesthouse 4 nights
    Camping 8 nights
    Basic Hotel 10 nights
    Camping without facilities 2 nights

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    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Pirogue

    Måltider

    Breakfasts x 25, Lunches x 11, Dinner x 10

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