'Our Full West African Odyssey'


Metropolitan Dakar & Goree Island Colonial St-Louis & fabulous Djouj Bird Sanctuary Colourful Lobi countryside with fortress compounds Cosmopolitan and friendly Ouagadougou Vibrant Kumasi street life Kakum N.P. rain forest canopy walk Impressive Elmina & Cape Coast castles Ouidah: Voodoo birthplace Stilt village of Ganvie lake

Trip Information


Breakfast and dinner (local restaurants and hotels) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers.


Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, visa fees, and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and visas (visas can cost approx $600).

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is offered once a year. October to March tends to have the best combination of heat and humidity with neither being too high - relatively speaking. This is also the dry season, though temperatures can soar due to hot, dry seasonal desert winds, especially in Senegal and Burkina Faso. We choose to visit at this time as seasonal rains at other times can make roads impassable and some locations may be closed. Breezy seaside locations enjoy relief from the heat year round.

Transport and Travel Conditions

THIS IS A TRIP FOR THE ADVENTUROUS. The itinerary has been designed to be as comfortable as possible, but West Africa is still largely undeveloped. Many road journeys are long and rough and sometimes dusty. In Senegal, Ghana, & Togo, land transport by private AC bus Toyota Coaster or equivalent with about 24 seats. Sometimes 2 smaller vans are used instead of a larger bus. In Burkina Faso and Benin, transport in 4X4 SUV vehicles (Toyota Land Cruisers or equivalent). We travel in a convoy with 4 passengers per vehicle plus driver. Though our vehicles are air-conditioned, spare parts and maintenance facilities are scarce and the exterior heat may exceed cooling ability.

In general, this is a tour with a lot of variables and things that can "go wrong" -- roads wash out, tires go flat, hot water simply stops (or never starts), and road journeys can take longer than anyone expects. One must be open-minded, patient, and focused on the task at hand: enjoying the region's myriad cultures, sights, and sounds and its friendly hospitable peoples.


In major cities hotels are generally of international standard (3-4 star) Outside major cities hotels tend to be more rustic & simple properties where AC may or may not be functioning properly and a fan will then be used. All hotels have en-suite toilet & shower, some without hot water. You must be prepared for power and/or water failure in some locales.

Hotel porterage is generally available (see inclusions) though you must be independent with luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local guides, driver.

Group Size

10-21 plus Tour Leader