West Africa Tours

West Africa Tours

West Africa has a magical feeling that few other countries can match. It’s where you’ll find a mosaic of people speaking hundreds of tribal languages, slave forts from a dark colonial past and stirring landscapes that encompass the Sahara Desert. Venture into jungle-draped mountains and dense rainforest or unwind on sun-baked beaches.

West Africa is also a place of immense cultural diversity and tradition is embedded in much of daily life. Our small West Africa tours will take into the heart of this fascinating region, including guided trips to Senegal, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Ivory Coast.
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

Our West Africa Tour Leaders

Our West Africa tours let you experience the incredible diversity of this region at your own pace, with maximum group sizes of 18 participants. Local guides help you discover the culture and history of this remarkable land.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Where To Go In West Africa
Our small West Africa tours show you the highlights of this captivating region. Explore the colourful markets and Grand Mosque of Dakar in Senegal, learn about Liberian culture in the Worlakor Cultural Village, visit the castles and slave dungeons of Ghana and see the UNESCO site of Grand Bassam in Ivory Coast.

 

Gambia
The continent’s smallest country, Gambia is easy to explore and undeniably beautiful. There’s a lot to love, including dazzling beaches, buzzing cities and friendly people.
Liberia
An intrepid adventure awaits in Liberia, one of the world’s lesser-travelled destinations. Visit Rustic villages to learn about tribal culture and marvel at Monrovia — Liberias energetic capital.
Senegal
Sun-kissed Senegal is situated at the continent’s most western tip. Get set to experience its fusion of colonial-era architecture, dense rainforest, sweeping beaches and an array of biodiversity.
Sierra Leone
This is the ultimate destination to travel away from the tourist trail. With idyllic beaches and a colourful capital full of smiles, you’ll discover that Sierra Leone is a nation on the rise.
Ghana
Discover a bundle of lush national parks, palm-fringed beaches and the sparkling blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is a destination with incredible wildlife and some of the worlds biggest markets.
Ivory Coast
Despite a troubled history, Ivory Coast is a country enjoying a resurgence. Visit the site of Grand Bassam, take a tour of Ebrié Lagoon and explore the sophisticated town of Abidjan.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the best time to visit West Africa?

Being so close to the equator, temperatures in West Africa don’t vary greatly throughout the year. In terms of the ideal time to visit, it’s best to think of things as being dry or wet, rather than hot or cold.

October to March is a great time to travel here, with drier weather and pleasantly warm days. This is also the best time to see wildlife. However, from the end of November to the middle of March, dusty winds from the Sahara Desert can cause hazy and dry conditions. Be sure to pack lip balm and moisturizer if you’re travelling during this period.

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What countries are in West Africa?

West Africa is composed of 16 countries, which together cover an area of over 6 million km2 (over one-fifth of Africa). The geography is a mix of semi-arid terrain, savannas, forests, and the Sahara Desert. The 16 countries in West Africa are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

 

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.