Itinerary | London to Ghana – West Africa
Week 1 – 4: Europe, Morocco We start the trip at Gibraltar. Crossing the straits of Gibraltar to Morocco, we visit the coastal capital city of Rabat and visit Casablanca. Meknes, on the high plains is of the many ancient walled cities with covered markets and a labyrinth of narrow winding streets. We visit the ancient Roman ruin of Volubilis, followed by Fes, Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.
Week 5: Mauritania We pass into the Sahara Desert and follow the Atlantic Coast – it is never forgotten; oases with cool water surrounded by palms, stretches of sand as big as a small country, old forts, camel trains following centuries old trading routes, and a night sky undiluted by city lights. We are touching on the western fringes of the Sahara Desert here – an enormous desert which, incredibly, is the size of the United States We go miles off road, sometimes digging the truck out of the soft sands to get through. – and have to contend with sand dunes, salt pans and mud flats before crossing over the Senegal River to Senegal.
Week 6 – 8: Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast or Burkina Faso
We enter the Sahel; the vast semi arid desert that separates the Sahara from the forests of black Africa and cross the Senegal River into Senegal. We reach St Louis on the coast and the capital Dakar with its great night clubs.
We follow the border of Gambia to the west of Senegal and cross into Mali to the Capital Bamako, Mali is justly-famed for the singular beauty of its mud mosques and its markets and the beautiful villages. Mali is rapidly being swallowed up by the desert, its rapid desertification due to on-going droughts, over-grazing, topsoil erosion, harsh winds, and the scavenging of trees for firewood
Leaving Bamako we have 2 route options
Option one; Head south east through Mali to seldom visited Burkina Faso where we cool off under the Cascades de Kalfiguela and stock up at Bobo-Diolasso market. This route takes us into the north of Ghana to Mole National Park in northern Ghana where we can see elephants.
Option two; The other route passes south; down the road less travelled to the mountainous Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire. Ivory Coast and the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, modeled on St Peters Basilica in the Vatican. Then to Abidjan, with an impressive skyline of high rise buildings, and oceans where we can camp on the beach.
Week 9 – 10 Ghana: Both routes meet in Ghana being the first English-speaking country Ghana, is a particular favourite, the people are so warm and hospitable – lots of fantastic seafood too! The tree-top canopy walks of the Kakum Forest Reserve and widely available drumming lessons are now a firmly established. We cross the jungle to the beaches of the Gold Coast and visit the slaving forts.
Of all the trips we run this is the most likely to have a change of route due to local conditions and visa requirements.
Africa is an unpredictable continent. We do not have a fixed itinerary so please treat the information given as a guideline only. Although our information is written in good faith at the time of printing, our route may vary at any time due to weather, politics or road conditions.