Itinerary | London to Ghana – West Africa
What’s it like?
Due to the nature of the trip, Trans Africa tours do not have a specific day-to-day itinerary.
As we will be camping and travelling for an extended period of time, you must be prepared for an adventurous challenge. It can be hot and dusty, and will sometimes be out of contact from the rest of the world. This means no telephones, shops or any other mod cons. We need you to participate and work with all members of the expedition. For the Trans we use sturdy purpose-built vehicles for these rugged off-road conditions.
Week 1 – 4: Europe, Morocco
We start in Gibraltar, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to Morroco
Visit the coastal capital city of Rabat and visit Casablanca. Meknes, on the high plains is of the many ancient walled cities. Spend time in the covered markets and the 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 – 9: Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast or Burkina Faso
We enter the Sahel Region
The Sahel is vast semi arid desert separating the Sahara from the forests of Africa. We cross this region to 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 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.
For an updated dossier and information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, optional excursions and other useful information please contact us.
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.