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West Africa

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West Africa

These 7 countries in the West African coast are arguably the toughest overland roadtrip you can embark on. Most avid travellers that try to take it on either give up, or finish exhausted without a good impression. Wander Expeditions is here to change that! We have created the most efficient itinerary without sacrifizing the best experiences in this region. Our convoy will be the best way to visit these 7 countries: Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal. Two weeks from Banjul to Abidjan, with NO HASSLE. Through our amazing local contacts, we’ll pick up the visas on the go, and breeze through the borders. Forget about bribes, long waits and invest that time in experiencing the best of these countries. This is the best value two weeks you will find on Wander Expedition! One of those Expeditions we won’t offer often. Don’t miss the chance!

itinerary

Day 1: Banjul to Casamance:

  • We recommend landing a day early, February 27th to explore Banjul at your own pace and recover from your long journey. Or even better, fly into Dakar, explore it over the weekend, and then fly into Banjul?
  • We like to maximize our time on Expeditions, to give you more bang for your buck, so we always start in the early morning. On our Day 1, we’ll wake up in the Gambia, explore traditional fishing villages and then head into the beautiful region of Casamance, in southern Senegal. We will visit a local King, and enjoy a sunset swim by the beautiful coast of Cap Skirring.
  • Overnight in Cap Skirring.

Day 2: Casamance to Bisau:

  • We start early to cross our second border and venture into the wild off the beaten path of Guinea Bissau, the most logistically challenging of the 7 countries we are visiting.
  • Our plan is to explore the capital in the afternoon and prepare our daytrip to Bijagos islands the following day.
  • Overnight in Bissau.

Day 3: Bijagos Islands. 

  • We will charter a boat and explore Bolama Island, the former capital of Portuguese Guinea, and it’s impressive colonial architecture.
  • Overnight in Bissau.

Day 4:  Bissau to Gabu

  • This day is the quintessential West African overland experience. Potholed muddy roads crossing jungles and villages. Slow, but steadily, we will overcome all the challenges and make it as far as possible: potentially Gabu.
  • On the way, we will pass Bafata, an old colonial keystone that still holds most of it’s colonial architecture intact.
  • We’ll sleep in Gabu, in the middle of nowhere, and toast for the fuckery behind us and the one yet to come.

Day 5: Gabu to Labe. 

  • Today we’ll be crossing another border into this former portuguese colony. Another great thing about this journey is that we will compare each country’s colonial past as well as their differences and similarities.
  • Labe is Fouta country, so we’ll have a chance to meet them in the nearby villages on our way East.
  • Overnight in Labe.

Day 6: Labe to Kindia. 

  • Guinea is the most underrated gem of our itinerary, and the region of Fouta Djallon is it’s highlight. We will hike it’s lush highlands on the search of the impressive waterfalls
  • Overnight in Kindia.

Day 7: Kindia to Freetown. 

  • Straight shot to Freetown with hopefully no hiccups when crossing one of the trickiest borders on our schedule: Guinea – Sierra Leone.
  • The new paved road has made things much easier in terms of drive time so we will arrive in Freetown in time for sunset and a good meal after the 3 hardest days of our journey.
  • Overnight in Freetown.

Day 8: Freetown.

  • On the 8th day, we rest. Exploring the beautiful Sierra Leonean capital of course. We will visit the markets in the morning, the slums, the chimp sanctuary and head to #2 beach in the afternoon.
  • Overnight in Freetown.

Day 9: Freetown to Monrovia. 

  • The Sierra Leone – Liberia border is 50% 50% epic & horrible. Let’s hope for good luck! This day will be a masterclass in overlanding, get your notebooks ready.
  • Overnight in Monrovia.

Day 10: Monrovia. 

  • Easily the most interesting city to visit in West Africa. The abandoned Ducor Hotel, the West Point slums, the unique American flavor, and the incredible beaches.
  • A day to wander, slow down and take it all in.
  • Overnight in Monrovia.

Day 11: Monrovia to Man. 

  • We’ll cross this border (knock on wood) and maybe, another one as a surprise. Sneaking into Guinea across a river border on a raft was one of our highlights on the first edition and we’ll try to repeat it again!
  • On an African overland journey, every day is a chance for new stories and adventures!
  • Overnight in Man.

Day 12: Man to Yamoussokro

  • We will attend a Zaouli Magic Dance in a nearby village. We’ll visit a tribe and partake in the party the Zongleur have prepared for us.
  • Afternoon will be for exploring the biggest Church in Christendom: the cathedral of Yamoussokro, the Ivorean capital.
  • Overnight in Yamoussokro.

Day 13: Yamoussokro to Grand Bassam.

  • We’ll journey to Grand Bassam, the colonial gem in the coast of Ivory Coast. The first place where the french first based themselves.
  • In the evening, we’ll head to Abidjan and explore the Mosque and the Cathedral, and finish off with a farewell dinner.
  • Overnight in Abidjan.

Day 14: Fly out.

  • Expedition ends after breakfast and you can stay longer in Abidjan or fly back home!
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Included

Accomodation

Shared twin room in 3/4-star hotels (when available).

Guides

Expert local guide and fixer.

Transport

Private vehicles, fuel and drivers

Food

Breakfast

Activities

All entrance fees and activities mentioned.

Visa Support

We'll help you get the visa as we go! You dont need to worry about any of them, or applying in any Embassy.

Contribution to local communities

We try to create an impact contributing to every local community we visit.

FAQ

We can get all the visas hassle free (or you can try to get yours on your end). Prices for conveniency are a bit higher, as we wont have to deal with any paperwork or bureaucracy. They are as follows: – Guinea & Ivory Coast: 150 euros each – Bissau and The Gambia: 50 euros each – Sierra Leone and Liberia: $150 each – Senegal: Visa free. These prices are tentative, it may vary a bit last minute. Total cost of visas conveniently for all 7 countries: around 650 euros. You can also pick and choose which ones you need to book through us, and which you want to apply for yourself.
Wander Expedition doesn’t book flights for you and is ultimately not responsible for your flight connection, but we can offer guidance and support when you research the best options for you. We recommend you fly at least a day early into Banjul, on Feb 27th.
We will remain in stable areas at all times and we will be always accompanied by an expert local crew, which will help us interact with locals and have the best possible experience. We’ll also be traveling in a huge convoy, so that removes many of the risks when you do it solo. Finally, we have the best local connections to ensure a hassle free journey along these otherwise very difficult land borders.
For experienced travelers joining us on West Africa you’ll get to meet a very fun group of people to share the adventure. Inexperienced travelers will grow to the challenge in these destinations, but one thing is clear, its the kind of Expedition that will be full of epic stories! The West Africa Expedition is perfect if you are looking for an adventure, a Masterclass in landborder crossings and doing the West African coast as hassle free as you possibly can.

how to join?

If you want to be one of the fortunate people selected for our West Africa Expedition II:

  1. Make sure the dates work with you before you start the selection process.
  2. SAY YES and complete our online application form below.
  3. Once you’ve applied and signed up to Wander Expedition, we’ll update you as you move on in the selection process. Check your Spam folder regularly in case the automated emails go there!

TRIP DATES

Feb 28th - March 13th 2023

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