Taste of West Africa

Overview

Relatively untouched by tourism, West Africa retains an authentic charm and is filled with fascinating tribes, a rich history and beautiful landscapes. This 26-day tour will uncover some of Africa’s hidden gems as you travel through Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana. Discover the region’s colonial past and slave trading era, the wildlife that inhabit West Africa’s lush forests, and the unique cultures and tribes of each country including the Ashanti people of Ghana, traditional healers of Senegal and meet the king of the Jola people in Gambia.

Itinerary

DAY 1: DAKAR
On arrival in Dakar you will be met and transferred to HOTEL LE DJOLOFF for your two-night stay.

DAY 2: DAKAR AND GORÉE ISLAND
After breakfast, you will be taken on a city tour of Dakar. You will visit colourful markets including Marché de Tilène, which is famous for its variety of medicinal herbs and traditional healers. In the afternoon you will visit Gorée Island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the iconic “Door of No Return” in the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves). Here you will visit the museum and learn about the rich history of slavery. (B, D)

DAY 3: DAKAR – PINK LAKE – SAINT-LOUIS
Today, you will begin the day with a tour of Lake Retba (Lake Rose), Senegal’s Pink Lake. Meet the “salt harvesters” before heading to Saint-Louis in the afternoon. Two nights at HOTEL DE LA RESIDENCE. (B, D)

DAY 4: SAINT-LOUIS
After an early breakfast you will be taken to Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary. This World Heritage site is home to many species of cormorants, pelicans, ducks, flamingo and songbirds, many of which have migrated from Europe. Enjoy a pirogue ride through the park before returning to Saint-Louis. (B, D)

DAY 5: SAINT-LOUIS – TOUBA – KAOLACK
Today you will travel by road to Kaolack in the south of Senegal. En route you will visit the city of Touba. Here you will see the Grand Mosque and the tomb of the founder of Mouridism – Amadou Bamba, and learn about the city’s past. Continue to Kaolack, stopping at some local villages to learn about their daily life and customs. On arrival in Kaolack, you will visit the traditional hospital of Malango and an open-air market before heading to LE RELAIS DE KAOLACK for your overnight stay. (B, D)

DAY 6: KAOLACK – SINE NGAYÈNE – BANJUL
After breakfast you will travel to Sine Ngayène to see the renowned Stone Circles of Senegambia. The World Heritage Site features 52 circles of standing stones and are evidence of the prosperous society that would have once lived here. In the early afternoon you will continue to Banjul, the capital city of Gambia. Two-nights at COCO OCEAN RESORT & SPA. (B, D)

DAY 7: BANJUL
Today you will cruise up-river from Banjul Port to the setting of Alex Haley’s famous saga, ‘Roots’. On arrival at the ancient Trading Station of Albreda, you will visit the ruins of Sao Domingo Church, one of the oldest churches in West Africa, before taking a short walk to the village of Juffureh, the birthplace of ‘Kunta Kinte’ of ‘Roots’. Visit the Kinte family home and the Museum of Slavery before taking a boat to James Island, returning to Banjul in the early evening. (B, D)

DAY 8: BANJUL – ZIGUINCHOR
This morning you will be taken on a tour of Banjul, beginning at the National Museum. Continue through the city, stopping to visit the lively market and the main mosque. In the afternoon, visit Serrekunda which is Gambia’s most densely populated town. Stay two-nights at HOTEL KADIANDOUMAGNE in Ziguinchor. (B, D)

DAY 9: ZIGUINCHOR
After breakfast you will have an audience with the king of the Jola people who will welcome you into his palace located in the sacred forest in Oussouye. Discover the Jola culture before heading to the historical island of Karabane for lunch. (B, D)

DAY 10: ZIGUINCHOR – BISSAU
Today you will cross the border into Guinea Bissau. Enjoy a city tour visiting the Museu Nacional, the Mercado (Central Market) and the Centro Artistico Juvenile where young artists showcase their work. Afterwards you will continue to the old Portuguese colonial centre of Bissau Velho. Three-nights at HOTEL AZALAI 24 SEPTEMBRO. (B, D)

DAY 11: BISSAU – QUINHAMEL – BISSAU
This morning you will drive along the Mar Azul (Blue Sea) to visit Quinhamel. Here you will visit a weaver’s workshop and the local market. (B, D)

DAY 12: BISSAU – CACHEU – BISSAU
Today you will be taken to the town of Cacheu located inthe north west of Guinea Bissau on the Cacheu River and once the official slave trading centre of the area. On arrival, you will either be taken on a guided city tour or a boat tour through the mangroves on the Cacheu River. (B, D)

DAY 13: BISSAU – DAKAR – CONAKRY
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dakar, and onward flight to Conakry; once known as the ‘Paris of Africa’. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to HOTEL PETIT BATEAU for your overnight stay. (B, D)

DAY 14: CONAKRY – DALABA
In the morning you will be taken on a tour of Mokebounyi and visit the Kindia market. You will then travel to Dalaba in Fouta Jalon sometimes referred to as the African Switzerland. Overnight at the SIB HOTEL DALABA. (B, D)

DAY 15: DALABA – KINDIA
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Dalaba where you will see the Presidential Palace. Afterwards you will visit Kinkon Falls in Pita. Overnight at HOTEL MASABI in Kindia. (B, D)

DAY 16: KINDIA – LE VOILE DE LA MARIÉE – CONAKRY
Today you will be transferred back to Conakry. En route you will visit Le Voile de la Mariée (Bride’s Veil). The site consists of a beautiful waterfall with a natural swimming pool surrounded by the Valley of Labota. (B, D)

DAY 17: CONAKRY – FREETOWN
After breakfast you will travel across the border to Freetown; the capital of Sierra Leone. Two nights at HOME SUITES BOUTIQUE HOTEL. (B, D)

DAY 18: FREETOWN
This morning you will be taken on a tour of Freetown. In the afternoon you will visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Established in 1995, the sanctuary is committed to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and abandoned chimps. (B, D)

DAY 19: FREETOWN – BUNCE ISLAND – MONROVIA
Begin the day by visiting West Africa’s oldest university – the University of Sierra Leone, located on Mount Aureol. Following the visit, enjoy a short cruise to Brunce Island. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for you flight to Monrovia. Two-nights at BELLA CASA. (B, D)

DAY 20: MONROVIA
After breakfast you will be driven to Gbarnga in Bong County. See the Kpatawee Waterfall and visit a tribal chief and his village to learn about the culture and history of local tribes. Return to Monrovia in the late evening. (B, D)

DAY 21: MONROVIA – ACCRA
Today you will enjoy a historical tour through Monrovia – the capital of Africa’s first independent republic. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Accra, Ghana. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to LA VILLA BOUTIQUE HOTEL for your two-night stay. (B, D)

DAY 22: ACCRA
Enjoy a full day tour of Accra and the surrounds. Highlights include Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, the historic neighbourhood of Jamestown, and Brazil House where you will learn about the Afro-Brazilian community of Ghana. (B, D)

DAY 23: ACCRA – KUMASI
After breakfast you will be driven to Kumasi – the centre of the Ashanti Kingdom, with an en-route visit to the Bunso Arboretum which is home to over 120 species of bird and 200 varieties of herb. On arrival in Kumasi, you will be taken to the Centre for National Culture to
discover more about the people of Ghana. Two nights at the GOLDEN BEAN HOTEL. (B, D)

DAY 24: KUMASI (AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL)
This morning you will be taken on a tour of the Manhyia Palace Museum which was originally built as a residence for Ashanti Kings. You will then have the opportunity to join in the festivities of the Akwasidae Festival. Every 42 days, there is a colourful parade featuring the Asantehene (King of Ashanti) who comes out to be praised by his sub-chiefs and his people. In the afternoon you will visit the Okomfo Anokye Sword Site. (B, D)

DAY 25: KUMASI – CAPE COAST
After breakfast you will begin the journey to Cape Coast, stopping to see the “Slave River” in Assin Manso en route. In the evening, head to the harbor to observe the colourful fishing boats and the locals bringing in their daily catch to the market. Overnight at COCONUT GROVE
BEACH RESORT. (B, D)

DAY 26: CAPE COAST – ACCRA
Today you will visit Kakum National Park which features a unique rainforest canopy walkway. Enjoy lunch at Hans Cottage before continuing to Accra where your tour of West Africa will be at an end. (B)

Includes

• 25 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
• Meals indicated (B, L, D)
• Round trip airport/hotel transfers
• Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
• Transportation in a private vehicle
• Domestic flights: Bissau – Dakar – Conakry, Freetown – Monrovia, Monrovia – Accra
• Services of an experienced English-speaking guide
• Admission to listed sites and events
• Bottled water throughout the tour
• Assistance with visa applications

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Coconut Grove Beach Resort

A beachfront resort close to iconic heritage sites such as the Elmina Castle and St. Jago Fort, the Coconut Grove Beach Resort is in an ideal location for those seeking a beach escape. Rooms are spacious, airy and clean and there is much to see and do. Enjoy horseback riding, swimming in the pool, lawn tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, and exercising in the gym. You can also visit the animal sanctuary and play on the 18-hole golf course.

Golden Bean Hotel

 Situated in the heart of Kumasi, the Golden Bean Hotel is named for the cocoa bean that has sustained Ghana’s economy for close to a century. Enjoy your stay in one of 51 rooms of four room types, all styled with modern furnishings. In your spare time, take a stroll in the lush gardens, or enjoy the restaurant, patisserie, gym, one of the bars or swimming pool.

La Villa Boutique Hotel

Combining natural hues and materials, the buildings of La Villa Boutique blend seamlessly into the surrounding tropical gardens. An oasis amongst the city, the hotel boasts 43 individually furnished rooms and suites. When not exploring this beautiful city, take a dip in the pool, organise a massage or enjoy the bar and restaurant.

Bella Casa

Taking a unique “under one roof” approach, your stay at Bella Casa is sure to be memorable. This boutique hotel offers 40 modern, comfortable rooms, and is home to everything you could need during your stay. Enjoy dining at the restaurant, relaxing at the lounge, unwinding at the pool bar, getting pampered at the salon, working up a sweat at the fitness centre or just refuelling at the coffee shop.

Home Suites Boutique Hotel

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Masabi Hotel

Surrounded by lush gardens of bougainvillea, mango and coconut trees, the Masabi Hotel offers a comfortable stay far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located 130km from Conakry and 5km from Kindia, the hotel is a quaint escape for those seeking to explore the region. Enjoy meals at the restaurant and discover the flora and fauna that makes this area so unique.

Hotel Petit Bateau

Situated in the capital of Guinea, Conakry, and located on the peninsula of Kaloum, is the modern comfort of Hotel Petit Bateau. Enjoy sounds of the sea as you rest in one of 60 air-conditioned rooms, of which there are three room types. Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a meal or drink on the terrace to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.

Azalai 24 Septembro

Escape to a mini savannah in the centre of the city­, where lush gardens and swaying palms will transport you to an idyllic paradise. Just a 15-minute complimentary shuttle bus ride from the airport, this hotel offers 108 comfortable guestrooms and other facilities including a lounge, playground, bar and gourmet restaurant.

Hotel Kadiandoumagne

With 47 rooms overlooking the picturesque river Casamance and surrounding lush tropical gardens, Hotel Kadiandoumagne is an ideal accommodation. Situated in the vibrant city of Ziguinchor, your view of the city as you indulge in both European and African dishes served throughout the day, as well as a buffet breakfast. There is also a riverside bar and pool.

Coco Ocean Resort & Spa

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Le Relais de Kaolack

Situated on the bank of the Saloum River is Le Relais de Kaolack, offering 63 rooms and suites. The rooms are large, spacious and modern in style, and all have either a view of the swimming pool or beach. When not enjoying a moment in the water, enjoy facilities such as the petanque court, table tennis tables, restaurant and bar.

Hotel de la Residence

Easily accessible from Dakar airport and situated in the historic centre of Saint-Louis, Hotel de la Residence captures the spirit of Senegal and pairs it with chic and modern comfort. Enjoy incredible views of the Senegal River from the rooftop bar, dine on authentic cuisine at the in-house restaurant, and in your spare time explore the historic city of Senegal.

Hotel le Djoloff

Hotel Le Djoloff is located on a beach of Dakar, close to the African Renaissance Monument, Oceanium Dakar and Dakar Grand Mosque. It is easily accessible from Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport, just ten minutes away. The colourful 21 rooms feature brick and wood accents, and some have wrought-iron balconies and others look onto a central garden courtyard. A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a rooftop terrace are available at this hotel.

Lahia Tented Lodge

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Lion's Paw Camp

Positioned right at the very edge of Ngorongoro Crater, Lion’s Paw Camp offers a unique view across the caldera.  Guests indulge in tranquil luxury, and are spoilt every sunrise and sunset with views across the vast savannah. Enjoy thrilling game drives to explore the diverse landscape, immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture, and make unforgettable memories at this intimate camp.