West African Atlantic Explorer

Dakar - Freetown

23 days through Senegal, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea
FROM: $3120 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Pirogue
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 1 night
Basic Hotel 12 nights
Camping 4 nights
Camping without facilities 3 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Breakfasts x 22, Lunches x 7, Dinners x 7
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This has to be one of the best overland routes in West Africa, due to its diversity. Starting in the Sarhelean country of Senegal, at the fascinating city of Dakar, and travelling south through to the stunning beaches of Sierra Leone, a country that is beginning to really embrace tourism, there is so much to see along the way. With wonderful trekking to remote waterfalls, canoe trips to local villages, great opportunity for wetland birdlife and some absolutely stunning beaches, this trip really will surprise travellers. But it is no walk in the park as we are travelling though countries such as Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and The Gambia with a minimum of tourist infrastructure. That is the whole point of the trip though; allowing us to trek through hills and stunning scenery to small villages that few outsiders will ever see and then to chill on the yellow sands of Atlantic beaches.

Immerse in the art and culture of Dakar
Explore atmospheric St Louis
Visit the stunning grand mosque of Touba
Spot exotic birds at Tendeba in Gambia
2 days at the coastal resort of Cap Skirring
Overland the rough and tough roads of Guinea
Overnight in remote community accommodation
Guided 2 day trip to Fouta Djallon
Relax on the beaches of Freetown peninsular in Sierra Leone
Explore Freetown and visit the National Museum

This is a trip for those who are happy to sacrifice home comforts for discovery and adventure. The roads can be poor, the climate hot and the insects common, but the rewards are well worth it. Accommodation will range from comfortable hotels, through to basic guest houses and camping.

Day 1 - Dakar

Border information: if you are joining at Dakar, you will most likely enter Senegal at Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport (IATA code: DSS).

Today is an arrival day with a pre departure meeting at 10:00am. Your leader will leave a note in reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport and insurance details at this meeting.

The afternoon will be free to explore the cosmopolitan city and perhaps take an optional trip to the famous Île de Goreé.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Dakar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Dakar.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 2 - Saint-Louis
Day 3 - Saint-Louis
Day 4 - Toubakouta
Day 5 - Toubakouta
Day 6 - Tendaba
Day 7 - Tendaba
Day 8 - Cap Skirring
Day 9 - Cap Skirring
Day 10 - Cap Skirring
Day 11 - Bissau
Day 12 - Bissau
Day 13 - Labe
Day 14 - Labe
Day 15 - Labe
Day 16 - Labe
Day 17 - Labe
Day 18 - Mamou
Day 19 - Southern Guinea
Day 20 - Freetown Peninsula
Day 21 - Freetown Peninsula
Day 22 - Freetown
Day 23 - Freetown - End Date

Stephanie F

Traveling with a truck is great.

Sharon R

My first Dragoman trip, after many years considering it. Overall really enjoyed the experience and hope to do it again some time.

Laura P

I definitely enjoyed the experience and look forward to the next trip!

Maciej W

The trip is more beach-heavy than I personally like. I would personally like a bit more time in Bissau.

Heather S

I've never done overlanding or subsaharan Africa before so both were very new experiences to me

Carolyn C

The intinerary took us to the most beautiful places of each country without moving too fast.

Luke D

There are no highlights but I knew that when I booked it.

Tamsin C

It was my first time travelling with Dragoman and I am completely sold!

Felix B

We loved being able to travel off the beaten track in a very uncomplicated way.

Robert E

How involved Katie and Adam were with us. They were apart of our journey and made it that much better. Fun and interesting. Katie went out of her way for us and made sure we weren’t taken advantage of by officials and local businesses and Adam was a legend of a driver

Nils Fredrik V

Enjoyed most the general vibe of the countries everyday life. One real highlight was hiking and swimmin ini Fouta Djallon.

Karen B

Enjoyed the scenery, the local people & local food, the other passengers & awesome trip leader & driver.

Erin B

Excellent communication pre-tours, tours are as well organised as the destination will allow (this is Africa...)

Kellie H

The freedom of truck life plus having a great crew makes for an easy and fun trip

David R

Enjoyed seeing these not so easy to travel countries in a quiet relaxing way (very good organized guides); bushcamping; variety (places, accommodation, tours); meeting local people; to do some things individually, some in a group

Sadie K

I enjoyed the independence and how it was structured, but not overly structured. Though the guides are extremely experienced and did an incredible job, it still felt like everyone was on the same adventure getting to plan and navigate together. I also loved bussing and camping, it really felt authentic and though there was a lot of distance to cover, it didn't feel like there was a huge disconnect from actually seeing the country and experiencing a place and not just passing through. The guides, they had a great balance of giving instruction, being organized, but also as I mentioned earlier, letting the group and each individual have their independence on the trip. They were also very friendly and enjoyable to be around!