Gulf of Guinea to the Cape

From Accra to Cape Town

Visiting: Accra, Akosombo, Mont Klouto, Central Togo, Togoville, Grand Popo, Pendjari NP, Abomey, Ouidah, Ganvie, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Etosha NP, Windhoek, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Sesriem, Bethanie, Fish River Canyon, Noordoewer, Citrusdal, Cape Town


Tour Operator: Dragoman

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements

Group size: 0 - 22

Age range: 18 plus

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

This is a real exploratory journey, which we will only run once a year. No two trips will be the same as this is an ever changing part of Africa and many of the places that we visit are seldom travelled through. To date it has proved an amazingly rewarding experience for the select band of travellers who have joined us; and they are a select band, as you will need to apply directly to join this trip. So saying, this is an unbelievable journey across some amazing places. Starting in Ghana, we cross Togo and Benin, and then Nigeria. In the south of Nigeria, we cut through jungle roads into tropical Cameroon and then south into Gabon. The splendours of Gabon, its wildlife, forests and beaches are actually second to NONE in Africa. Then the expedition 'hots up', crossing Congo-Brazzaville and the DRC, before entering one of the real gems of African travel, Angola and then on into Namibia and finishing in Cape Town.

Highlights

  • iconWild camping in local villages on route
  • icon Visit a local village to witness a traditional Voodoo ceremony
  • iconDiscovering an unexplored route down the west of the continent.
  • icon2 day overland safari through Etosha NP with excellent wildlife
  • iconTake a cable car up Table Mountain or any of the numerous options in Cape Town
  • iconEnjoy a fine meal and cool drink in one of Accra's many restaurants
  • iconEnjoy a guided walk around Butterfly Mountain, Mont Kluto
  • iconWildcamp and hike in the stunning wild mountains of Spitzkoppe

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Accra

Location: Accra

Border information: if you are joining in Accra, then you will most likely enter Ghana at Accra Kotoka International Airport (IATA code: ACC).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport, visas, and insurance details at this meeting.

The afternoon will be free to explore the city of Accra.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Accra 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 Accra.

icon Day 2: Accra

Location: Accra

Today we will apply for Togo visas at the Togolese Embassy in Accra. 

icon Day 3: Akosombo

Location: Akosombo

This morning we will leave Accra and head north to the village of Akosombo.

icon Day 4: Akosombo

Location: Akosombo

Border information: Exit Ghana at Klouto, enter Togo at Klouto.

Today we will have a full day's drive to the spectacular Mont Klouto, crossing the border into Togo.

icon Day 5: Mont Klouto

Location: Mont Klouto

Today we will have a free day around the beautiful Mont Klouto region, with the opportunity to head out on optional forest walks or to visit Kpalimé town nearby.

In the evening, we will head to the village centre to see a spectacular show of drumming and dancing from the local villagers.

icon Day 6: Mont Klouto

Location: Mont Klouto

Over the next 2 days we will drive up the length of Togo, all the way through the remote northern border with Benin. We will wild camp for 1 night en route.

icon Day 7: Central Togo

Location: Central Togo

Today we continue our drive through Togo after our wild camp.

icon Day 8: Togoville

Location: Togoville

This morning we will head to the beach while we are watingin for our visas to be processed. Time to relax before we head into Benin tomorrow!

icon Day 9: Grand Popo

Location: Grand Popo

Border information: Exit Togo at Ketao, enter Benin at Ouaké.

Today we will cross the border into Benin, before continuing our journey to the Tata Somba region close to the town of Tanguiéta. 

Today we will have a free day at Grand Popo for relaxing on the beach or taking a pirogue trip around the nearby ocean and mangroves.

There is also an option this evening to visit an incredible local vodun (voodoo) ceremony in the nearby village, complete with very energetic dancing and incredible magic tricks! It may also be possible to take a night walk in search of Atlantic turtles, which lay their eggs on the beaches between November and March.

icon Day 10: Pendjari NP

Location: Pendjari NP

From the Tata Somba region we have a short journey north to the beautiful Pendjari NP.

We will stay for two nights wild camping in the NP, where we will have freedom to explore and head out on game drives in the truck in search of wildlife.

icon Day 11: Pendjari NP

Location: Pendjari NP

Today we have the entire day to enjoy this national park. One of the only places left in West Africa where wildlife continues to thrive. A lot of work is put into maintaining this park by African Parks who are resposible for many of the lesser known national parks in Africa.

icon Day 12: Abomey

Location: Abomey

Our journey today continues to Abomey, the ancient capital of the Dahomey kingdom. On arrival we will take an included tour of the Dahomey Palace and Museum.

icon Day 13: Abomey

Location: Abomey

Today we have a free day in Abomey to relax and prepare for the rest of our journey.

icon Day 14: Grand Popo

Location: Grand Popo

We will drive from Abomey to Grand Popo today and enjoy some well deserved time at the beach.

icon Day 15: Grand Popo

Location: Grand Popo

Free day in Grand Popo.

icon Day 16: Ouidah

Location: Ouidah

Today we will take a very interesting half-day tour of the sites in Ouidah, including the Voodoo Python Temple, the "Route des Esclaves" (Slave Route), La Maison du Brésil art gallery and the Ouidah Museum of History in the old Portuguese Fort of São João Baptista de Ajudá.

We may hopefully see many of the local fishermen bringing their catch in.

icon Day 17: Ganvie

Location: Ganvie

This morning we will drive to Abomey-Calavi (a port on the outskirts of Cotonou), where we say goodbye to the truck for the night and jump aboard motorised pirogues to Ganvie, a fascinating town built entirely on stilts in the middle of Lake Nokoué.

Today we will have an included tour of the stilt town of Ganvie, exploring deeper on our pirogues and soaking up the unique way of life in the floating village.

In Ganvie we will stay in the stilt village itself!

icon Day 18: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Today is where our true adventure begins! We will be making our way through the next 6 countries without a fixed itinerary. We will be keeping a close eye on the travel advice for each area that we head towards. This starts with the next 8 days through Nigeria. Some of the highlights we may experience include the impressive Usman Dam, Abuja National Mosque, Lekki Market and the beautiful Yankari NP.

We will be wild camping for the majority of this trip from now on, experiencing the true life and culture of the towns and villages we stop in.

icon Day 19: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 20: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 21: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 22: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 23: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 24: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 25: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 26: Nigeria

Location: Nigeria

Exploring Nigeria

icon Day 27: Cameroon

Location: Cameroon

Now we will head out of Nigeria into Cameroon. We have allocated another 8 days here. We may have the chance to apply for some visas during our time in Cameroon.

Highlights of the country include Douala with its bustling shopping and nightlife as well as Yaounde which is where we will find the National Museum. There will be opportunities to relax by the beach as well as spend time in the foothills of Mount Cameroon which is one of Africa's biggest volcanoes.

icon Day 28: Cameroon

Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

icon Day 29: Cameroon

Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

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Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

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Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

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Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

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Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

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Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

icon Day 35: Cameroon

Location: Cameroon

Exploring Cameroon

icon Day 36: Gabon

Location: Gabon

We now pass into our next destination, Gabon. We will spend 6 days travelling through this vibrant country. This is the point where the tarmac runs out, we will be getting used to dirt roads from now on!

There may be options for time on safari here as much of Gabon is rainforest. This could be in Lambarene or Loango NP which are barely inhabited by people and the wildlife is protected. There are also many Bwiti rituals in these areas.

icon Day 37: Gabon

Location: Gabon

Exploring Gabon

icon Day 38: Gabon

Location: Gabon

Exploring Gabon

icon Day 39: Gabon

Location: Gabon

Exploring Gabon

icon Day 40: Gabon

Location: Gabon

Exploring Gabon

icon Day 41: Gabon

Location: Gabon

Exploring Gabon

icon Day 42: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Now onto 8 days in the Republic of the Congo. This is where we really prepare for the unexpected! Digging out the truck, huge potholes and overgrown passages can make this country feel truly wild. We will only pass through this country with the whole team working together.

The people in this country are renound for their hospitable welcomes and we will find smiling faces wherever we go, from Nouabalé-Ndoki NP (home to Gorilla's), to Pointe-Noire (where the beaches are renound) we will be greeted with open arms.

icon Day 43: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 44: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 45: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 46: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 47: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 48: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 49: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 50: Republic of the Congo

Location: Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Republic of the Congo

icon Day 51: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

We will be passing through a small portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as we make our way to Angola. Here we have the option of travelling West and visiting Kinshasa or, if it is in our best interests to do so, we can visit the enclave of Cabina, which is part of Angola.

We should be able to view the Crystal Mountains range and have the option to climb Mont Mangengenge, a pilgrimage site for local people. You will probably be overtaken by the Congolese praying step by step as they ascend. The DRC is also home to the only Bonobo sanctuary in the world, definitely worth a visit!

icon Day 52: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 53: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 54: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 55: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 56: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 57: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 58: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 59: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 60: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 61: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 62: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Exploring the Democratic Republic of the Congo

icon Day 63: Angola

Location: Angola

Our final country with no fixed itinerary is Angola. This is a country that is still making it's way back from years of civil war. Due to this tourists are not seen very regularly, in fact, we may be the first tourists to travel through some villages. We also have the chance to test out our Portuguese here.

Close to where we enter the country is Turtle Beach where endangered Olive Ridley Turtles hatch through September to March. The National Museum of Slavery near Lobito is a stark reminder of Angolas past. Other highlights include Kalandula Falls and Quicama NP.

icon Day 64: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 65: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 66: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 67: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 68: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 69: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 70: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 71: Angola

Location: Angola

Exploring Angola

icon Day 72: Etosha NP

Location: Etosha NP

Today we head to the stunning Etosha NP.

Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!

We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.

In Etosha NP we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the NP, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.

icon Day 73: Etosha NP

Location: Etosha NP

Full day in Etosha National Park.

icon Day 74: Windhoek

Location: Windhoek

Today we drive to Windhoek.

icon Day 75: Spitzkoppe

Location: Spitzkoppe

Today we will drive south to the stunning mountains of Spitzkoppe. This remote region has breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the colour of the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.

icon Day 76: Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Today we will continue to the old German colonial town of Swakopmund, where we will have 2 nights to explore the town and enjoy some of the many optional adventure activities on offer.

We will also have an included visit to Cape Cross en route from Spitzkoppe, to experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shore.

icon Day 77: Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Free day in Swakopmund.

icon Day 78: Sesriem

Location: Sesriem

Today we will drive from Swakopmund to Sesriem, our base for exploring the spectacular Namib Desert. If time allows, en route we will have the option to take a short walking tour of the desert around Solitaire where we can learn all about the ecosystem of the desert - please note that our time available for this is dependent on the time of the sunset, as they close the gates to our Sesriem campsite at sunset.

icon Day 79: Bethanie

Location: Bethanie

Today we have an early morning start to climb to the top of the famous Dune 45 for a dramatic and incredible sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. We will also have chance to explore the otherworldy landscape of the Dead Vlei. In the afternoon, we head south to our river camp near the small town of Bethanie.

icon Day 80: Fish River Canyon

Location: Fish River Canyon

Today we head south to the dramatic scenery of the Fish River Canyon. Here we will have some time for exploration and taking in the beautiful sunset over the canyon. 

icon Day 81: Noordoewer

Location: Noordoewer

This morning we will drive to Noordoewer, next to the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River - the natural border between Namibia and South Africa. If there is sufficient water in the river we may be able to take an optional canoeing tour on the Orange River. 

NB: If we have arrived late the previous day, the Tour Leader may opt to spend more time at Fish River Canyon before driving to Noordoewer.

icon Day 82: Citrusdal

Location: Citrusdal

Border Information: Exit Namibia at Noordoewer, enter South Africa at Noordoewer.

Today we cross the border into South Africa and head down the Western Cape to camp site near Citrusdal. In the evening we will have the option for some wine tasting!

icon Day 83: Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Our final day takes us down the Western Cape to the charming and beautiful city of Cape Town.

icon Day 84: Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

This evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a final group meal to say goodbye to your fellow travellers after what is certainly the journey of a lifetime.

icon Day 85: Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

End Day

Transport

Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Boat

Tour Staff

Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
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