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Western Trans Africa Expedition

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Tangier, Morocco

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

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Western Trans Africa Expedition

This tour takes you from London to Cape Town in 150 days. PDFGrab the Tour Dossier PDF .

Current Price

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Duration

150 days

Type

Trans Africa Tours, Camping Tours,

Accommodation

Camping

Tour Summary

REAL overland travel at its best! Expect to get 'stuck in' and somewhat dirty on this trip that covers the best sites between London and Cape Town via West Africa, both on and off the beaten track. A true OVERLAND ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!!

 

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Tour Code

LONCT-08

A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.


Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 1, London to Chefchaouen via (Tangier)

Start the Ultimate Trans Africa 'trip of a lifetime' with a flight to Gibraltar or Spain to meet the truck, before crossing into Morocco. Visit the Riff Mountains and the small town of Chefchaouen before trying out a hammam bath house to get you in the West African mood.

Day 2 to 8, Chefchaouen to Fez via (Volubilis)

The roman city of Volubilis awaits and we spend some time wandering this ancient town before heading off to Fez with its huge bazaar, dye pits and jam-packed alleys.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 9 to 15, Fez to Rabat

After the colour and bustle of Fez we travel to Rabat and spend a few days organising our visa's.

Day 16 to 22, Rabat to Essaouira via (Marrakech)

With our visa's organised we leave Rabat and travel up to the Todra Gorge, Sarhro Mountains and the Draa Valley to Marrakech. This town comes alive at night and we can check out the busy main square.

We drive to the coast for a few days before crossing into Mauritania.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 23 to 29, Essaouira to Nouakchott

Civilisation is left behind as we head into the remote (and hot!) parts of Mauritania. Soft sand, digging out the truck, no shops, no roads and the complete desert environment put us to the test - are you tough enough?! We arrive in the tiny capital of Nouakchott and will have a short break.

Day 30 to 36, Nouakchott to Bamako

Heading inland we cross into Mali - one of the poorest countries on Earth. Terrible roads make for a nice slow drive through some villages and will give you a peek at the local culture and environment.

Arriving in Bamako is a real culture shock after the last week or so. A cold beer, fresh fruit and vege from the markets, clubs, pubs and live music await.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 37 to 43, Bamako to Bandiagara

After restocking our supplies we travel alongside the Niger River through Mopti and Djenne before arriving at the remote Bandiagara Escarpment. Taking a hike out to one of the Dogon villages in the area is a fantastic experience!

Day 44 to 50, Bandiagara to Ouagadougou

After a couple of days hiking through the cliffside villages of the Dogon our trip continues into Burkina Faso and we spend some time around its capital, Ougadougou.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 51 to 57, Ouagadougou to Accra

Enjoy some of the best music in Africa before we leave Burkina Faso behind us and travel into Ghana. After some game driving through the Mole National Park we camp near Accra for a few days and relax on the beach.

Day 58 to 64, Accra to Ganvie

Travelling through Togo and Benin doesn't take long as they are on 80 kms wide! 'Thinking outside the box' has new meaning when you see the Ganvie village - built on stilts in the middle of Lake Nakoue.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 65 to 71, Ganvie to Limbe

Leaving the village on stilts we cross into Nigeria and re-enter city life hustle and bustle as we arrive in the capital Abuja. After stocking up we travel through mountains and jungle aiming for Cameroon and Mount Cameroon. Spend a few days camping on the beach or if you like take a trek up Mount Cameroon.

Day 72 to 78, Limbe to Yaounde

After a few days relaxing on a beach you might be up for some exercise! Take a hike up Mount Cameroon, visit a chimp orphanage or relax on the beach a bit longer.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 79 to 92, Yaounde to Pointe Noire

Heading inland now we stock up in Ambam and stop off in Libreville for some more visa's before heading south towards Congo. Rough roads make for slow going and digging the truck out of the mud is highly likely - yippee!

Day 93 to 99, Pointe Noire to Matadi

A bit of night life is on the cards in Pointe Noire and it boasts some fantastic African music and musicians.

After crossing into Cabinda we enter the DRC and travel some interesting 'roads' (if you can call them that) as we continue south.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 100 to 106, Matadi to Luanda

We cross the Congo River and enter Angola heading for the capital of Luanda where we stock up on supplies for the next desert leg.

Day 107 to 113, Luanda to Namibe

Further south we go and can visit the Parque Nacional Da Quicama as we edge closer to the Nambian border and our last stop in Angola.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 114 to 120, Namibe to Lubango

Small villages and town dot our route and relics of two decades of civil war are plainly obvious in the wrecks of tanks and trucks along the roadside. We pass through Lubango and get as close to the border as we can.

Day 121 to 127, Lubango to Ondangwa

Crossing the border we enter the Kaokoveld region of northern Namibia and home to the Owambo people. We pass through the country's second largest town - Ondangwa. This town is one of the main suppliers of beer to Northern Namibia - hopefully there will be enough left for us!

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 128 to 137, Ondangwa to Swakopmund

We continue towards Etosha National Park where besides Game drives we can also game watch by night at one of the floodlit water holes. Afterwards we head west to the region of the Himba people, a tribe of Nomadic pastoralists before heading further south down the Skeleton Coastline to Swakopmund for a well earned break and to pay a visit to the Laundromat that will indeed get a work out after the remote areas we have just travelled through with no facilities.

Day 138 to 142, Swakopmund to Orange River - Namibia

Next we stay a few nights in the capital Windhoek from where we head further south to the Orange River for another couple of nights where we stay at a beautiful camp overlooking the Orange River. You have the opportunity to go for a canoe or simply relax and soak up the sun.

Western Trans Africa Expedition

Day 143 to 144, Orange River - Namibia to Cape Town

We cross the Orange River and arrive into South Africa. We travel through the Cederburg Wilderness area before making our way to the most southern tip of Africa. We end this expedition in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

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09 Nov 2014

05 Apr 2015

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ROUTE INFO AND LOGISTICS

This tour goes through: London, Bamako, Bandiagara, Ouagadougou, Accra & 16 other destination(s) in Africa.

TOUR DETAIL

Crew: 2 crew
Vehicle: Overland Truck

Recent Feedback

Left quoteThe highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!Right quote

Anne B (27) from Ireland

Left quoteThe trip was great! A very relaxed ride in a mokoro, followed by camping in the Okavango Delta and watching the animals on the islands was awesome!Right quote

Michael & Silke from Germany

Left quoteI loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)Right quote

JoJo E (61) from Switzerland

Left quoteFinally home and had a great time…. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…Right quote

John E from Canada

Left quoteI did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.Right quote

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