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Looking for a companion to travel to West Africa

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1. Posted by virolj (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I have been wanting to visit West Africa and North Africa for a few years. I am looking for a person who can be a companion on this trip.

Most of the countries in the region are francophone so someone who has a good knowledge of French would be very helpful, as I do not know French.

I plan to do a month or a 2 month long trip.

The duration and the start date have not been decided as yet. I am open to discuss what would work for both (or all).

(June 7th 2006)

2. Posted by virolj (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I am looking to go to francophone countries. I would very much like to visit
a) Mauritania
b) Senegal
c) Gambia
d) Guinea
e) Guinea Bissau
f) Mali
g) Burkina Faso
h) Ivory Coast
i) Ghana
j) Togo
k) Benin

I am not sure how many countries I would be able to do. I was initially planning for 6 months but right now it doesn't look as if I can take more than 1 or 2 months for my trip. May have to do it in multiple trips.

My start date will be in or after November.

3. Posted by virolj (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Alternatively, I could do North Africa,
a) Morocco
b) Tunisia
c) Libya
d) Egypt (perhaps)

4. Posted by NadirDK (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y


Not that i'm an expert, since i havent been i west africa yet, but in 1-2 month it doesn't seem possible to do your entire list. I have 3-4 months and planning to do following list:

6th of January: Ougadougou, Burkina Faso --> Timbuktu and Festival Au Desert, Mali
--> Bamako, Mali --> Dakar via Northern Senegal --> Sine-Saloum Delta via the coastline --> Banjul, The Gambia --> Upstream Gambia River --> Guinea Tropical Forest --> Through Mali and Burkina Faso to Ghana --> Touring Ghana ending in Accra --> Copenhagen sometime in April.

This is my idea for now - not that it can't be changed. If anybody is 'round the same places write me. Perhaps we could be companions for some while - see what happens.


5. Posted by nickgood (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

1 - 2 months would definately not be enough for a list like that. I would strongly suggest narrowing down your list and seeing those countries more completely.
Just to give you an idea, it took me 3 weeks to travel from Tangiers to Accra, through Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana, and i got sick and lost about 2 stone due to the constant travelling. Also i saw very little other than roads and bus stations (though i think travelling with the locals is a great experience in itself, that's why i did it). Bear in mind transport is very unreliable in West Africa and a distance that might take 6 hours in UK could take 24 in Africa, with stops, rough tracks and breakdowns