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)
I am looking to go to francophone countries. I would very much like to visit
e) Guinea Bissau
g) Burkina Faso
h) Ivory Coast
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.
Alternatively, I could do North Africa,
d) Egypt (perhaps)
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.
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