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Revision as of 04:39, 27 March 2010

West Africa is the western region of Africa. In the north the region is bounded by the Sahel, and in the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean. The most densely populated area of Africa with many places to see.

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Countries

It is generally considered to consist of the following countries:

Countries of West Africa
Benin (Northern Benin, Southern Benin)
A very safe and easy country for travellers to visit; the birthplace of the Voodoo religion and former home of the Kingdom of Dahomey
Burkina Faso (Volta Delta, Black Volta Region, East Burkina Faso, North Burkina Faso)
Landlocked country that is very off the beaten path
Cameroon (Adamaoua, Coastal Cameroon, Northern Cameroon, Northwest Highlands, South Cameroon Plateau)
Sometimes referred to as Africa in Miniature, the terrain includes
Cape Verde (Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago Island, Fogo, Brava)
Tiny Atlantic island group off the coast of Senegal
Cote d'Ivoire (Lagunes, Northern Savanna, Southwestern Forests, Eastern Plantations)
Formerly something of a jewel in the West African crown, this nation has taken huge steps backwards due to recent religious driven conflict
Gambia (Western Gambia, Upriver Gambia)
Tiny nation popular with European package tourists and birdwatchers
Ghana (Coastal Plain, Ashanti-Kwahu, Volta Basin, Northern Plains)
A stable country with great potential and a rapidly growing tourist destination; massive Lake Volta and the former home of the great Ashanti Kingdom
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Liberia
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Togo


Sometimes Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad are also considered as West African states.

Cities

Other destinations

Understand

Talk

Mostly due to the colonial past of the continent, common languages spoken in the region are French, English and Portuguese.

Get in

The African highways connect many cities in West Africa with Nigeria being the main hub.

Flying from other African cities can be dangerous as many airlines have a very poor safety record. Check this first before choosing to fly with an airline.

In order of size here are the main airline hubs.

  • Lagos Airport - Serveral flights per day to London. Less frequent flights also to other main cities in Europe
  • Dakar Airport - Many flights to to Millan, Madrid, Brussels and Paris
  • Accra Airport - Many flights to UK (Manchester, London, Glasgow) as well as Frankfurt.
  • Abidjan Airport - Flights to Paris, Brussels and Dubai

Get around

Generally it takes time - and a whole lot of patience - to move around in West Africa. The roads are not all in great conditions and many roads aren't paved. Always be sure to have an extra day or two in the end if you are going somewhere since planning is very hard when the transport is unreliable.

See

Go to Benin if you´re interested in voodoo because this is where it originates. There should be plenty of opportunities to go to voodoo festivals and fetish markets.

Mali has Dogon-country which is a world heritage site. Also go to Timbuktu/tombouctou - the city known from Donald Duck magazines - and Gao which contains yet another world heritage site.

If you're interested in meeting some of the world friendliest people go to Burkina Faso or Ghana.

Do

Eat

Drink

Don't drink tap water unless you have a cholera vaccination which also protects you against tourist diarrehea.

Make sure your water bottles are sealed and not just refilled with tap water. It can be hard to see.

Stay safe

West Africa is probably the one place on earth where you should protect yourself in every way from mosquitoes. Do not sleep without a net and do not go without malaria-medicine.

Also you need a yellow-fever vaccination to enter most (if not all) of these countries.

Remember to check all of your other vaccinations because many other might be necessary (meningitis, typhus, cholera, rabies).

Get out

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