The Republic of Ghana is a stand-out economic success and most politically stable country in the region. It was the first Sub Saharan country to gain independence from a European power when it separated from Britain in 1957, and UNESCO listed buildings from this period still remain.
Togo is a tiny country smaller than Tasmania, with a population of around 6 million. The capital Lome, sitting on the coast, has almost 20% of those. Togoland was originally part of Ghana however the Germans colonised it in the late 1800s. In the 1920s “the League of Nations partitioned this region between France and U.K/Britain with France taking over what is now called Togo. Despite its colonial history, ancient traditions still remain, making it a fascinating melting pot of cultures.
Bordering Togo to the east is Benin, also located on the Guinea Gulf. It used to be known as the Kingdome of Dahomey up until the late 1800s. The French colonised Benin in the early 1900s however it became independent in 1960. Benin is the ideal travel destination, with its world heritage-listed mini fortified castles, the abundant wildlife of Pendjari National Park and its interesting history of Voodoo.
Senegal is a land of contrast and one of the West’s culturally diverse countries. Its combination of African and French cultures provides a mix of sophistication and rawness. Its slave past is evident with many monuments dotting the nation.The locals love their music and this is evident with bars on nearly every corner of the capital Dakar. If you’re a birdwatcher, it happens to be one of Africa’s best places to visit as it sits on the migration path between Africa and Europe.
The Gambia – the smallest country on mainland Africa – has much to see despite its size. Traditional music is heard morning, day and night. Birdwatching is its biggest tourist attraction and no trip is complete without a cruise up the Gambia River – from which the country’s name is derived.
This fascinating itinerary offers five diverse countries, which combined, represent the best West Africa has to offer. So grab your camera and your sense of adventure!
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