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Welcome to WestAfricaTravelGuide.com. We feature narratives from travelers, accommodation advice, sights to see, music and dance from the region, recipes for local dishes and overland travel advice. Don’t know where to begin? Start here.

Pendjari Game Reserve, Benin

Tucked away in the far northwest corner of Benin is West Africa's best game reserve. One of the premiere locations in West Africa for bird watching, Pendjari National Park is also home to elephants, West African lions, antelopes, baboons, warthogs, hippopotamus, crocodiles and buffalo, among other animals. The park can be reached by road, either [...]

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best travel insurance for West Africa

Most people would have you think that West Africa is not a place to be trifled with, that it's simply too dangerous too travel. While the region is nowhere near as dangerous as these people would like you to believe, it is still wise to take out a travel insurance policy. Accidents and theft can [...]

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A Guide to Tea in Mali

how to drink malian tea

Popular throughout the Sahel - not just Mali - is a concentrated brew of sweetened tea that is served in tiny glasses (think shot glass sized). The tea kettle itself is tiny, and it seems everything has been miniaturized due to the tea's strength. Here we will explain a few pointers for getting the most [...]

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how to avoid being a tourist in West Africa

Many people come to West Africa on a tour. Nothing wrong with that. Some tours are well run and offer something authentic and memorable. Whether you're on a tour or not, you can find ways to figure how a place works in an unscripted setting. In other words, you can find ways to avoid being [...]

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azonto dance in Ghana

A derivative of the Apaa dance of the Ga ethnic group in Ghana, Azonto has recently blown up on the world stage. It is a dance based on simple footwork and creative gesturing. You may find yourself miming a phone call, boxing someone, or even washing your clothes -- all while getting down to the [...]

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Newtown, Accra, Ghana

A city of dozens of neighborhoods and over 2 million people, Accra is Ghana's largest city, and in many ways, its nerve center. Many visitors stick to popular quarters like Osu and rarely venture to neighborhoods that lie outside the interior of ring road. In this post, we will explain why it's worthwhile to get [...]

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