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5 Breathtaking Holiday Destinations in West Africa

Posted by Oliver Hyde on 07/12/2015

If you are sick and tired of run-of-the-mill vacationing destinations, turn to West Africa for a refreshing change. With an intriguing history, amazing landscapes, numerous tourist attractions and amiable locals, West Africa will definitely live up to your highest holiday expectations. If you do not know which region will work best for you, we have five destination suggestions here so take a quick look and pick the vacationing resort that best fits your holiday budget and preferences.

1. Coastal Forts, Ghana


With a picturesque coastline stretching out into the Atlantic, Ghana boasts an impressive number of forts and castles that date back to the 17th and 18th century. The fortresses used to serve as storage space for export goods such as ivory, gold and spices, but were later transformed into prisons. Highly valued by European newcomers, most of these imposing edifices have since been converted into vacationing accommodation available to tourists with substantial holiday budgets. For those whose travel savings are not as generous, however, apartment rentals may be a better option for extended stays. Head over to to get the info on the hottest real estate deals and availability if you intend to visit Ghana any time soon.

2. Mount Cameroon, Cameroon


Adrenaline junkies travelling to West Africa will certainly love a chance to explore Mount Cameroon, the highest peak in the region and one of the last active volcanoes on the continent. With a staggering height of 13,255 feet, Mount Cameroon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in West Africa, and it is also one of the most challenging 26-mile marathon trails which gathers over 500 runners from across the globe every year. The annual Race of Hope sponsored by Guinness Beer follows a route passing through a rainforest, farmland regions and open savannah. The race usually takes place in the last week or January or the first week of February, so if you feel fit to have a go at one of the world’s steepest trails, make sure you apply for the marathon as soon as possible.

3. Loango National Park, Gabon

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An excellent destination for wildlife lovers, Loango National Park stretches across papyrus swamps, open savannah, coastal lagoons, mangroves, salt marshes, beaches and forest areas, allowing the visitors to see whales, buffalos, gorillas, crocodiles, dolphins and elephants during a single tour. Often described as the continent’s Hidden Paradise and the Last Eden in Africa, Loango takes pride in impressive biodiversity and it will definitely become a top eco-destination in this part of the world in a few years’ time.

4. Goree Island, Dakar


If you want to escape from hectic city life and seek comfort in the lap of Mother Nature, look no further than Ile de Goree. Located off the Senegal coast, Goree is a must-see for any tourist with a penchant for historical sites such as Maison des Esclaves, where visitors can learn all the details about Africa’s slave trading past in the 15th-19th century period. An important historical site included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, Island of Goree stands as living reminder of the history of human exploitation and racism.

5. Djenne, Mali


Dating back to 800AD, Djene sits on the island banks of the Niger River delta, a few hundred miles upstream from Timbuktu. Once a gateway for gold traders travelling from Guinea to Sahara, Djenne is another African site on the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is known as one of the best marketplaces on the continent where you can get quality local goods at incredibly low prices. If you want to strike a deal, go to Djenne – the picturesque city is the closest it gets to a shoppaholic’s heaven in Africa.

Are you ready for your African adventure? Pack your bags and book your accommodation now –holiday time does not get any better or more colorful than in West Africa.

About the author

Oliver Hyde is an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel, which also happens to be one of his greatest passions. Find out more about his travels on Twitter.