Essential tips for traveling in West Africa on a budget, especially for those seeking off-the-beaten-track experiences.
West Africa Travel
Travel in West Africa is intense, engaging, and never boring. Go for the cultural perspective, the jungles and beaches, and the friendly conversations. Bring an open mind and heart, and a willingness to see your own culture in a new light. For thoughtful and experienced travelers looking to explore a region lightly touched by tourism, West Africa will provide plenty of opportunities to learn and explore.
I spent almost three months in West Africa, all of it solo. I moved overland by bush taxi from Senegal down the coast to Côte d’Ivoire. My biggest positive surprise was Liberia, which I truly loved. I also enjoyed several of West Africa’s most memorable hikes.
This page lists all the posts I’ve written about travel in West Africa. Enjoy learning about this unique region! You might want to also check out the main Africa Travel page for more about other parts of the continent.
Travel in West Africa can be tricky to pack for, but don’t worry. Here’s my West Africa packing list from 3 months exploring 5 countries.
Liberia offers remarkable experiences to thoughtful and intrepid travelers. Here’s my list of favorite places to visit and things to do in Liberia, West Africa.
This beautiful West African country is definitely worth exploring. Here are my favorite things to do and places to visit in Côte d’Ivoire.
I had just summited the tallest mountain in West Africa when I first felt the symptoms of malaria. Here’s what went well, what didn’t, and what I learned.
A unique day hike through an abandoned mining site to the point where three West African countries meet. How cool is that?!
This truly off the beaten track hike in West Africa will challenge even a seasoned adventure traveler. Here’s what you need to know about walking from Senegal to Guinea on remote trails.
A sweaty and confusing jungle scramble up the tallest mountain in Sierra Leone? Yes please! Here’s a rough guide to this rough hike.
Off-the-beaten-track ideas and itinerary for travelers seeking adventure in Sierra Leone.