By bus or by plane?
My plan: To do all of West Africa solo overland.
This article is part of a sequence of posts about my experience traveling by bus in West Africa.
Few months ago it was only an idea, a dream, but now I look back and I can’t believe I did it. OMG…Yes, I did it!!! and I’m so happy about it: I spent 6+months traveling alone all the way from Nigeria until Senegal by road. What a trip! What an experience!!!
Here I just want to share some general figures with you. My next few posts will be related to this overland trips in West Africa. What does it mean? It means that I’ll be sharing with you some stories about the transportation I took, how were the journies, how much did I pay, how long did it take, how was the border crossing experience, etc etc.
So…keep following me 🙂
My plan: To do all of West Africa solo overland
This African trip actually didn´t start in West Africa but in Zambia and South Africain in November 2016. Then I reached Nigeria, my first West Africancountry, in December 2016 and my plan was to move from there slowly to the west visiting all the possible West African countries as long as I can get a visa for every one and my money lasts until the final country.
Well… first of all, non of my friends had 6 months time to travel the world and second, no one was interested in West Africa. What a pity! For them, of course! 😜
I’m not intending to break any record or expecting that my friends think I´m a very cool and brave traveller, it was mainly a matter of money and I really wanted to visit all those countries. If you take a look at the flight prices you won´t believe how expensive is to flight between those countries. For example flying from Mali to Senegal (neighboor countries) could cost the same like flying from Senegal to Europe and it´s actually less than a 2 hours flight.
But to be honest it´s not only a matter of money, it´s the oportunity to see the countryside and not only the big cities, to meet people on the way, to be able to change the plan and direction of the trip if someone recommend you something different or if you just feel like staying longer somewhere, to stop in an unknown village and spend a night there with the locals, to live how they live, eat what they eat, travel to the next place in the same way they would do it, to enjoy the African landscapes that are unique and expectacular, and more and more.
Cause of all this mentioned reasons, I decided to go the entire way overland. All of West Africa by bus. Hmmmm… That’s a challenge!
First step, first country: traveling inside Nigeria by local bus.
Are you CRAZY???? That was the answer I got from ALL the people I asked (Nigerian friends living outside Nigeria, Nigerians living in Nigeria, other travelers that have been to Nigeria before).
But yes, I did it.
Do you wanna know how the bus trip was? Check my next articles about it coming soon 😊
Here the figures from my West African Solo Overland Trip:
(I´m not including distances inside the cities, only from city to city).
In total: 21.853kms
By bus: 16.961kms
By car with friends or a driver or hitchhiking: 3.833kms
By motorbike: 613kms
By boat/ferry: 446kms
In detail (in case you are interested):
Abuja-Calabar 701 kms
Calabar – Lagos 743kms
Cotonou to Dassa-Zoumé 203kms
Dassa-Zoumé to Natitingou 339kms
Niamey-Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) 514kms
Oagadougou-Bobo Dioulasso 383kms
Bobo Dioulasso- Banfora 85kms
Kara-Badou 342kms via Atakpame
Kumasi -Obuasi-Accra 298kms
Ivory Coast/Côte D’ Ivoire
Abidjan-San Pedro 332kms
San Pedro-Gand Béréby-San Pedro 102kms
San Pedro-Danane 464kms
Saniquellie-Gbarnga vía Ganta 105kms Monrovia-Bomi-Monrovia 126kms
Monrovia-Marshall-Monkey island-Monrovia 174kms (car+motorbike)
By car with friends or a driver or hitchhiking:
Lagos-Ile Ife-Erin Ijesha-Lagos 528kms
Cotonou-Porto Novo-Cotonou 82kms
Accra-Cape Coast 296kms
Abidjan-Grand Bassam 82kms
Freetown-Bureh Beach-Freetown 108kms
Freetown-Banana island-Freetown 116km (until Kent, then by boat)
Dakar-St. Louis-Dakar 500kms
And now it´s time to share how was my experience during this long trip of 21.853kms. More posts coming soon.
Enjoy it and stay tuned!!!