Tour to Gulf of Guinea: FORESTS, MASKS AND OCEAN

A new, intense, adventurous and refined itinerary in pure TransAfrica’s style will bring us at the heart of the African continent. We will discover lost villages, clay bas-relief, high waterfalls within the steep savannah of Fouta Djalon and the largest mountain massif in West Africa. We will drive down forgotten tracks and cross the longest liana bridges in the forest that hide the mystery of the birdmen and the longest liana-bridges of Africa.

Masks and tam tam echoes across the sacred woods while we will discover a villa revealing a forgotten part of “History” and ancestors reincarnated in chimpanzees. In Monrovia we will admire a rough coastline. Monrovia is the capital of Liberia: “Land of freemen” , the only country that has never been either a colony or a protectorate.

The freed slaves coming from the Americas developed the powerful Krio culture. Between Liberia and Sierra Leone, we will discover the Krio culture’s places where the power lays, the metaphysical symbols of the unique architecture of wood and stone.

The trip ends with the visit to the intriguing Freetown peninsula and with some relax on Banana Island, the most spectacular island of the Gulf of Guinea; isolated beaches, sun and coves surrounded by a lush vegetation.

  • Duration: 16 days
  • Guide: English speaking
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Day 1

CONAKRY

Arrival and transfer to hotel

 

Day 2

THE CAPITAL

Visit to the capital and to the interesting small museum

Day 3

DALABA

Visit to Dalaba small and quiet town. Of a particular interest is the “casa a palabra”.

 

Day 4

FOUTA DJALON

We discover the largest massif of West Africa: Fouta Djalon

Day 5

SOTNE GODS

Once in Mamou, we leave the mountains to cross arboreal savannah. Kissi cultural group is known for praying stone gods called Pomo which have been mysterious found in the forest.

Day 6

MARKETS

This region is rich in markets, the Guekedou one, on the border with Sierra Leone, has been considered one of the largest of Africa

Day 7

THE MYSTERS AND THE MASKS OF THE FORESTS

Visit of Ziama forest; is inhabited by Toma people.

We will discover the “villa Kinandou”

 

Day 8

LIANAS BRIDGES

The forest hides many secrets, one of them are the lianas bridges, some of them are 70mt. long.

Nzerekore is the capital of the forest region.

Day 9

PRIMATES

We will go to Bossou, where the small community of chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes) lives in the forest.

Day 10

LIBERIA: THE LAND OF FREEMEN

Liberia is the only country which has never been either a colony or a protectorate; it has been fund by Krio, the freed slaves who came back to Africa from US, here comes the name “Liberia: the country of freemen”.

In the early afternoon, arrival in Monrovia.

Visit to the National Museum

A symbol of the city is what is left of the Ducor Palace Hotel, the extreme luxurious hotel with a swimming-pool facing the ocean; the hotel is now abandoned

Day 11

NATURE AND HISTORY

By foot, we will visit another main sybol of the city: the temple of the big Masonic Lodge which is still functioning nowadays.

We will leave the city heading to a village where we can discover the masks of the region

Day 12

DIAMONDS

We cross the border with Sierra Leone, a new road will take us to the regions known for the diamonds which has made this country sadly known among the world.

Day 13

BUNDO: FEMALE INITIATION RITE MASKS

The masks Bundo are a female’s thing and they have crucial role in the initiation rites. We reach a tiny village to assist to the exit of these masks, an event that calls for the participation of a colourful crowd.

We drive to the coast to reach Kent village where a boat will wait for us and will take us to Banana Island.

Day 14

BANANA ISLAND

We will enjoy a relax day at the beach on one of the most mythical islands of Sierra Leone.

Day 15

FREETOWN

Short stop at the nice beaches of Bureh and of River number two, before arriving in Freetown

By foot we visit the interesting museum which contains the masks and the objects of the different ethnic groups; the Cotton Tree near the luxurious palace of the Supreme Court inhabited by bats; the nice cathedral of Saint George and the market.

Day 16

THE ISLAND OF SLAVES

Outboard sailing to discover Bunce Island.

On the island we will visit the reminiscent of a big fortress, one of the main fort where slaves used to be gathered together before being shipped to the Americas in the time between 1668 and 1807.

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