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4 West African countries you should visit

4 West African countries you should visit
Written by See Africa Today

Culture, wildlife, delightful sceneries, and climate are the hallmarks of tourism in West Africa.

Coupled with friendly locals, West Africa stands out as one of the most amazing travel destinations in the continent with so much to offer the eye, the heart and the mind. These are must-see countries in West Africa.

 The Gambia

The Gambia

The Gambia [Photo courtesy]

With a population of two million people, it is one of the smallest countries in Africa not unlike eSwatini (Swaziland) that has a comparable population. Nevertheless, the Gambia is a haven for travellers especially those with a penchant for luxury.

The country boasts golden beaches flanked by towering palm trees with lagoons and charming holiday hotels such as Palma Rima Hotel, Ngala Lodge, Kombo Beach Hotel among others. Gambia National Park, Abuko National Reserve and Bijilo Forest Park take you to another world of game viewing.  It has an abundance of wildlife and over 600 species of birds.

 Ivory Coast

Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Abidjan in Ivory Coast. [Photo courtesy]

Culturally, Ivory Coast is rich with traditions, both West African and French colonial.   Abdijan on the Atlantic coast is the business capital boasting modern landmarks such as La Pyramide and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Not far from the city is the Banco National Park which has hiking trails.

Besides, the Goli Mask Festival is something to look forward to. You will also have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch “Yamoussoukro’s sacred crocodiles”.    Mount Nimba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers dense forests with a rich variety of flora and fauna.


Welcome to Nigeria. [Photo courtesy]

Welcome to Nigeria. [Photo courtesy]

There is so much to Nigeria more than one could ever imagine. Lagos, Akwa Ibom among other states have a lot to fall in love with. In Lagos’ Victoria Island, the eye meets opulence. From the most expensive hotels to the trendiest neighbourhoods in Nigeria, Lagos tells it all.

In Port Harcourt city within Akwa Ibom State – the only state in Africa with the longest sandy beach, the activities here, beautiful parks and restaurants serving anything from local to international cuisine makes you fall in love with this place. The islands of Lagos led by Tarkwa Bay are breathtaking. In short, the vibe in Nigeria’s is so real!


Accra , Ghana

Accra , Ghana. [Photo courtesy]

Arguably, Ghanaians love anything snacks but their love for this is unique. Usually, most of its snacks are made from whole products such as yams and cassava. Besides, hiking in Ghana is a perfect definition of the delight that lies in the unknown. Ghana has a lot of places to explore, some of which gives the best tales of hiking in this West African Country.

There are mountains, hills, vast savannah grasslands, rainforests, plains and rivers to hike at such as Kakum, Krobo, Akosombo, and the Western region. For alcohol lovers, Accra is home to Ghana’s best local brews.



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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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