By Across The Horizon | 11-Nov-2019

6 Most Enchanting Places For a Weekend Getaway in West Africa

From its pristine beaches to sandy dunes, West Africa is richly blessed with enchanting destinations that will rejuvenate a monotonous and boring lifestyle on a weekend. West Africa has something for everyone who wants a fun-filled escape over the weekend in its epic landscapes, exotic cruises, and iconic wildlife experience.

Here are six places you may love to explore this weekend:

Kokrobite, Ghana

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The name Kokrobite conjures the image of a beach community lined with white sand. Kokrobite is 45 minutes from Accra, the capital of Ghana.  There is no better place for your surfing, swimming, and mingling with the locals than this nice beach. Tourists, volunteers, and backpackers find this weekend spot irresistible when they are in Ghana.

Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

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Get ready for a little adventure in Freetown, a cheeky capital city nestled between the sea and mountains. The Freetown Peninsula puts you on the path of exploration, pushing you to try everything you see in this bubbling city that is filled with charm, color, and energy.  The thrill of sharing a taxi, hurtling from one little hill to another and eating some of the delicious local cuisines will make a weekend swell with excitement and fun.

Fouta Djallon, Guinea

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Fouta Djallon is a mountainous area in Guinea Conakry, with a mountain range, oriental hillsides, and tributaries that make it an extraordinary landscape.  Come along with your friends for hiking, and for those who want to conquer Fouta Djallon, the weekend is the perfect time to do it.  The Guinea Highlands is a haven for the source of the river Niger. Pick a camera for amazing pictures of impressive cannons, and enviable selfies at countless waterfalls and natural swimming pools

Ile de Goree, Senegal

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Senegal is not complete without Goree Island (Ile de Goree), a tiny island with many secrets.  Run away from the noisy and bustling capital, Dakar and enjoy a paradise of tranquility in Ile de Goree.  The island is car-free, with little noise from Mother Nature.   This was a popular slave-trading center in Africa, where the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves), was built in 1776 by the Dutch. Today, the House of Slaves has been renovated as a museum where the story of the slave era is told in the form of artifacts and pictures.

Ganvie, Benin

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Close to the beautiful capital of Benin, Cotonou lies a unique village called Ganvie. The first timer falls in love with this village constructed on wooden stilts on a lake.  The water may be below you but that does not mean that activities are reduced due to the water world. There are restaurants, shops and residential houses on top of the water.  A fascinating weekend trip to Ganvie will give you that break and refreshment you desire.

Bandiagara, Dogon Village, Mali

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Thinking of a place to unwind, the Bandiagara escarpment in Dogon Village, Mali awaits you. The numerous traditional houses in this village are literally constructed out of beautiful cliffs.  Even if you are a daredevil rock climber, you may not be able to reach some of the houses. You are offered a glimpse of a stunning landscape of the village and its rich culture.

There are still places you can make your weekend getaway destination aside these wonderful places. What do you think of these enchanting spots in West Africa?