Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 31, 2012 9:02 AM Last Post By: Kira
Aug 30, 2012 1:07 PM
Aug 30, 2012 2:11 PM
1Your only option is Morocco-Western Sahara (occupied by Morocco)- Mauritania-Senegal-Mali-Burkina-Ghana (or the other way round).
That's the only possible direct road route for this journey (no sea, no train and no as-the-crow-flies connection from Morocco to Ghana).
At least the options are limited, so you don't have too many to think about!
Aug 30, 2012 4:35 PM
Aug 31, 2012 3:52 AM
3It's not so much the cost that should put you off overland travel in West Africa, so much as the time, hassles, and discomfort of the journeys. Travelling overland would be a great way to experience and explore this part of the world, but it's not such a great way of simply getting from A to B. Apart from Morocco - which has decent, reliable, long-distance buses along most of the route to the south - travel elsewhere will tend to be in a series of unreliable, slow, and usually fairly uncomfortable "bush taxis" that won't allow you to traverse a great deal of distance each day. Plus you have hassles with visas and border crossings and other possible mayhem along the way. From, say, Casablanca to Dakar, you're looking at an absolute minimum of 5-6 days of travel, and that's if you spend every day on the road and already have a Mauritanian visa in your passport. Dakar-Accra will, I believe, take longer, though I have no personal experience beyond Mali. If you have time and are prepared to take things a little slowly, this can be a wonderful trip, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it simply as a cost-saving measure.
Royal Air Maroc used to have plenty of connections from Casablanca to destinations in West Africa. I don't know what routes they currently fly, but you might find something to Ghana, or at least a neighboring country.
Aug 31, 2012 7:22 AM
4I know we may need to fly through europe for at least some of these connections (between morocco to ghana, for example),
You don't need to fly through Europe at all. There are direct flights from Morocco to Ghana (with Royal Air Maroc) and you can fly from Ghana to Senegal without going through Europe.
How many time do you have to make your trip?
Perhaps, you could make a mix of flight and overland flying from Morocco to Ghana and continuing overland to Senegal but it'll depend on the time you have to make it.
Aug 31, 2012 9:02 AM
5There's not much flying between Senegal & Ghana these days but that should change soon. I wouldn't personally fly Senegal Airlines ..
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