Way Out West
Few venture to this incredible part of the World but after backpacking through 13 countries and13,000km overland, we can tell you this is why we highly recommend West Africa.We’ve battled Saharan sandstorms, ridden in emptyiron ore traincarriages, travelled on car rooftops,saddled horse drawn carts, been in a couple of car accidents and we’ve even beento Timbuktu andback. Yes – the place really does exist.We’ll also mention the times we hallucinated in the heat, bashed bongos on sandy beaches,sat on live crocodiles, toured Togo, mixed it with UN officials on dance floors, visited the home of Voodoo inBenin, followed the slave trade in Ghana, rocked it with reggae, hitchhiked at night to Ouagadougouand of course we’ve bounced to the African beats.We’ve seen that no matter where you are in West Africa, there’s football fever. It’s like no other in thispart of the World and we’ve followed it from the back alleys of Burkina, through the streets of Senegaland across the mud flats of Mali on route to the World Cup.
Our way on the highway!
In an untraveled part of the world we’ve faced a few difficulties along the way. We were thrown out of Senegal on first arrival and with new passports trying to enter Nigeria proved costly after being bailedup by border officials. We’ve stood face to face with corrupt police, out ran chasing immigrationofficials in a speeding taxi and some how survived Nollywood.The sheer heat of the Sahara alone destroyed most of our gear and we won’t talk about the time wewere both arrested at a Cameroonian checkpoint, because each time we have arrived in a newvillage , there have been smiles on faces, football games and children demanding hi-fives, so it’s hardto be anything but amazed and excited by Africa, its people and its positives.
What else can we tell you?
We’ve developed a craving for street meat and we’ve eaten all sorts of animals, we’ve experienced thebeauties of Benin,toured bars in Donkey drawn carts,swung in hammocks, sat sideline at grassroots
football matches, climbed lava flows, viewed a waterfall crashing straight into the sea, jived where ajungle meets a beach and we’ve kicked footballs around with hundreds of children.We’ve worked on projects with child labour in granite mines, education at football clubs, conservationof the endangered Drill monkey, hung out with Sudanese refugees and spent time on the world’slargest non governmental hospital ship in Togo. Wherever we’ve been, we’ve attempted to break downbarriers and prove misconceptions about West Africa wrong.