7 DAYS WEST AFRICAN SAFARI DISCOVERY TOUR

7 DAYS WEST AFRICAN SAFARI DISCOVERY TOUR

$1,979 (Per Adult)

$204 (Per Child)

$283 (Per Adult) / Day

$29 (Per Child) / Day

(Includes)

  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Accomodation
  • Sightseeing

Duration7 day(s)

LocationBenin

Start PointCotonou

End PointCotonou

AvailabilitySep 01 , 2017 to Dec 31 , 2027

Summary

Suitable for adventure and hiking enthusiasts. This tour gives you a one-stop safari experience in West Africa. On this tour we will visit two of the most vibrant wildlife locations in West Africa, namely, Pendjari National park and W national Park; both located at the northern part of Benin. The tour begins with a long drive from Cotonou, the commercial capital of Benin to Natitingou, where you stopover for the night and proceed to Pendjari National Park the next morning. Pendjari National park is surrounded by the beautiful Atakora Mountains and waterfall;, the Pendjari is probably the best park in West Africa. The park is home to lions, elephants, cheetahs, baboons and plenty more animal species for those with the patience to seek them. From Pendjari we visit W national park, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major national park in West Africa around a meander in the River Niger shaped like a "W". The park includes areas of the three countries Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso, and is governed by the three governments. Until 2008, the implementation of a regional management was supported by the EU-funded Project ECOPAS (Ecosystèmes Protégés en Afrique Soudano-Sahélienne). The park is known for its large mammals, including aardvarks, baboons, buffalo, caracal, cheetahs, elephants, hippopotami, African leopards, West African lions, serval and warthogs. The park provides a home for some of West Africa's last wild African elephants. The park has wonderful flora, a total of 454 species of plants were recorded, including two orchids found only in Niger. It also constitute the southern limit of tiger bush plateaus distribution in Niger. From W national park, we descend down to Natitingou, where we stopover for the night and enjoy a bit of culture exposure with the Tata Somba villages, before proceeding back to Cotonou to end the trip and final departure. This tour be modified with the inclusion of return flight segments from Cotonou to Natitingou and start the tour from there to Pendjari National Park. Lunch and dinner are not included; only breakfast, beverages and water are included in the cost. Take this tour with a friend or friends to share the cost This tour can be modified to suit your budget and travel wishes The cost of package is subject to change as a result of unexpected increment in hotel rates and gasoline prices prior to payment Spontaneous stops based on client's interests for photography or a quick scenic gaze during the tour is allowed. There is a possibility of witnessing a naming ceremony, festival, drumming and dancing, join a church service or witness a funeral ceremony while tour is in session.

Activities

  • Bird Photography
  • Camping
  • Game Walk
  • Landscape photography
  • Scenic Drive
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Game drive
  • Bird Watching
  • Culture
  • Photo-safari

Physical Condition

  • Normal Physical Condition

Connectivity

  • WiFi and phone coverage at most lodges

Day-by-day Description

Day 1Arrival in Cotonou

Arrive at Cotonou international Airport, where our driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for trip orientation and relaxation

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Cotonou

Travel Time: 1 hrs

Day 2Cotonou to Natitingou

Activities Included

Landscape photography Scenic Drive Culture

After breakfast at the hotel, the driver will meet you in the morning to start your journey to Natitingou in the northern part of Benin. This is a long drive from the south and also allows you the chance to see the country side and its people. Arrive in Natitingou, check-in at your hotel for dinner and relaxation

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Natitingou, Atakora, Benin

Travel Time: 9 hrs

Day 3Natitingou to Pendjari National Park

Activities Included

Bird Photography Camping Game Walk Hiking Landscape photography Scenic Drive Wildlife photograph Wildlife Photography Game drive Bird Watching Photo-safari

Depart Natitingou early in the morning after breakfast and head to Pendjari National Park. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and go for an afternoon driving safari in the park Return to your hotel for dinner and relaxation

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Pendjari National Park, Tanguiéta, Atakora, Benin

Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 4Full Day at Pendjari National Park

Activities Included

Bird Photography Camping Game Walk Hiking Landscape photography Wildlife photograph Wildlife Photography Game drive Bird Watching Photo-safari

Spend the entire in park and immerse yourself in awesome safari. Optionally visit the nearby waterfalls around the park for a swim or go for hiking on the Atakora mountains and enjoy the wonderful scenery of landscapes

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Pendjari National Park, Tanguiéta, Atakora, Benin

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Day 5Pendjari National Park to W National Park to Natitingou

Activities Included

Bird Photography Game Walk Hiking Landscape photography Scenic Drive Township tour Wildlife photograph Wildlife Photography Game drive Bird Watching Culture Photo-safari

Visit W National Park today, which is few miles away from Pendjari National Park to complete your one-stop wildlife adventure. Upon arrival, undertake a driving safari in the park. Find your way back to Natitingou, where you will spend the night. If desired, visit some of the Tata Somba villages in the town for a cultural experience or visit the town Museum.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

W National Park, Benin

Travel Time: 6 hrs

Day 6Natitingou to Cotonou

Activities Included

Landscape photography Scenic Drive Culture

Descend back south to Cotonou. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Cotonou

Travel Time: 9 hrs

Day 7Departure

Activities Included

Scenic Drive Township tour

Optionally undertake some souvenir shopping in the city and head to the Airport, where the driver will drop you for departure formalities

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Cotonou

Travel Time: 1 hrs

Offical Visa Regulations and Health Requirements

For personalized details on health and visa requirements please check the IATA travel centre here

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com

VISA INFORMATION Visa for most West African Countries has to be applied for at the Consulate of the intended Country to be visited in your home country or in a neighboring Country if the Country to be visited does not have a consulate in your home Country, be it a multiple or single entry visa. Visas issued at the border or on arrival for some nationalities are twice the amount if applied at the embassy; and the process could be time consuming. Obtaining a Togo visa at the border is quite flexible as compared to border visa issuance of other West African Countries. Togo visa is valid for 7 days, and can also be used to re-enter the Country multiple times within that period. You could also apply for your Togo visa in advance in your home country. For the visas you apply in advance, once you have booked your trip with us, we will send you invitation letter(s) and contact details covering the countries to be visited to assist in your visa application. You will need to take two or three passport pictures, your yellow fever certificate and your passport which should be valid for at least 6 months after departure. You need a page in your passport that is blank on both sides for your visa. Your passport must be valid for the whole of your stay in the Country(ies) visited. When your visa(s) is issued, please cross check the visa stamps in your passport if it corresponds with your visa application submissions before your departure. Benin visa fees • Single Entry Visa(must be used within 3 months from date of issue) $70.00 • Multiple Entry Visa $120.00 • Single Expedited $120.00 • Multiple Visa Expedited $220.00 The above visa fees are subject to change as per Country regulations. MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS VACCINATIONS Yellow Fever vaccination is required for entry into Ghana and other West African Countries. You will be asked to show proof of immunization at the Airport of arrival or at the border. Other vaccinations are at your discretion. If your doctor cannot obtain one for you (generally cheaper), these vaccinations are readily available at any travel clinic. RECOMMENDED Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus A current DPT vaccination is a good idea. This is a common vaccination given to children, but you need a booster shot if it has been more than 10 years since your last DPT vaccination. Influenza A current flu vaccination is also a good idea. There will undoubtedly be people on your plane carrying this virus and you never know when a major flu season will occur. Hepatitis A This vaccine is strongly recommended. It is given in multiple doses to protect against this illness which is spread orally in conditions of poor sanitation. Typhus / Typhoid Fever While typhus is not a big problem in Ghana, this disease, spread by dirty food or water, can be fatal. This vaccination is recommended when traveling in remote or unsanitary areas or if you plan to be around animals. Meningitis (bacterial) Characterized by blinding headaches and fever, meningitis can be fatal. The vaccination against bacterial meningitis is especially recommended if you will be staying in close quarters with many people or children. Ideally get the vaccination containing strains A, C, W and Y, but if only the A+C is available, that is better than none at all. There is no vaccination against viral meningitis. AT YOUR DISCRETION Cholera The oral vaccine Dukoral immunizes against this nasty scourge of dirty water. More importantly though, there are reports that this vaccine also provides some protection against e.Coli, the main culprit in traveler's diarrhea. Rabies Another recommended vaccination when traveling to remote areas. Absolutely essential if you will be working with animals. Rabies is spread by any mammal via a bite, scratch or lick of an open wound by an infected animal and is 100% fatal without treatment. The multi-dose vaccination is the same as any other injected vaccination - quick and painless. Hepatitis B This illness is carried in bodily fluids. This multi-dose vaccination is strongly recommended for visitors who may be volunteering or visiting clinics and may come into contact with blood or semen. Note that there is no vaccine for the other virulent strains of Hepatitis (C,D,E), which are spread in the same way as Hepatitis B. Tuberculosis (TB) While of concern to those staying in close quarters with many people or children, there is debate over whether this vaccine is useful for adults. Discuss with your doctor or travel clinic. TRAVEL INSURANCE It is essential that you have travelers' insurance when on holiday in West Africa. WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR TRIP The following is a typical list of what might be required while embarking on your trip. If you are not traveling in a private car, then be certain to add a lighting object to your list. BAGS - Soft hold-all bag for excursions - Smaller travel/overnight bag or day pack for traveling - Lightweight backpack if traveling via public transport CLOTHING White clothing is not recommended because it is impossible to keep clean. - Smart-casual outfit - 1 set - Outdoor summer clothing in natural fibres - 3 sets - Light-weight cotton long pants - 2 pair: For cool evenings or to use as sun screen. - Comfortable walking shoes / sandals - 1 pair each - Undershirt / singlet - Not to keep you warm, but to keep the sweat from showing so much. - Underwear - 4 to 6 sets - Swimwear: Only wear this at beach or poolside. - Sarong or multi-purpose cotton wrap-around: Useful also as sun screen or dust cover for cameras. - Towel / face cloth / bandana / handkerchief - Hat in neutral tones - Sunglasses HARDWARE - Flash light or head lamp / 2 sets of batteries - Camera equipment / extra lithium batteries - Dust-free camera bag (Zip-lock bag is fine) - Extra battery, solar charger for phone TOILETRIES - Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant (not antiperspirant), shaver, brush & comb, moisturizing cream, decongestant, anti-fungal. - Sunscreen lotion/sun block, lip-aid and floss: These are particularly difficult to obtain in Benin. - Prescription drugs/small private medical kit (pain killers, plasters, anti-septic spray) / contraceptives / tampons - Contact lenses / lens fluid / spare glasses - Malaria tablets - Insect repellent (containing DEET is best) PAPERS - Passport / visas / travel documents - Pen / notebook / travel diary - Books / reference books / magazines / games to use during long siesta hours or delays - Cash in Cedis/CFA for personal expenses, tips & gratuities. Travelers' cheque and credit cards are difficult to use. OPTIONAL - Pocket knife - Duct tape - highly versatile! - Plastic raincoat or poncho - Items for bartering at markets or tips for good service - Bandanas, hats, anything with a logo - T/shirts, old clothes or stationery - Mp3 players, cameras & flash drives have high value

No Add-ons Info

Flexible Cancelation Policy

A full refund is guaranteed until one day before the start of the tour (minus the 9% Safarisource commission and the banking and transaction costs, these estimated 3% but may be slightly higher). Full amount due on booking and will be held by Safarisource until tour commences and then transferred to tour operator.

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$1,979 - $204 Duration: 7 day(s)

Destination

Benin