West Africa has cachet and soul. Home to beautiful landscapes and inhabited by an astonishing range of peoples, that is the right vacation spot to discover the expanse of wealthy tradition and deep custom discovered on this lovely continent.
From the Sahara to tropical rainforests, from volcanic outcrops to stony depressions within the desert’s coronary heart, West Africa is a rare sweep of iconic African terrain. There are many West African views that may outline your journey: an oasis-like clearing within the coronary heart of a rainforest; stirring sand dunes sculpted to perfection by the wind; a gloriously abandoned arc of sand alongside a gloriously abandoned shoreline; and improbably formed rocky outcrops within the coronary heart of the Sahel. And via all of it runs certainly one of Africa’s longest rivers, the Niger.
The range of individuals who inhabit West Africa is without doubt one of the area’s most beguiling traits. The sheer variety of communities who name the area dwelling will take your breath away. Drawing in a bit of nearer, you will uncover that traditions have survived colonial atrocities in West Africa like nowhere else on the continent, revealing themselves in fabulous festivals, irresistible music and the mysterious world of masks and secret societies. These are peoples whose histories are epic and whose day by day struggles are equally so. West Africa is in-your-face, full-volume Lagos or the quiet solitude of an indigo-clad nomad – to not point out every thing in between.
A Musical Soundtrack
West Africa’s musical custom is certainly one of extraordinary depth and richness. Youssou N’Dour, Tinariwen and different musicians might have been ‘found’ in current many years, however the area’s music is a lot greater than mere efficiency. The griots of historical African empires – Mali’s grasp kora participant Toumani Diabaté is a 71st-generation griot – bestowed upon West Africa’s musicians the present of storytelling as a lot as the ability to entertain. They do each exceptionally nicely and their potential to make you dance or study one thing new in regards to the area could rank amongst your most memorable travel experiences.
You would not come to West Africa on the lookout for an East African–type safari, however there’s extra to West Africa’s wildlife than initially meets the attention if you already know the place to look, together with elephants, primates, massive cats, pygmy hippos and a few of the world’s greatest birdwatching. And not like East or Southern Africa, you are more likely to have no matter you discover all to your self.