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West Africa Christmastime... Baobab and Palm Wine

In the UK we usually associate Christmas with family, eating and drinking (often to excess!), giving presents, Father Christmas and a Christmas tree. But how is the tradition celebrated in West Africa, a region of the World where Christianity is at its freshest, where missionaries have only been…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on December 24, 2017 at 10:43am — No Comments

Adventure Travel in Ghana

In our second instalment of West Africa’s best adventure travel destinations, we explore Ghana, a Land of sunshine and reputed for the friendliness of its people. Rich in history, and home to the Ashanti Kingdom, a once prosperous and powerful dynasty, this country is a great place to start of in…

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Added by West Africa Discovery on August 15, 2013 at 10:38am — No Comments

Responsible Cruising in West Africa

Cruise tourism is a billion pound industry focusing on offering quality services to their guests whilst visiting exotic locations with beautiful sceneries. A recent report from the Cruise Lines International…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on March 24, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Sierra Leone, A Country With Huge Tourism Potential

Situated in West Africa, with its pristine beaches, transparent seas, tropical forests, unique wildlife, historical heritage sites and most importantly friendly people, Sierra Leone (or Salone, as it is known to the locals), with…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on February 7, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments

World Responsible Travel Day at London's World Travel Market (November 5-8, 2012)

I have been going to the World Travel Market since 2007, and this year’s WTM, in my opini…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on October 25, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

The Many Ways Travel Can Benefit Sierra Leone & Other Destinations in West Africa

Being a West Africa aficionado and responsible tourism campaigner, I talk within this blog post  about my thoughts on how travelling to a country such as 
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Added by West Africa Discovery on May 21, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

Responsible Tourism Week 2012 - Invitation to the SW London event

Added by West Africa Discovery on February 11, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments

Event - Responsible Tourism Week 2012 - Volunteering: Good, Bad or Ugly?



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Added by West Africa Discovery on January 30, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Responsible Travel in Sierra Leone: Peninsula, Provinces and Palm Wine (Part 3)

Part 3: Coconut & Poyo Paradise


Back to Waterloo, I was feeling much more comfortable with my surroundings. I bought a fresh coconut from 2 children who had a barrel full and which they opened with a machete, and walked to the taxi park near the market to which I had already been to before. I grabbed the first taxi to…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on January 3, 2012 at 8:45am — No Comments

Responsible Travel in Sierra Leone - Peninsula, Provinces and Palm Wine (Part 2)

Following on from the first installment of his adventure, Thomas recounts his experiences on his journey through Sierra Leone…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on November 25, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Travels in Sierra Leone: Peninsula, Provinces and Palm Wine (Part 1)

After coming back from Sierra Leone, and having had one of the most amazing times of my life, I decided to share my experience with others to hopefully inspire more people to go and explore this beautiful yet misunderstood part of the World. This is the first part of Travels in Sierra Leone: Peninsula, Provinces and Palm Wine.…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on November 12, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Tips on How to be a Responsible Tourist in West Africa

Responsible tourism is about tourists making environmentally friendly, sustainable, ethical and respectful choices when travelling and minimising the negative impact of tourism. Being responsible is…

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Added by West Africa Discovery on October 11, 2011 at 11:19am — No Comments

Tourism as a Tool for Poverty Reduction in West Africa



Every year different NGO’s, and other private organisations come together with one purpose: to raise money to reduce poverty in the world. This gesture extends to the whole of the African continent. The idea of these fund-raising activities is to help improve the lifestyle and betterment for the poor. There are numerous NGO's with different aims to reduce poverty in Africa. Orphan Aid Africa helps families of children at risk of abandonment and gives… Continue

Added by West Africa Discovery on July 20, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Changing the Image of Sierra Leone, West Africa, through Tourism

Western perceptions of African countries are shaped by the media focus on the events that take place within its borders. Let’s take the example of Sierra Leone which was ravaged by civil war for 11 years from 1991 to 2002. The stories of atrocity and bloodshed were given high coverage by the western media.



In 2006 Hollywood highlighted the plight of the people in Sierra Leone by making the film Blood Diamond. This told the story…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on September 23, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

West Africa's Potential as a Responsible Tourism Destination

Once considered as a beach resort paradise with approximately 3500km of coast line dotted with palm trees and covered with white…

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Added by West Africa Discovery on September 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Adventure Travel in West Africa – Part 1: Senegal

Adventure travel has to be the most invigorating form of travel out there, combining the thrills of physical exercise and adrenaline rushes with the beauty of local scenery and the immersion in the destination. We all know of Australia as an adventure destination with the many possibilities to stimulate those rushes of adrenaline such as bungee jumping or… Continue

Added by West Africa Discovery on July 30, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Discovering Gambia and Senegal Independently

Andrew, a traveller who has recently booked a responsible tourism holiday to Cameroon through the West Africa…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on July 24, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Ghana: Home to the Black Stars, But Also Much More Than That!

After dispatching the USA in their last game of the World Cup, Ghana are due to make history as only the fourth African team to reach the quarter final when they face Uruguay tonight. Ghana has already done better than four…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on July 2, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Surf Tourism in West Africa: A Working Model for Responsible Tourism

Sun, sea, waves, tanned bodies and relaxed attitudes are all part of the surfing lifestyle, but it has also come to my attention that tourism can be a part of the ‘gnarly’ world of riding…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on May 25, 2010 at 9:06am — No Comments

Have you ever wanted to be the member of a tribe?

Ever wanted to be part of a tribe? Or just like the idea of chilling on a beach, going snorkelling, catching some fish for the evenings dinner, or just getting your hands dirty in some community development work... Well, for all…
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Added by West Africa Discovery on May 11, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

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