Annie and Jemma's West Africa adventure travel blog

Firstly we are really sorry for the delay in writing this blog but it has been hard to find a place which had good internet connection and time to update you. We are currently in Bamako the capital of Mali after spending two weeks here in Mali visiting the amazing sites of Timbuktu, Djenne and the Dogon tribes. However more on Mali later. First we need to update you on Ghana and Bukina Faso.

The first 10 days of Ghana was pretty similar as the last 5 days of the first leg of our trip was similar to the next 5 days of the second leg. We headed towards the coast and visited the Slave Forts of Elimina and Cape Coast which was pretty impressive although we did get a bit of a lecture about our ancestors and what they did.

We camped literally on the beach where there was noone around so it was like paradise and also we did a school project where we spent time painting African flags on a school library and also a village tour where we were greeted by all the elders, etc. We had a 2 days stop in Accra to say goodbye to six passengers and where we got another 8 more. Six of us stayed on which meant that we were 14 passengers in all plus the 2 same crew of Pat and Noel. This time we had some new nationalities in the form of Swiss, Swedish and Australia, however unfortunately the Swiss guy had to go home due to family issues. No gossip or sexy men to report although having a great time. Ages ranging from 24 to 69 so we are in the middle.

After leaving the coast we headed north stopping in Kumasi for a night before heading to Mole National Park which is Ghana's top game reserve. A bit like Nigeria there are not too many animals here and most have "migrated" to the pot again although they claim there are still lions there (no one has seen them for over six years!) - we did see elephants and gazelles, etc on the morning walking safari we did. Our favourite sign was the one outside the park saying "No killing/shooting of the animals from August to December except grasshoppers" - poor animals during Jan - July!

We then headed out of Ghana and into Bukina Faso - we were sad to say goodbye to Ghana as we both enjoyed it so much and even though our French is coming along in the English speaking countries you can have much more banter with the locals.

Bukina Faso was a real surprise and delight for us both - originally called Upper Volta as it is on the Volta river, it is a delightful country with the people very friendly. Also there is a great French type culture here with lots of patisseries, cakes and coffee so we spent a few days here treating ourselves on the local "cakes of the day", etc. We sadly only spent 5 nights in Bukina Faso - our first stop was Bobo Dioulasso(known as Bobo) which is a chilled out arty town with a fantastic market selling everything and anything you want (we did a bit of shopping naturally!), plus our first view of the amazing Sudanese style mud mosques.

From Bobo we then spent a day and night at some waterfalls chilling out swimming in the ponds, etc before driving to the capital of Bukina Faso, Ouagadougou (the coolest capital city name and known locally as "Wagga"!). We had 2 great nights in Wagga enjoying the nightlife and spending the days by the pool or shopping, etc. While we were in Wagga it was the start of the famous (!) West Africa Film Festival (apparently on a par with Venice - hmmmmm.....) and we ended up at the opening ceremony (by mistake we thought we were going to a local football match!). Unfortunately we did not see Brad or Angelina and were not sure if they were in town!!

From Wagga we then headed north towards Mali where we crossed the border and suddently hit the heat - it is now regularly over 40 degrees in the shade which probably makes it over 50 degrees in the sun. You can imagine we are suffering and at night it hardly gets below 30 degrees which makes it hard to sleep.

More on Mali in the next blog update. Hope all is well at home and lots of love xxx

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