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Deep into Senegal’s Bassari country

Deep into Senegal’s Bassari country

Erik Heinrich heads into the hinterland to learn about one of Africa’s most captivating rituals Three brilliantly decorated Bassari warriors thrust fly whisks made from the tails of roan antelope in front of their solemn faces. They punch the hot air as they dance in sync to an ancient rhythmic chant that these green hills of West Africa have echoed for centuries. They are armed only with fighting sticks that rest against their free shoulder, and they wear beautiful...

Nigeria on a plate

Nigeria on a plate

When you think of this West African country, food might not be the first thing to come to mind. However, cuisine plays a major role in its culture, and there’s rarely a social gathering not accompanied by culinary delights. Lizzie Williams gives us a taste of some of the nation’s traditional dishes The variety of peoples and cultures within the continent’s most populous nation — roughly 186 million — gives Nigerian cuisine a wonderful diversity of dishes and flavours....

The inside track on Ghana’s Gold Coast

The inside track on Ghana’s Gold Coast

Why visit? Ghana isn’t a conventional beach destination. True, its 500km coastline boasts some magnificent, palm-lined beaches, but there’s far more to the shore than beach life. Dense rainforests and rustling palm groves are alive with monkeys and colourful birds, while centuries-old ports such as Accra and Cape Coast offer fascinating historic sightseeing. Above all, it is easy to get around independently, making it ideal for travellers willing to explore a destination on its own terms. Unique appeal? Its...

Essential Africa: Ghana

Essential Africa: Ghana

Free from the packaged tourism found in other nations that share similar natural beauty and culture, Ghana is ripe for independent travellers looking for stimulating and diverse experiences. Philip Briggs, author of Bradt’s latest guidebook to the country, is here to help you get your planning started. Ghana is a delightfully unpackaged travel destination – it has no upmarket safari industry worth talking about, there are few upmarket boutique beach resorts of the sort now studded along Africa’s Indian...

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