In the spring of 2008 I traveled through Cameroon, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Sierra Leone, West Africa. I built the trip around Sierra Leone: I wanted to know what had happened to the country after it disappeared from Western media after their war. I knew that diamond mining still took place, and I wanted to see how that worked.
I then aded the remaining countries to the itinerary mainly due to the fact that they were at peace. I didn't have much in the way of a list of sites or a planned itinerary, and just improvised throughout the trip.
I sucessfully traversed the five countries, despite hang-ups from tribal chiefs, corrupt police, and gruelling roads. I met incredible people while experiencing West African music, voodoo, learned about the slave trade, smuggling and scams, and finally made it to the diamond mines in Sierra Leone.
You can view a
detailed map of the journey
, or view the photos and blog linked in the notepad below.
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