West Africa is the western region of Africa. In the north the region is bounded by the Sahel, and in the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean. The most densely populated area of Africa, it is many ways both the continent's most difficult place for travel and potentially its most rewarding.
Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders the countries of Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and Togo to the east and the Atlantic Ocean Gulf of Guinea to the south.
Cape Verde is a country in West Africa. It comprises a group of islands of the Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal.
Nigeria is a country in equatorial West Africa. It is the continent's most populous nation.
Guinea-Bissau, is a former Portuguese colony bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east.
Senegal is an officially Francophone country in Western Africa.
Côte d'Ivoire is a country in West Africa. It has a southerly facing North Atlantic Ocean coast, and is surrounded by Ghana to the east, Liberia to the west, Guinea to the northwest, Mali to the north, and Burkina Faso to the northeast.
Burkina Faso, formerly Upper Volta, is a landlocked country in West Africa.
Guinea is a former French colony that borders Guinea-Bissau and Senegal to the north, Mali on the north and north-east, Côte d'Ivoire to the east and Liberia and Sierra Leone to the south.
Saint-Louis is a city and a world heritage site on the Grande Cote in Northern Senegal.
The Gambia is a country in West Africa and is the smallest country on the continent of Africa.
Sierra Leone is on the West Coast of Africa between 7 and 10 degrees N, and longitudes 10.5 and 13 degrees W.
Togo is a narrow country in West Africa, sandwiched between Ghana on the west and Benin on the east, with a small border with Burkina Faso to the north, and a 56km coastline on the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria. With an estimated population of 8.8 million inhabitants in the city, or rather 10.7 million in the metropolitan area, Lagos ranks second only to Cairo as the largest city in Africa.
Benin is a country in West Africa. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north.
Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal and is often regarded as the cultural and commercial center of French-speaking West Africa.
Liberia is in West Africa and is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire.
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. - Matsuo Basho
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