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The morning after devouring snake for supper, I continued to the Gabon border to leave Cameroon. Getting stamped out of Cameroon was easy enough. However, entering Gabon at Woleu Ntem was entirely different.

The immigration police turned me away because I didn't have a hotel reservation despit...

When I've needed a visa, I've acquired them in embassies near to the country I'm travelling to. Nigeria is different in that I must apply in my country of residence and give biometric data. So, departing the UK by motorcycle would have given me three months to enter Nigeria. Possible, but I didn't...

Yesterday, I crossed the border into Benin. Easy crossing. Customs were very disinterested in my motorcycle; i.e., temporary import, carnet etc. The strange thing about yesterday was the aftermath of an accident that I passed. A small loader van was stationary in my lane, and a large crowd was gathe...

Having stayed with Leela in Frankadua, I was now back on the road! I left Frankadua and headed towards Ho, and straddled the Ghana-Togo border southwards to the Aflao border crossing. It was hot and I felt like I was melting in my riding gear when stationary or walking. Relief came from riding a...

After collecting my visa for Ghana, I was ready to continue East. Several places have been recommended as good places to camp along the coast. I stayed at three beach places consecutively. One of them was outstanding and I would highly recommend.

In the few days before leaving Grand-Bassam, I...

I departed Macenta with the intention of camping 10 miles from the Ivory Coast border to get an early crossing the day after. However, whilst riding I changed my mind as I had plenty of time to cover the distance.

The South East of Guinea is truly beautiful. The mountains in the background rose...

Started the day with a hearty breakfast of rice with sauce. I'm terrible at remembering the names of food, but it was so tasty!

Rice and sauce, Quebo, Guinea-Bisau.

I met up with Alfonso, and we left Guinea-Bissau at Contabane (immigration, army, and customs posts) and headed for the border that was about 6 miles away. We'd chosen...

The visa for Guinea-Bissau, from Ziguinchor, took less than five minutes! Once collected, Ron and I rode together from Senegal into Guinea-Bissau, which was a straight-forward crossing without issue.

Whilst purchasing SIM cards in Sao Domingos, sweat was pouring from me onto the floor and paper...

We said goodbye to the sisters at the nunnery and headed to The Gambian border.

En route, we stopped for a break on a river. I've forgotten where it was. Nice views, but there was a tremendous quantity of rubbish that had been dumped in piles and had not washed up onto the river.

Beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.Beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.Lots of rubbish on beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.Lots of rubbish on beach in Senegal en route to ferry at Foundiougne.

At Foundiougn...

Last night's sleep on a concrete floor was a bit rough!

The first part of the ride to the Diama crossing into Senegal was on tarmac with potholes and massive erosion.

Poor road conditions in Mauritania.

Once at the Diawling National Park in Mauritania, the road and scenery changed considerably.

Diawling National Park, Mauritania.Diawling National Park, Mauritania.

I saw warthogs, but couldn...