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One week in Africa: Benin, Ghana, or Burkina Faso?
posted by mykescipark to Travel & Transportation around (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So, I really wanted to travel around Nigeria for a week in 2011, but the widespread political instability has made me highly circumspect about this idea. So I'm looking at its neighbors instead - particularly Benin, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.
I like friendly places steeped in history. I'm not interested in cities. I prefer remote "off the grid" regions, ideally with an active folklore, music and/or dance heritage. I will be traveling with a pocket-sized field recording setup for this possibility. I also love Islamic art and culture and would love to spend some time in predominantly Muslim areas.
I will be spending long stretches of time (5-8 hours) each night in solitude with a shortwave radio from dusk until early morning. (This is the main reason for my trip.) Night-time safety in rural areas is therefore a priority as well.
I will have a guide/translator for the duration of the trip. I'd like to get as much of a sense of the place as possible within a week, so I'd likely go to a new town or region every 2-3 days.
Which of the three countries do you love the most, and why? (Or should I consider somewhere else in central-western Africa instead?)