25-day Heartland Tour
Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin — Hotels

Dakar – Hotel Farid *****

Ideal location in the center of town, in walking distance of attractions; all rooms have AC, satelite tv, safe-deposit box, mini-bar and hair-dryer; free high-speed internet access; WIFI in the restaurant; room service 10AM-11PM; bar/restaurant (indoor/outdoor) with international, Senegalese and Lebanses cuisine; swimming pool; money exchange; laundry/dry cleaning available; Visa/Mastercard accepted.

Cap Saint-Louis – Hotel Cap Saint-Louis *****

Charming small hotel between the river and the ocean; 45 comfortable rooms, some bungalows; excellent French restaruant, cocktail bar, pool; volleyball, tennis, and pingpong.

Segou – Hotel Independance *****

Colonial style hotel is family-run and has some 30 rooms, all with private facilities, hot water and air-conditioning. Additionally, the hotel has a very attractive garden and a swimming pool, which is well hidden behind the trees.

Mopti – Hotel Kanaga *****

With a fine location on the banks of the River Niger, the Hotel Kanaga is one of the best hotels in Mali. Most of the 80 rooms are pleasantly decorated with local Malian handicrafts, offer good size bathrooms, air-conditioning and satellite television. The hotel also has a swimming pool and restaurant, with the opportunity to dine outside.

Sangha (Dogon country) – Hotel Campement Guina *****

This basic hotel is well-run with helpful staff. Most of the 36 rooms have an overhead fan and all have a mosquito net and private shower, although only cold water is available. The hotel has electricity, which is run on a generator, from 6 pm to 12 midnight and again from 5 am until approximately 8.30 am and additionally, has a restaurant, serving set meals and a pleasant outdoor seating area. Ideally situated for excursions into the Bandiagara escarpment.

Bandiagara (Dogon country) – Hotel La Falaise *****

New hotel at the gates of Dogon country; efficient staff, 18 S/C rooms with AC or fans, all with mosquito nets and private shower; pleasant garden restaurant; traditional music on the weekends during high season.

Bobo Dioulasso – Hotel Auberge *****

Lovely hotel has 40 air-conditioned s/c rooms, with satellite TV and fridge; swimming pool; convenient in-town location; friendly, helpful staff.

Ouagadougou — Hotel Independance *****

Four-star hotel in town center, with 176 renovated rooms, all with AC, satellite TV, phone, minibar; free Wifi internet; two restaurants, French and African specialties; bar/lounge; room service 24 hrs; business center with internet access; outdoor pool and fitness facility; gift shop, newsstand, foreign exchange.

Ouagadougou — Splendid Hotel *****

Four-star hotel in the town center; 146 renovated rooms, all with AC, satellite TV, telephone; free Wifi internet; multilingual staff; restaurant open 6 AM - 11 PM; bar/lounge; room service; outdoor pool and snack bar, gift shop, newsstand.

Tamale – Gariba Lodge *****

Comfortable hotel on the outskirts of town is widely regarded to be the best hotel in Ghana north of Kumasi; all rooms have air-conditioning, hot showers, satellite TV, fridge, and international telephone; internet access on site, and a good restaurant.

Mole Park – Mole Park Hotel *****

This is the only accommodation in the park; built in 1961 on a cliff overlooking two animal watering holes; electricity by generator; rooms are basic, all with a room fan and private bathroom; swimming pool, bar and restaurant; friendly personnel; no internet, no phones.

Kumasi – Hotel Georgia *****

Good hotel with s/c rooms with hot-water, air-conditioning, satellite TV; large swimming pool and western-style restaurant; comfort and convenience.

Elmina – Elmina Bay Resort *****

Located just a few kilometers from Cape Coast World Heritage sites and a 30-minute drive from the Kakum National Park, this top-rated beach-front hotel has 24 fully-equipped rooms, all with sea-view balcony; rooms have TV, fridge, WiFi, AC, dressing room and en-suite shower; beachcside bar and restaurant; swimming pool; nearby 9-hole golf course.

Accra – Novotel Accra *****

190 rooms with AC, en-suite bath or shower and hair-dryer; sofa-bed, work area, satellite TV with pay movies, safe-deposit box, broadband internet access, minibar and room service 24hrs; also a bar, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, business center, onsite parking and tennis court.

Lome – Hotel Ibis Centre *****

The Ibis Lomé Centre hotel is located in the city center, in a large garden facing the Atlantic ocean, a few meters from the Grand Marché; the entirely refurbished five-story hotel has 108 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, a bar serving snacks 24/24, a terrace, and a swimming pool.

Abomey – Motel d'Abomey *****

The town's best hotel, with well-furnished private s/c rooms and traditional bungalows with air-conditioning, TV, video and phone; nice garden with tall shade trees; the restaurant is one of the best in town; pleasant, helpful staff.

Cotonou – Hotel du Lac *****

Located in the heart of Cotonou, facing the Atlantic Ocean, on Lac Nokoue; 58 pleasant rooms, including 4 apartmentts and 12 luxury studios, all s/c with air-conditioning, phone, satellite tv; swimming pool.

NB: star ratings based on local standards.