Salt Caravans in the Sahara, imposing forts on the Ghanaian coast, urban buzz in Lagos, the steamy lushness of Casamance - West Africa's attractions are as diverse as they are intriguing. Whether you want to set out for Timbuktu, laze on a sandy beach or overland it from desert to jingle, Lonely Planet shows you the what, where and how. Move to the groove - our expert music chapter tell who's who, where it's happening and what's hot.
Be inspired - highlights, itineraries and planning sections help you plot your path; Get the background with in-depth discussion of West Africa's history, manifold cultures and distinctive arts and crafts. Talk the Talk - our language chapter will have you greeting locals in 25 regional languages. Go your own way with detailed transport information and 150 user-friendly maps.