West Africa

West Africa is the most densely populated area of . It is in many ways both the continent's most difficult place for travel and potentially its most rewarding.

Popular Destinations

is the most populous city in , spreading out across two main islands and onto the mainland. Photo: Tijl Vercaemer, CC BY 2.5.

is a large country in equatorial West Africa. Photo: Slashme, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a country in West Africa whose good infrastructure, political stability and widespread use of English make it a gratifying destination for first-time visitors to Africa. Photo: Erik Cleves Kristensen, CC BY 2.0.

, officially the Republic of , is a country in West Africa. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

Destinations

is a country in West Africa. is a great country to visit on any West African itinerary. Photo: Shubert Ciencia, CC BY 2.0.

is a country in West Africa, visited for its beaches, rainforest, wildlife and tourist villages. Photo: Axe, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a country in West Africa. It comprises a group of , west of . Photo: Ximonic, CC BY-SA 3.0.

, formerly Upper Volta, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Photo: qiv, CC BY-SA 2.0.

The is a small, narrow country along the length of the River in West Africa, almost completely surrounded by . Photo: mishimoto, CC BY 2.0.

is an off-the-beaten path destination on the west coast of Africa. Photo: Wikimedia, Public domain.

is a former French colony in West Africa. The country is sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from and . Photo: julien harneis, CC BY-SA 2.0.

is on the West Coast of . The potential for tourism is vast, but largely unrealised. Photo: Annabel Symington, CC BY 2.0.

is a narrow country in West Africa, sandwiched between on the west and on the east. Photo: Ferdinand Reus, CC BY-SA 2.0.

is a country in West Africa. Along with Ethiopia, it was one of the only two countries to maintain independence during the Scramble for Africa. Photo: Sahmeditor, Public domain.

West Africa

Latitude of center
9.4894° or 9° 29' 22" north
Longitude of center
-2.6886° or 2° 41' 19.1" west

Also Known As

  • Achinese: Afrika Barat
  • Afar: Batıs Afrika
  • Afrikaans: Wes-Afrika
  • Albanian: Afrika perëndimore
  • Amharic: ምዕራብ አፍሪካ
  • Arabic: Katundan nga Apriká
  • Arabic: أفريقيا الغربية
  • Arabic: إفريقيا الغربية
  • Arabic: إفريقية الغربية
  • Arabic: الغرب الإفريقي
  • Arabic: غرب أفريقيا
  • Arabic: غرب إفريقيا
  • Arabic: غربي أفريقيا
  • Armenian: Արևմտյան Աֆրիկա
  • Arpitan: Africa du Ponant
  • Asturian: África Occidental
  • Avaric: Taltefa Afrika
  • Azerbaijani: Qərbi Afrika
  • Basque: Afrika mendebalde
  • Basque: Mendebaldeko Afrika
  • Belarusian: Заходняя Афрыка
  • Bengali: পশ্চিম আফ্রিকা
  • Bosnian: Zapadna Afrika
  • Breton: Afrika ar C'hornaoueg
  • Breton: Afrika ar C'hornôg
  • Breton: Kornôg Afrika
  • Bulgarian: Западна Африка
  • Catalan: Àfrica Occidental
  • Catalan: Àfrica de l'Oest
  • Catalan: Àfrica occindental
  • Central Bikol: Aprikang Solnopan
  • Central Kurdish: ڕۆژئاوای ئەفریقا
  • Chinese: Sai Hui-chiu
  • Chinese: 西部非洲
  • Chinese: 西非
  • Chinese: 西非洲
  • Chinese: 非洲西部
  • Chuvash: Анăç Африка
  • Croatian: Zapadna Afrika
  • Czech: Západní Afrika
  • Danish: Vestafrika
  • Dimli (individual language): Afrika Rocawani
  • Dutch: West-Afrika
  • Dutch: West Afrika
  • English: Western Africa
  • Esperanto: Okcident-Afriko
  • Esperanto: Okcidenta Afriko
  • Esperanto: Okcidentafriko
  • Estonian: Lääne-Aafrika
  • Finnish: Länsi-Afrikka
  • French: Afrique de l'Ouest
  • French: Afrique de l’Ouest
  • French: Afrique occidentale
  • French: Ouest-africain
  • Galician: África Occidental
  • Georgian: დასავლეთ აფრიკა
  • Georgian: დასავლეთი აფრიკა
  • German: Westafrika
  • German: Westliches Afrika
  • Greek: Δυτική Αφρική
  • Haitian: Afrik lwès
  • Hausa: Afirka ta Yamma
  • Hebrew: אפריקה המערבית
  • Hebrew: מערב אפריקה
  • Hindi: पश्चिम अफ्रीका
  • Hindi: पश्चिमी अफ़्रीका
  • Hindi: पश्चिमी अफ्रीका
  • Hungarian: Nyugat-Afrika
  • Icelandic: Vestur-Afríka
  • Iloko: Akinlaud nga Aprika
  • Iloko: Laud nga Aprika
  • Iloko: Laud ti Aprika
  • Inari Sami: Viestâr-Afrik
  • Indonesian: Afrika Barat
  • Irish: An Afraic Thiar
  • Italian: Africa occidentale
  • Japanese: アフリカ西部
  • Japanese: 西アフリカ
  • Japanese: 西部アフリカ
  • Javanese: Afrika Kulon
  • Kannada: ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಆಫ್ರಿಕ
  • Kannada: ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಆಫ್ರಿಕಾ
  • Kara-Kalpak: Batis Afrika
  • Kazakh: Батыс Африка
  • Kirghiz: Батыш Африка
  • Kongo: Afelika ya Lumonso
  • Korean: 서부아프리카
  • Korean: 서아불리가
  • Korean: 서아프리카
  • Kotava: Taltefa Afrika
  • Lao: Laud nga Aprika
  • Latin: Africa Occidentalis
  • Latvian: Rietumu Āfrika
  • Latvian: Rietumāfrika
  • Lingua Franca Nova: Africa ueste
  • Lithuanian: Vakarų Afrika
  • Low German: West-Afrika
  • Luxembourgish: Westafrika
  • Macedonian: Западна Африка
  • Malagasy: Afrika Andrefana
  • Malay: Afrika Barat
  • Malayalam: West Africa
  • Malayalam: പടിഞ്ഞാറേ ആഫ്രിക്ക
  • Malayalam: പടിഞ്ഞാറൻ ആഫ്രിക്ക
  • Marathi: पश्चिम आफ्रिका
  • Min Nan Chinese: Se Hui-chiu
  • Mingrelian: ბჟადალი აფრიკა
  • Mongolian: Баруун Африк
  • Mongolian: Өрнө Африк
  • Mongolian: Өрнөд Африк
  • N'Ko: ߊߝߙߌߞߌ߫ ߕߟߋ߬ߓߋ
  • Northern Sami: Oarje-Afrihká
  • Norwegian: Vest-Afrika
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Vest-Afrika
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Vestafrika
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Vestlige Afrika
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Vestre Afrika
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Vest-Afrika
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Vestafrika
  • Occitan (post 1500): Africa de l'Oèst
  • Panjabi: ਪੱਛਮੀ ਅਫ਼ਰੀਕਾ
  • Pedi: Afrika Bodikela
  • Persian: آفريقاي غربي
  • Persian: افريقاي غربي
  • Persian: افریقای غربی
  • Persian: غرب آفریقا
  • Polish: Afryka Zachodnia
  • Polish: Zachodnia Afryka
  • Portuguese: Oeste africano
  • Portuguese: África Ocidental
  • Romanian: Africa Occidentală
  • Romanian: Africa de Vest
  • Russian: Западная Африка
  • Scottish Gaelic: Afraga an Iar
  • Scottish Gaelic: Taobh Siar Afraga
  • Serbian: Западна Африка
  • Serbo-Croatian: Zapadna Afrika
  • Silesian: Zachodniŏ Afryka
  • Sindhi: اولهه آفريڪا
  • Skolt Sami: Viõstâr-Afrikk
  • Slovak: Západná Afrika
  • Slovenian: Zahodna Afrika
  • Somali: Galbeedka Afrika
  • Spanish: África Occidental
  • Sundanese: Afrika Kulon
  • Swahili: Afrika Magharibi
  • Swahili: Afrika ya Magharibi
  • Swedish: Väst afrika
  • Swedish: Västafrika
  • Tagalog: Kanlurang Aprika
  • Tajik: Африқои Ғарбӣ
  • Tamil: மேற்காபிரிக்கா
  • Tamil: மேற்கு ஆபிரிக்கா
  • Tamil: மேற்கு ஆப்பிரிக்கா
  • Tatar: Көнбатыш Африка
  • Thai: แอฟริกาตะวันตก
  • Turkish: Batı Afrika
  • Turkmen: Günbatar Afrika
  • Ukrainian: Західна Африка
  • Urdu: مغربی افریقا
  • Urdu: مغربی افریقہ
  • Uzbek: G'arbiy Afrika
  • Uzbek: Gʻarbiy Afrika
  • Venetian: Africa Ocidental
  • Venetian: Africa Ocidentale
  • Venetian: Africa Ocidentałe
  • Venetian: Africa Osidentałe
  • Venetian: Africa Ozsidentałe
  • Vietnamese: Miền tây châu Phi
  • Vietnamese: Tây Phi
  • Walloon: Afrike coûtchantrece
  • Waray (Philippines): Katundan nga Aprika
  • Waray (Philippines): Katundan nga Apriká
  • Waray (Philippines): Natondan nga Aprika
  • Waray (Philippines): Natondan nga Apriká
  • Waray (Philippines): West Africa
  • Welsh: Affrica Gorllewinol
  • Welsh: Gorllewin Affrica
  • Western Frisian: West-Afrika
  • Western Panjabi: لہندا افریقا
  • Western Panjabi: لہندا افریقہ
  • Wolof: Sowu Afrik
  • Wolof: Sowwu Afrig
  • Wolof: Sowwu Afrik
  • Wu Chinese: 西非
  • Yakut: Арҕаа Африка
  • Yiddish: מערב אפריקע
  • Yoruba: Apa Iwoorun Afrika
  • Yoruba: Apaiwoorun Afrika
  • Yoruba: Iwoorun Afrika
  • Yoruba: West Africa
  • Yoruba: Ìhà ìwọ̀-oòrùn
  • Yoruba: Ìwọòrùn Áfríkà
  • Yoruba: Ìwọòrùn Áfíríkà
  • Yoruba: Ìwọ̀orùn Áfríkà
  • Yue Chinese: 西非
  • Afrikay Rocawani
  • ڕۆژاوای ئەفریقا

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