20 African countries you can travel to by road

Travelling by road could be a fun-filled experience, depending on where you are headed to, your purpose of traveling and the mode of transport. Travelling by road is not only cheap(compared to traveling by air) but very exciting because it affords you the opportunity to see the beauty of nature, interact and even take pictures as you travel.

All you need are your Nigerian passport, Yellow card and wallet of cash!

Nigerians travel every day to neighboring African countries such as Togo, Ghana, Liberia, either by public transportation or private cars. Would you love to have same experience, then keep reading this post as we reveal to you some African countries you can visit anytime soon. All you need are your Nigerian passport, National ID , Yellow card and wallet of cash!

Below are some countries you can go to by road

  • Mali
  • Ghana
  • Senegal
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania

Explore the landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres.

Board a vehicle from Togo heading to Mali or go Northern Ghana and board a bus.

Ghana is so beautiful, especially when you travel by road. Arm yourself with your passport, yellow card and the Cedis before travelling.

You can get a bus from Jibowu or Maza maza heading to Accra or Weija.

Go to Senegal through Cotonou, Burkina Faso then Mali or just take a direct bus from Cotonou.

Bare in mind that Cotonou to Burkina Faso is 23 hrs bus ride, Burkina Faso to Mali (Bomako) is another 27hrs.

Finally, Bamako to Dakar will take 26 hrs. Bus departs from Cotonou every evening between 4pm-6pm.


From Bamako (Mali) take a big bus to Nouakchott, run by Sonef which costs US$65 and would take you 31hrs (including a wait at the border of 4 hours).

From Nouakchott, catch a minibus to Nouadhibou (US$20, about 6 hours).

Take a shared car to Dakhla from Mauritania (US$46, 8 hours, including a couple of hours hanging around at the border).

Take in the sights of the countryside from the minibus.

6. Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d’Ivoire, is a country located on the south coast of West Africa. Travelling to Ivory Coast by road allows you to see some nice places in Cotonou, Togo and Ghana and take good pictures of them.

Basically, travelling to Ivory Coast by road is good for sightseeing. You can board a bus going to Côte d’Ivoire by road in Maza Maza, Lagos State.

7. Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is on the southwest coast of West Africa. It is bordered by Liberia to the southeast and Guinea to the northeast. The capital of Sierra Leone and its largest city is Freetown.

You can travel directly from Lagos to Freetown with a transport company or by a private car.

If you are looking for a cheaper way to get to Sierra Leone from Nigeria by road, Mile 2 Motor Park in Lagos is your other option. There you can select the vehicle that you wish to convene you.

8. Togo

Togo is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. The country extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where its capital Lomé is located.You can travel to Togo with transport companies or board a bus at Mile 2 Motor Park in Lagos.

9. Burkina Faso

Travelling from Lagos to Ouagadougou and other towns in Burkina Faso could be made simple and faster if you’re going on a private vehicle.

However, due to the fact that the majority of travellers are using commercial transport the best connection should be Ivory Coast or you go through northern Ghana, getting to Ouagadougou from Ghana is increasingly popular nowadays.

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10. Liberia

Due to the Liberia civil war and Nigeria’s involvement in the conflict many businessmen travel by road to the country conveying essential items needed by the unfortunate Liberian people, afterwards road transport to Liberia became popular.

Henceforth you can easily get direct commercial vehicles from Lagos to Monrovia on a daily basis. For the majority of traders from Lagos, travelling to Monrovia is the only option without any alternative.

11. Guinea Bissau

Coming from Lagos by road on your way to the small coastal country called Guinea-Bissau, all you need is to get to Conakry and make an easy connection to Bissau, nothing is stopping you.

You’re free as a bird because you’re a member of the ECOWAS. Non-members are welcome as long as they can present their valid travel documents.

12. The Gambia

The country of Mr Dauda Jawara, small but very famous to Nigerian road travellers, is well-known more than the bigger adjacent countries simply because it’s an English-speaking country.

From Northern to southern Nigeria, The Gambia is a preferred country Nigeria road travellers go with direct commercial transport very often. There’re buses or bus cars directly from Lagos to Banjul.

13. Equatorial Guinea

A small coastal oil-rich country is a place Nigeria travel to daily by road mainly for business purposes, and family reunion. When Nigerians road travellers from the South East talking of Equatorial Guinea you will not believe there is a border bottleneck somewhere along the way.

15. Gabon

A West-Central African country, sharing a border with Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been a preferred destination to many Eastern Nigeria road travellers for a very long time. Just get to Cameroon by road and you’re in Gabon.

16. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nigerians are well-known as roughed travellers. Travelling to Congo DR is not child play but many Nigerians do travel to the country by road. Get to Gabon and find the motor park, you’re in the country of the Kabillas.

17. Niger

Nigeria’s northern neighbour can boast of being one of the busiest border-road crossings in Nigeria (after Seme in the South West). Businessmen using Maradi to Jibia Katsina State or Illela, in Sokoto State moving very frequently day and night.

It is easy to conclude that road transport is their only means of survival. You cannot prescribe any other means of transportation from Katsina to Maradi or Niamey.

Most local travellers taking off from the border town of Jibia, prefer taking the popular Mandarufa or the secondary school bye-pass route to Maradi, instead of travelling to the main border at Magama to Niger.

Furthermore, travelling by road from Nigeria to Niger is gaining popularity due to human traffickers using the Niger route to carry out their illegal activities

18. Chad

Travelling by road from Lagos, Abuja, or Kano to N’Djamena, Chad is so common and popular with Business people transiting to other Central and Northern African countries and beyond. If you’re going on holiday to the Island country of Seychelles, to cut the cost of transportation, you have the option of going to N’Djamena by road and take a flight from there.

Many travellers going to Sudan and Egypt by road used Chad as their transit point.

19. Libya

In the past, it will sound strange that travelling by road from Nigeria to Libya is practicable, nowadays things have changed, due to mass migration from Africa to Europe, young people are now travelling by road very often from Nigeria to Libya using the famous Agadez – Niger route.

This is not recommended, I called it a deadly route that should be avoided by all means. Human traffickers continue to move people from Nigeria to Libya and many young people are perishing along the way. Please if they ask you to go, refuse because it’s a very dangerous route and the outcome could be slavery or death.

For anyone making a living transporting people through this route please stop it. You may not end up well.Holy Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

20. Saudi Arabia

This may be strange but true, it has been in practice for a very long time. Not well to do pilgrims and lovers of adventures who are strong do travel by road from Nigeria annually to Mecca for holy pilgrimage yearly to fulfil a dream and also to make an important religious obligation. Hajj.

They set out early every year, perhaps three months before the commencement of Hajj. Travelling by road from Nigeria to Chad and continue to Sudan towards the River Nile in Egypt. After a long interval in Egypt, the Pilgrims will cross the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia.Any strong and determined person can do it.

I really admire their courage and belief. Whenever I came across any of these strong guys I usually listen attentively to their wonderful road experience.


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