In West Africa, we visit a number of countries and cities. Timbuktu is a city synonymous with the distant and the exotic, whose mud brick mosques are famous around the world. The port city of Dakar is the Senegalese capital and the former capital of French West Africa. Ille de Goree is a charming island off the coast of Dakar that resembles a French town. Visit the bustling city of Bamako, capital of Mali and the Cape Verde Islands, which over five hundred years ago served as a base for the Portuguese as they rounded Africa. Experience the sights and sound of the Niger River as it rolls 2600 miles to the sea.