I just read your blog giving some advisory about road tripping from Lagos to Accra. I saw that you mentioned some concerning points regarding safety and kidnapping.
My friend and I (2 South African females) are thinking of taking a road trip through exploring the 4 countries but I’m noticing that a lot of the information is based on traveling by bus.
I have a few questions I’d like to run by you: how easy is it to road trip through these countries with a private car? How bad is the corruption and exploration at the boarders? Is it safe for 2 foreign females to embark on this road trip?
Will greatly appreciate your expertise on this matter
Here is the answer for you, Swazi:
Hello Swazi, It's nice you want to broaden your horizons through travel. While traveling on a tour or by bus is certainly advised, especially if this is your first trip, you certainly can travel by private vehicle.
Although the risk of kidnapping is sadly a fact, it is still reasonably safe to travel by yourself. You didn't mention which four countries you plan to visit specifically, so I cannot be more direct with my advice. Generally, though, the West Coast of Africa is safe. Please avoid Northern Nigeria, South-South of Nigeria, Chad, and Niger. You should be fine!