Places we can take you

Below is just a small example of the places we have led tours in West Africa.

Mali flag Djenné - Home to the largest mud structure on earth. The Djenné mosque is one of the most photographed features in West Africa. (top)

 

Mali flag Bamako - The capital of Mali and an excellent place to sample some of the best nightlife on the African continent. Live music is performed every night of the week by some of Africa's most recognised musical exports. (top)

 

Niger River - The Niger River is the third longest river in Africa and provides life giving water to the people of the Sahara. A peaceful boat trip on the Niger is a chance to relax and watch life go by as it has done for centuries past. (top)

 

Mopti - Known as the 'Venice of Mali'. It is Mali's most important port and to this day receives salt from the boats that meet the camel caravan's at Timbuktu travelling from Northern Mali's salt mines. A three day boat trip from Mopti to Timbuktu is a highlight on any itinerary. (top)

 

Timbuktu - The legendry Gateway to the Sahara. This ancient trading town has one of the most recognizable names on the planet and the journey itself to this remote desert city is reason enough to go. (top)

 

Dogon Country - Dogon Country is best discovered on foot. Walking from village to village with an experienced guide you will learn about the mythology, mask dances and spiritual beliefs of these unique people. You will also witness their amazing architecture and wooden sculptures. (top)

 

Burkina Faso Flag Ouagadougou - Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and is the home to several of Africa's best cultural festivals. It sports a vibrant night life and a well established film industry. (top)

 

Ghana flag Mole National Park - Mole National Park is home to some of Africa's biggest stars. Its elephant population is growing and a visit to this park gives you the opportunity to walk beside them on a guided game walk. (top)

 

Ghana flag Kumasi - Kumasi is also known as the 'Garden City'. It is the former capital of the Ashanti Kingdom and is Ghana's second largest city. (top)

 

Ghana flag Kakum National Park - Kakum National Park is a park containing 350 square kilometers of tropical rain forest. It features a 330m long canopy walk that gives you a birds eye view of the forest and its multitude of plant and animal species. (top)

 

Ghana flag Accra - Accra is recognised as one of the safest cities in Africa and its nightlife is second to none. (top)

 

Senegal Flag Dakar - Dakar features some awesome cliff top hikes and some of the best beaches in West Africa. It is the capital of Senegal and was once one of the most important cities in the French Empire. Today its faded beauty is still apparent. (top)

 

Senegal Flag The Pink Lake - The Pink Lake is just 30 minutes from Dakar. The amazing pink colour comes from the micro-organisms that are found in the lake and its high salinity content make it a much loved destination for those looking to spend the day floating around and relaxing. (top)

 

Senegal Flag Ile de Goree - Goree Island attained infamy as a slaving port that thrived during the years of the slave trade. Today it features museums and memorials to this dark period of human history and is a sobering reminder of how cruel the slave trade was. (top)

 

Togo Flag Lomé - Lomé is the capital city of Togo. Some highlights include excellent beach bars and the largest fetish market in West Africa as well as the Harrods' of West Africa, the Lomé Grand Market. (top)

 

Togo Flag Togoville - Togoville is a voodoo stronghold and the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared here walking across the lake in the early 1970's. (top)

 

Benin Flag Ouidah - Ouidah is the spiritual capital of the Voodoo religion. It is also the starting point for the Route des Esclaves which leads from Ouidah town to the Door of No Return. (top)

 

Benin Flag Ganvie - Ganvie is the largest lake village in Africa. Built in the 16th or 17th century by the Tofinu people it was deemed as the only way to provide sanctuary from the powerful Danhomey Kingdoms slave raiders. (top)

 

Benin Flag Abomey - Abomey is the former capital of the Danhomey Kingdom. The remains of the Royal Palaces are a UNESCO world heritage site. (top)

 

 

Festivals

West Africa is famous for its festivals and the people of the West love any opportunity for a party and the opportunity to share their culture with you.

The Festival on the Niger is one of the biggest and is held annually on the banks of the Niger River in Segou, Mali.

The festival on the Niger. Held anually in Segou, Mali.

Flag of Mali Festival of the Desert - Essakane, Mali

The legendry festival is one of the most remote festivals in the world and is a truly rewarding experience. The opportunity to be a party to this desert oasis of cultural enlightenment and also the fact you actually made it here make it an adventure that would be difficult to match in a lifetime of travel. People arrive by truck, motorbike 4x4,on foot, by camel and some even fly here. With world music, cultural performances and even the sandiest disco on the planet. The Festival of the Desert is a pilgrimage that is second to none. (top)

 

Flag of Mali Festival on the Niger - Segou, Mali

The Festival on the Niger is by far the easiest of Mali's big festivals to get to to. This doesn't mean its any less impressive than its more famous older brother. It always features some of the biggest names in West African Music. The majority of Mali's ethnic groups have dance troupes present showcasing their unique styles and you will also find artists performing poetry, puppetry and story telling. (top)

 

Flag of Benin The Voodoo Festival - Ouidah, Benin

Approximately 60% of people from Benin practice Voodoo and this festival is the largest in Benin. Held in January every year it is packed with cultural performances, voodoo ceremonies and good old fashioned partying. (top)

 

Flag fo GhanaThe Aboakyer - Winneba, Ghana

This 400 year old festival is a battle between two rival warrior groups to capture a dear. Held in May every year it is a weekend of party's and a chance to see a tradition that is adapting to the times whilst maintaining its true origins. (top)

 

Flag of Burkin Faso FESPACO Film Festival - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - This is the largest regular cultural event on the African continent. With its focus on African films and film makers it provides an excellent forum for film professionals to showcase and promote their products. (top)

 

Featured Destination

The mosque at Djenné. The largest mud structure in the world.

Djenné is one of the most popular destinations on the West Africa tour circuit

Djenné is most famous for its striking mosque which is the largest mud structure on the planet.

This ancient trading town was founded in the 13th century and rivaled Timbuktu in its importance as a vital cog in the trans Saharan trade chain.

Even more amazing is that Djenné is situated adjacent to the historical site of Djenné-Djeno. Anthropologists researching the area proved that the site of this ancient town dates back to at least 250 B.C. making it the oldest known settlement in West Africa. Why it was abandoned in the 14th century is anyone's guess but its amazing to know that West African cultures flourished long before the intervention of the Arab and European peoples