This far-away desert civilisation is a must-see for millennial adventurers. Chad is a land-locked country, with Ndjamena at its hub, Chad is a landlocked country with the sprawling Sahara desert in the north. In 2009 Chad was named the capital of the Islamic culture. This unique country boasts some of the most amazing natural history in the world, including the Zakouma National Park in the South, with its myriad of birdlife, Elephants, Giraffe, Lion, Hippos and others. The Tibesti and the Ennedi regions possess astonishingly beautiful engraved stones and spectacular rugged peaks. This is a civilization which, even in this new millennium, remains animated by old traditions and cultures, including the Sao and the Choa Arab peoples.

Chad is one of the largest countries in Central Africa. Its territory is divided between the Saharan region in the north, the Sahel in the centre and the Sudanese savannas in the south.
The Tibesti Desert occupies the northern third of Chad. The desert conceals paintings and rock engravings that bear witness to Chad’s ancient past. This country is a ‘cradle of humanity’ a place where the remains of Abel and Toumaï have been unearthed.

Chad is a place for intrepid adventurers who enjoy outback travels and going off the beaten track. With our intimate knowledge of the region, we can arrange a seamless tour for you here.

HIGHLIGHTS

Wildlife & Nature:

  • Safari in the Zakouma National Park with chances to spot 4 of the Big 5 and other animals like Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Antelopes, Wildebeest and a wide range of bird
  • Tracking the Manatee and a wide range of Lake Fish on the on a pirogue ride on Lake Léré
  • Pirogue ride on the Ounianga Lakes with chances to catch glimpse of Hippos, Caymans, Python or Cobra

Culture & Tradition:

  • The Festival of the desert in Fada (February) including Camel race, marathon, chants and dances and traditional music
  • Ndjamena is the historical, economic and cultural capital of Chad. A city tour includes the visit of the Charles De Gaulle Ave, the Grand Marché, the Fayçal Mosque, the National museum
  • Cultural visit to the nomadic tribe of Toubous in the Sahara

Adventure & Trekking:

  • Visit and trekking to the authentic desert of Tibesti
  • Trekking to the summit of Emi Koussi in the Sahara desert
  • Camel-back stroll in the Ennedi plateau in the Sahara with spectacular view of canyons, ridges and a whole lot of oases.
  • The impressive, splendid and spectacular falls of Gauthiot in the Mayo Kebi.

Come off the beaten tracks to these beautiful Atlantic islands, where rainforests, birds, monkeys, underwater wonders, volcanic mountains, beaches and warm people await you.

The duo of far-flung islands of Sao Tome and Principe are well situated across the gulf of Guinea in West Central Africa and both form the single island nation.

This tiny Portuguese speaking country, with its less than 200,000 inhabitants is blessed with natural wonders consisting of endless pristine beaches, thick rainforest teeming with birds and monkeys, sky-high volcanic peaks and friendly people.

Marine activities are exceptionally prodigious here, including trekking alongside empty golden or volcanic beaches, snorkelling, big game fishing, scuba diving and much more.

These two islands are a tropical paradise with white sandy beaches bordered by palm trees, crystal clear waters and unexplored jungles. The lush forests and fertile plains are crossed by torrents that then flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Impressive ferns, hundreds of species of orchids and other epiphytic plants flourish in these forests, refuge of clouds of butterflies and birds.

As well as offering an opportunity for rewarding exploration, Sao Tome and Principe are just the ticket if relaxation and spiritual refreshment are needed.

Equatorial Guinea is the world’s sixth least-visited country, despite its natural resources, beautiful empty beaches, and the purity of its wildlife. Welcome to amateurs of off-the-beaten-tracks…

Known internationally for its gigantic oil production in recent years, Equatorial Guinea is, after Angola and Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producing country with a population of less than a million. Blessed with a lucrative oil and gas fields, the annual per capita GDP stands at around $22,300 – roughly the same as Portugal.

Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country is divided into two parts: Rio Muni, the mainland, and a series of islands including Bioko, Corisco and Annobon. All of its territory offers biodiversity, rich culture, hiking opportunities, and idyllic beaches.

The sea, water sports, cliffs, rock climbing, volcanoes and walks… This place is a real tourist gem where everyone will be delighted.
The capital, Malabo, boast squares, a town hall, cathedral and palaces reflecting a certain Hispanic charm. The city is accessible by air because it has an international airport.

Although at time rare to spot, pristine rainforest buzz with wildlife, making it the habitat of various endangered primates including Chimps, Gorilla, Mandrill, as well as Elephant and an incredible avian life.

Traces of the Spanish colonization is scattered all through the country through architecture, the best of which you could witness as you visit Cathedrals and many impressive government buildings in Malabo or Bata.

HIGHLIGHTS

Safari:

  • Safari in the Monte Allen and Altos de Nsork Nationa Parks, Monte Temelon Natural Reserve and the Rio Campo Reserve with chances to encounter the Goliath Frog, Mandrills, Gorilla, Chimps, other Monkeys, Buffalo, Forest Elephants, Antelopes, Crocodile and birds
  • Nocturnal safari to the pebble beach in quest of sea turtles laying eggs in in Ureca

Relaxation:

  • White Sand beach relaxation in Arena Blanca
  • Volcanic beaches in Malabo and Bata

Adventure:

  • Forest walk in the Moca valley including stops in cascades and pirogue ride on Lake Biao and Loreta

Culture:

  • Cultural visit to the Bubi and the Fang tribes, as well as the Pygmies
  • Malabo city tour with stops at the Cathedral De Santa Isabel, the Spanish Cultural Centre, the Malabo Nationa Park, the presidential palace, and a detour to the Sampaka cocoa plantation in the outskirt of the city among others.
  • Bata City tour includes a stop by the Clock Square, the historical memorial stones of the country’s past and present heroes, the lively market, the beaches, the Cathedral De Santiago, the tower of freedom etc…

A naturally stunning and non-touristy destination where wildlife roams on the pristine beaches in the Loango National Park

Gabon is unique among its equatorial African neighbours and has the potential to be one of the world’s top destinations for ecotourism.

90% of its landmass is equatorial rainforest of which 10% is protected as National Parks and it is home to 50% of Africa’s forest elephants, thus has it rightly being christened the ‘Last Eden’.

Libreville, the capital, is the only city with good infrastructure. The rest of the country is a large and undiscovered paradise for those who are fond of off the beaten tracks: white sandy beaches, dense jungle, raging rivers, and pristine landscapes.

Gabon is a land of astonishing wildlife, the only place in the world where Gorillas Chimpanzees, Hypos, Buffalo, Red River Hog, Antelopes and birds roam on the beach. Whale watching is rewarding between June and September. 

Oil and mineral reserves, combined with a small population, have helped Gabon become one of Africa’s wealthiest countries.

In September 2002, the country created a network of 13 national parks in order to protect the diverse eco-systems present in Gabon. In the parks there are gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills and hippos. The Lope Reserve, located in central Gabon and occupying an area of 500,000 hectares, includes an amazing kaleidoscope of different fauna, including some endangered animals.

HIGHLIGHTS

Safari:

  • Western Lowland Gorilla Safari in Loango NP
  • Safari in Loango, Lopé and Nyonié NP’s: Elephants, Buffalo, Chimps, Drills, Mandrills, Antelopes, Hippos, Crocodiles, Birds.
  • Big game fishing in Loango NP
  • Whale watching
  • Turtle Nestling in Loango
  • Forest walk

Culture:

  • The Babongo and the Baka Pygmies
  • The Bwiti ceremony
  • Dr Albert Schweitzer Historical hospital & Museum in Lambarene

Adventure:

  • Libreville city tours.
  • Mt Brazza trakking in the Lope NP
  • Pirogue ride on the Ogooué River for a visit to the ancient engraving site in the Lope NP

Virtually untouched by mass tourism with rarely-visited natural assets, Burkina Faso has kept its authenticity undamaged…

Burkina Faso is home to people of richly diverse cultural backgrounds. From one corner of the country to the other, life style, customs, daily life activities, handicrafts and festivals differ drastically.  Music and dance are of intimate significance to the Burkinabe.

During your trip to Burkina Faso you will be taken aback by its generous nature composed of simply magical landscapes. The country is full of colorful plains with little relief. However, the southwest consists of a sandstone massif dotted with large cliffs where the Tenakourou rises to 749 meters. The traditional concession villages with a closed courtyard are nestled in the bush.

 

Wildlife is abundant in the Southwest and additional to its own assets, Burkina Faso also has huge potential from its vicinity with Mali – particularly the Dogon Country – and Benin – for easy game drive activities, making it a genuine base to explore the entire region including Ghana, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

A land of contrast between the Sahara Desert and River Niger, be ready to discover vestiges of prehistoric Africa in engravings, paintings, stone mules, and dinosaur cemeteries…

Marked by the Sahara sands in the North, a Sudanese zone at the far southwest – with a broad Sahel strip that stretches across the middle between Niamey to Lake Chad, Niger is the entry door of sub-Saharan Africa. More than half of its territory is covered by desert, while ironically, in the distant past, the country used to be a fertile and peopled land, as revealed in numerous engraved paintings and the splendid drawings from the Aïr massif.

Niger boasts a mosaic of peoples and a variety of landscapes.  It encompasses the enchanting Sahara Desert, the majestic river that gave the country its name, and the W National Park.

The Ténéré, also called the “desert of deserts” spreads its dunes and its immense sandy expanses over nearly 700 km. It is one of the most arid regions of the globe, only dotted with a few oases. There are numerous prehistoric remains: rock paintings, stone mules and dinosaur cemeteries.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 Nature & Wildlife:

  • Safari in the Tri National Park of W where you can spot the Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hyena, Jackal, Monkey and various birds.
  • In the Natural Reserve and protected areas of Aïr and Tenere, you can spot the Fennec and other common African wildlife.

Culture:

  • Zinder’s Labyrinthine City Tour includes a visit to the powerful Sultanate, the colourful and hectic market and the Museum
  • See the ancient Dosso Kingdom and its museum and town square
  • Experience the Haussa Cultural Center in Maradi including the handicraft centre, the chieftaincy and the impressive mosque.

Adventure:

  • Navigate Lake Chad and stop by the numerous fishing villages along the bank of the lake.
  • Niamey City Tour includes stops in The Grand Marché, The National Museum, the botanical garden and the wildlife centre, the Camel race at the Hippodrome and the Grand Mosques of Niamey.
  • Go on a pirogue ride and fishing on the River Niger.
  • At the end of the wet season attend the Festival of the Peulh, the Cure Salée Cattle Festival of the nomadic tribes, and the Wodaabé Dating Festival in Ingall
  • Visit the World Heritage earth-brick great mosque of Agadez in the Tuareg Capital, as well as the camel market and the handicraft centre
  • Trek the Aïr Mountain (1800m) in the Sahara desert
  • Trek in the Igouloulef and Tafadek desert area
  • See the dunes of the Tenere Desert and the engraving site of the Djado Plateau.

In this mysterious and arid area of sub-Saharan Africa, go for a memorable camel ride and discover authentic traditional villages, where friendly hosts will welcome and guide you…

A country with abundant wildlife and ancient culture and traditions, Mali boasts exceptional fauna and flora in which nature coexists in harmony with man. Mali offers total escapism in the heart of West Africa for intrepid travellers.

 Mali has genuinely reconciled man and nature. Its various peoples have astutely adapted to the wilderness without altering its essence.  Here you can see charming rustic villages engulfed in either the sandbank or in the wooded savannah. In the village compounds people live in clusters around an inner yard containing the livestock.  

It is impossible to talk about Mali without addressing its nature reserves, which are home to exceptional fauna. Mali has the largest elephant population in Sahel Africa. You can observe more than 750 of them in the Gourma reserve, located around Douentza. The Reserve of Ansongo-Ménaka in the south of the Gao region is home to chacal commun, fennec, chat des sables, gazelle à front roux … To see the largest population of chimpanzees in North Africa head to the Bafing Reserve. Living here are also lions, safe from poachers, as well as derby moose, buffalo and antelope. From the river watch the hippos and, in the ponds of the park, observe superb crocodiles.

In Mali you can also experience villages with picturesque habitats, majestic monuments and very animated markets and festivals.

Wildlife is abundant here too! The country harbours an incredibly dense fauna, boasting the biggest flock of Elephant population in Sub-Saharan Africa, a great number of which (more than 750) you might be able to watch in the Gouma Reserve. In the South of Gao, you will see the Common Jackals, Fennec, Sand Cat, Gazelle etc.…and at the Bafing Reserve, you will have a close encounter with the biggest population of Chimps, Lions, the Derby Eland, Buffalo, Hippos and Crocodiles.

 Amazement is real and daily. Encounters with locals are warm and friendly.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Culture:

  • Take the Bamako City Tour, including ‘Le Grand Marché’, ‘La Maison des Artisans’, La Grande Mosque,  La Marche de la Medina,  the  Traders Village, the  N’Golonina Market and  the National Museum
  • Listen to the folklore of the Tuareg, Maure, nomad and semi-Nomad people of northern Mali
  • Listen to the folklore of the Bambara, the Malinke, the Soninke, Peuhl, Bozo, Dogon and Songhaï in Southern Mali
  • Visit the Askia Memorial in Gao
  • Experience the Mosque of Djenné (the biggest earth baked mosque in the world)
  • See the prehistoric tombs and engraving rock art in the Boucle du Baoulé National Park

Adventure:

  • Explore the BAMAKO Hills & Caves
  • Take a pirogue ride on the River Niger, with possible stops in towns like Moptin, San and Gao.
  • Be amazed at the Cliff of Bandiagara in the Dogon Kingdom
  • Experience the Timbuktu Empire in the middle of the desert
  • Gaze at the impressive Woroni Waterfall
  • Watch the sunset over the Pink Dune of Koima
  • Climb Mt Hombori and see its archaeological site

Wildlife:

  • Safari in the Boucle du Baoulé NP near Bamako, the capital city
  • Go on a Desert Elephant Safari in the Reserve de Douentza in the Gouma region
  • Safari in the Bafing , Kouroufing and Wongo National Parks for views of the Western Chimpanzee

Congo is ultimately a vast, sprawling wilderness in the core of Africa, alongside the Equator.  Its forests have the second-highest density in the world after the Amazon.  

Congo Brazzaville has the highest concentration of Gorilla in the world, and a myriad of other big mammals – including Chimps, Elephants, Monkeys, and Buffalo, and an incredible array of avian life.

The people of Congo are also very diverse, ranging from the Pygmies of the forest, to the people of the coastal region in the south.
There are a countless number of reasons why the intrepid nature-lover should visit Congo Brazzaville.

Congo-Brazzaville has many natural resources which can be experienced, beginning with the majestic Congo River, whose name alone has made generations of adventurers dream. Moreover, the country can be visited in many places by canoe because of the dense network of streams.
Tired explorers can also relax or surf on the Atlantic coast, on the beaches near Pointe-Noire.

 

Highlights:

Safari:

  • Observe the Western Lowland Gorilla in its natural habitat in Nouabalé Ndoki National Park and Ozala National Park
  • See the huge herds of African Forest Elephants in Nouabalé Ndoki National Park and Ozala National Park
  • Discover monkeys of various species (Colobus, Agile Mangabey, Allen’s Swamp MonkeyDe Brazza’s Monkey, and the Mantled Guereza)
  • Enjoy watching the common Chimps in Conkouati National Park

 

Adventure:

  • Cruise on the majestic Congo River in a powered canoe
  • See the Blue Lake and the Gorillas in the Lesio-Luna National Park
  • Visit the Stanley Pool
  • Take the Brazzaville City Tour, including stops at Poto-Poto Market, the tank cemetery, the basilica, the and the cataracts
  • Go on the Pointe Noire City Tour and visit the railway station, the cathedral, the Loango Museum, and the Diooso Gorge

 

Culture & traditions:

  • Visit the Loango Kingdom Scientific, Cultural and Historic Museum
  • Browse through the De Brazza Museum
  • See the ‘Sapeurs de la capitale’ phenomenom
  • Attend a senza class
  • Visit the Poto-Poto Art Painting School
  • Meet the Pygmies.

Palm tree lined beaches, hilltop and fishing villages, great lakes, fortresses, the people of Batammariba, and voodoo ceremonies are just a few on the long list of Togo’s highlights.
Despite the fact that it is the smallest country in terms of land surface in West Africa, Togo entices intrepid travellers fond of out of the way places. Though some popular cities like Lomé boast outstanding beaches and attract more visitors, it is not the same as venturing into the hinterland rural areas, where vibrant colourful markets, traditional festivals, a wide range of stunning landscapes, warm people, rustic habitats and a very wide range of cultures will keep you amazed.
The northern part of the country, though sometimes difficult to access due to poor route maintenance, includes incredible natural history revealed in rainforest, savannah, cascades, mountains and wildlife.

Togo offers the traveller a peaceful, almost rural face, with traditional cultures that are still very important. Even the capital seems to be spared the hellish urbanization that characterizes many large African cities. And, by going further north of Togo, one discovers a territory still rich with superabundant nature, strewn with hills, forests, and wooded savannah.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Adventure:

  • Hill country walk in Kpalime
  • Hiking the Mt Ago and Mt Kloto
  • Visit the Kpime , Womé and Akloa waterfalls
  • Visit the Cocao & coffee farms at the hilltop village in Babou
  • Pirogue ride on the Nangbeto Lake

Safari:

  • Hippopotamus in the Nangbeto Lake
  • Le Parc des Animaux in Sarakawa : Buffaloes, antelopes, Lions, Monkeys, birds etc…
  • Fazao-Malfakassa and Sarakawa National parks

Culture :

  • Voddoo ceremony in Togoville
  • Visit the Grand Marché and the Gogan Friday Market
  • Visit the Tamberna compound
  • The blacksmith villages of Bandjeli and Bassar, the weavers in Bafiloand 

The origin of voodoo and a pivotal platform of the slave trade for nearly three centuries, enter into the ritual world of the Afro-Brazilian heritage of Ouidah, Abomey and Porto Novo…

If there is one single peaceful West African country that has successfully operated political handovers without any sort of violence, that would be also be Benin.

This little country in the Gulf of Guinea boasts breath-taking lagoons and beaches fringed with coconut trees as far as the eye can see, as well as stunning savannah hills and dramatic mountains and forests filled with wildlife. Game life is abundant here, particularly in the W park, a three-frontier game reserve contiguous to Burkina Faso and Niger, considered the biggest trans-frontier biosphere reserve on the earth.

Benin is the land of voodoo, an ever-prevalent animist cult that has spread to Brazil, Haiti and Cuba. The land was also marked by the slave trade, with millions of people deported from its shores. Today, many African-Americans come to walk in the footsteps of their history.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 Culture:

  • Observe a Vodoo ceremony
  • Visit the royal palaces; colonial vestiges in Abomey
  • Shop at the animated Dantokpa Market in Cotonou
  • See the Tata Somba castles and culture
  • Go on a village and nature walk in the Tin-Tin Sacred Hill Village
  • Visit the historic town of Porto-Novo and the Orisha cult
  • Travel along the slave trade route, the Python Temple, the Cathedral and the Sacred Forest in Ouidah

 

Nature:

  • Safari in the Pendjari and W National Parks where you can see the Lion, Elphant, Crocodile, Hippopotamus, Monkey, Antelopes, Red River Hog and Kob.
  • Go on a hunting safari in Pendjari and Komkombri National Parks

 

Adventure:

  • Porto-Novo city tours including the market, the ols mosque, the Songhaï Centre, the Honmay Royal Palce and the Da Silva Museum
  • Tanongo waterfalls in Penjari National Parc
  • Pirogue ride on the Nokoué Lake and Vilage walk in Ganvié

 

Relaxation:

  • Beach relaxation in Grand Popo
  • Visit the fishermen village in Grand Popo