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Small group tours & tailor made adventure holidays to Africa
The 54 countries of Africa encompass a stunning range of diversity that is hard to match, from the arid deserts of the Sahara to the lush rainforests of the Congo Basin. What's exciting about Africa for us is that much of it still remains relatively unexplored in terms of tourism, with most visitors sticking to the well trodden trails in the east and south of the continent. We focus on the worlds that lie beyond. Travel with us to experience the magic of West Africa, where traditional beliefs are all powerful and voodoo ceremonies take place in the bush, or explore the breathtaking deserts of Chad, a beautiful but largely unknown country that receives less than five hundred tourists a year. Discover ancient rock art in the deserts of Somaliland, and meet traditional tribal groups in Angola, Cameroon and Nigeria that have barely come across western visitors before. We offer you Africa at its most magical, intoxicating, alluring and exciting. Travel with us and you'll understand why we've fallen in love with this mighty continent.
Africa's largest country, Algeria is endowed with a wealth of fascinating historic sites, from ancient Roman cities to the Andalusian flavour of Tlemcen. Add the breathtaking scenery of the Sahara and the unique culture of the M'Zab Valley and you have North Africa's most exciting destination, just without the tourists.
It’s hard to get off the beaten track in the well trodden trails of southern Africa – except in Angola. Embark on challenging drives through trackless wilderness, search for prehistoric rock art left behind by the early inhabitants of this land, and meet unique tribal groups like the Himba and Mucuwana. Your most exciting adventure yet.
Benin is home to an amazing diversity of traditional cultures, from the once mighty kingdom of Dahomey to smaller groups living in isolation in the bush. Visit stilt villages, the unique settlements of the Somba and see some of Africa's most magical ceremonies and rituals. We don't just visit Benin - we feel it, and in doing so it's hard not to fall under its spell.
Most people have never heard of Burkina Faso, and fewer still could pinpoint it on a map. Yet this small landlocked country is home to sites and attractions that make it a good contender for being West Africa's most delightful place to visit. Burkina is a real joy to explore, full of the colours of West Africa and with an atmosphere that cannot fail to seduce.
Nestled between Central and West Africa, Cameroon is home to an astonishing 250 different ethnic groups and a matching diversity of landscapes, from the jungles of the south to the Sahel of the north. It's a surprise that Cameroon isn't better known, and surely one day it will be, but for now enjoy being one of the few to discover the delights of a hidden African jewel.
Chad is one of our favourite countries by far and epitomises what we are all about. An enormous country that has been out of bounds for so long, Chad redefines the notion of intrepid travel and travelling here pushes boundaries like they've never been pushed before. Enjoy the experience of being among a handful of elite travellers who have ever made it this far. It really doesn't get much better than this.
Imagine a collection of islands that barely anyone has heard of, infused with Arabic influences and rich with the heritage of ancient traders and pirates, with gorgeous scenery, and a laid back ambience that can make your utterly forget yourself. The Indian Ocean, but for those who want more than just the beach – the chance to discover a truly enchanting world.
Democratic Republic of Congo
In the heart of Africa is the Democratic Republic of Congo, a wild land of untamed jungle, enormous rivers and enigmatic wildlife. The inspiration for Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness', this is a land for the truly adventurous traveller. Track gorillas and chimpanzees, climb an active volcano and meet pygmies on Idjwi Island in Africa's most intrepid destination.
A good contender for both the smallest and least known country in Africa, Djibouti is a cultural melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian Ocean influences. With a bleak but strikingly beautiful landscape, it's not the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but for those who like their travel on the extreme side, it may well be the most exciting place in the Horn of Africa.
A tiny nation split between the island of Bioko and the mainland, Equatorial Guinea is best known for oil and dodgy coup attempts and tourism is virtually unknown here. Visit one of the most unusual and unlikely corners of Africa.
Ethiopia is unlike anywhere else in Africa, with a rich cultural heritage stretching back millennia. Its rather quirky character gives it an entirely different feel to its neighbours, and few other countries can match its diversity. With the unique landscapes of the Danakil Depression and some of the most fascinating cultures in Africa, Ethiopia continually hits you with moments that stop you in your tracks.
The dense rainforests of Gabon are some of the most enigmatic landscapes in Africa, home to an incredible array of flora and fauna which has long disappeared from much of the continent. Meet the Badgeli pygmies, discover primeval rainforests and learn about the magic of the Bwiti rituals.
Ghana is a wonderfully vibrant country just begging to be explored. Its easy mood starts to infect you from the moment you arrive, from the strains of music filtering out from its bars and restaurants to the incredibly colourful dresses of the women in the marketplace. Meet traditional chiefs, explore bustling markets and lose yourself in the rhythms of this intriguing West African nation.
Curving around the coast of West Africa like a crescent moon, Guinea is a place where visitors are still a rarity and experiences nothing if not authentic. Explore the amazing landscapes of the Fouta Djalon highlands, mingle with locals at bustling markets, and hike through lush green forests, listening out for the calls of chimpanzees and other wildlife.
A small but beautiful country with astonishing wildlife and vibrant traditions that rival any of its larger neighbours. Witness colourful carnivals, look for manatees in mangrove swamps and cruise between the islands of the Bijagos. Guinea-Bissau enchants all who visit.
After the political and social turmoil of the last years, Ivory Coast is now starting to cautiously open itself up to tourism once again. The wonderful scenery, the cultural diversity, and its colonial Atlantic towns make France's most beloved West African ex-colony a fascinating destination for the adventure traveller. Be one of the first to discover the treasures of one of the continent's most thrilling corners.
Travel to the wild border lands of northern Kenya, on an epic trip to Lake Turkana. Meet the Turkana, Rendille, Gabbra and Samburu people, look for wildlife in Samburu Reserve, and explore the bizarre landscapes of Lake Turkana.
Liberia and its neighbour Sierra Leone offer some of the most exciting travel experiences West Africa has to offer. Trek through virgin rainforests in search of elephant and pygmy hippo. discover the tribal traditions of the Bassa and Mende, and enjoy the feeling of treading new ground in a hidden land.
<p>Visiting Madagascar challenges everything you thought you knew about Africa. With its unique wildlife, unpronounceable place names and a cultural heritage that owes as much to Asia as it does it to the mainland, Madagascar astounds you at every turn.</p>
<p>Mali epitomises West Africa and is one of its most vibrant nations, a kaleidoscope of colours, music and traditions. Visit the incredible mud mosque of Djenne, sail on the mighty Niger River, learn about the arcane traditions of the Dogon people and enjoy friendly and welcoming people, amazing music and a fascinating history that stretches back to the days of the old Saharan camel caravans.</p>
<p>A mystical land of nomads, lost cities and superb desert scenery. Discover fabled towns like Chinguetti and Oudane, meet blue robed nomads camped in the wilderness, and travel through untamed lands that have changed little since the camel caravans made their way through here to the markets of the Maghreb.</p>
Morocco and Western Sahara
<p>Morocco as you've never seen it before. Venturing south from Marrakech to the disputed territory of Western Sahara we travel through remote desert landscapes, meeting Reguibat nomads and their camel caravans, and discovering isolated communities lost in time. Pioneering journeys through an unknown land.</p>
<p>The surging powerhouse of West Africa, Nigeria has a brash and bold attitude that brooks no compromise. This is no country for first time visitors to the continent, but for sturdy travellers looking for something utterly different, it's hard to beat. With almost no tourism, and few westerners outside of Lagos, this is very much the final frontier of African travel - and all the more exciting for it.</p>
São Tomé and Principe
<p>The islands of São Tomé and Principe are a rather intoxicating combination of tropical languor, Creole culture and lush nature. Discover a very different side of the continent, where Portuguese heritage mingles with African rhythms, with a touch of the Caribbean....</p>
Straddling the boundaries between the desert and the tropics, between Islam and animism, this is a truly enthralling destination that simply doesn’t receive the attention that it deserves. Discover the spiritual traditions of West Africa, meet Fulani nomads deep in the bush, and venture into the Casamance region for a taste of tropical Africa.
<p>Sierra Leone and its neighbour Liberia are an often forgotten part of West Africa, home to lush forests and unique wildlife found in few other places. Discover the intriguing tribal cultures of traditional ethnic groups, wander atmospheric towns and soak up the ambience of a charming corner of the continent.</p>
<p>The self proclaimed republic of Somaliland suffers from an undeserved association with its troubled neighbour Somalia, yet is a far cry from the chaos of Mogadishu. With its own government, army and currency this plucky country remains unrecognised by the rest of the world for more than twenty years, and fewer tourists visit each year than visit Antarctica.</p>
<p>For those of you who have seen everything, the chances are that you've not been to South Sudan. Travel just about as far off the beaten track as it is possible to go, visiting tribal groups that haven't changed their lifestyles much in centuries. Exploration at another level from anything you may have experienced before.</p>
<p>One of the smallest countries in West Africa, Togo is home to a wealth of cultural experiences that belies its modest size. With gods walking the streets, living ghosts and kings that can make themselves invisible, visiting Togo offers you a chance to step into a magical world that won't fail to leave a lasting imprint.</p>
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