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West Africa

Mali · Burkina Faso · Benin · Togo · Ghana · Ivory Coast · Senegal · The Gambia ·  Guinee  ·  Guinea-Bissau  · Cape Verde Islands · Sierra Leone · Liberia · Nigeria

Getting Around

Our highly knowledgeable guides are fluent in English, Spanish and French. Travel in a fully air conditioned four wheel drive Toyota Hiace mini Bus, 4x4 Prados or Toyota Coasters.  Longer jumps are done by private or commercial planes depending on availability.  

Mandinka is partnered with ESF Travel, one of West Africa's Best Travel Agents.

For our river tours, we use a traditional boat called a Pinasse for both river Niger and River Gambia tours, comfortable for 14 passengers, featuring a cook aboard for all overnight cruises. Accommodations range from 5 star hotels in the bigger towns to a tented encampment under the stars, or a truly authentic experience spending the night as a guest in the house of a village chief.

Most of our trips are scheduled upon request. In addition to our standard tours, we can also custom design an itinerary to join tribal festivities, local marriage ceremonies or a newborn naming ceremony and other cultural traditions and festivities. Contact us today for the travel adventure of a lifetime!

Canoe in Ganvie, Benin

About Us

Local Experts

Our team is full of passionate travel enthusiasts. Most of our tours and expeditions are organised amidst everyday African environments, where you will have the option to mingle with indigenous people and various tribes.  We have standard tours or are happy to cater to custom itineraries.

With nearly twenty years of experience in West Africa, in organizing ethnocultural journeys, we now enjoy a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the region. Ethnocultural Expeditions are our speciality; tour small West African villages and witness traditional festivals and ceremonies.

We also provide you the chance to explore West Africa’s famous rivers and lake such as the Niger, Volta, River Gambia, and Sine Saloum Delta. Beachcombers have the opportunity to explore gorgeous beaches such as Bijagos Islands in Guinea, Bisaau and the Cape Verde Archipel del Sal. Come with us and view numerous exotic animal species in the best national parks in West Africa: Pendjary National Park, Mole, and Nazenga elephant ranch.

We have enjoyed creating a truly satisfied clientele. While the company is based in Mali, our guides and drivers have extensive expertise of all the countries of West Africa. You will also benefit from the comprehensive knowledge of the local guides of various tribes that we employ.

Mandinka offers affordable, top quality tours that are designed for groups, businesses, associations, and most importantly  individuals, families and academics that have a desire to trace their ancestry back to Africa.

Fishing Boats, Elmina Harbor Ghana
Guide & Owner Momo, Elmina Fishing Harbor, Ghana.

Since 1995

Our Promise to Our Customers:

· We will endeavor to be honest and reliable ·

· We will promptly follow up on your requests and be resourceful in meeting your travel needs ·

· We will do our best to maintain a safe and friendly atmosphere ·

The COVID Care Promise

If a traveler is either diagnosed with COVID-19 while on tour or required to quarantine on account of COVID-19 while on tour, we will provide or arrange for the following, consistent with local requirements, at no additional expense to the traveler throughout the duration of any on-tour hospitalization and/or quarantine period:

· Lodging & meals ·

·Support & coordination with local authorities on their behalf as necessary ·

· Assistance connecting with local health care providers ·

· Translation services ·

· Communication between the traveler & their family back home ·

· Arrange flights and transport home ·



10 day tour.  Visit Mali's best cities, Dogon country, cruise the Niger, see great markets, visit Bobo Dioulasso and much more!

Mali, Burkina Faso & Benin

18-day cultural heritage tour.  Meet tribes, sacred places, slavery memorial, markets and more.

Mali & Burkina Faso

15-Day tour with a river cruise, markets, Dogon territory, Ouagadougou, Segou, and more!


18-day tour including Lake Volta, West Africa's biggest market, palaces, castles, cultural centers and national parks!

Mali, Burkina Faso & Ivory Coast

16 day tour including four world heritage sites, palaces, festivals, various tribes, wildlife, a river cruise and more.

West Africa Multi-Country Tour

39 day adventure of a lifetime! Something for everyone; Archeology, geology, history, wildlife, cultures, crafts, cruises...

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo & Benin

18 day tour in First class hotels. Visit castles, palaces, museums, shrines, meet village chiefs, and much more!

Roots & Culture Tours

Custom tours to connect with your heritage and follow in the footsteps of ancestors.  Visit castles, slave routes, tribal villages and ancient cultures.

Just a Few Places...

Ouidah Benin


Temberma Houses, Togo


Kwama Nkumah Mausoleum, Ghana
Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal


Banco Laundry, Abidjan, Ivory Coast


Ashanti King, Kumasi


B.P. E3794 Bamako, Republique du Mali

Get in Touch

We are happy to answer questions! Note that we are on GMT and will get back to you as soon as possible.