TransAfrica is an expedition that we carry on twice a year in relation to the migration of the Palearctic birds: in October the tour goes from North to South, following the migratory birds to the hot forests of Africa, in March we make the opposite journey, from South to North, when the birds return to their home areas.
The expedition will go through places that have landscapes of incredible beauty, explore and know still unobstructed places, nicely discover the hospitality of local people, make us fascinated by the mystery of ancestral rites and cults, attend ceremonies and enjoy that magic that only a traveling itinerary in this corner of Africa can give.
The crossing from North to South will wind through a progressive nature that will change starting from the Moroccan desert, and as it goes South, vegetation will begin to become more and more present, to become the protagonist in the forests of Guinea Bissau; along the way we will also visit two of the most important ornithological centers in the world.
The journey will start from the mythical Marrakech and, following the ancient caravan tracks, we will pass through the desolate mountains of the Djebel Sarhro, where we will meet Berber villages whose inhabitants still live in the caves.
We will then cross the Western Sahara, until recently strangled to foreign travelers, here we will be enchanted by the great beauty of the Rio de Oro, a unique place where dunes and ocean waves meet; in these places we will meet the legendary Reguibat nomads, a tribe belonging to the Saharawi, and, on the border between the ocean and the desert, the Mori fishermen.
We will then cross the legendary Sahara Desert and its wild dunes to reach Chinguetti, an ancient caravanserai of Mauritania; from this point we will continue exploring the most remote and millennial oasis of Mauritania.
Leaving behind us the desert, we are going to reach the first stretches of the arid savannah where we will be able to admire lonely and millenary baobabs; here some nomadic shepherds live with their herds of Zebus.
The arid savannah of Northern Senegal and its immense and deserted beaches will form the next part of the trip to this country.
We will also visit the capital, Dakar, the most cosmopolitan city of West Africa, and then our journey will take us South to the sacred forests of Casamance.
From here we continue by boat, sailing to the Bijagos Archipelago, that is 40 miles from the shore; this is the largest archipelago of the African continent, consisting of 88 islands, only 21 of which are permanently inhabited.
With wild and idyllic landscapes, a unique fauna and tribal culture still very rooted, the Bijagos archipelago is a real jewel that also hosts the largest continuous line of mangroves in Africa.
At Bijagos we will visit the Orango Island, a national park that, among the protected animals, also hosts the "salt water" hippos; in reality it is not a different species from the hippos we all know, but over the centuries in these places it has adapted itself to living in the salt water of mangrove forests and sometimes it moves into the open ocean where it is seen "swimming" in the waves.
Once returned to the land, the expedition will continue along a narrow strip of land between the desert and the ocean, and then carry on, between forests and lagoons, always following the migratory birds' routes, in places where the traditional animistic cultures are still highly practiced.
Join us on this journey designed to give you an intriguing mix of culture and nature.