Karen has a wealth of experience in creating unique and customized itineraries that provide life changing encounters for travelers .. over a span of more than 20 years, she has become an expert in travel in West Africa. Share with her your interests and desires and she will create an unforgettable trip for you
Director & Tour Leader
Born in Mopti, the hub of tourism in Mali in days past...he started guiding at the early age of 12 years old and brings years of experience and expertise .. he is multi-lingual and can converse with you in English, Dutch and French while broadening your experience to the secret words and worlds of Bambara and Bozo...cultures you will marvel at and come to love
Chine has been the fixer for many television film crews, the most famous being The Discovery Channel and the filming of the movie "Sahara" with British comedian Michael Palin ... he has led many of our groups across Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and Ghana and is a real pro .. his behind the scene attention to detail and seamless arrangements will enable you to relax and immerse yourself into your West African adventure
Ogo is a gem! Not only because he is one of the nicest persons on the planet, he has a wealth of experience leading tour groups, television crews, journalists, photographers and famous people such as Bono and his entourage .. Ogo's grandfather was a Hogon in Dogon Country and has honor, humor and service instilled in him .. he will immerse his whole being into giving you the best travel experience and fill you with wonder and admiration for West Africa and its people
Doudou is the great grandson of Ogotemmeli, the Dogon elder who introduced anthropologist Marcel Griaule to Dogon cosmology in 1930-1932 which resulted in Marcel publishing a book in 1948 named "Conversations with Ogotemmeli." Doudou led our Gecko Adventures truck tours from Dakar to Accra through Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and Ghana as well as 21-day intensive tours of Ghana for our Dutch and Australian tour operators. He has intimate knowledge of all of these countries and gets itchy feet when he is not leading groups across them .. Doudou will offer you an authentic travel experience with perspectives and insights you would not otherwise have had
Tour Leader & Toguna Representative in Timbuktu
We would be amiss if we did not include Azima in our team even though we no longer are able to send our clients to Timbuktu. He was our Taureg counterpart and an integral part of our team for more than 10 years. Over the years, he took care of all our arrangements for the Festival du Desert in Essakane as well as our individual and group tours, photographers, journalists, tv film crews such as The Discovery Channel and ABC Foreign Correspondent, Bono and his entourage and Joshua Hammer, Author of "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu" and many, many more .. He and his family fled Timbuktu in 2012 when it was overrun by jihadists but they are now living back in their beloved Timbuktu. Azima hopes one day travelers will be able to return to his fabled town in the desert!