Join us for a two-week adventure of cultural discovery through the awe inspiring West African country of Guinea.
28th December 2023 – 11th of January 2024
The Successors of the Mandingue and our Artistic Director N’famady Kouyaté invite you to N’famady’s homeland of Guinea for a journey of discovery in the heart of West Africa. Guinea – an amazing place for a genuine and authentic immersive cultural experience of music, dance, and West African culture.
You will have the opportunity to participate in dance and percussion workshops with the best local musicians and dancers, see the hottest talent in action, and spend time with traditional artists (including the Kouyaté griot family) sharing songs, stories, language, and laughs.
We will first arrive in the crazy lively capital city of Conakry, which is bursting with djembe and musical energy. The streets are alive with drumming, with performances throughout the city. We will visit artist troupes, doundounba, African ‘ballet’, and see the new year in with African energy.
Exploring Conakry we will also visit “Île’s de l’os” (Islands of the Bone) by boat for a new year beach trip.
The second week will see us travel to Koukoudé (also known as Belle-Air) with its beautiful 7 km stretch of beach and traditional fishing village for a change in vibe and tempo.
Trip activities available include traditional West African music workshops, dance tuition, balafon, djembe drumming, singing, local exploring, enjoying African home cooked cuisine, sightseeing, live performances, and evenings of traditional Mandingue storytelling.
Accommodation will be provided in the form of shared rooms. There are also tents available for anyone who wants to camp out under the stars in Koukoudé.
The trip package includes airport transfers, all accommodation, travel within Guinea both on land and sea, three meals a day (veggie/vegan options available), plus workshops and activities.
Travellers are responsible for booking their own flights, travel insurance, and visas. We are however able to provide advice on all of these, plus general hints & tips on travel to Guinea. As a guide flights normally range between £350-£650 depending on how in advance you book (the most direct carriers are Air France and Royal Air Maroc operating from London).
Adults – £875 (early bird price £800)
Under 18s – £675 (early bird price £600)
Early bird price available until May 2023. Non-refundable deposit of £200 required to secure a place. Deposit will contribute to the total amount due to be paid. Payment by instalment is acceptable.
For booking, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.