Rhythm and Sounds of West Africa

EMERYVILLE, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — 09/01/2005 — Music is the heartbeat of West Africa and an epic new trip from Adventure Center enables travelers to experience the region’s culture and music in a very hands on way. Starting in Bamako, the music capital of West Africa, this journey takes participants from Mali through Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin before returning to Bamako. Highlights along the way include the Festival of the Niger (Feb. only), big game in Mole NP, Gold Coast beaches, African rhythms in Big Millie’s Back Yard, helping out at Brenu school community project, trekking in the Dogon tribal region and exploring Timbuktu. Plus optional activities like drumming workshops in Kumasi, experiencing the music and nightclubs of Ougadougou or riding camels with Tuareg nomads. The pace is laid back but western amenities are minimal so it’s a journey for adventurers who are prepared to forgo comfort in exchange for an intense experience. Exploration is the order of the day (whether deserts or nightclubs) and the itinerary will evolve as the journey progresses. The 6-week Rhythm and Sounds of West Africa trip commences 01 February 2006 — land only cost $1770 per person plus a kitty contribution of $590.

For adventurers with less time to spare there’s the Sounds of the Sahara itinerary, which in just three weeks provides an unbelievable cultural and musical experience taking in the best of Mali. It’s a fast paced trip including tribal trekking, the extraordinary Tuareg Music Festival of the Desert, plus a three-day motorized canoe trip on the Niger River from Mopti to Timbuktu. Not for the faint hearted, there’ll be an absence of home comforts, but lots of great music and never a dull moment. Optional extras include drumming workshops in Bamako, and a visit to Ali Farka Toure’s village. This challenging participatory camping trip commences 29 December 2005 and is likely to sell out very soon — land only cost $1040 plus kitty of $550.

To learn more about these trips and over 700 other adventures, contact Adventure Center via pr@adventurecenter.com, or call 1-800-227-8747.

Adventure Center provides safaris, treks, expeditions and active vacations worldwide to travelers looking for adventure and value. For more about Adventure Center go to www.adventurecenter.com

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