The Team

In the main office of Lome (Togo):

Elisabeth Eydieux, Office Manager and responsible for the accounting. She is French and she has been living in Togo since 1991; she has participated in several journeys through West Africa. Elisabeth speaks English and French.

Gabriele Almasio, an African culture and art lover with a professional relationship with TransAfrica since 2003. He is in charge of operations. He speaks English, French and Italian.

Nadége Amey, Togolese, secretary and accountant, she works in collaboration with Elisabeth . She speaks French and English, as she has studied in Ghana.

Fafa Sedro Ayèlè Emefa. Togolese, she speaks French and English .  She works at the office and oversees the bookings and the follow-up of the Tours. With great care, she keeps contacts with hotels. Her main quality is patience.

Noah Katcha, Togolese, now a member of the office team, he has guided groups in Togo, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali, and has worked on the documentaries for the National Public Radio. He organizes TransAfrica travels; he also guides tours. He speaks French and English.

In Senegal and Guinea Bissau:

Francisca Gómez, Spanish but, in fact, polyglot. She has lived in the southern region of Senegal, Casamance, since 2003 and assures the support and logistics for all the trips that take place between Senegal and Guinea Bissau.

Our guides in the field:

Gabriel Ameko, Togolese, the most experienced among our guides. He belongs to a family of traditional chiefs. He has been working with Alberto Nicheli since 1985 and has guided trips in all countries of the region, even with RAI (Italian Public Broadcasting Company) and Canale 5 crews. He has studied in Italy and speaks French and Italian fluently.

Mountaga Anne, Professional Senegalese guide, he speaks French, English, Italian and the local languages: Wolof and Peul. He has been working as a guide for more than 30 years. Thanks to his vast experience and deep knowledge of Senegal and Bissau’s geography, history and culture, he has many stories to share.

Georges Kossi Dabadji, who has a long experience in guiding and speaks French, Spanish, Italian and English. He is very patient and tactful.

Koutremon Koêssan Armstrong, a young guide but already a specialist, something that many of our German-speaking groups have been pleased to experience. He speaks French, German and English.

Sena Gatri, Togolese who has lived in Ghana for many years, so he is familiar with many local languages. With him, you will never feel lost. He also speaks French, Italian and English.

Janvier Houlonon, who started as a guide in the Abomey Museum and has now a great expertise in trips from the Coast to the Sahel. He is also an expert in the Voodoo religion. En 2009, he was nominated as one of the 10 best guides by Explore Travelers. He speaks French and English.

François Koffi Kondo, Togolese and an Ewe. He enjoys telling stories about West Africa and listening to traditional and gospel music. He speaks French, German and English.

Inocencio José Biague, Bissau-Guinean, he speaks English, French, Portuguese and Creole. He lives in Bissau but guides tours in Senegal and Bissau. He has the figure of a basketball player of the NBA. Responsible and serious, clients enjoy travelling with him.

Augusto Mtambe, guide based in Bissau, he is the best representative of the young generation of guides of his country. He speaks Portuguese, French, English, and Spanish. His smile captures the sympathy of all our travelers.

Assagba Komi Yves,Togolese, apart from a degree in German, he also speaks French, Ewe, Ouatchi and other local dialects. He started to be trained as a guide for TransAfrica in late 2011. Then, in 2013 he started leading groups on his own, showing the qualities of an excellent guide. His name, Komi, meaning that he was born on Saturday.

 

All our drivers have extensive experience in West African trails and populations:

Evou Komi, very well appreciated for his kindness and professionalism.

Rafiou Okotan, who has a wide experience and has accompanied Alberto Nicheli in TransAfrica’s most important Saharan expeditions.

Yaya Dare, young and dynamic who never gets tired behind the wheel.

Jean Awumey Kofi Walako, very kind; the perfect partner for a trip.

Kofi Agli, who has traveled throughout West Africa to the sands of Mauritania; he has an impressive expertise.

Abdoulaye Mizamilou, known for his patience and professionalism; former lorry driver, he is very careful at the wheel.

Seyidou Koubadja, an absolute expert of all Western Africa. Good personality.

Our cooks

Mensah Konou, who likes preparing dishes in a creative style.

Daniel Attah, who feels at easy cooking in the middle of the desert and in tropical forests, and a specialist in preparing different traditional African dishes.

Toto N’guissan, who has completed his studies in a professional cooking school, and is skilled in food preservation.

Edjo Nokou, a specialist in combining creative cuisine with high standards.

John Mawugbe, a member of TransAfrica from the very first day. A common commentary among all those who have travelled with him is: “It is a shame that we cannot enjoy his cooking when we eat at the hotel restaurant!”

Jean Abotsivi, an outstanding professional and always very attentive to the guests’ wishes.

In our garage

We have our own garage in Lome, where we perform our vehicles maintenance, mostly 4×4 and minibuses equipped with air conditioning and shower facilities for our bush camps. Thanks to this garage, our vehicles are in permanent good condition, well prepared to go on expeditions and to hit the African trails with comfort and in safety.

Amen Agbeviade has taken part in many expeditions and knows how to solve all the mechanicals problems that can occur on African roads.