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Our Team

TransAfrica is run by a team of Europeans and Africans, the team mixes professionality, sense of duty and a warm hospitality.

Alberto Nicheli

Alberto Nicheli, italian, is the founder of TransAfrica. He has done his first Trans-Sahara expedition in 1972 and he has been living in Togo since 1985. Passionate about adventure, he runs the TransAfrica’s Great Expedition. He is the nomadic spirit of the company and every year he goes on a journey to discover new itineraries. He is an expert of African art and knows local traditions, he has organized most of the ground operations of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher while working on the book African Ceremonies and the related articles published by National Geographic; a documentary on the salt caravan made by Discovery Channel; archaeological and ethnographic expeditions about Tuareg and cave paintings and he has led the expeditions Taoudenni-Oualata and Taoudenni-Chinguetti between Mali and Mauritania.

Roberto Cerea

Roberto Cerea, Italian, married to a Togolese woman and father of two children, expert in ethnology and author of a few publication about African traditions, he led the research and the logistic of numerous National Geographic Television documentaries, Public National Radio and RAI.

Our Team

Alberto and Roberto are supported by a team of collaborators who enrich TransAfrica with experience and knowledge, making TransAfrica the best in the field.

Contact Us

Office Hours GMT +1
Summer Hours GMT +2
8:30-12:30 + 13:30-17:00
Saturday: 8:30-12:00

M: +228 22 21 68 23
fax +228 22 21 88 52

At the office in 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.

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

Fafa Sedro Ayélé 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.

In Italy:

Eleonora Invernizzi, Italian. She speaks French, English and Spanish. She got a diploma at the touristic institute and she assists the costumers with their bookings and visa-related issues.

Carlotta Zanzottera, Italian. She speaks English and French. She helds a BA degree in Philosphy and an MA degree in Anthropology. African context expert, she has been travelling in the continent since the age of six. She does management of itinerary and promotion.

Our guides on the field:

Gabriel Ameko, Togolose, “storical” guide of the company, as he has been travelling with Alberto since 1985. He belongs to a family of traditional chiefs and knows all the countries of the area. The team of RAI (Italian Public Broadcasting Company) could profit of his knowledge. He has studied in Italy and speaks French and Italian fluently.

Georges Kossi Dabadji, he speaks french, italian, Spanish and english. He is very patient and tactful.

Koutremon Koêssan Armstrong despite his young age, he is 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.

Kazotti Vigny Amédée has been working with Transafrica for more than 10 years. Originally from Ouidah region in Benin, he passionately accompanies our groups, which are always more than happy about his guidance. Other than many different local languages, he speaks fluently English and French. His energy and curiosity make him a great “travel mate” !

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.

Yao Dzide, ghanese, riferimento sicuro per circuiti in Ghana; la guida che sa tutto sul suo paese e lo comunica con entusiasmo. From Ghana, expert guide of Ghana; the guide who knows everything about his home country and tell stories and information with great passion.

François Koffi Kondo He was born in Togo and he from the Ewé ethnic group. He speaks French, German and English. He loves telling stories from the African tradition and listening to gospel music.

Inocencio José Biague, from Guinea Bissau he speaks English, French, Portoguese and Creol. He lives in Bissau and leads groups in Senegal and Guinea 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, graduated in German language, he speaks as well 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.

Our drivers:

Eyou Komi, expert driver, his kindness and professionality are very much appreciated

Rafiou Okotan, Experienced driver, he has joined Alberto in his stronger Sahara expeditions.

Yaya Dare, young and dynamic, tireless when he is driving.

Jean Awumey Koffi Wolako, kind and helpful, he is the ideal travel-mate.

Seydou Koubadja, His charm and kindness are very appreciated, he know all the pists and villages of West Africa by heart.

Abdoulaye Mizamilou
Kofi Agli, has travelled throughout West Africa till the sands of Mauritania; he has an impressive expertise.

Our cooks:

Mensah Konou, loves mixing good tast with nice table setting.

Daniel Attah, he is at peace in both the Sahara desert and the tropical forest, he knows hot to cook different African specialties.

Toto N’Guissan, got a diploma at the hotel school, he is a trainer about health and food preservation.

Edjo Nokou Specialized in creative and refined cuisine which is always appreciated.

John Mawugbe
Jean Abotsivi he is very good at meeting the needs of the clients.

Our Garage

Our office in in Lome has its own garage in order to guarantee the maintenance of our vehicles, mostly 4WD equipped with air conditioning. Our garage is the way we assure that our vehicles are in the best conditions and are safe for crossing West Africa as well as the Sahara.

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

Ancient rituals, ceremonies, dances, sacred masks, traditional festivals, contemporary and large music events mix one another.

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