About Talking Drums
Talking Drums is an Africa-focused sustainable travel platform and marketplace, that aims to bring people together, and connect them to Africa.
Named after the African traditions of communication (or calling and responding through drumming), Talking Drums aims to educate and inspire people to travel Africa, sustainably and responsibly by:
leaving nothing but footprints
getting off the beaten track
supporting local businesses.
And with Africa having the highest percentage of entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship in the world, we are determined to support them - by sourcing products and services from entrepreneurs, artisans and artists across the Motherland as much as possible, both on and off the beaten track.
What we offer
Blog and Podcast: Through the Talking Drums blog, we will come together to share our experiences and insights throughout Africa. We will do the same with the soon-to-be-launched podcast.
Travel Adventures: Through our Travel Adventures, we bring together like-minded travellers and explore Africa! Where possible, procure goods and services from local businesses, to contribute to the local economy. Each itinerary has been carefully curated following extensive experience travelling to each destination, enabling them to be the most diversified and competitively priced.
Travel Planning: Through our Travel Planning services - consultation and bespoke itinerary service - we utilise our expertise to provide consulting on travel, empowering you to undertake your own journeys.
Marketplace: And lastly, our curated Talking Drums Marketplace enables you to purchase select pieces, sourced from the continent.
To get a taste of our travel experiences, check out our Talking Drums x Dormtainment Travel Adventure: to Mainland Tanzania here, and to Zanzibar here.
About Talking Drums' Founder
My name is Yaa and I am a multiple award-winning professional and the proud founder of Talking Drums. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Master of Science Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) - focused on economic and political development.
I started Talking Drums following my passion for Africa, its development and my frequent travel throughout my land of origin. I have over 10 years' experience as a solo traveller, across Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, North America, the Middle East, and continue to be drawn to the Motherland.
Why? Quite simply, there is no place like Africa.
I have been fortunate to have since travelled all four corners of Africa, from North, South, East, West, and not forgetting Madagascar. Everywhere has been different, with its own unique charm and experience.
I hope to inspire you to do the same.
Yaa, Founder of Talking Drums
Our beautiful logo captures the essence of Talking Drums, the elongated T and N represent the drumsticks, the adinkra symbol on the djembe drum (left) is called 'dwennimmen' and means strength and humility, both of which I believe are required for travel; and the adinkra symbol on the kpanlogo (right) is called 'sankofa' and means to return and go get it', essentially returning to ones roots.
Talking Drums' amazing logo was designed by Digital Designs By Luke @ddbyluke.