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 and beyond, sustainably and responsibly by:
leaving nothing but footprints
getting off the beaten track
supporting local businesses.
At Talking Drums, we put purpose and positive impact before profit, bringing people together. Through three main pillars – TRAVEL, CULTURE and LITERATURE – Talking Drums showcases Africa, her rich culture, exciting literature and arts, beautiful diversity, wonderful people, where to go, things to do, sights to see and experiences to share.
Sustainability and fair trade is also at the heart of Talking Drums. We source products and services from entrepreneurs and artisans across Africa, both on and off the beaten track.
We also donate a portion of the proceeds of our travel adventures to a local community initiative in the country we visit.
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 will 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 itinerary services - we utilise our expertise to provide consulting on travel, empowering you to undertake your own journeys. Please note: The Travel Planning service is a consultation advisory service only. You will be responsible for arranging and booking your itinerary and flights.
Marketplace: And lastly, our curated Talking Drums Marketplace will enable you to purchase select pieces, sourced from the continent.
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 and North America, and continue to be drawn to the Motherland.
Why? Quite simply, there is no place like Africa.
Frequent travels to Ghana with my family over the years, fuelled my quest to see more of the continent. Added to that, travelling to Senegal and Ethiopia with a former employer, and volunteering in Tanzania gave me all the courage I could possibly need to take the plunge to travel by myself. Sprinkled with struggling to find anyone who shared these dreams, I set off on my own. Once I took the plunge, there was no turning back - I had the makings of a solo traveller.
I have been fortunate to have since travelled all four corners of the Motherland, 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.