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Rock Art Network David Coulson
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Rock Art Network David Coulson
Niger
Aїr Mountains Safari - Sahara
November 2021

About your Guide
David Coulson
Founder and Chairman, Trust for African Rock Art

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David Coulson
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David Coulson is a photographer, writer, and African explorer as well as being a specialist in African rock art. He is the founder and Executive Chairman of TARA (the Trust for African Rock Art). His home is in Nairobi, where he lives with his wife Deborah. They have two daughters, Daisy and Alice.

In the earlier part of his career (‘80s and early ‘90s) David worked as a professional photographer and writer, and his books and articles were published across the world. It was during the many travels for these projects that he became aware of the richness, diversity and antiquity of Africas rock art heritage to which he became increasingly became aware of the richness, diversity and antiquity of Africas rock art heritage to which he became increasingly drawn. Many of his travels took him to deserts, and having initially published illustrated books on the Kalahari and Namib deserts of Southern Africa he began traveling extensively in the Sahara desert, mainly by now, in pursuit of rock art.

In the mid-1990s, David founded TARA with the help of Dr Mary Leakey and Sir Laurens van der Post. Since its inception TARA’s work has been supported by a number of well known international institutions such as National Geographic, and the Getty, Ford and Andrew Mello Foundations. Realizing that the biggest threat to this remarkable heritage was ignorance, David used his photography and international network to create a greater global awareness of the importance and endangered state of this art. His book, with the late Alec Campbell, African Rock Art, was the African countries and its work has been internationally recognized. In 2004, David received a letter recognized in a filmed statement by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

In 2014 the British Museum acquired a digital copy of David’s (TARA’s) digital archive of 30,000 rock art images, with metadata, which now form part of the Museum worldwide online collections. This extensive rockart collection from 20 diffErent countries has already opened numerous windows onto Africa’s rich past.

 

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Clockwise (left) Sahara, Sahara horse painting, Travelling in the Tenere desert, The Niger river at Niamey, The old Mosque, Agadez, Adobe-style hotel, Wodaabe ceremony, near Agadez
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Safari Overview

Day 1
Arrive Niamey airport
Stay Radisson Blu Hotel, Niamey
Day 2
Radison Blue Hotel, Niamey
Visit markets & cruise on Niger River
Day 3
Geerewohi Ceremony (Wodaabe)
Visit historic mosque and town Stay Auberge d’Azel
Day 4
Tuareg welcome ceremony
Visit to famous big giraffe engravings Camp on ancient lakebed
Day 5
Drive to Iferouane - Adobe town
Camp near recently discovered rock engraving south of town
Day 6
Possible camel race near Iferouane
Drive north to Iwellene in the northern Air Camp in mountains next to major art site
Day 7
Drive south east to Tezirzek site via the Blue Mountains & the Tenere desert Continue to Mt Chiriet volcano
Camp in the dunes
Day 8
Drive into the crator of Chiriet and then west to a small site before driving into a spectacular dune area
Camp
Day 9
Visit the great dune of Arakaou. Explore area
Continue pm to Kogo. Camp
Day 10
Drive south to Timia oasis Visit palm groves & orchards
Camp near rock pool
Day 11
Drive south west to Agadez
Overnight at Auberge d’Azel
Day 12
Fly to Niamey
Overnight Radisson Blu Hotel
Day 13
Depart Niger

Niger Aїr Mountains Safari Sahara Africa David Coulson TARA Trust for africn Rock Art
Clockwise (left) Dabous Giraffe, Tuareg Camel race, Two warriors engraving on granite at Iwellene, Engraved figure with a horse and ancient script, near our camp site, Sidi Mohamed-Ilies, (founder of Anigourane), Ancient figures from the past, Arrival in Heaven! (Emilly Willis 2018 safari), Rhissa Agboulah, old friend and security chief
© TARA
Niger Aїr Mountains Safari Sahara Africa David Coulson TARA Trust for africn Rock Art
Breakfast in the dunes
© David Coulson
COST

€10,000 Per Person (provisional)

This safari is based on a group of approx 10 people plus guide.

This cost includes:
  • This cost includes:
  • Internal flights Niamey/Agadez
  • Full board accommodation
  • (Hotels in Niamey & Agadez)
  • This cost excludes:
  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Passport fees
  • Gratuities in Niger
For more information contact: david@africanrockart.org

Niger Aїr Mountains Safari Sahara Africa David Coulson TARA Trust for africn Rock Art
Clockwise (left) White marble hills in the dunes, Large natural rock pool near Timia, Timia village, Fruits from Timia’s Orchads, Portrait of a Tuareg man, Mysterious stone circle in the Tenere desert, The Tuareg - Lords of the Sahara
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