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Festivals-Special Interest

Africa Tour Operator offering, Africa Festivals and Special Interest Tours to Africa.

Africa is a must see destination and there is no better way to experience traditional African life than by traveling on one of our group travel programs. Africa is endowed with cultural, natural and historical resources and is the perfect destination to visit. Choose from one of our most popular special interest or festival tours.

Burkina Faso

Fespaco, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou ( Festival Panafricain du Cinema et de la Television de Ouagadougou ) was founded in 1969 in Burkina Faso. It is biennial week long cultural celebration and is the largest gathering of African film enthusiasts.


Timkat Festival, is a colorful event commemorating the baptism of Christ and is the most important religious festival in the Ethiopia calendar. It is celebrated all over Ethiopia, but in Lalibela you will find the most spectacular religious festivals and photography as this is the town that is famous for the rock hewn churches.   Travel Program


Akwasidae Festival, celebrated by the chiefs and people of the Ashanti Kingdom as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The Asantehene (King of Ashante) meets his subjects and subordinate chiefs in the courtyard at the Manhyia Palace.   Travel Program


Panafest, the Pan-African Historical Theater Festival is a cultural event that is organized every two years and participants come from around the world. The celebration is focused on the ideals of Pan Africanism and African development. The group festivities include music, dance, carnivals and a Grand Durbar of traditional African chiefs.


Festival in the Desert, ( Festival au Desert ) is an annual Tuareg celebration and Spector Travel is one of the only US tour operators with a scheduled departure to the festival. The three day event brings well known musicians from around the world to this Tuareg culture spectacle. The gathering is held in Essakane near Timbuktu, in the Sahara Desert and the program is combined with a tour of Djenne, Dogon Country, Mopti, Segou and Bamako.

Festival on the Niger, (Festival sur le Niger) is one of Mali’s most popular music, dance and art festivals. Learn about Malian traditional and contemporary culture, music, dance, arts and crafts; textile, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and see piroque ( canoe ) races. The festival is combined with a tour to the historic regions of Mopti, Djenne, Timbuktu, Dogon Country and Bamako.


Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, is an internationally recognized concert of musical performances which honor the diversity of all faiths. The program incorporates a journey filled with spiritual music and is one festival that should not be missed.

Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival, is a mesmerizing concert that celebrates the mysterious music of the Gnaouas and takes place in Essaouira, Morocco. The event attracts a large number of festival goers and provides a rich cultural experience that is combined with a tour of Morocco.


Saint Louis Jazz Festival and Dak’Art, brings together some of the finest jazz musicians across the globe, along with being able to discover the Africaa art world and the Senegalese art scene      Travel Program

South Africa

Cape Town International Jazz Festival, is a prestigious gathering where fans come from all corners of the globe to listen to an exciting line up of great jazz artists, including both African as well as international stars. The two day festival is combined with a tour of the highlights of South Africa.

The Gambia

International Roots Festival, offers educational, cultural and traditional activities. The celebration is promoted to attract people of African descent throughout the world and provides an opportunity to participate in seminars including workshops on African development.


International Festival of the Sahara, is an annual festival that takes place in Douz, Tunisia an oasis at the edge of the Sahara. The event celebrates the traditions of the Sahara desert with camel races, belly dancing and singing. The festival is combined with a tour of the best attractions in Tunisia.

Heritage Tours

Black History Month Tours are scheduled group departures during the months of February and March each year. The itineraries are an enriching experience and include visits to Slave houses, forts, castles and the programs are dedicated to those African American’s that would like to reconnect with their roots.

Educational Travel Programs

Spector Travel provides high quality cultural and academic experiences for students. We work with university faculty to design lectures, tours and visits into the community that are within the schools budget.  We are a certificate holder of the exclusive Zurich Insurance, which is required by many institutions.

Tailor Made Festival / Special Interest Tours

If you are not looking for one of the Festivals – Special Interest programs listed on our website and you have other interests, special requirements, budget or preferences, we do offer other travel packages to Africa and can also tailor make a tour to suit your needs. We have arranged private trips for individuals and groups since 1989 and we understand the importance of a great itinerary that offers a quality tour at an exceptional value.

Spector Travel offers top quality and affordable travel packages to African festival and special event celebrations in Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. Travel solo, with family, friends or as a group. Select from one of our most popular tour programs to Africa.

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