About Us

We are a passionate team with the vision of delivering
the best and most exiting experience for our customers

Trips – Expeditions – Adventures

SURMI VOYAGES was founded in 1999 by the German-Mauritanian couple CHRISTINE ESSWEIN and MOULOUD OULD TOUNSI and is an experienced tour operator in Africa, and more specifically in Mauritania. Its staff works to offer all the year around the best solutions for your adventure or your business trips in Mauritania.

CHRISTINE ESSWEIN has many years of professional experience as an executive assistant and translator in various multinational companies in Spain and other European countries. She devoted her free time to her big passion: travelling through many African and Islamic countries. Nowadays she can combine both, her professional experience and her passion, as Director of SURMI VOYAGES managing the sales, the public relations, the advertising and the administration of the agency.

MOULOUD OULD TOUNSI, although issuing from an old Mauritanian warrior tribe, has devoted his working experience in various international organizations (Caritas, etc.) in Mauritania. Nowadays, while still actively involved in those co-operation activities, he has put his people oriented attitude to the service of the personnel administration, the logistics, and the travel assistance of SURMI VOYAGES.

SURMI VOYAGES goal is to offer to travelers in search of adventure the chance to explore this still largely untouched and unknown country, guaranteeing the safety of an organized tour that allows travelers to focus on getting to know the local people and their way of living.

A SURMI in Mauritania is a brightly decorated cushion, shaped as bones with colorful fringes, made of goat or camel leather that can be found in any Haima. SURMIs are original from Mauritania but are currently used far beyond its borders.

Our Team

Mouloud Ould Tounsi
General Manager

It's an honor to show Mauritania to my guests

Christine Esswein
Administrative Manager

Passionate traveller loving Africa

Why Choose Us ?


Over 15 years making trips in Mauritania and its area of influence




Surmi Voyages is the only Mauritanian agency with a quality award



For everybody

Travel adventure for all ages and fitness levels