Images of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama are depicted on wall covered with messages and flowers outside the MediClinic Heart hospital on June 29, 2013 in Pretoria. US President Barack Obama met with the former South African leader’s family to offer prayers as Mandela continues to be treated for a lung infection. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and his family made a return to Africa on Wednesday and began their week-long trip where they plan to visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The first family is expected to arrive in Senegal Wednesday night, where Obama will meet with President Macky Sall.

Obama will also host an event with regional judicial leaders on Thursday while the first lady is scheduled to visit the country’s Goree Island.

Following their trip to Senegal, the family will head to South Africa where they will visit Johannesburg and meet with the country’s President Jacob Zuma.

Meanwhile, the health of the country’s former leader Nelson Mandela remains a large concern.

While in South Africa, the first family will also fly to Cape Town and visit Robben Island, where Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years.

Finally, they will visit Tanzania where Obama will meet with that country’s president. He will later attend a round-table discussion with business leaders focused on advancing trade investments and relationships.

According to the Associated Press, President Obama has visited sub-Saharan Africa once before as president. He made a brief stop in Ghana in 2009.

theGrio will continue to update this post with more pictures of the first family throughout their trip. 

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