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Cultural Discovery Tour In Benin & Togo

On this journey across Togo and Benin we discover tribal cultures, ancient voodoo traditions and colonial architecture. We witness traditional rituals, walk through the Atakora Mountains and stay in a stilt village. We also trek through pristine rainforest, meet the chiefs of the Bassari tribes, witness a fire-dance and a mask ceremony.

Tour Highlights

  • Voodoo - A unique opportunity to witness the intriguing and esoteric rituals of West Africa.
  • Tamberma - Remote fortified dwellings in the Atakora mountains.
  • Kloto - Scenic highlands and walks in the tropical forest.
  • Abomey - The impressive Royal palace, a UNESCO Heritage site.
  • Ganvie - A remarkable stilt village on Lake Nokwe.
  • Village Life - Experience the diversity of cultures and traditions in West Africa.
  • Lomé - Togo’s vibrant capital and the fetish market.

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join trip in Lome

  • 2
    Head to Kpalime, walk in the rainforest with butterfly expert and jungle ceremony

  • 3
    Drive to Sokode through villages and markets; fire dance in the evening

  • 4
    Drive to the Bassar region. Visit the clay houses and learn about the iron production

  • 5
    Visit the Kabye region and meet the Tamberma people in the Atakora mountains

  • 6
    Visit the Somba in traditional houses in the Atakora Mountains

  • 7
    Drive to Natitingou; discover the town with its museum and market and then relax by the pool

  • 8
    Walk on the Taneka plateau visiting the Yom people and the fetish village of Dankoli

  • 9
    Visit the town of Dassa and then the Royal Palace of Abomey

  • 10
    Beautiful Egun and Gelede mask ceremonies

  • 11
    Drive to incredible stilt village of Ganvie. Overnight in a stilt guesthouse

  • 12
    Visit Ouidah, the spiritual home of Voodoo; drive to Grand Popo

  • 13
    Zangbeto dancing mask ceremony and afternoon voodoo ceremony

  • 14
    Trip ends in Lome

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Why Book this trip
This tour through the incredible countries of Togo and Benin has been created for travellers who want to get off the beaten track and visit a part of the world rarely touched by tourism. The colourful dresses, the drumming, the voodoo ceremonies and the friendly people are what bring these fascinating places to life.
Included meals 13 9 2
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
4WD, Bus, Boat
Accommodation
9 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Simple Auberge
2 nights Simple Hut
1 night Simple Guesthouse
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Cook
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16