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Ghana, Togo & Benin Including the Annual Ouidah Voodoo Festival – 18 Days

Accra, Ghana
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Duration

9 days 8 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Francais

Overview

Join us on a journey into the spiritual heart of West Africa, where myth, religion, and reality intertwine to create an intoxicating blend of extraordinary experiences. Experience the Annual Ouidah Voodoo Festival as part of this 18 Day tour of Ghana, Togo & Benin.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Black Star Square
  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Jamestown Fishing Community
  • Independence Square
  • National Museum
  • Grand Marche
  • Famous Nana Benz Ladies
  • Akodessewa Fetish Market
  • Agbodrafo Slave House
  • Togoville voodoo ceremony
  • Ouidah Voodoo Museum
  • Temple of the Pythons
  • Kpasse Sacred Forest
  • The Annual Voodoo Ceremony
  • Zangbeto Mask Dance
  • Tree of Forgetfulness
  • Gate of No Return
  • Ganvie Village on Stilts
  • Maison de la Francophone
  • Floating Market
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey
  • Historical Museum and the Royal Sepulchers
  • Dankoli Fetish Priest
  • Fire Dance
  • Tamberma Village
  • Kara Blacksmiths
  • Bassar Iron Works
  • Nania witch camp
  • Kintampo Waterfalls
  • Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
  • Assin Manso Slave River Site
  • Elmina Township tour
  • Kakum National Park
  • Cape Coast Castle

Itinerary

Day 1: ACCRA, GHANA - January 6, 2022
Day 1: ACCRA, GHANA - January 6, 2022

Once you arrive in Accra, you'll be warmly received after going through immigration and customs. You will be picked up by our cultural tour guide and transferred in a private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Accra. Check-in at your hotel, have a brief orientation with your guide on what to expect during your stay here in Ghana. 

You will have the chance to do a mini-tour today depending on your time of arrival and preference. 

Overnight at Best Western Beach Hotel

Day 2: ACCRA - January 7, 2022
Day 2: ACCRA - January 7, 2022

A whole new experience will be awaiting you as you wake up today. After breakfast at the hotel, we will a scenic drive around the economic and administrative districts of Accra, visiting the following places: 

We will first visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre was established in recognition of the life of the prominent Pan-Africanists who chose to live and work in Ghana. The Centre is a place for Pan-African Thought and houses a conference room, as well as a memorial/museum documenting Du Bois' life and highlighting Ghana's role in Pan-Africanism.  
We'll continue to Independence Square, where you will see the flame of African Liberation that was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, with its attractive gardens and museum, is a great place to learn about the first President of Ghana. It also serves as the final resting place for the late president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah after his previous burial in Guinea and Nkroful, his birth town. 
We continue to Jamestown Community, the oldest city in Accra. It is the most historic neighborhood where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse was completed in 1921. 
You may visit the “Brazil House” which is famous for the Afro-Brazilian history behind it. Built-in 1836 and completed 100 years after 1638, this historic house serves as a museum to showcase historic memories indicative of the previous centuries of migration to Ghana by Africans from Brazil and Portugal. 

Overnight at Best Western Beach Hotel

Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Accra - Lome, Togo - January 8, 2022
Day 3: Accra - Lome, Togo - January 8, 2022

YOU MAY JOIN THE TOUR ON THIS DAY IN LOME

After a well-deserved breakfast, we set off to Lome, Togo's capital, thought to be the country's most cosmopolitan city. Tourists are drawn by its delightful climate, relaxed pace of life and pleasant atmosphere. After immigration formalities at the Aflao - Lome border, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city's main features such as the Independence Square, National Museum, Craftsmen village, Central market where traditional articles can be found, the Fishing Harbor, fetish market where sacred magic products are sold and Grand Marche where pearls are sold. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at M'rode Hotel

Day 4: Lome - Togoville - Lome - January 9, 2022
Day 4: Lome - Togoville - Lome - January 9, 2022

After a well-deserved breakfast, we set off to Lome, Togo's capital, thought to be the country's most cosmopolitan city. Tourists are drawn by its delightful climate, relaxed pace of life and pleasant atmosphere. 

After immigration formalities at the Aflao - Lome border, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city's main features such as the Independence Square, National Museum, Craftsmen village, Central market where traditional articles can be found, the Fishing Harbor, fetish market where sacred magic products are sold and Grand Marche where pearls are sold. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at M'rode Hotel

Day 5: Lome - Ouidah, Benin - January 10, 2022
Day 5: Lome - Ouidah, Benin - January 10, 2022

Following breakfast and check out, travel along the coast to Ouidah, the former slave trading post and the spiritual capital of Voodoo religion of Voodoo. This memorable visit takes you to the Voodoo Museum, the Sacred Forest (Kpasse Forest), the Cathedral and the Temple of the sacred Pythons where you will see the 41writhing pythons (41 is regarded as a magical number for Voodoo).   

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Casa Del Papa

Day 6: Ouidah - January 11, 2022
Day 6: Ouidah - January 11, 2022

Explore the mysteries of the Voodoo religion at Ouidah’s annual voodoo festival, where thousands of people gather to honor the land and demonstrate their faith. In addition to religious ceremonies, there are clothing displays, seafood markets, and traditional African music. This is one of Benin’s largest festivals and is considered to be a celebration of culture. 

As the sun sets, the Zangbetos begin their concluding dance, their rattles making an amazing sound in unison. The voodoo drums begin to beat harder and faster, reverberating off the surrounding hills.  

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Casa Del Papa

Day 7: Ouidah - Cotonou - January 12, 2022
Day 7: Ouidah - Cotonou - January 12, 2022

YOU MAY END THE TOUR ON THIS DAY IN COTONOU

Complete the tour of Ouida with visits to the common grave, the tree of forgetfulness, and the “Gate of No Return”. Late afternoon, we continue to Cotonou.  

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Sun City Hote

Day 8: Cotonou - Ganvie - Abomey - January 13, 2022
Day 8: Cotonou - Ganvie - Abomey - January 13, 2022

A tour of Benin will be incomplete without visit Ganvie, popularly known as “The Venice of Africa”. It is built with houses on stilts above the waters of Lake Nokoue. Here, you can explore the narrow streets idling with activity and watch the daily life of the people as they go about their work. You will find all kinds of artisans here: potters, sculptors, or blacksmiths. There are also handicraft sellers who enjoy telling their tales to visitors. 

We continue to Abomey. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, check-in, and refresh for the next day’s activities. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Sun City Ho

Day 9: Abomey - January 14, 2022
Day 9: Abomey - January 14, 2022

This morning, immerse yourself in the history of the proud civilization and marvel at the magnificent artistry at the Royal Palaces Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace grounds are also home to a sacred tree, one of many trees strategically planted around Ewuare's domain to facilitate his ascension into Heaven. The Kingdom is renowned for its artistic prowess and architectural creativity. Over one hundred monuments remain today, a striking testimony to a once-great empire. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Sun City Hotel

Day 10: Abomey - Sokode - January 15, 2022
Day 10: Abomey - Sokode - January 15, 2022

Complete the tour of Abomey, before we travel to Sokode. En route, visit the Dankoli fetish, which is believed to be the most important fetish in Benin. Cross back into Togo and drive to Sokode. 

This evening you will experience a traditional fire dance. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Alheri Hotel

Day 11: Sokode - Kara - January 16, 2022
Day 11: Sokode - Kara - January 16, 2022

After breakfast today, we will visit Kara, home of the Tamberma people, straddling the border between Togo and Benin. Visit a traditional village where each mud-house is built as a fortress. 

The tour will continue with visits to several of these magical and enchanting structures where you will have the opportunity to meet the Tamberma people, some of whom still wear headgear made from the horns of gazelles. 

In the evening, witness a traditional fire dance. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Kara

Day 12: Dagomba Villages - January 17, 2022
Day 12: Dagomba Villages - January 17, 2022

Today you cross the border into Ghana via Banjeli village known for Bassar ironworks. The original inhabitants were known to live in the sacred forest of Kibre. Once you arrive, you will visit the Nania witch camp in one of the Dagomba villages. At the village, you will learn about their traditions and culture which have been maintained for many centuries.  

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Gariba Lo

Day 13: Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary - Techiman - January 18, 2022
Day 13: Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary - Techiman - January 18, 2022

Following breakfast, depart to Techiman, en route you will visit the stunning Kintampo Waterfalls, cascading 75 feet into a clear pool. It is one of the largest waterfalls in Ghana. You may also have the chance of visiting Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, an area of the forest that is home to Mona and Colobus Monkeys considered sacred by the villagers. There is a peaceful co-existence between the people and the monkeys and as a result, they sometimes even enter the kitchen and pick food from the people. When they die, they are buried in a designated cemetery. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Overnight at Premier Palace Hotel

Day 14: Techiman - Kumasi - January 19, 2022
Day 14: Techiman - Kumasi - January 19, 2022

After breakfast and check-out, we depart for Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom.  

Upon arrival, visit the Manhyia Palace now a museum, which contains treasures relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.  The Ashanti form the biggest population group in Ghana. For centuries they were the rulers in this region because of their military supremacy. At the Palace, disputes are still settled in accordance with centuries-old customs where the King has the final word.  

Visit the Okomfo Anokye Sword in Kumasi, a symbol of Ashanti unity that has been in place for 300 years and represents the moment when the Golden Stool descended from the sky. Legend says that the Ashanti Kingdom would collapse should the sword ever be removed. 

 Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel

Day 15: Kumasi - January 20, 2022
Day 15: Kumasi - January 20, 2022

This morning, we further explore the Ashanti culture. Our full-day tour of Kumasi and its vicinity blends in many aspects of the Ashanti culture and offers you the chance to discover the fascinating and vibrant culture in breathtaking settings. You will visit some of the significant cultural villages of this ancient Kingdom on visits to some of their craft villages as follows: 

The village of Ahwiaa has long been known for its many talented craftsmen who fashion Royal Stools, walking sticks, and fertility Dolls from wood. This thriving community is also known for producing some of the most talented artisans who create hand-carved jewelry boxes and other wood-carving items of all kinds. 
At the village of Ntonso, you can learn about the cultural significance of Adinkra cloth and watch as textiles are created from Adinkra symbols using Black Dye obtain from the bark of a special tree which only grows in the North. You can either draw your own Adinkra symbols or purchase pre-designed pieces of fabric. 
Adanwomase village, where you will witness how the local weavers work on their looms in the town center and demonstrate how the famous Kente cloth is made in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You may decide to purchase some of the stunning Kente fabrics on display at the center. 

Late afternoon, you will visit the Kejetia market. Noted as one of the largest commercial centers across Africa, this vibrant market attracts traders from all corners of Ghana with an abundance of fresh fish, authentic African fabric for making custom-made clothes, beauty products, foodstuff, jewelry, and handmade crafts. 

 Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel

Day 16: Kumasi - Cape Coast - January 21, 2022
Day 16: Kumasi - Cape Coast - January 21, 2022

This morning, we will depart Kumasi for Cape Coast. En route, we will visit the burial site of two former slaves from the U.S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day celebration. You can see the ‘slave river’ where enslaved Africans were washed before being confined in the castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. 

 Upon arrival, we will walk through Elmina, which was the first destination of Europeans in Sub-Saharan Africa. It used to be the most cosmopolitan city in tropical Africa. As you walk through the ancient town of Elmina and down to the harbor, you are greeted by colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This a perfect picture opportunity for photographers. 

A colorful harbor below the Elmina Castle offers one of the best photo opportunities in West Africa. 

Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort

Day 17: Kakum National Park - Cape Coast - Accra - January 22, 2022
Day 17: Kakum National Park - Cape Coast - Accra - January 22, 2022

(OPTIONAL DEPARTURE)

After breakfast and check out, you will visit Kakum National Park in Ghana. It has one of Africa’s famous rainforest canopy walkways. This canopy walkway will be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana. Prepare to take a deep breath while you walk the suspended bridge and marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rainforest. 

After lunch, we drive a short distance to the Cape Coast Castle perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Castle is home to the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government. The Castle was once the hub of human trading in West Africa that served as an important link in the transatlantic slave trade but now restored as an important UNESCO World Heritage site. 

  Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Best Western Beach Hotel

Day 18:Accra - Depart - January 23, 2022
Day 18:Accra - Depart - January 23, 2022

This morning will be at leisure. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. 

Meal(s): Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated
  • Cost of visas
  • Meals not listed
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide

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Accra, Ghana
from $4,295.00

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