Ghana, Togo & Benin tour, Ouidah voodoo festival

“A two week small group trip taking in the top highlights of Ghana, Togo and Benin, with a visit to Benin痴 annual voodoo festival included.”

Highlights

Accra | Lome | Ouidah | Ouidah Voodoo Festival | Ganvie | Abomey | Savalou | Naititingou | Tamberma Villages | Sokode | Kloto | Tafi Atome | Akosombo | Kumasi | Anomabu | Elmina

Description of Ghana, Togo & Benin tour, Ouidah voodoo festival

This exciting two week tour will take you across Ghana, Togo and Benin, where you値l get the chance to witness Ouidah痴 incredible voodoo festival. You値l travel with a small group of likeminded travellers and experienced local guides on an adventure that will please Africa newbies and old hands alike.

In Benin you値l spend time in Ouidah, exploring the city and visiting both a traditional healer and a fetish market, where you値l see many animal parts for sale for use in traditional medicine. You値l also experience the colourful annual voodoo festival, when worshippers from across Benin come to take part in a variety of ceremonies celebrating gods and spirits. Other highlights of your Benin visit include a visit to Ganvie, the largest stilt village in Africa, and Abomey, once the centre of the powerful kingdom of Abomey.

In Togo, as well as passing briefly through Togolese capital Lome, you値l visit the northern town of Sokode, where you値l witness a fire dance, peruse traditional craft wares in Atakpame and Kpalime and take a night walk in the forests near Kloto.

In Ghana, highlights include a visit to Tafi Atome forest, home to a population of sacred monkeys; Kumasi, the country痴 second city and once the centre of the powerful Ashanti Kingdom; and Elmina, where you can learn about the dark history of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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2019: 7 Jan
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Environment

This tour travels through some very remote regions, some of which have barely been touched by the presence of humans, and we strongly believe in maintaining their pristine nature. We strive to ensure that we leave these areas as we find them and our team have been trained in strict no litter policies, meaning that we take all refuse to either be recycled or properly disposed of in nearby towns.

In conjunction with our local team we work with hotels and guesthouses to implement best practices when it comes to environmental matters again in some places this is far behind what we might be used to in other parts of the world. This includes basic things like not replacing towels each day, as well as saving electricity and turning lights off.

Our travellers are specifically briefed on not to buy souvenirs made from endangered species people in remote parts of West Africa do not always have the same respect towards wildlife as most travellers will have, and can sometimes offer such things for sale. This also extends to bushmeat it is quite common to find antelope, porcupine or even monkey served in restaurants, and we specifically advise our travellers against contributing to the depletion of local populations.

On this tour we visit the Boabeng Fiema monkey forest, natural habitat for both mona and colobus monkeys. The fees that we pay to the local community here help in maintaining the forest for future generations. Our travellers are carefully briefed on appropriate behaviour when with the monkeys.

Community

As with many of the trips that we offer, this tour has a strong focus on local culture and different ethnic groups. Where possible we try to ensure that local people benefit from our presence.

We spend time with a number of different ethnic groups on this trip, from the Tamberma to the Dagarti. We consult extensively with local tribal elders to ensure that our presence here is very much welcomed we feel that it is very important to be seen as guests here rather than outsiders come to merely look. We are able to spend time with the communities learning about their traditions and customs.

We are careful not to disrupt the traditional way of life of the people that we meet. As a way to say thank you for allowing us to visit, we bring traditional gifts, such as sugar, tea and so on we do not bring modern accoutrements that may change their way of life as we feel that it is important for all tribal groups that any move towards a more 僧odern lifestyle is made on their own terms and not imposed upon them. We give gifts to the elders of the villages who will then ensure that they are distributed appropriately, rather than just giving them to individuals, which can cause problems, jealousy and fights within small communities.

Where small local shops exist within the villages, we encourage our travellers to but something, be it a cold (or not so cold, given the lack of electricity!) drink or a snack, so that we have some economic benefit, however small. We employ local guides from the villages to show us around not only does this give our travellers a greater insight into traditions but again it helps to put money into the local economy.

These are very traditional areas with certain codes of behaviour, and the people here are not that accustomed to outsiders. We ensure that our travellers are appropriately briefed in order so as not to offend local sensibilities. This includes photography while we recognise that many people are incredibly photogenic it is important for us to respect their wishes should they not want to have their photo taken, and our travellers are carefully briefed upon this.

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