6 independent reviews for Ghana, Togo and Benin holiday, gold and magic

Reviews for Ghana, Togo and Benin holiday, gold and magic

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review 13 Nov 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Meeting the king of the Taneka people in Benin was a memorable experience for me. He seemed to exhude an air of gentle tranquility. My husband and I were thrilled that he wanted us to encourage more visitors from Jamaica. I was excited to be inTogo and Benin where animism and vodoun are widely practised. Despite my Catholic upbringing, l felt a thin thread of connection, a curiosity about the religion of my ancestors. My husband was fascinated by the drumming at the Millet Festival. As a musician, he was very interested in the interplay of rhythms.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Please, go with an open mind. Please, please, do not take photos of African children as if they were animals you observe on safari. Recognise that the culture of the people you visit has as much validity as yours. Be flexible, prepare for the unexpected, adjust your style of dress to suit the events you attend. This cross-country, international tour delivers much more than you would expect.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I felt we were careful not to be intrusive or disruptive. In fact, Sena our guide, made sure to give us suggestions about how to conduct ourselves so as not to leave a negative impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

My husband and I felt that this was one of the best tours that that we have been on. The experience was intense because we were so close to the local people and their day-to-day activities. Much of our satisfaction with the tour was due to the very professional leadership of our guide, Sena. He handled the group expertly with a firm quietness. We had full confidence in him. One question....the minibus was rather cramped and uncomfortable for long trips. Was that intended to provide us with a truly local experience?

review 25 Jan 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The warmth and welcome of Ghanaians. What a sunny contrast to the UK in January. Most exciting moment was encountering an armed poacher when out with a guide in a National Park. A chase ensued, luckily no one was hurt.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Remember it's Africa! Take your sense of humour, keep your expectations modest and you should be pleasantly surprised.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To a limited extent; there is not much visitor infrastructure but our presence will have supported the local economy a bit. Ghana's environment is unfortunately very stressed - there is plastic waste all over the place, and almost no wildlife outside of national parks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A very enjoyable trip to an interesting country.

review 21 Jan 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing tribal villages and voodoo practices.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be very sure you're up for long bumpy journeys in the minibus. There is often a long distance between attractions and these countries are not small.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Naturally as tourists we brought money into the economy, which will have benefited local people. I'm not sure that our pumping diesel emissions around from the bus will have aided the environment very much, but then they do a good job damaging that for themselves!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very very good. Fascinating insight into cultures within the three countries, with brilliant photo opportunities. A real eye-opener.

review 14 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Experience people and traditions in the countryside. Attend festivals and various cultural events.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This is a trip that does not have special physical challenges but be prepared for long days. Start early in the morning and with program and traveling until well into the evening. Although none of the countries are particularly large, the transport distances were quite long some days. Poor road conditions was also a reason for this. October / November can be hot but some rain showers freshened up the air.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Benefited local people and supported conservation; absolutely. Reduced environmental impacts; to a certain extent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was my first trip to "the real Africa" and I am very pleased that I did it this way. Professionally conducted by skilled guides / driver / chef and great tour friends made this an experience.

review 8 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were so many parts that were great. I especially loved the spontaneous stops that Sena made like the first funeral and the cocoa trees.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for a lot of travel and no free time.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think it benefited local people and certainly educated all of us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was great and Sena was an amazing guide.

review 30 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The festival for the local king in Kumasi on day 11 was a highlight. Another highlight was a visit to a village of semi nomadic people on day 9. They had a sort of water festival that day. Around 100 women in color full dresses carried a jar of water on their head, singing, and emptied the water in front of their chief. Visit to the slave forts and to several markets were very interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do not have high expectations about hotels or restaurants, but be prepared for a lot of experience and adventure.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Hard to say. As we stayed in local hotels and had a local guide and driver, we contributed to give jobs to several people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A very good trip, which I can recommend.

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