Ghana, Benin & Togo: Festivals and Traditions

A cultural odyssey

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This cultural odyssey will take you to the most remote regions of Ghana, Togo and Benin to discover lost tribal worlds and ancient spirits.

Beginning in Ghana you will explore the weird and wonderful side of Accra, a modern African metropolis and the country‚Äôs capital, before heading to Benin to cross Lake Nokwe to reach Ganvie, the largest and most beautiful African village on stilts, home to approximately 25,000 inhabitants of the Tofinou ethnic group. Travelling through the heart of voodoo country, you will visit practitioners, watch trance-dances and learn about the great influence that voodoo spirits still have on people. Witness a hypnotic fire dance, enter the fairy-tale clay castle homes of the Tamberma people and visit Dankoli Fetish, where prayers for happy events are represented by countless little sticks inserted into fetishes. Finally continue to Togo to discover the tropical forests and their exotic fauna and flora, take in the immense Ashanti market and explore the former Slave Coast with its haunting European forts. 

This itinerary is unique, eye opening and times confronting, yet full of mystery and magic. As one of the most complete and spectacular journeys through West Africa it offers a glimpse into a world seen by very few westerners and virtually no tourists. Led by expert guides and with the benefit of good quality accommodation en route, this is an unparalleled experience for true Africa-philes.

Please note that this is just one of the many West African itineraries available. A range of highly specialised journeys can be planned to coincide with a range of cultural events and festivals in various locations throughout Ghana, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. Please contact us for further details, dates and full itineraries.

Why we like it

  • A glimpse into a secret world
  • Very few westerners and virtually no tourists
  • The weird and wonderful culture of fetish and voodoo
  • Stilted lake villages and clay castles in the sand
  • Expert guides and good quality accommodation

At a Glance

This is an example itinerary only. Please contact us for full details.
Day 1 | Artive in Accra, capital of Ghana
Day 2 | Accra city tour
Day 3 | Travel to Lome (capital of Togo); fetish market
Day 4 | Witness a voodoo ceremony in a remote village; visit historic Ouidah, a former slave port
Day 5 | Visit stilted village of Ganvie on Lake Nokwe, Benin
Day 6 | Dankoli Fetish and Taneka mountain village
Day 7 | Clay 'castle' houses of the Somba & Tamberma people; evening fire dance
Day 8 | Guided expedition into tropical rainforest with entomologist
Day 9 | Visit Krobo, famous for glass bead tradition
Day 10 | Wander the huge Kumasi market; attend a traditional Ashanti funeral celebration (is possible)
Day 11 | Tour of Kumasi including Royal Palace
Day 12 | Visit Elmina Castle, used historically for trading slaves and the oldest European building in Africa. Wander colouful, colonial fishing villages

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