Togo & Benin: Cultural Explorer
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Home to a fascinating variety of vibrant cultures, Togo and Benin are lands of quite extraordinary scope and spectacle, being the spiritual home of voodoo and steeped in the tragedy and horror of the tragic trans-atlantic slave trade. Beginning in Lome, Togo’s lively capital, our journey takes us into the heart of some of West Africa’s most culturally diverse regions and geographically varied landscapes.
We’ll explore the tropical forests along the slopes of Mount Klouto and visit the spectacular adobe architecture of the Tamberma and Somba people. We’ll then head north to take in the scenic landscapes around the Atakora Mountains and hike amongst the villages of the Taneka plateau, our gateway into the voodoo world. Filled with an extraordinary wealth of experiences and encounters, we’ll get to witness fire festivals and mask dances and meet fetish priests, before heading south to the UNESCO setting of the Abomey Royal Palace and the stilt village of Ganvie.
As a fitting climax we will attend the spectacular annual voodoo festival in Ouidah, the spiritual home of this most fascinating religion.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN LOME (TOGO)
DAY 2: LOME - KPALIME
DAY 3: IN & AROUND KPALIME
DAY 4: KPALIME - SOKODE
DAY 5: SOKODE - DEFALE
DAY 6: IN & AROUND DEFALE
DAY 7: DEFALE (TOGO) - ATAKORA (BENIN)
DAY 8: IN & AROUND ATAKORA REGION
DAY 9: ATAKORA - DJOUGOU
DAY 10: DJOUGOU - DASSA
DAY 11: DASSA - KETOU
DAY 12: IN & AROUND KETOU
DAY 13: KETOU - GANVIE
DAY 14: GANVIE - OUIDAH (VOODOO FESTIVAL) - GRAND POPO
DAY 15: GRAND POPO (BENIN) - LOME (TOGO)