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Itinerary: Ghana, Togo and Benin - Gold and Magic Tour

Ghana, Togo and Benin - Gold and Magic Tour

Ghana, Togo and Benin are home to an amazing diversity of traditional cultures, from the once mighty kingdom of the Ashanti to smaller groups living in isolation in the bush. See Voodoo ceremonies, visit ancient palaces and more.

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Ghana, Togo and Benin - Gold and Magic Tour

Day 1 – Accra
Arrive in Accra and transfer to your hotel. For those arriving early in the day, the rest of the day is free to explore. Overnight Novotel or similar.

Day 2 – Accra – Sogakope
Spend the morning exploring Accra, visiting the National Museum and the old quarter of Jamestown, as well as the quarter where craftsmen design flamboyant coffins for the deceased – a uniquely Ghanaian experience. From here we head to Sogakope, on the banks of the River Volta. Overnight Cisneros Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 3 – Lome – Lac Togo
We cross the border into Togo and head to Lome, the only African city to have been colonised by the French, British and Germans. Explore the city including its central markets and the fascinating – if rather gruesome – fetish market, where animal parts are sold for use in traditional medicines. In the afternoon travel by canoe to a remote and hidden village, where we witness a voodoo ceremony – unique to this part of the world, and sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Overnight Hotel Le Lac or similar. (BLD)

Day 4 – Ganvie – Ouidah
Today we head out onto Lake Nokwe to visit Ganvie, the largest stilt village in Africa situated in the middle of the water. From here we continue to the coastal town of Ouidah, a stronghold of voodoo and once an important slave port. We visit the python temple, where snakes are venerated as representations of gods, the old Portuguese fort and finally head to the beach and the sombre ‘Gate of No Return’, the point from which slaves left Africa for the New World. Overnight Hotel Casa del Papa or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 – Abomey
Visit Abomey, once the centre of the powerful kingdom of Dahomey, and home to an impressive Royal Palace. The palace is now a museum displaying various artefacts from that time. Depending on the time of year, we may be able to witness a traditional Guelede ceremony. Overnight Hotel Dako or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Savalou – Sokode
Stop at the Dankoli fetish, the most important voodoo shrine in Benin, where we may be able to witness rituals taking place. From here we cross back into Togo and head north to the town of Sokode. This evening we witness a fire dance, where the participants use burning coals in their performance – another fascinating demonstration of local beliefs and customs. Overnight Hotel Central or similar. (BLD)

Day 7 – Tamberma Villages
We head into the Kabye Massif, populated by a people of the same name. They live in houses called ‘soukala’, consisting of a number of dwellings linked by walls which hold one family. From here we drive into the lands of the Tamberma, one of the region’s most traditional groups who live in fortified houses known as ‘tatas’ – quite a spectacular sight. Overnight Hotel Kara or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 – Tamale
Cross the border back into Ghana and continue to a little visited region inhabited by the Dagomba people, who we stop to visit. In one settlement lives a population of ‘witches’, exiled from their own villages for fear of bad luck or harm. This offers us another opportunity to understand the complex belief systems that hold sway here. Continue to Tamale for the night. Overnight Modern City or similar. (BLD)

Day 9 – Boabeng-Fiema – Techiman
We start our journey south, stopping first at the impressive Kintampo waterfalls. From here we head to Boabeng-Fiema – in the forest here lives a population of mona and colobus monkeys that the local people consider to be sacred. As a result of this they are not harmed, and therefore not afraid of people, so your chances for seeing them are excellent. We explore the forest on foot, then drive to nearby Techiman for the night. Overnight Encom Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 10 – Kumasi
Continue to Kumasi, Ghana’s second city and home of the old Ashanti Kingdom. Explore the city including the Ashanti Cultural Centre, which gives a great insight into what once was one of the most powerful kingdoms in the region. If possible, we will be able to see a traditional Ashanti funeral, quite a spectacle at which visitors are welcome. Overnight Miklin Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 11 – Kumasi – Anomabu
Continue our exploration of Kumasi by visiting the Royal Palace Museum, with its unique collection of golden jewellery. Depending on the time of year we may be able to see the Akwasidae festival, a flamboyant ceremony honouring the Ashantehene, the traditional ruler of the Ashanti people. From here we drive to Anomabu on the coast. Overnight Anomabu Beach Resort or similar. (BLD)

Day 12 – Elmina – Accra
We visit the fishing town of Elmina, best known for St George’s Castle, the oldest European building in Africa and once used as holding centre for slaves. In the two itself we explore the old quarter with its unique Posuban shrines, made by the traditional ‘asafo’ societies which were once responsible for local defence. From here we drive back to Accra, where day use rooms are available to freshen up before your flight. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BL)

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- Accommodation – as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we’ll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.

- Guides – In most cases you will be accompanied by one guide from start to finish. However there may be occasions when this is not practical, for example if your trip covers a number of different countries. In these cases it often makes more sense to include different guides for each place, to take advantage of their specific knowledge of the destination.

- Meals – As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).

Entrance fees – Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you’d like to see, these would be at your own expense.

Not included:
- Visas
- Airport taxes
- International flights
- Travel Insurance

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