Benin and Togo Voodoo Discovery

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  • COVID-19protected
  • Explorer
  • Active and outdoor
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Lomé, Togo
  • Ends Lomé, Togo
  • +7
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Voodoo A unique opportunity to witness the intriguing and esoteric rituals of West Africa.
  • Tamberma Remote fortified dwellings in the Atakora mountains.
  • Kloto Scenic highlands and walks in the tropical forest.
  • Abomey The impressive Royal palace, a UNESCO Heritage site.
Starting and ending in Lomé, the trip Benin And Togo Voodoo Discovery is a guided active and outdoor trip that takes 14 days. You will be touring through Ganvie, Dassa, Natitingou and 6 other destinations in benin, Togo and Bermuda. Benin And Togo Voodoo Discovery is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

This diverse trip through Benin and Togo is an opportunity to understand tribal cultures directly from a village Chief, discover the varied landscapes and learn about the controversial French colonisation and slave trade history. Voodoo - A unique chance to witness these intriguing and esoteric rituals Diverse landscapes - Spend a night in a remarkable stilt village on Lake Nokwe and walk through pristine rainforest Village Life - See traditional life up close and meet the friendly people of these two small but mighty West African countries
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT EXPLORE
5 - Excellent
Based on 294 reviews
  • Les
  • On Jul 01 2020
5 - Excellent
Les' review for another Explore tour
“Enjoyed the trip and company of Cemaliye and the rest of the group very much. Should have mentioned our full Christmas dinner provided by the hotel on Christmas Day. It was excellent and a lovely surprise.”
  • Simon
  • On Oct 01 2020
5 - Excellent
Simon's review for another Explore tour
“This was the most expensive (by far) holiday I've ever taken and it exceeded expectations. We were fortunate that the group of 7 + guide all got along very well together.There's a comment on your website from a previous trip that there wasn't enough walking, and this was a concern for me in advance, but looking back I think it was just right for me. The members of the group had different walking capacities, and our guide ensured we were each able to achieve our respective goals.”
  • Anthony
  • On Sep 07 2020
5 - Excellent
Anthony's review for another Explore tour
“Would definitely recommend this trip even if you have been to South East Asia before. Well paced and an interesting varied itinerary in the time available. Wit is a great tour leader. Nothing was too much trouble and everything ran smoothly. It wasn't clear from the trip notes which of the meeting points (there are 6) at Bangkok Airport the Explore rep for the transfer to the Hotel would be waiting. We exited the baggage reclaim at meeting point 6. We ended up wandering up and down the arrivals hall for a while before meeting them by chance at meeting point 4. The hotel in Bangkok was in a good location for the main sites and close to restaurants, Khao San Road and a 7/11. Would recommend the Mango vegetarian restaurant near Khao San Road. Really enjoyed the overnight train. Food on the train was fine and delivered to one's seat. You might want to bring an eyemask/ear plugs/layers for the air con if susceptible to the cold. Chiang Mai hotel was good, slightly out of the centre and within walking distance. Really enjoyed eating at the Night Market and nice to wander around Chiang Mai centre at dusk visiting temples. Comfortable mini buses for the journey from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai: reasonable leg room even if 6 foot tall. Some twisty roads from Chiang Mai but manageable (also after lunch en route to Laos border). Fairly basic hotel in Chiang Rai, in nice setting, with good breakfast. Nice food in the Night Market with live entertainment. "Interesting" Cat Cafe near the Night Market, even if just to stand outside and admire. Journey to Laos border via viewpoint with nice views over the Mekong and border between Burma, Laos and Thailand and interesting hill tribe museum. Make sure that you have nice new crisp US Dollars ($35 for us) for the Laos border crossing. The boat trip down to Luang Prabang was fantastic. Really spacious boat; delicious food; relaxing pace and beautiful scenery. Stayed overnight at Pakbeng. In the morning at breakfast keep an eye out across the river as you may well see elephants being brought down to the river. You'll need a zoom lens for a good photo! Luang Prabang is atmospheric though you may not have the sunset viewpoint to yourself. Nice vegetarian food at the Bamboo Tree restaurant and then you can pop into the Joma bakery for fresh cakes (Also a nice Joma in Vientiane). Ground floor rooms in the Luang Prabang hotel were noisy due to water tanks/plumbing outside. Nice breakfast area. Vientiane was nice to wander around in the evening. New Rose hotel has nice rooms though a bit lacking on the breakfast front compared to other hotels on the trip e.g. policing of the amount of toast allowed! The Buddha Park is well worth a visit (optional trip). It's a great way to see everyday life in Vientiane on the drive there and the Buddha Park itself is unexpected. COPE visitor centre was interesting. Suggest buying snacks on the day of the flight to Cambodia (poor breakfast, limited airport options and small cold lunch- salad/meat- on plane). Loved Phnom Penh. It's noisy, polluted, gridlocked but has something about it that grabs you. The trip to the Killing Fields and S21 museum would benefit from being a three quarters/whole day. Half a day made it feel rushed particularly at S21 museum where without a guide we ended up touring the site in reverse. He showed us around a bit but didn't keep the group together. You'll be taken to meet a survivor of S21 with the chance to buy a book about his experiences. For books about that era in Cambodia's history I would recommend "First They Killed My Father" by Loung Ung and "River of Time" by Jon Swain. John Pilger has some good essays in "Distant Voices". The National Museum is interesting and a nice setting. Highly recommend the Friends restaurant and Romdeng restaurant, both of which are part of the TREE Alliance. Really delicious food. The Masala Dosa Street Kitchen cafe is a really great place to get....you guessed it...Masala Dosa. Hotel room in Phnom Penh were fine, although twin rather than double. Breakfast not great. Nice views of the Cambodian countryside on the bus journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Pleasant hotel in Siem Reap (room safes in both Cambodian hotels) though good luck ordering eggs for breakfast. Best local guide in Siem Reap (except when hung over). Also no mention made of dawn visit so would need to make a point of mentioning it if interested. Need to specifically ask re cooking classes. Marum restaurant, another Tree Alliance operation, has delicious food and a nice courtyard setting. You'll get offered the Ancient Angkor guide book by Michael Freeman and Claude Jacques for $10 at all of the sites you will visit in Angkor. The same book is on sale at Siem Reap Airport for $14 which has "authentic version" on it so perhaps the ones on sale at the Angkor sites are bootleg versions..... Book the trip- you know you want to and you won't regret it! ”
ITINERARY Expand All
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Lome
  • Day 2 : Lome city tour; Drive to Kpalime
  • Day 3 : Guided rainforest butterfly walk; fire dance in the evening
  • Day 4 : Drive to the Bassar region. Visit the clay houses and learn about the iron production
  • Day 5 : Visit the Kabye region and meet the Tamberma people in the Atakora mountains
  • Day 6 : Walk in the Atakora Mountain range and meet the Somba people
  • Day 7 : Drive to Natitingou; discover the town with its museum and market and then relax by the pool
  • Day 8 : Walk on the Taneka plateau visiting the Yom people. Afternoon drive to Dassa
  • Day 9 : Visit the town of Dassa and then the Royal Palace of Abomey
  • Day 10 : See the incredible Egun and Gelede mask ceremonies
  • Day 11 : Travel to incredible stilt village of Ganvie to spend a night in a stilt guesthouse
  • Day 12 : Visit Ouidah, the spiritual home of Voodoo; drive to Grand Popo
  • Day 13 : Zangbeto dancing mask ceremony and afternoon voodoo ceremony
  • Day 14 : Trip ends in Lome
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Meals
  • 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Napoleon Lagune (2 nights)
  • Auberge JP Nectar (1 night)
  • Nouvel Hotel Central (1 night)
  • Hotel Kara (1 night)
  • Otammari Lodge (2 nights)
  • Hotel Tata Somba (1 night)
  • Hotel Jeco (1 night)
  • Hotel TG Le Retour (2 nights)
  • Auberge Carrefour Ganvie Chez M (1 night)
  • Hotel Awale Plage (1 night)
Transport
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Boat
Guide
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
Others
  • Cook
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Lomé are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Benin and Togo Voodoo Discovery tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Benin and Togo Voodoo Discovery tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 17 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Benin and Togo Voodoo Discovery tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Benin and Togo Voodoo Discovery tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
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