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Highlights
  • Witness authentic voodoo ceremonies and dances
  • Explore the forests of kpalime
  • Meet african spiritual leaders and even royalty
  • Attend a traditional bwa mask ceremony
  • Visit ancient mosques and modern cities
  • Learn about the slave trade in ouidah

Get off the beaten track and into the hills, forests and villages that make up the 'Voodoo Trail' of West Africa for an immersive experience that few travellers get to have. Meet African royalty and witness tribal dancers fall into trance-like states as you enjoy an authentic cultural experience like no other. An expert CEO will guide you through the stunning landscape, helping with the cultural and lingual hurdles, ensuring you come away with deep insight into the origins of Africa’s mystical animist religions. This is a truly mind-blowing experience. Interested?

Trip Description
The Voodoo Trail
 
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Our CEO Paul Abogolo was amazing. We were very lucky to get him, and he couldn't have done more. He had the patience of a saint dealing with a difficult person in our group, he was knowledgeable, he is a great people person which made mixing with indigenous people so easy, and he kept going despite feeling unwell. A true star March 2015

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Amazing experience, but perhaps a warning to future pax about the extreme heat, I wasn't expecting almost 40 degrees and it was very draining at times. I would like to point out that your itinerary states that there was an included lunch on day 13, which we did not get, and Paul said it was not featured in his programme, do I am dissapointed about that
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Itinerary

Day 1 Lomé

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Lomé/Kpalimé (1B)

Enjoy a city tour including visit to the central market, colonial buildings, and the fetish market. The central market is home to the 'Nana Benz', selling the colourful fabric synonymous with West Africa. Visit the fetish market for an eclectic assortment of ingredients for love potions and magical concoctions. Later, travel to the Kpalimé region. Join a voodoo ceremony in one of the local villages. Included Activities: Lomé City Tour Voodoo Ceremony Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Kpalimé/Ouidah (1B)

Enjoy time in the Kloto forest learning more about indigenous plants and how the locals use them. Continue back towards Lomé and stop for lunch before heading to Ouidah. Here, learn about the history of the slave trade in the area and follow the sombre slave route to the sea. Included Activities: Kpalimé Guided Nature Walk Border Crossing (Togo - Benin) Transport: It's a full day of sightseeing from Kpalimé to Ouidah, jumping in and out of the van along the way. Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 4 Ouidah/Porto-Novo (1B)

Visit more sights around fascinating Ouidah before crossing Lake Nokwe. Stop at the unique Ganvié stilt village, built completely in the middle of the lake. Continue on to the capital of Benin, Porto-Novo. With time, visit some of the city. Included Activities: Slave Route Guided Walk Temple of Python Visit Ganvié Stilt Village Visit Transport: Drive from Ouidah to the port. Change to boat for a 20 min ride to the stilt village. Private Vehicle Boat

Day 5 Porto-Novo/Bohicon (1B)

Enjoy a Porto-Novo city tour with visits to the Ethnographic Museum, religious centres, and herbal market. Visit a genuine Yoruba king, the Abomey Royal Palace, see the colourful Egun Dancing Mask celebration, and visit the Savalov. Included Activities: Porto-Novo City Tour Audience with the King of the Yoruba of South Benin Abomey Palace Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Bohicon/Dassa-Zoumé (1B)

Attend a performance of Egun masks; this is a traditional celebration of the Fon and Yoruba of South Benin. Egun masks represent the spirits of the deceased, and according to the local population, they “are” the deceased. Visit some remains of the capital city of an ancient kingdom in Dassa. Stop at the wooden horse walk up the Royal Hill, where the kings used to be buried. Included Activities: Egun Mask Performance Wooden Horse Visit Royal Hill Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Dassa-Zoumé/Natitingou (1B)

Stop at the fetish of Dankoli en route to a Fulani encampment. Witness their nomadic culture firsthand. Included Activities: Dankoli Fetish Visit Fulani Tribe Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Natitingou/Atakora Department (1B)

Enjoy a day of walking in the land of the Somba people. Learn about the unique architecture and meet the locals. Included Activities: Somba Villages Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Atakora Department/Dapaong (1B)

Cross back into Togo and visit Tamberma and Moba villages. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Benin - Togo) Moba Tribe Visit Tamberma Villages Visit Transport: Spend a full day visiting villages, hoping in and out of the van. Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 10 Dapaong/Pô (1B)

Cross into Burkina Faso. Visit the Mossi people then stop in the towns of Bagre and Zabre. See the Gurunsi tribe's fresco houses. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Togo - Burkina Faso) Gurunsi Tribe Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 11 Pô/Gaoua (1B)

Travel through the savannah to the Dagarti region and Gaoua. Explore the Dagarti tribe's villages. Included Activities: Dagarti Tribe Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops. Private Vehicle

Day 12 Gaoua (1B)

Explore the fascinating Lobi tribe's villages with a local Lobi guide. Meet a traditional healer and have a peek inside his home. Included Activities: Lobi Tribe Visit Traditional Healer Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 Gaoua/Banfora (1B)

Explore the Loropeni ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, visit the Guen people and their king and gold diggers in Senoufo village. Included Activities: Ruins of Loropéni Visit Meet with Chief of Obiré in Kingdom of Guen Gold Diggers in Senoufo Village Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops. Private Vehicle

Day 14 Banfora/Bobo-Dioulasso (1B)

Visit sights around the Banfora region, like the Pics of Sindou. Hike to the top for breathtaking views. Take a boat excursion on Lake Tengrela and keep your eyes peeled for hippos. Continue on to Bobo. Included Activities: Pics of Sindou Visit Lake Tengrela Boat Excursion Bobo City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 15 Bobo-Dioulasso/Ouagadougou (1B)

Arriving in the capital in the late afternoon, and enjoy a final night out with the group recounting unforgettable experiences from the trip. Additional Notes: En route to the Ouagadougou, we search out a Bwa ceremonial dance. This dance uses wooden masks, with each mask representing characters in family myths. Some masks represent animals, other represent bush spirits; particularly striking are the “plank” masks, featuring a stylized face surmounted by a tall, rectangular plank. Plank masks tend to be two-dimensional with impressive geometrical patterns. These masks are predominantly white, red, and black. The traditional dance ceremony is an important aspect of village life, and masks are considered the spirits of the village, providers of the agricultural bounty that the village depends on. As such, the spirits are to be appeased through cult offerings. Masks are symbols relating human beings, nature and spirits. With the start of a drumbeat, the spirits arrive in shape of wooden owls, butterflies, antelopes, buffaloes, and hyenas; spectators participate with songs, comments and laughter. The dance is a form of street theatre that melds sacred, traditional and entertainment elements. Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, is seen as part village, part town. Life in the city plays out in the streets, in a unique fusion of village and town ambiances: old taxis, bicycles, scooters, donkeys pulling carts, porters caring loads on their heads. Streets are lined with informal traders offering colourful goods, small open-air restaurants serve beer, music blares, and everywhere chickens and goats run free. Street barbers shave their clients in the shade of mango trees, while in the street markets the colours and smells assault the senses. On the outskirts a large area is dedicated to craftsmen displaying their wares—a great chance to appreciate the skills and the products of African artisans. Arriving in the capital in the late afternoon, enjoy a final night out with the group as you share stories of the many unforgettable experiences that you have had in this part of West Africa where very few other foreigners travel. Included Activities: Bwa Ceremonial Dance Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle

Day 16 Ouagadougou (1B)

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,999

Price Per Day:

$ 187 per person
 
There is no departure tax for these countries.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Arrival transfer
  • Lomé city tour
  • Voodoo ceremony experience
  • Kpalime guided nature walk
  • Slave route guided walk (Ouidah) with Python Temple visit
  • Ganvié stilt village visit (Lake Nowke)
  • Porto-Novo city tour
  • Audience with Yoruba king (if his schedule permits)
  • Abomey palace guided tour
  • Egun dancing mask ceremony
  • Fulani tribe visit
  • Moba tribe visit
  • Somba and Tamberma adobe castles visit
  • Gurunsi tribe visit and traditional dance ceremony
  • Dagarti and Lobi tribes visit
  • Loropeni visit
  • Guen king and tribe visit
  • Senoufo village visit
  • Banfora town tour
  • Bobo city tour
  • Bwa mask ceremony
  • Craft market visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 15 breakfasts
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportMinibus, walking.We use a minibus for this tour, normally Toyota Hiace, or for large groups Toyota Coaster. With a small group of up to 3 travellers, we may use Toyota Land Cruiser. The 4WD is not compulsory in our itinerary, apart in rainy season when in the convoy we use also at least one 4WD (just in case) With sliding windows, bench seats, and an aisle on one side, these vans that we use are common in the region and comfortable. Road conditions can run the full range of conditions from relatively new in the cities to old, deteriorating, very poor, and even almost non-existent. During dry seasons, the roads can become very dusty. This style of travel is by no means luxurious, but the seats are comfortable and having our own private vehicles allow us the flexibility of making stops when needed and visit far out of the way destinations. Please note for your own safety it is mandatory to wear your seat belt at all times when in a vehicle.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 8

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Simple hotels/guesthouses (15 nts).
West Africa is one of the poorest areas of the world, and as such, basic infrastructure such as sealed roads, reliable electricity, constant access to tap water that you will find in other areas of Africa and the world are less common in West Africa. The hotels and accommodation venues that we use on this trip are unfortunately no exception. Most hotels advertise hot water, but if the electricity is working at the time we are there to heat and pump the water is another question. All hotels and accommodation that we use are simple and basic, but clean and safe. The nature of the destination means that there is very little choice of accommodation venues. There is little to no local and foreign tourism or travel demand to justify the existence of the hotels that you, as a foreign traveller has come to expect in less developed countries. Choices are thus limited in many of our destinations, so we try to choose the best or most appropriate accommodation in each area.
Start City
Lomé
End City
Ouagadougou
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and driver throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL This tour goes to some very basic, undeveloped areas of Africa, which is the least developed continent. This means that standards of roads, food, hygiene, and customer service will be far from what you are used to. Accommodation is rustic and basic in many places. 2. ITINERARY CHANGES The Itinerary can be modified because of changes in traditional festivals, roads conditions, or major causes or events. We travel through this region in order to meet many local people and visit many villages, and part of this cultural journey through these very non-Westernized places is being flexible enough to make changes that will benefit the tour. If we learn of something interesting happening in the area, your CEO may decide to make adjustments to the itinerary, but this will always be to given you the best, most unique experience. 3. POLLUTION We do not give away to local people any kind of plastic; gifts are offered to chiefs and teachers; no photos are permitted of police stations, borders crossings, and airports.

Meals

When a evening meal is not included, your hotel will have a restaurant or your will be advised of a good local restaurant. Breakfast in the hotels are usually French style: coffee or tea, and bread with butter and jam. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note all bottled drinking water and other drinks will be at your own expense. Often, in rural areas, especially during days 6 to 12, bottled drinking water is not always available. In addition, small notes and coins for change is very sparse in the regions we travel. As such, often the only way possible for each individual person to buy their own drinks is to pool money together, from which drinks and common items may be purchased.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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