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Lake view of Benin, West Africa

Mystical West Africa - Traditions, Voodoo, and Craft

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
From: $ 6,800 $ 523 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  •  Venture far off the tourist track into Benin, Togo, and Ghana
  • Unique access to traditions, including voodoo ceremonies, mask dances, and bead making
  • Spectacular contrasts: the cosmopolitan capital Lomé, the rural stilt village of Ganvie, the beautiful beaches of Accra

Short Description

We are fired up by this trip to West Africa, full of private access, unusual sights, and enchanting traditions. From Benin to Togo and then to Ghana, it’s a cultural exploration in which ceremony and tradition, along with landscapes of rain forest, swampland and coastline demonstrate the region’s beautiful extremes.

Stride Take

This is a tour that will immerse you in a cultural exploration of ceremony and tradition of West Africa. Learn about the mystical traditions of voodoo ceremonies, mask dances, and bead making. Travel off the beaten path from Benin to Togo, then to Ghana along the landscapes of rain forest, swampland and coastline, and witness the region’s beautiful extremes.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cotonou
End City Accra

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Ghana

Cities & Attractions

Accra Benin Lome Togo

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Cotonou, Benin

Day 2

Drive to Ketou via Ganvie

Day 3

To Abomey, Egun mask dance, drive to Dassa

Day 4

Explore Dassa, drive to Ouidah

Day 5

On to Lomé via Glidji

Day 6

Explore Lomé

Day 7

Drive to Accra, tour city

Day 8

On to Elmina, sightsee

Day 9

Kakum National Park

Day 10

Drive to Kumasi, Ashanti funeral

Day 11

Akwasidae Festival

Day 12

On to Akossombo, craft villages

Day 13

Drive to Accra, depart.

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Price Per Day: $ 523 per day
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
4.9

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

GeoEx will assess a cancellation charge to cover loss of nonrefundable advance payments we have made on your behalf to ground operators and government agencies; communication expenses; and the loss of time that may permit resale of your space. The following cancellation charges will apply:

Cancellation charges on air-inclusive packages apply to the entire cost. GeoEx will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements after the trip has commenced or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary. Additionally, cancellation charges for safaris, cruises, air tickets, and custom trips may vary.

GeoEx reserves the right to cancel trips that are below the trip minimum (usually five persons). All trip members will be notified a minimum of 30 days before the trip departs and will receive a full refund. In the event of trip cancellation, GeoEx is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by trip members (e.g., nonrefundable “advance purchase” air tickets, medical expenses, and passport and visa fees).

Standard Cancellation Charges for Group Trips:

Nonrefundable cancellation charge: $150 per traveler.

61–90 days prior to departure: 25% of land cost.

31–60 days prior to departure: 50% of land cost.

30 days or less to departure: No refund.

At or after trip departure: No refund.

Additional Information:

*January departure includes Voodoo Festival in Ouidah and Akwasidae in Kumasi.

Custom Trip pricing: While Custom Trips may be offered year-round, seasonality, itinerary options, and number of travelers allow for a range of pricing.

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