8 Days Togo and Benin Voodoo Culture Tour Package £145/- (Posted on Jul 11 2011)

8 Days Togo and Benin Voodoo Culture Tour Package £145/-

TOGO AND BENIN VOODOO CULTURE TOUR

COUNTRY: Benin, Togo
DEPARTURES: 2011: 6 Aug, 22 Oct, 24 Dec | 2012: 7 Jan, 25 Aug
PRICE: From £1459 – £1599 (8 days) including flights from the UK, from £921 – £1187 excluding flights. Single supplement £220.
VOUCHERS:Gift vouchers can be used with this holiday

Porto Novo Benin

Porto Novo Benin

–     Discover remote villages & meet local kings
–     Stay at a traditional stilt village on Lake Nokoue
–     Explore ancient royal palaces & witness voodoo ceremonies

Voodoo Villages & Python Temple
Overlooking the Gulf of Guinea, Togo’s vibrant capital Lome provides our introduction to West Africa and the cult of voodoo. We visit Akodessewa fetish market with its bizarre display of religious and medicinal ingredients before heading east to rural villages where voodoo shrines and fetish ceremonies dominate the lives of local people. Over the border in Benin, we take a trip along the Mono River to explore remote villages before visiting the python temple and Portuguese fort in the old slave trade post of Ouidah. Later we take pirogues across Lake Nokoue to the stilt village of Ganvie. We spend a night in this traditional fishing community and may have a privileged encounter with a local Bokono oracle.

Ancient Kingdoms & Gelede Ceremony
At Abomey we visit the Royal Palaces of the pre-colonial kingdom of Dahomey. With thrones of human skulls and walls made with human blood, the history of Dahomey is steeped in tales of brutality and extravagance before its eventual conquest by the French. At nearby Cove, we aim to witness a Gelede mask ceremony, dedicated to the great earth mother divinity Oudua. Returning south at Ketou we hope to meet the local Oba (Yoouba king) before our journey ends in Benin’s capital Porto Novo. Here we visit the markets and old Portuguese town as well as King Toffa’s palace, the old throne of one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s longest royal dynasties.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1:
Fly Lome (Togo).

Day 2-3:
Togo’s capital Lome provides our introduction to West Africa and the cult of voodoo. We visit Akodessewa fetish market with its bizarre display of religious and medicinal ingredients before heading east to rural villages where voodoo shrines and fetish ceremonies dominate the lives of local people. Over the border in Benin, we take a trip along the Mono River and explore remote villages.

Lome Togo

Lome Togo

Day 4:
Opposite the Catholic cathedral we visit Ouidah’s famous voodoo python temple and explore the Portuguese fort. We’ll also learn about the areas slave history before taking pirogues across Lake Nokoue for a night at the stilt village of Ganvie; here we may have a privileged encounter with a local Bokono oracle.

Day 5-6:
With thrones of human skulls and walls made with human blood, the history of Dahomey’s Royal family and Palaces is steeped in tales of brutality and extravagance. At Cove, we aim to witness a Gelede mask ceremony, and at Ketou we hope to meet the local Oba (Yoouba king) before our journey ends in Benin’s capital, Porto Novo. Here we visit the markets, old Portuguese town and King Toffa’s palace. We fly to the UK in the evening.

Day 7: Arrive UK.

 

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Posted by on Jul 11 2011. Filed under Africa, Benin, Lome, Porto Novo, Togo.

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8 Days Togo and Benin Voodoo Culture Tour Package £145/-

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