Mystical West Africa

Traditions, voodoo, and craft

  • 50 Tours of a Lifetime Award from National Geographic Traveler (2014)
  • 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
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Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 13 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
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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.

After a good look around Cotonou, we visit the stunning stilt village of Ganvie, experience the powerful, cleansing Zangbeto mask dance and spend time in Ouidah, the spiritual capital of voodoo. We immerse ourselves in the lives of fishermen who exist in rhythm with the seasons. Then it’s on to Lomé, where we meet a more contemporary side of West Africa and take in wonderful art and fetish markets. We move on to Elmina where we visit coastline castles built for the slave trade get and get close up with the rain forest canopy of Kakum National Park. We contemplate the legacy of the Ashanti Empire in Kumasi, before capping off our adventure in Accra and deepening our understanding of art, history, and beach-lolling.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Cotonou, Benin
  • Day 2: boat across Lake Nokwe to stilt village, drive to Ouidah
  • Days 3 & 4: Ouidah discovery
  • Day 5: drive to Lomé, Togo
  • Day 6: explore Lomé, fetish markets
  • Day 7: drive to Accra, Ghana
  • Day 8: on to Elmina
  • Day 9: Elmina, Kakum National Park
  • Days 10 & 11: drive to Kumasi, explore
  • Day 12: on to Akossombo
  • Day 13: drive to Accra, depart.