Mystical West Africa
Group Travel | 13 Days
- Venture far off the tourist track into Benin, Togo, and Ghana
- Special access to traditions: voodoo ceremonies, mask dances, and bead making
- Admire contrasts from cosmopolitan Lomé to rural stilt village of Ganvie
- Explore Gold Coast history and castles, as well as colorful markets
- 50 Tours of a Lifetime Award from National Geographic Traveler
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. We’re honored with special invitations to ancestral rituals such as a shape-shifting mask dance, a voodoo ceremony, and a celebratory funeral. We travel from rural villages to the more contemporary side of the region, exploring African history, imaginative art, and crafts markets.
I have traveled extensively and I can honestly say this was the most interesting trip I have taken. Even though I started with a reasonable knowledge of African art and culture, I learned a great deal that was new and interesting. You can't ask for anything better than that.– SHEILA P.
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Get acquainted with Cotonou, Benin’s coastal city, discovering its cafés, art galleries, and markets Boat across Lake Nokoué to Ganvie, a stilt fishing village.
3 – 4
From Ketou to Ouidah, we admire Dahomey Kingdom treasure, witness the Gelede and Egun mask dances, and learn about slave-trade history Visit Ouidah, the spiritual capital of voodoo.
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Cruise the Mono River, visiting the local villages, watch a Zangbeto mask dance, and then attend a voodoo ceremony en route to Togo Lomé immerses us in a delightful mix of colonial and modern architecture.
Explorations in Accra, Ghana’s largest city, offer insight into West African art Behold carpentry skills and Ga beliefs at a coffin maker’s workshop.
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Discover Elmina’s UNESCO-listed castles and forts once used in the slave trade We keep our eyes peeled for wildlife in the forest of Kakum National Park.
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In Kumasi we’re guests of the royal palace for the Festival of Akwasidae We savor crafts in West Africa’s largest market and may attend a colorful Ashanti funeral celebration.
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Ashanti craft villages teach us about wood carving and Kente cloth traditions See how beads are made by the Krobo people Depart from Accra.
Dates & Prices
04/24/20 – 05/06/20 – Guaranteed*
10/09/20 – 10/21/20
03/26/21 – 04/07/21
10/22/21 – 11/03/21
*Guaranteed departures will not be cancelled due to low enrollment; you can sign up and be confident that your plans will not change.
Custom Trips offered year-round
2020 Group Trip: From $9565 per person
Single Supplement: $1600
Please check back for 2021 pricing.
Custom Trip: Please call for individually tailored recommendations and pricing.
- Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
- Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
- All accommodations
- All ground transportation and airport transfers
- Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
- Most meals
- Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
- Services of a GeoEx trip leader (Group Trip), local guides, drivers, and other staff
- Some gratuities
- Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance