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Ghana, Togo & Benin Including the Annual Ouidah Voodoo Festival – Jan 2017

In 1996 the government of Benin decreed that Voodoo was an official voodoo a religion practiced by more than 60% of Benin's over 10 million residents.

For millions of Beninese, voodoo is an integral part of everyday life. It does have a dark side – and you cannot avoid the many voodoo dolls riddled with pins and nails. Ouidah is the spiritual capital of voodoo and was once a major slave-trading post

On January 10 every year ceremonies and festivities take place on the beach near the monument dedicated to the Place of No Return. Thousands of voodoo believers and adherents gather in Ouidah, the historic centre of voodoo religion to receive blessings from Ouidah’s voodoo chief. This is one of Benin’s most colorful and spectacular events.

The celebrations begin when the supreme voodoo priest slaughters an animal, usually a goat to honor the spirits. This is followed by singing, chanting, dancing, beating of drums and drinking of various spirits usually gin. The area is temporarily Benin’s yearly Woodstock.

Discover Togo, 7 Days

On arrival visit Lome central market, then drive through coconut plantations to Lake Togo for a cruise. Observe the making of batik, macrame and ceramic at the Kloto Craft Center. Witness a real voodoo ceremony and meet the chief of a Yogon village

Ghana, Togo & Benin, 14 Days

Visit historical sites, castles and craft villages in Ghana before heading to Lome, Togo. Travel to Cotonou, Benin for varied historical and cultural experiences, including the floating city of Ganvie. Experience the birthplace of Voodoo and more!

Discover Ghana, Togo & Benin – 19 Days

Travel with us through Ghana, Togo and Benin as we explore the ancient history and cultural identity of these three countries. Explore Ghana- the former Gold Coast, famous for its friendly people, rich colorful history, numerous authentic cultural festivals, forts, castles and other UNESCO heritage sites. Touch the History of Cape Coast and Elmina, once centers of the slave trade. Encounter Ashanti royalty and learn about the regal history of the Ashanti people. Travel through the rural backroads where the real West Africa resides in every village; cross into Togo and Benin where the history and cultures are no less fascinating. Visit the Royal Palace of Abomey in Benin. Meet village chiefs, observe wildlife and see how local crafts are handmade in time honored traditions.

Inside View of West Africa, 37 days

West Africa is waiting to be explored! Visit the nations of the West African coast; Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Take in the vibrant atmosphere and visit hidden jewels, such as Ghana's Kumasi, center of the famed Ashanti Kingdom of Gold.