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15-Day Cultural Trip To Benin's Cities From Cotonou
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Rural Experience, Culture, Tribal Experience

  • Duration

    15 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, French

Description

Head to Benin to understand the lifestyle, culture and traditions of the indigenous people of the country. Learn the traditional ways of making wine, butter, and cheese. Explore the ancient villages and relish the thermal spring of Possotomè. Also, see the diverse wildlife and Tanougou Waterfalls at Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, enjoy the local festivities and unwind at the beach of Ouidah.

Highlights
  • Visit the Portuguese fort Sao Jao Batista and sites of the slave trade
  • Offer your prayers at the temple of the royal Pythons
  •  Go for a picnic on the beach of Ouidah
  •  Discover some facts about the XLA community
  • Stroll through pleasant mangrove forests
  • Hike up Lake Ahémé to see various local crafts and medicines
  • Relax in the thermal spring of Possotomè
  • Tour around Sè village to see unique pottery made by local women
  • Enjoy camping experience in Boukoumbé 
  • Meet Batammaribè people, Otamari people, Fon peoples and Yoruba people 
  • Explore the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve to witness Tanougou Waterfalls
  •  Attend local artisan Felix's workshop to learn to make stone sculptures
  • Walk through the UNESCO recognised Ofia village
  • Experience canoeing in the black river and learn the local fish farming method
  • Go to the famous Royal Palace
  • Day 1- Arrival in Cotonou expand_more
    • Meet your English-speaking Beninese tour guide at Cotonou airport.

    • Transfer to a hotel in Cotonou for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2- Cotonou - Ouidah - Grand Popo expand_more
    • Reach Ouidah. Here, you will visit the Portuguese fort Sao Jao Batista and the temple of the royal Pythons. 

    • Next, you will survey sites of the slave trade, including the 'Slave Route' and the 'Gate of No Return'.

    • Then, you will walk in the sacred forest of King Kpassè.

    • After lunch, a picnic on the beach of Ouidah. Here, you can rest or go for a swim.

    • Depart for Grand-Popo for an overnight stay.

  • Day 3- Grand Popo Sightseeing expand_more
    • You will meet a local tour guide who will help you discover the wonders of the XLA people. 

    • The local guide will take you for a pleasant walk through the mangrove.

    • Next, you will go to Salt island, where you can observe how local women manufacture iodized salt.

    • A boat ride will take you to the King's mouth, the island of birds and various sites of importance to the XLA community.

    • On your way back, you will have lunch with the locals and will be served the traditional Dakouin dish. You can also choose to swim and relax at the beach.

    • Depart for an overnight stay at a hotel in Possotomè.

  • Day 4- Possotome - Bopa expand_more
    • Your tour guide will take you for a hike of Lake Ahémé. Here, you will discover the various local crafts, medicines and water deities that the locals respect. 

    • Next, you will visit the thermal spring of Possotomè.

    • You can relax at the shores or go for a swim in Lake Ahémé.

  • Day 5- Sè- The Potters' Village expand_more
    • After an early breakfast, you will take the road to Sè, a village famous for its unique pottery made only by local women.

    • After the end of the village tour, you will put up a camp in Boukoumbé.

  • Day 6- Boukoumbe expand_more
    • You will visit the Batammaribè people, whose remarkable turret houses have become an architectural symbol of Togo and Benin. 

    • In the afternoon, you will engage with the Otamari people. Here, with the local women, you will learn the process of making shea butter.

  • Day 7- Boukoumbe - Natitingou expand_more
    • After breakfast, you will meet the Fulani people. Here, the local women will teach you the process of making cheese.

    • Around 2 pm, you will have lunch before heading to Natitingou to spend the night.

  • Day 8- Natitingou - Pendjari expand_more
    • During the day, you will explore the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve. Here, you will get to see the superb Tanougou Water Falls.

    Overnight stay in reserve.

  • Day 9- Pendjari Biosphere Reserve expand_more
    • After breakfast, you will go on a safari through the Penjari Biosphere Reserve. Here, in the meanders of the park, you will find its rich fauna and flora.

    Overnight stay in reserve.

  • Day 10- Pendjari - Djougou - Dassa expand_more
    • You will leave the Pendjari reserve and head for Djougou. 

    • Visit a local artisan named Félix in his workshop where he makes stone sculptures.

    Spend the night in Dassa.

  • Day 11- Dassa - Abomey - Bohicon - Ketou expand_more
    • You will visit the historic city of Abomey with its museum that traces the history of royalty in the 'Fon' region.

    • Next, you will stop in Bohicon for an immersion in the distant past of the Fon peoples. Here, you will see the underground houses in the city of Agongointo. 

    • Head on to the kingdom of Kétou to spend the night there.

  • Day 12- Ketou - Porto-Novo expand_more
    • You will learn about the history of the Yoruba people, the kingdom of Ketou, the royalty of Nago, and the royal court's internal organisation.

    • You will visit the Orisha Akaba-Idéna and the magic doors.

    • Then you will immerse yourself in Ofia, the village of the Gèlèdè masks, rites, and dances (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

    • You will survey the traditional architecture in the Nago region.

    • Return to Porto-Novo.

    • In the afternoon, visit the town of Avrankou. Here, you will be greeted by the children of the Yèten centre.

    Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Porto-Novo.

  • Day 13- Avrankou - Adjarra - Porto-Novo expand_more
    • A visit to the cultural bustle of the local markets.

    • In a pirogue, you will go canoeing in the Black River.

    • A walk through the countryside to meet the communities of the "Goun" region. Here, you will learn about the manufacturing process of Sodabi, a local wine.

    • Next, you will go to the Adjarra market. Here, you may get the chance to taste the local cuisine if it's a market day.

    • Depart for the Yèten center. Here, you can rest and also get to see the local livestock.

    • During the evening you can explore the city and have dinner.

    • Reach Porto-Novo for an overnight stay.

  • Day 14- Porto-Novo - Ganvie expand_more
    • You will go to the royal palace and will have the honour of getting an audience with the King of Porto-Novo.

    • After the visit to the palace, you will explore the city of Porto-Novo. Here, you can observe the architecture of the museum and the haunting beauty of the voodoo places.

    • Have your lunch and depart by boat to Ganvié: This trip will take you through three aquatic bodies (lagoon, river, and lake). On this trip, you will learn about the local fish farming method and local techniques for extracting lagoon and river sand.

    Dinner and overnight stay in Ganvié.

  • Ganvie - Cotonou expand_more
    • You will have breakfast at a hostel in Ganvié.

    • You will go on a trip to explore the lake city of Ganvié.

    • Depart for Cotonou.

    • On your arrival in Cotonou, you can further explore the local area. The schedule for the last half of the day will depend on your flight's timings.

    • Have dinner and transfer to the airport for your return flight.

What's Included
  • Local transport

  • Accommodation

  • Visits and cultural events

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinners)

  • Mineral water

  • English-speaking (Benin) tour guide

What's Excluded
  •  Personal expenditure

  • Flight tickets and the visa fee

  • Activities outside this itinerary

  • Drinks other than mineral water

Meeting Point

Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
Adult
1 To 4 EUR 1360 Per Person
Child
1 To 4 EUR 450 Per Person

This is a private tour

Tour Reviews
  • Patricia

    Léonce nous a emmené à travers tout le Bénin et jusq'au Togo faire de nouvelles découvertes chaque jour: safari étonnant, beauté des paysages, richesse culturelle, artisanat local et plaisirs culinaires. Sa capacité à s'adapter à toutes les personnalités rencontrées, son écoute, sa gentillesse et ses nombreuses connaissances sur le pays nous ont permis de faire de belles rencontres et de vivre des moments authentiques avec les gens rencontrés toujours dans le respect de chaque identité.  Comme il sait s'entourer de guides locaux passionnés, nous apprenons à chaque visite de nombreuses choses sur la faune, la flore ou l'histoire et les traditions du pays.

    Nous nous réjouissons d'y retourner...

    Patricia Busnello

  • Nicolas

    I had a multi day trip with Léonce, he made me and my friends discover amazing things about Benin. We especially loved how he was very knowledgeable about the understated spots in all the various cities, and knows people everywhere. We had a group with both english-speaking and french-speaking people, and he was communicating with everybody without issues, very convenient!

  • AHOTON

    Avec  j'ai pu profiter d'une visite convivial sur la Rivière noire de la commune d'Adjarra avec Léonce. Je vous le recommande vivement ! Rien de tel qu'une visite personnalisée alliant convivialité, échange humain et découvertes de la biodiversité de la rivière. Si vous préférez privilégier la qualité, Léonce est votre guide ! De nombreux parcours sont proposés sur le Bénin... J'ai même profité d'une dégustation de spécialités locales de porc grillé à Adjarra pour le plus grand plaisir de mes papilles ! Bref, foncez ;) Merci Léonce pour cette agréable visite et si je reviens à Porto-Novo, j'approfondirai avec une visite des alentours... En attendant bonne continuation et bonne fin de journée.

  • Benton

    I have booked customized tours with Leonce on several occassions now -- and give him my highest recomendation possible!  Leonce is punctual, respectful, friendly, and very flexible and accomidating to his guest's time and interests.  Whenever I have friends or family visiting us in Benin, we make sure to go on a Leonce tour, the Black River and village tour is our favorite. Leonce is very knowledgeable about Benin, it's patchwork of cultures, colorful history, and facinating communities.  I always learn something new and feel very well cared for during our tours and we have confidence that Leonce's tours are respectful and supportive of the communities and cultures wherever we visit.  

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