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14 Days Culture tour itinerary for benin: Welcome To The Birthplace Of Voodoo

Abomey Calavi, Bohicon, Cotonou, Dassa-Zoumé, Ganvié, Kossoucoingou, Natitingou, Ouidah, Tanongou

Rural
Rural Experience Tour
Culture
Culture Tour
Wildlife
Wildlife Tour

Explore Benin from north to south and enjoy the varied landscapes of the country. Discover the traditions and cultures of Beninese people as well as the local biodiversity on this long private guided tour.

DAY 01

Cotonou

  • Pick-up from the airport and transfer to hotel for dinner and night stay.

DAY 02

Cotonou - Dassa

  • Depart to Dassa- the town of 41 hills. 

  • Have lunch and stop at OKUTA, which is a natural site of granite offering a great place where artists from Africa and beyond express themselves on the local rock.

  • Transfer to CPN (nature study and protection centre) ‘Les Papillons’. Created in 1995, this association aims at public environmental education with special reference to ecotourism.

  • Have dinner and night stay at CPN.

DAY 03

Dassa - Natitingou

  • Depart to Natitingou; in local language meaning ‘the village of Nanto’. 

  • Have lunch along the way.

  • Visit the regional museum of Natitingou and the village of the local artists. 

  • Have dinner and night stay at the hotel.

DAY 04

Natitingou - Pendjari Park

  • Depart to Tanguiéta. 

  • Discover the local fauna and spot many species of antelopes, elephants, buffaloes and lions or cheetahs.

  • Have lunch in the park.

  • Stay overnight at the hotel in the park.

DAY 05

Park - Tanongou - Koussoukoingou

  • Transfer to Tanongou and visit the waterfalls to bathe.

  • Have lunch made by one of the TINFI restorers.

  • Proceed to Koussoukoingou. 

  • Visit the small fortified huts called 'Tata', which are the ingenious habitat of Bètammaribè tribe.

  • Stay overnight at the Otammari lodge.

DAY 06

Koussoukoingou

  • Hike to discover the hidden beauties in the valley near Koussou- the river where women come to fetch water. (3-hour hike)

  • Have lunch made from local ingredients by the caterers of the local association ‘Pearl of Atacora’.

  • Afternoon at leisure. 

  • Enjoy your dinner and night stay at the Otammari lodge or in the Tata.

DAY 07

Koussoukoingou - Natitingou -Abomey

  • Depart to Abomey, the city of Kings and the hotspot of the voodoo culture.

  • Have lunch along the way. 

  • Visit Abomey's historical museum, which is in the former royal palace listed as UNESCO world cultural heritage. 

  • Return to Bohicon and stay in the hotel.

DAY 08

Bohicon - Ganvié - Possotomè

  • Transfer by car and canoe to the marshlands of Sô Ava and Ganvié, the ‘Venice of Africa’. 

  • Discover the local bird life. 

  • Have lunch and depart to possotomè. 

  • Enjoy your dinner and night stay at the hotel.

DAY 09

Possotomè

  • Have breakfast and go on a boat trip ‘‘way of the water’’. 

  • Learn about the different fishing techniques used by the villagers and the kind of fish they can catch with it.

  • Get to know about the voodoo water spirits and the function of the protected places that are consecrated.

  • Listen to the history of the lonely hippo of the lake. 

  • Take a swim.

  • Have lunch at Prefet’s place. 

  • Afternoon at leisure. 

  • Enjoy your dinner at Prefet’s place and stay overnight at the guesthouse.

DAY 10

Possotomè

  • Discover the use of medicinal plants in community life during the hike.

  • Have lunch in the afternoon.

  • Go on a ‘tradition and culture’ walk through Possotomé and the villages Okomè and Séhomi. 

  • Learn about the voodoo deities and their shrines, the role of the Tolegba, the rituals and ceremonies; and the importance of the sacred forest. 

  • See the bartering market of Séhomi, where the women meet by the end of the afternoon to exchange their products. 

  • Have dinner at Prefet’s place.

  • Sleep at the eco-guesthouse. 

DAY 11

Possotomè - Kpétou - Possotomè

  • Have breakfast and get transferred to Kpétou. 

  • Spend the morning in the sacred forest to find the colony of Mona monkeys. 

  • Enjoy your lunch in a village house. 

  • Return to Possotomé. 

  • Dance around the fire or dance party at the bar 'laBoussole'. 

  • Stay overnight at the guesthouse.

DAY 12

Possotomè - Avlo ( Grand Popo )

  • Have breakfast and go to the Avlo beach.

  • Enjoy your lunch and take a 1-hour walk to discover the village, the history, the traditions, cultures and the characteristic voodoo cult of the Plah and Pédah people.

  • Have dinner and night stay at the Avlo beach ecolodge. 

DAY 13

Avlo

  • Departure for “La bouche du Roy”, the place where the river meets the ocean. 

  • Have lunch under the sunshades of the ecolodge.

  • Spend your afternoon in leisure at the beach. 

  • Have dinner and night stay at the Avlo ecolodge. 

DAY 14

Avlo - Ouidah - Cotonou

  • Depart to Ouidah, which was one of the most important slave trade centres during the 18thcentury. 

  • Visit the museum in the old Portuguese fort and walk the Slave Road to the Gate of No Return- a monument that is on the UNESCO world cultural heritage list. 

  • Have lunch and return to Cotonou. 

  • Visit the Zinsou foundation of contemporary African art or the Centre of Artisan Promotion to get some souvenirs. 

  • Have dinner and get transferred to the airport.

  • 1250 EUR Per Adult
  • Local transport.

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

  • Accommodation.

  • Visits and excursions listed in the programme.

  • Local tour guide.

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per day.

  • Air ticket.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Beverages (other than mineral water).

  • Excursions not mentioned in the programme.

  • Supplementary meals.

Abomey Calavi, Bohicon, Cotonou, Dassa-Zoumé, Ganvié, Kossoucoingou, Natitingou, Ouidah, Tanongou

Rural
Rural Experience Tour
Culture
Culture Tour
Wildlife
Wildlife Tour
ibrahim-cotonou-tour-guide

Contributed By

Ibrahim Tchan

starting from
EUR 1250
Type of Tour

Private Tour

Departures

This tour is offered throughout the year.

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