8 DAYS GHANA, TOGO & BENIN TOUR
Day 1: Accra, Ghana
On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, our expert cultural tour guide will meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in our private air-conditioned vehicle. Once you have checked in, your guide will brief you on what to expect during your stay here in Ghana
Other activities today will depend on your arrival time and preference
Overnight at Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel or Similar
Day 2: Accra and Vicinity
The Independence / Black Square
The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Jamestown Fishing Community / James Fort
Makola Market. Wake up to a whole new experience that awaits you today. After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, we set off for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the bustling city of Ghana’s capital- Accra passing through the economic and administrative districts.
We will visit the following places of interest:
We will visit the Independence Square where you will see the enclosed flame of African Liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961.
Black star square
The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National Cultural Centre, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.
Our day’s visit ends at Jamestown Community-One of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today.
You may visit “Brazil House” and learn about the seven Afro-Brazilian families who returned to settle in Ghana in 1836. Familiar Brazilian/Portuguese last names such as De Souza, Palmares, Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros and Olympio are abundant in this section of Accra
Meal(s) Included: Lunch
Overnight Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel or Similar
Day 3: Ghana / Lome, Togo and Vicinity
Grande Marche/Fetish Market/Sacred Heart Catherdal
Depart to Lome, Togo stopping at points of interests. Arrive in Lome and visit the Independence Square, the National Museum, Lome Craftsmen village, Lome Central market-realm of the famous Nana Benz, the fishing harbor, the fetish Market- the traditional drugstore of the locals.
Visit also Grand Marche where pearls, baskets, pottery and other products including “sacred” items are on display. Visit Pendjari National Park, conservation stronghold in West Africa, which forms part of a critically important triad of national parks and reserves where 90% of the West African lion population remains. Learn about wildlife, conservation efforts, tourism, how to visit the park, and more.
Meal(s) Included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at M’Rode Hotel; or Similar
Day 4: Lome and Vicinity
Slave house- Agbodrafo
Today visit the slave house in Agbodrafo. You may board the fishermen’s canoes to help them pull in their nets (seek permission from the village chief).
From there, you can easily travel by shared boat to Togoville. Togoville, a red-earth village which was the homeland of numerous slaves taken to Haiti, who were members of the voodoo cult. Here you will find magic remedies and voodoo charms used by local sorcerers.
Meal(s) Included: Lunch
Overnight at M’Rode Hotel or Similar
Day 5: Lome / Ouidah / Cotonou, Benin
Temple of the Pythons
This morning, travel to Ouidah, the former slave trading post and birthplace of Voodoo. This unforgettable visit takes you to the Voodoo museum, the Sacred Forest (Kpasse Forest), and the Temple of the Pythons.
Continue to the place of common grave, the tree of forgetfulness and the “Gate of No Return”. There may be a welcome reception from Dagbo Hounon, high priest of the voodoo cult.
Late afternoon, continue to Cotonou for overnight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Overnight at Hotel Du Lac 0r Similar
Day 6: COTONOU – GANVIE – COTONOU
Ganvie -Today, you will visit the Government district, the Ganvie market zone including the international Dantokpa market with its exuberant traders and the handicraft center. In the afternoon, depart to the lake Village-Ganvie, the “Venice of Africa” with its houses built on stilts. You will visit the fishers’ streets, the lover’s lance and the Francophone villa.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Dulac or Similar
Day 7: Cotonou / Accra
Today, you will return to Ghana via Lome. On arrival in Accra, you will decide on your excursions and activities with the assistance of the guide.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel or similar
Day 8: Accra – Depart
Today at your leisure. Your guide and driver will be available to assist with excursions and activities. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Meeting and assistance upon arrival.
Assistance at departure.
Round-trip airport/hotel transfers.
Experienced, English / French-speaking tour guide.
Admission to all listed sites and institutions.
Meals as indicated in itinerary.
Airfare to/from Ghana.
Meals not listed.
Hotel / Accommodation
Immunization. (Yellow Fever Required, Malaria Prophylactics Recommended)
Gratuity to driver and guide.