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GhanaCultural and wildlife journey through Ghana, Togo and Benin

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What better way to experience West Africa and the diverse cultures, traditions, and wildlife found in this region of Africa than on one of our exceptional Ghana, Togo, and Benin multi-country tours?  Each country has its own unique feel, wonderfully welcoming locals, ancient cultural sites of interest, beautiful beaches, dark historical past and exceptional flora and fauna waiting to be discovered...

What better way to experience West Africa and the diverse cultures, traditions, and wildlife found in this region of Africa than on one of our exceptional Ghana, Togo, and Benin multi-country tours?  Each country has its own unique feel, wonderfully welcoming locals, ancient cultural sites of interest, beautiful beaches, dark historical past and exceptional flora and fauna waiting to be discovered.  Possibly the three most welcoming and safe countries in Africa, traveling with our local expert guides opens doors and experiences enabling you to see life how it is for the locals living here. Our local award-winning guides are experts in the culture, history, birds, butterflies, and wildlife of all the locations we visit in Ghana, Togo, and Benin.  

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Trip highlights
  • Savannah
    Savannah
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Local population
    Local population

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Day 1: First day! 

Welcome to Accra! 

• Transfer from the airport to your hotel! 

• Explore the city at your own pace.

Visited:
Accra

Day 2: Fantasy Coffins of Teshie, Grand Marche, German Cathedral and National Museum of Togo

• After an early breakfast “Fantasy Coffins” of Teshie Nungua is first for us to visit. 

• Then we depart Accra for Lomé the capital city of Togo. The journey will take approximately 4 hours and on our arrival in Lomé we will visit the grand Marché or big market which will be one of our highlights in Lomé.

• To be in Lome and not visit the witches market/ marché fetiches at Akodessewa and the artisanal village will not make your trip complete, so after lunch we visit these places!

Visited:
Accra, Lomé

Day 3: Cruise on Lake Togo to visit Togoville and transfer to Ouidah

• Today we head to Benin, but before we depart Togo we have an interesting morning ahead of us.

• On arrival in Aneho we take a pirogue across Lake Togo to Togoville which is on north eastern side of the Lake. Togoville is historically known as the center of Voodoo in Togo. Many Voodoo practitioners were taken as slaves from here to Haiti. 

• It should only take approximately 2 hours to cross the border into Benin and reach the ancient town of Ouidah. 

Visited:
Lomé, Ouidah

Day 4: Portal of No Return, Sacred Pythons Temple and Sacred Forest

• After breakfast, we set off for our tour of Ouidah, which is regarded as the Voodoo center of West Africa.

• A tour of the historical museum of Ouidah is a must as is visiting the sacred forest which consists of figurines representing deities of kings and the founders of Ouidah.

• After visiting all these wonderful places in Ouidah, we enjoy our lunch before we continue our journey to Cotonou.

Visited:
Cotonou

Day 5: Ethnographic Museum, Da Silva Museum, Honme Museum and Great Mosque

• After breakfast we depart for Porto-Novo the capital city of Benin.  Our first point of call during our time in Porto-Novo is the Ethnographic Museum which was established by the Dahomey Institute in 1957. 

• After this, we head back to Cotonou where we enjoy our lunch at a local restaurant selling international and local dishes before visiting the Dantokpa Marche one of West Africa’s largest outdoor markets. 

Visited:
Cotonou

Day 6: Ganvie the Venice of Western Africa and Agongointo

• We check out of our hotel after a relaxing breakfast.  Our focus today prior to heading to Abomey is visiting one of the most beautiful communities here in Benin at Ganvie. 

• After our lunch we set off to Abomey which is approximately a 2 hours’ drive.

• Our aim is to reach Abomey by mid-afternoon and visit the recently (1998) discovered underground dwellings of Agongointo.  

Visited:
Abomey

Day 7: Royal Palaces and Historical Museum of Abomey

• An early start as we dedicate the morning to a city tour of Abomey before we depart for Natitingou.

• The main attraction here is the royal palaces or what is left of them.

• We end the tour of the museum at the artisan's shop next door, after which we will set off with a packed lunch and depart for Natitingou.

• The drive is approximately 7 hours if you do not like the option of a packed lunch we can stop at one of the local vendors selling local food during our journey.

Visited:
Abomey, Natitingou

Day 8: Tanougou Waterfalls and Pendjari National Park

• An exciting day lies ahead as we set off to enjoy some West African wildlife here in Benin, heading towards Pendjari National Park. • A short hike takes us to these beautiful waterfalls where we refresh and relax. The crystal-clear pools under the waterfalls are safe for swimming and a great way to refresh ourselves before the final leg of our journey to Pendjari National Park. • After our refreshing stop, we spend some time in the community of Tanougou learning about their daily lives as farmers.  

• As we drive through the park towards our accommodation the landscape is stunning, open Sudan Savannah grasslands and woodland for as far as the eye can see. 
• We check into our accommodation and enjoy our evening meal under the beautiful clear African nights sky and being so close to nature.

Visited:
Natitingou, Pendjari

Days 9 to 10: Pendjari National Park

A stunning location to wake up to. 

• Our main target during our time here is the critically endangered West African Lion. With over 300 bird species also recorded here our days will be packed with wildlife to keep us busy.

• Our evenings will be special as we relax at our accommodation and enjoy the sounds of being so close to nature. 

Visited:
Pendjari

Day 11: Tata Somba and Koutammakou UNESCO World Heritage Site

An action-packed day lies ahead!

We enjoy an early breakfast before setting off leaving the beautiful Pendjari National Park behind after an amazing few days filled with wildlife and adventure. 

• The locals at Tata Somba are still living in traditional homesteads that have not changed in centuries with entire families staying in these remarkable buildings. A truly amazing community, we meet locals and learn about their daily lives as we walk through the village.  

• A beautiful drive as we say goodbye to Benin and cross back into northern Togo which is so different from southern Togo we enjoyed a few days earlier.

Visited:
Pendjari

Day 12: Kara to Tamale

• An early breakfast this morning as we set off from Kara to the Ghanaian border town of Nachamba. 

• Most of the morning is dedicated to travel and after an amazing few days in Togo behind us, we cross the border back into Ghana for the next part of our West African adventure. 

• Our aim is to arrive in Tamale for the late afternoon and check into our accommodation. If time permits, we can set off to the Zongo district of Tamale and the open-air tannery, a traditional tannery is where leather goods have been made by hand for generations.

Visited:
Tamale

Day 13: Kintampo Waterfall and Boebeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

• Our first stop will be just before lunch at the beautiful Kintampo Waterfalls a fast-flowing waterfall with a small pool at the bottom which is good for swimming. 

• Lunch will be at the nearby Falls restaurant before we continue passing through Techiman on our way to Boebeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.

• During our time in the villages, we interact with the locals learning about the history behind their protection of these primates in addition to their culture and daily routine as farmers.

• As we walk trails into the forest viewing these beautiful monkeys our local guide will identify the many medicinal trees and plants found here and explain how they benefit the locals. 

Visited:
Kumasi

Day 14: Manhyia Palace, Cultural Center, Kejetia Market, Okomfo Anokye Sword and KNUST University

• A well-deserved relaxing breakfast this morning after our long journey yesterday. A day of culture and history awaits us as we set off on our city tour of Kumasi heading to the Manhyia Palace, home of the Asantehene King of the Ashanti’s and ruler of the powerful Asanteman Kingdom. 

• Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant that sells an excellent selection of local and continental dishes. 

Visited:
Kumasi

Day 15: Ancient Kente and Adinkra Villages, Ashanti Traditional House and Sakoban Krofrom

• A morning visit to the last material remains of the great Asante Empire as we visit the traditional Asante buildings that are now recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.  

• We continue our journey through Ashanti history by visiting the traditional villages of Adanwomasie and Ntonso.

• Our first stop is Adanwomasie, the birth place of Ghana’s rich colorful Kente cloth. Adanwomasi produces some of Ghana’s finest Kente cloth, many designs of cloth are woven here, and some are exclusive only to this region. 

• After lunch, we visit the village of Sokoban Krofrom where traditional brass casting has been the main source of income for the community for generations. A wide selection of items ranging from beads and jewelry to traditional statues are made here. 

Visited:
Kumasi

Day 16: Assin Manso and Cape Coast Castle

• This morning we take a leisurely breakfast before setting off Southwards to Elmina in the central region of Ghana. 

• We stop at Assin Manso, an important town along the enslaved African trade routes.  The town surrounds the Ndonkor Nsuo (Enslaved African River). 

• Quality time will be spent in the afternoon on an emotional journey touring this castle which held more enslaved Africans captive than any other in West Africa, viewing the dungeons and the infamous “Door of no return”. 

• After a wonderful but thought-provoking day, we continue to check into our accommodation, enjoy dinner and relax.

Visited:
Elmina, Cape Coast

Day 17: Kakum National Park, Canopy Walkway, Stingless Bee Centre and Elmina Castle

• An early start as we set off for Kakum National Park in the morning, after breakfast and Africa’s world-famous rainforest canopy walkway. 

• After, we return to the park headquarters where we find an excellent information center that offers a very informative overview of the park's flora and fauna.  Over 40 different mammal species have been recorded within the park, which includes forest elephants, leopards, and 6 primate species to mention just a few. 

Visited:
Elmina, Cape Coast

Day 18: Final day!

• After an early breakfast at our hotel, we set off for Accra. 

• On arrival, we pass through the economic and administrative districts on our way to the National Museum. 

• After lunch, we continue to Independence Square which is our main ceremony grounds and where we find the enclosed flame of African liberation, which was lit by Kwame Nkrumah himself in 1961.

• A short distance away we find the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, the final resting place of Ghana’s founder. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into this incredible man’s life.

• After dinner, our team will transfer you to the airport for your departure.

Visited:
Cape Coast

AccraLoméOuidahCotonouAbomeyNatitingouPendjariTamaleKumasiElminaCape Coast

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
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From January to December $6,020

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  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
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  • Visa fees
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