Depart for Ouidah to visit the Sacred Forest (once the private residence of the first King of Ouidah) and the Temple of the Pythons, both important voodoo shrines. By the main square, we find the imposing cathedral and the old colonial quarter. Nearby the Portuguese Fort now houses the History Museum. The exhibits focus on the slave trade and Benin consequent cultural links with Brazil and the Caribbean. Return to Cotonou if time permits, we visit the Dantokpa Market and the Artisans Center before boarding the ship.
Mount Klouto and Lome Tour.
Voodoo market in LomeSet off for Kpalime through Tsevie, a typical Ewe village. Upon arrival hike up Mt. Klouto for a butterfly safari through the forests, which overlooks nearby Ghana. Continue to the craft centre, which sells batik fabric decorated with local motif. Also observe nearby waterfalls and streams before witnessing the "Akpesse" folkdance in a nearby village in the real Ewe tradition. Return through to Lome with a stopover at the Place de l'Independence and the Akodesséwa fetishes market, where one can find magic remedies and local voodoo charms used by local sorcerers.
History & Nature Tour.
Forts & Castles of Ghana: Leave Accra to Cape Coast through several fishing villages. Visit the 14 th century castles in Cape Coast and Elmina. Learn about these spectacular castles made from stones imported from Europe . Learn the history from experienced guides and feel it tremble through your feet.
Accra Birding Trip.
Early morning departure to the Sakumono Lagoon, a ramsar site famous for birdwatching. Continue trip to the Shai Resource Centre, home to troops of olive baboons, kobs, bushbucks, monitor lizards and spectacular caves with large colonies of bats. End the day with souvenir shopping at the Arts Centre for National Culture (Ghana’s biggest craft market). There is a great chance of discovering old antiques by strolling into the deep interior of the crafts market.
Cotonou & Ganvie Tour.
Ganvie village on River NakoueStart the day with a visit to the Dantokpa Market and the Artisans Center in Cotonou. Visit one of the
highlights of any trip to West Africa, Ganvie, the “Venice” of the Continent is a 500-year-old village on water. In ancient times people took refuge on Lake Nokoue from the attacks of the Fons and the Dahomey warriors. Return to ship in the late afternoon.
Lome and Togoville Tour.
Togoville Cathedral Depart from Lomé to visit Glidji, the spiritual capital of the Guen tribe, visit the shrines, meet the Chief Priest of the Sacred Forest and learn about the ceremony of the raising of the sacred stone.
Accra & James Town Tour.
Visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial park , the National Museum and Archives and experience the hussle and bussle of our local Makola market. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at a beach resort.
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