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The Portuguese named the city after Porto when they established a slave-trading post here in the 16th century.

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A Taste of West Africa - Ghana Togo & Benin

(Day 1)  Hotel transfer on arrival. Start the day with a drive by the Osu Castle (Christiansborg), which was originally built by the Danes, then pass by the Independence Square to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Continue through the fishing village of James Town to view it’s harbor and Fort. Overnight stay at a Boutique Hotel  (Day 2) Set off for the Ashanti Region in the early morning. On arrival, we visit the Manhyia Palace, seat of the Ashanti Kingdom. tAlso visit the Asante Traditional Buildings including the Asemaso Traditional Shrine. Overnight stay at a Boutique Hotel  (Day 3) Visit craft villages of Ntonso, famous for adinkra design and Ahwiaa for carving. Also visit the village of Adanwomase (Kente) to interact with locals and to learn traditional skills like kente weaving, palmwine tapping, farming. Depart for the Central Region, where we visit the Cape Coast Castle, one of the best-preserved castles and its West African Historical Museum. Overnight stay at a Beach Resort (Day 4) Start the day with a visit to the Elmina Castle, founded by the Portuguese in 1482. Continue with a walk to Fort Jago, through the Elmina township to view some houses built in colonial style and the Asafo shrines. Return to Accra with a stopover at the fantasy Coffin makers, who make coffins to reflect a person’s affiliation. Overnight stay at a Boutique Hotel  (Day 5) Depart for Togo, where we visit the Grand Marche – the realm of the famous “Nana Benz“ then to the Art Street with its craft vendors. Also visit the Akodesséwa fetishes market, where one can find magic remedies and local voodoo charms used by local sorcerers. Spend the night at a Boutique Hotel  (Day 6) Depart for Benin through Aneho for a boat ride to Togoville, the centre for the practice of voodoo. En route, we witness the Zangbeto ceremony. Overnight stay at a beach resort (Day 7)  Visit to the Sacred Forest and the Temple of the Pythons, both important voodoo shrines. 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. Finally, we visit the Afro-Brazilian House and the Door of no Return. Witness a voodoo ceremony in a nearby village. Continue trip to one of the highlights of any trip to West Africa, Ganvie, the “Venice” of the Continent a 500-year-old village on water. Spend the night at a Boutique Hotel  (Day 8) Depart for Porto-Novo named by the Portuguese in the 1500s. Many Afro-Brazilians settled in Porto Novo following their return to Africa after emancipation in Brazil. We will visit the vibrant market and Ethnographic museum, and the Grand Mosque, formerly a church designed in Brazilian style, Da Silva Museum and the 300 year-old Palace of King Toffa, which retraces the history of Porto-Novo. Spend the night at a Boutique Hotel  (Day 9) After breakfast, we check into airport for departure.


The Voodoo Trail

Get off the beaten track and into the hills, forests and villages that make up the 'Voodoo Trail' of West Africa for an immersive experience that few travellers get to have. Meet African royalty and witness tribal dancers fall into trance-like states as you enjoy an authentic cultural experience like no other. An expert CEO will guide you through the stunning landscape, helping with the cultural and lingual hurdles, ensuring you come away with deep insight into the origins of Africa’s mystical animist religions. This is a truly mind-blowing experience. Interested?

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