Itinerary Details

Akwabaa, Weezo to Ghana! Welcome to Ghana!
Upon your arrival at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative and will be driven to your hotel.

Accra, Ghana’s capital, is a bustling metropolis, home to an interesting mix of old colonial neighborhoods, crowded suburbs, fishing communities and spacious green affluent areas. Like in most African capital cities, urban planning can hardly keep up with the growing population. However, despite its size and busy traffic, the city is friendly, relatively hassle-free, and welcoming to all visitors. The mix of an affluent elite, fancy residences, numerous street vendors and dusty alleys gives the city a distinct feel. Each area has its unique atmosphere, and the combination of contrasts makes Accra an impressive destination.

Welcome dinner.

Note: if the arrival time is between 8pm and 6am (ie, during the evening/night hours), additional transfer arrangements should be made at an extra cost.

Accommodation: Villa Boutique Hotel or similar.
Villa Boutique hotel is a peaceful oasis in the busy center of Osu, Accra. The nearby Oxford Street connects the modern business district of Cantonments with the old Osu town that started as a settlement next to the Danish fort of Christiansburg in the 17th century. The neighborhood is a beautiful blend of past and present, with many trendy eateries and clubs as well as local chop bars and typical street joints.

After breakfast, explore the vibrant urban scene of Accra before your descent to Atimpoku. Explore the charming old historical neighborhoods and leisurely walkthrough bustling markets, absorbing the city's vibrant energy.

Today you will embark on a walking exploration of the old colonial neighborhoods, James Town and Usher Town. These historic districts and fishing communities date back to the 17th century and thrived in the 19th century when Accra became the capital of Ghana (formerly Gold Coast). The Ga people, who reside here, still heavily rely on fishing for their livelihood, despite the challenges facing the fishery industry these days.
Accompanied by our friendly resident guide, we'll meander through the community's narrow alleys. If accessible, we can proceed to the Jamestown Lighthouse, offering a captivating view of the bustling harbor below (currently under renovation in 2023). As we stroll, you'll also encounter remnants of historical tunnels used during the dark era of the slave trade to transport enslaved individuals from the land to the beach shores
and then to the boats. Furthermore, you won't miss the vibrant Brazil House, a two-story structure adorned with colorful paint. It's a captivating sight, originally constructed by Portuguese-speaking enslaved individuals who were freed and made the journey from Brazil back to West Africa. Conclude the walk with a refreshing drink at James Town Boutique or savor a traditional Ghanaian snack from a local street food vendor.

After lunch continue to Atimpoku- a town nestled at the Volta Riverbank. (driving time approx.:2.5 hrs, ± 87.4 km)
Atimpoku is part of a strip of several small towns and villages along the west bank of the Volta River. It is beside the Adomi bridge, the gateway to the Volta Region. It’s a beautiful location near the Volta River with various hotels, resorts and restaurants and the best place to taste the iconic grilled tilapia fish. Atimpoku is very close to Akosombo, known for the Akosombo dam, a classical highlight.

Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the evening by the waterfront.

Driving distance: approx. 2.5 hrs, ± 87.4 km
Accommodation: Royal Senchi or similar.

The Royal Senchi is an oasis of luxury situated on the Volta Riverbank. The hotel offers various amenities including a swimming pool, a fitness room, a tennis court and a spa. It also contributes to the preservation of the biodiversity in the Volta area, and, as such, it gets involved in several local conservational projects like the ecofriendly nature park, where one can enjoy gentle hiking trails and a blend of rare flora and fauna.

After breakfast, visit the cedi beads glass factory to participate in a workshop.
This morning you will have the opportunity to witness the process of recycled glass beads making-The Krobo people are famous for their traditional hand-made beads. Beads play a key role in Krobo culture and are worn at every ceremony and celebration. Stop at a local family-run glass beads factory and witness the century-old process of bead making from start to finish. Even though the factory exports its products far across the continent's borders, they stick to their traditional method using recycled glass bottles, termite clay and water. There is a small shop, where you will find a selection of these beautiful items.

After you will leave Ghana behind, crossing the border to Togo at Niyve near Ho, and from there you will continue to Kpalime: a pretty town amidst Togo's green rolling hills. Kpalimé is a beloved destination in Togo, since it is surrounded by the country’s finest nature. The area around Kpalimé is known for its mountain range which offers some of the country's best scenery and hiking opportunities. It's the country's most fertile area, and you will find many cocoa and coffee plantations, fresh fruit and vegetables. The town of Kpalimé itself is a lively place with numerous nice restaurants, bars, and a gorgeous craft center.

Visit the craft makers on the way and Hike up Mount Agou to Togo’s highest hilltop village. (about 2 hours)

Mount Agou is Togo’s highest summit at 986 meters. The traditional village of Agoutodji is perched on the rocky slope of the mountain and is the highest hilltop settlement in the country. You can visit the village as part of a short or long hike via single-track trails through the woods. The architecture is extraordinary, and the views are absolutely breathtaking when the weather is clear. The track to get there is a wonderful mix of
natural beauty and cultural charm. You will surely witness some of the daily activities and get an idea of everyday rural life on the mountain.

Check-in and relax at your hotel.

Driving distance:approx 2.5-3hrs, ± 122 km
Accommodation: Hotel Parc Residence or similar.

The hotel is a little gem set in Missahohe with views on Mount Klouto, Togo’s highest mountain. It has a beautiful flowering garden and a pool. The rooms are comfortable, stylish, and spacious.

Spend a day around Mount Klouto and relax at the Weme falls. The area is perfect for hiking, nature, visiting restaurants, and relaxing.

After breakfast, you will hike towards the village of Kouma-Konda, walking through the forest. During the first part of the hike, your guide will explain the medicinal properties of some of the tropical plants. He will also show you the flowers and herbs that supply natural pigments for the decoration of window covers and for artwork. Kouma-Konda is home to numerous artists who are famous for working with these plant-based colors from the woods. The trail (a 2.5-3 hours forest hike) leads to the ‘coffee’ village of Kouma-Dunyo, where the people earn their livelihood from coffee farming and processing. A perfect base for a coffee & lunch break.

Refresh at Wome Falls-End the hike with a short drive and a fairly steep descent by foot to the Wome Falls. The hike offers lovely panoramic views and a small natural pool at the base of the falls where you can take a refreshing dip before starting your ascent.

Afternoon spend leisure time in Kpalime and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Kpalimé town.

Accommodation: Hotel Parc Residence or similar.

The hotel is a little gem set in Missahohe with views on Mount Klouto, Togo’s highest mountain. It has a beautiful flowering garden and a pool. The rooms are comfortable, stylish, and spacious.

Enjoy a morning walk in the hills before heading to Benin.

You will then leave Togo behind, heading towards Benin (distance from Kpalime to Abomey: 183 km, a 4-4.5-hour drive). You will cross through the Tohoun-Aplahoue border (note that a visa is required and that Benin has a different time zone). From there, you will head to Abomey, the capital of the ancient Dahomey Empire.

Between 1695 and 1900, twelve kings ruled over the powerful empire of the Fon people. The empire played an essential role during the era of the slave trade, since it acquired its wealth by trading war prisoners as slaves to European merchants. The Kings were feared by the locals as well as by the French colonizers; they were fearless warlords on a mission to expand their Kingdom. Your visit to the Royal Palace Museum will offer further insights into the evolution of the empire and the myths, customs and rituals of the Fon people.

During your visit to Abomey, you will also see many temples and shrines scattered throughout the city, as the city is known for its strong voodoo culture and its mighty sorcerers. If you are lucky, your visit may coincide with a planned ceremony (it is best to avoid the touristic ceremonies which are not an authentic experience). In terms of timing and costs, attendance of a ceremony is quite unpredictable. However, you can definitely visit the authentic Abomey fetish market. This is not for the fainthearted though; fresh monkey and dog skulls (and their corresponding smells) are popular items there.

Visit the Royal Palace Museum (UNESCO)-Learn about Dahomey history and visit Abomey’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Royal Palace Museum and the Benhazin Monument. Abomey is the capital of the ancient
Dahomey Empire. The twelve kings who ruled over the Empire built a palace within the same mud-built enclosure at Abomey, which now forms the UNESCO Royal Palace. Decorative bas-reliefs were applied to the walls of the palaces and temples throughout Abomey. These illustrate the most significant events in the evolution of the empire, military victories and the myths, customs and rituals of the Fon people. A guided tour
will give your insight into the myths and magic of this historical town that preserves its culture and traditions with pride.

Afternoon Enjoy the homey atmosphere and delicious food of Chez Sabine.

Driving distance:approx 4-4.30 hrs, ± 183 km
Accommodation: Chez Sabine or similar (Homey guesthouse)

This simple yet popular accommodation in Abomey is set amidst the garden of the friendly owners. The rooms are standard with AC and WIFI. You will certainlyl enjoy the welcoming ambience created by lovely Sabine and her children.

After breakfast, attend the Voodoo Festival in Allada before we continue to Cotonou, Benin’s largest city.

Today you will attend the small-scale Allada Voodoo festival-The town of Allada has been part of the powerful Dahomey kingdom since the olden days and has a strong voodoo presence. You will get the chance to visit a voodoo temple and possibly see the influential King of Allada; King Kpodégbé Toyi Djigla. One day before the
festivities in Ouidah begin, voodoo priests, gather in Allada to perform ceremonies and at a very lively spectacle. The celebrations in Allada are much smaller than at the voodoo festival in Ouidah, and, therefore less official and crowded. The ceremonies are annual rituals organized to end the previous year and begin the New Year.

Continue to the cosmopolitan vibe of Cotonou Cotonou is Benin's biggest city; even though Porto Novo is the official capital. It is not a city with a rich history; it mainly serves as a commercial business capital due to its deepwater port opened in 1908. Nevertheless, the vibe is cosmopolitan, and there is a
tangible enthusiasm to invest in the future. This bustling coastal city feels like a contemporary capital. You will find all modern amenities here; museums and art galleries, restaurants, shops, sprawling street markets, plenty of nice beach spots, and an active nightlife. Cotonou does not have a prominent role in our itineraries; we mainly use the city to welcome our guests upon arrival or take our guests to the airport for their
homebound flight, and maybe half a day for exploring the markest, the ocean side or some Beninois dining.

Driving distance: 3hrs, ± 136 km
Accommodation: Golden Tulip Diplomate or similar.

Golden Tulip Diplomate is a comfortable hotel with private facilities.

Today witness the popular annual Voodoo Festival in Ouidah. There is no fixed schedule for today.

The annual voodoo festival is a grand manifestation of different voodoo cults. Celebrations take place throughout southern Benin, but the main event occurs in the town of Ouidah, at the heart of the festival grounds right on the beach. You will instantly get carried away by the numerous dancing performances, traditional costumes, loud music and the odd animal sacrifice being made right before you. The downside at the main festival ground are the official speeches by officials. For that reason, we try to divert from
the official schedule and trace the hidden ceremonies in the town’s back streets. The small performances and side events in the alleyways of Ouidah will give you a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of what voodoo is truly about.

You will also Explore the Slave Route and the Point of No Return Memorial-one of the historical highlights remembering the thought-provoking history of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The 3.5 km sandy road formed the final stage of the route before the slaves were shipped to the Americas. It leads from the historical slave auction square to the Point of No Return Memorial on Ouidah beach. It is incredible to imagine that the captives had reached this final part of their journey on the African continent, coming from as far up north as Mali and Burkina Faso on foot. There are many historically important points along the Route des Esclaves, and a knowledgeable guide will explain the meaning of each site in detail. You can either walk the Route des Enclave or drive part of it.

Visit the Python temple and sacred forest of Kpassé
Immerse yourself in African traditional beliefs at these interesting sites in the voodoo capital of Benin. The voodoo religion is deeply rooted in the country’s culture and traditions. It is not a belief system, but an entire way of life in which animals play an important part. You can visit the Python Temple, home to harmless python snakes, which are regarded as sacred and protected by the original people of Ouidah. At the Sacred
Forest of Kpassé, you can hear great stories about the sacred trees. The forest houses many sculptures that symbolize voodoo, animist deities and beliefs.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Diplomate or similar.

Golden Tulip Diplomate is a comfortable hotel with private facilities.

Today morning proceed to Ganvie and enjoy a boat trip to the stilt town of Ganvie.

Ganvié is an amazing town built on stilts in Lac Noukoué. The town can only be reached by motorized canoe as it has been constructed on the open water of the lake. Roughly40.000 people of the Tofinu tribe live in Ganvié, and it is one of the last remaining stilt villages, dating back some 400 years. At that time, the Tonifu people built these villages to escape Dahomey slave hunters who were banned from venturing into
the water by religious customs. Fishing is the main activity of the Tonifu people and it is
fascinating to experience daily life on the lake. Ganvié is an absolutely captivating place but unfortunately visitors do sometimes experience hostility from the local people, especially when the cameras come out. Spend some time at Chez M for lunch.

After Lunch, continue to Porto Novo, a tranquil city with many historical and cultural places and beautiful nature sites.

Enjoy a walking tour of Porto Novo-The city's winding alleys, historical center and inviting atmosphere allow for great on foot exploring. The Afro-Brazilian heritage is visible in the beautiful and colorful colonial
buildings, like the Brazilian-style church, which is a replica of the de Salvador de Bahia. The church is now used as a mosque. Also very inspiring is the Voodoo places of d'Adjina. Porto-Novo has taken it upon itself to renovate and preserve historical voodoo places, such as temples, shrines, and secret trees in various neighborhoods in the city. Young guides are trained to take you around. End with a short visit and refreshment at Le Jardin des Plantes et de la Nature, a beautiful cooling oasis in the city.

Boat tour along the Black River-The black river is one of the many rivers that streams into the southern Lac Noukoue and form there into the sea. But it is also a route that connects Benin to its giant neighbour Nigeria. Despite this, it's the most tranquil waterbody of Benin. This is where you find lushly vegetated riverbanks, fishermen peddling up and down the stream using traditional dug-out canoes and picturesque villages where you feel welcome. The local people mainly belong to the Yoruba tribe and are willing to share their daily activities. Their everyday life is centred around fishing, but they are also masters in palm wine tapping, woodcarving, and raffia for weaving and making instruments. All the crafts and items are displayed at the Adjara Market, and we will find out if the market is happening on the day of your tour (no fixed day).

Note: We suggest today’s program be opened based on how the festival went as other interesting activities might happen today. For example, you might get to see the spectacular Egugun dance.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Diplomate or similar.

Driving distance:

Cotonou- Ganvie 1 hr, ± 32.5 km

Ganvie -Porto Novo- Cotonou 2 hr, ± 65.9 km

Enjoy a leisurely morning and airport transfer for departure.

Optional: depending on your departure flight: Visit the Amazonka statute, the arts museum and the bustling
market of Cotonou. Undertake some souvenir shopping and prepare for departure.

Note: Only one group transfer to the airport has been included in the price. Additional arrangements can be made at an extra cost.