Expedition

Togo & Benin

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Togo & Benin

(2 customer reviews)

Togo and Benin are the perfect first experience in West Africa, while still keeping all the thrill and adventure you seek for in any off-the-beaten path experience. We will venture off the more downtrodden coast most visitors stick to, and head up North to explore the land of the Fulani, Somba and Tanekas, fascinating tribes in Northern Benin. Togo and Benin are also the home of Voodoo, which we will try to understand as a belief system based on nature and spirituality, breaking the stereotypes of western pop-culture. Finally, we will marvel in stunning sceneries and the unique stilt lake villages that are found in both neighboring countries. It’s the Expedition of a lifetime, and you can’t miss it!

COVID-19 Update

Cotonou is open for tourism – a negative PCR test <3 days is required to board the plane.

itinerary

Day 1: Porto Novo and Dassa.

  • The Expedition starts in Cotonou, Benin on June 3rd. To maximize our time, everyone should arrive a day early, on the 2nd. We’ll start in the early morning and visit the capital, Porto Novo.
  • In the afternoon, we’ll attend a voodoo ritual dance with masked dancers, drummers and singers in a village near Dassa.
  • Overnight in Dassa.

Day 2: Fulani & The North

  • In the early morning, we’ll visit the Fulani tribe, a nomadic and islamic ethnic group in Benin and West Africa.
  • Then, we continue North to Boukombé, to see regions of Benin that tourists that only reach the coasts rarely see.
  • Overnight in Boukombé.

Day 3: Somba Country

  • It’s time to head to Pays Somba, or Somba Country. This ethnic group is mostly known for their fortress-like houses called “tata”.
  • We will meet the Somba King, their Shaman, and many villages in this region.
  • Overnight in Boukombé.

Day 4: Taneka Country & Togo

  • We’ll drive on to Djougou and into Taneka country, to meet this fascinating tribe that are known for not wearing many clothes and smoking on their long wooden pipes.
  •  In the afternoon, we will cross into Togo, to visit Koutammakou cultural landscape and tribe, the only UNESCO WHS in the country.
  • Overnight in Dassa.

Day 5: Abomey and Grand Popo

  • In the morning, we’ll visit the biggest fetiche voodoo market, near Abomey.
  • In the afternoon, we’ll slow down by the beautiful coast of Grand Popo.
  • Overnight in Lac Aheme.

Day 6: Ouida and Lake Aheme.

  • Ouida was a strategic center in the slaving routes of West Africa. Over 2 million people were enslaved and taken against their will to the Caribbean, Brazil or the US. We will visit the 4km that stretch from the “point of no return” to the beaches in the Atlantic and trying to better understand the tragic History of this place.
  • Later, we’ll continue to Lake Aheme, another influential Voodoo center. Benin is one of the few countries in the World that has its own official religion. But, in fact, Voodoo is full of prejudices and transcends the idea of dolls pinned with long needles. It’s actually very connected to nature and the idea of spirits. We’ll visit a Yoruba temple dedicated to the God of Justice.
  • Overnight in Lake Aheme.

Day 7: Ganvié and Cotonou.

  • In the morning, we’ll venture to Ganvié, the town on lake Nokoue, built on stilt houses, canals instead of streets and boats instead of cars.
  • The afternoon, we’ll relax by the pool of our Hotel, and go out to explore the market in Cotonou.
  • Overnight in Cotonou.

Day 8: Free time, fly out. 

  • After breakfast, the worst moment of every Expedition: we say goodbye. The Expedition is finished and we fly out.
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Included

Accomodation

Shared twin room in 3-4 star hotels (when available) on a bed and breakfast basis.

Guides

Expert local guide and fixer.

Transport

Private vehicles, fuel and drivers

Visa Support

We'll help you prepare the visas for Togo and Benin.

Contribution to local communities

Every tribe visit tries to create an impact in the community with our contributions

Activities and Tickets

Every visit, entrance ticket or activity is included.

FAQ

Togo has on arrival visa for most nationalities and Benin has an evisa that is easy to apply for online. We can give you support when the time comes.
Wander Expedition doesn’t book flights for you and is ultimately not responsible for your flight connection, but we can offer guidance and support when you research the best options for you. We’ll meet in Cotonou on June 2nd and you can fly out of Cotonou on June 10th.
We will be always accompanied by an expert local crew, which will help us interact with locals and have the best possible experience.
Togo and Benin are a friendly gateway to West Africa but still remain very untouched by tourism. They are perfect if you are looking for an adventure and creating stories with a powerful human connection and photogenic landscapes.

how to join?

If you want to be one of the fortunate people selected for our Togo & Benin Expedition:

  1. Make sure the dates work with you before you start the selection process.
  2. SAY YES and complete our online application form below.
  3. Once you’ve applied and signed up to Wander Expedition, we’ll update you as you move on in the selection process. Check your Spam folder regularly in case the automated emails go there!

TRIP DATES

June 3rd - 10th

2 reviews for Togo & Benin

  1. Joe Joiner

    A fantastic first experience in West Africa, visiting tribes and villages all over Benin. No tourists, just raw off-the-beaten-path adventure. The highlight was definitely experiencing multiple Voodoo ceremonies and a fetish market – although maybe not for the faint hearted! Seeing the scars of the slave history in Ouidah and Ganvie was also very eye-opening. In pandemic times, the itinerary can change due to new restrictions – be flexible and you’ll have an amazing time.

    And as always with these trips (this was my second), the real highlight is getting to experience all this with an incredible group of people. Apply and you’re sure to meet a great group of like-minded travellers. It will be hard to go back to solo travelling after this!

  2. Joshua Ayers

    I had an amazing time in Benin with Wander Expeditions! The group was so friendly and welcoming, the itinerary was interesting, and there was never a dull moment anytime during the trip. My favorite part of this specific expedition was getting to experience a real voodoo ritual/dance firsthand!

    I have now done a couple expeditions and I know that I can count on having a unique and super fun experience every time. Above all, the best part about this service is that you know everything is taken care of for you so I feel it is definitely money well spent. You don’t have to worry about meals, finding hotels, transportation services, or any of the other hassles traveling may come with. Would definitely recommend to others who are interested in a group travel experience.

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