Wander Across Benin and Togo (2021)
If you’re interested in experiencing vibrant culture, ever-changing landscapes, and unique villages that are located in caves, built on top of lakes, or constructed completely out of mud, this tour might be for you. If you want to learn first-hand about ancient tribal traditions, the intriguing religion of voodoo, and the dark, yet sombering history of the West African slave trade, then this trip is definitely up your alley.
We’ll explore the brilliant and exhilarating western coast of Africa by winding through national parks,cruising along the coast, exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites, and boating through a stilted village dubbed the “Venice of Africa.” We’ll learn first hand about the practice of voodoo by exploring local fetish markets, observing traditional ceremonies, and engaging in dialogue with village locals. At every turn we’ll experience the vibrant culture of both bustling cities and small tribal villages while receiving the warm West African hospitality at every turn.
Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the dynamic and lively West African culture through daily interactions with locals and authentic, off-the-beaten-path experiences. We can’t wait for you to join us!
*BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $500 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable until 3 months prior to the trip start date.
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Wandering Earl Guides
One of our wonderful Wandering Earl Tours guides will accompany you throughout this entire trip! All of our guides are incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and focused on ensuring every tour participant gets the most out of their trip. Of course, we use local guides in every destination as well. With this combination, you'll always be in excellent hands as you interact with and learn from some of the coolest travelers and locals we know!
Physical Level: Medium
While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, walking tours, being outside in potentially warm temperatures, a couple of long van journeys, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
- Small group (maximum 12 participants)
- Wandering Earl Tours group leader
- Local guides in each destination
- All accommodation (15 nights – 3* hotels and guesthouses)
- Breakfast everyday, 8 lunches and 12 dinners
- Transportation in Benin + Togo (private coaster and jeeps)
- All activities and entrance fees
- Bottled water throughout the trip
- Airport transfers (arrival in Cotonou and departure from Lome)
*For this tour, your arrival flight should be to Cotonou, Benin and your departure flight should be from Lome, Togo. If you wish to book a return flight from Cotonou, we can arrange transportation on the final day. The cost is $120 USD per vehicle and the trip takes approximately 4 hours.
- 5 nights accommodation at 3* hotels and guesthouses
- Breakfast every day, 3 lunches and 4 dinners in Ghana
- Transportation in Ghana (private vans)
- All activities mentioned and all entrance fees
- Bottled water throughout the trip
- Airport transfer in Accra
*For those who join the Ghana extension, your departure flight should be out of Accra, Ghana.
- Flights to/from Cotonou/Lome or Accra
- Passport/visa fees
- Meals and activities not mentioned
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
On this trip, we’ll stay in a combination of 3* hotels and guesthouses. Please keep in mind that given the destinations and remote nature of the itinerary, facilities may be simpler than what you’re used to. For this particular trip there is a maximum of 4 single rooms available. These rooms will be offered on a first come-first served basis. The remainder of the rooms will be shared. Solo travelers will be paired together, two travelers per room in two single beds.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE – All itineraries and activities listed are subject to change. Final itineraries will always be provided prior to the trip.