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Festivals & Fetishes

Ghana, Benin & Togo

Festivals & Fetishes

This cultural odyssey will take you to the most remote regions of Ghana, Togo and Benin to discover lost tribal worlds and ancient spirits.

Beginning in Ghana you will explore the weird and wonderful side of Accra, a modern African metropolis and the country’s capital, before heading to Benin to cross Lake Nokwe to reach Ganvie, the largest and most beautiful African village on stilts, home to approximately 25,000 inhabitants of the Tofinou ethnic group. Travelling through the heart of voodoo country, you will visit practitioners, watch trance-dances and learn about the great influence that voodoo spirits still have on people. Witness a hypnotic fire dance, enter the fairy-tale clay castle homes of the Tamberma people and visit Dankoli Fetish, where prayers for happy events are represented by countless little sticks inserted into fetishes. Finally continue to Togo to discover the tropical forests and their exotic fauna and flora, take in the immense Ashanti market and explore the former Slave Coast with its haunting European forts.

This itinerary is unique, eye opening and at times confronting, yet full of mystery and magic. As one of the most complete and spectacular journeys through West Africa it offers a glimpse into a world seen by very few westerners and virtually no tourists. Led by expert guides and with the benefit of good quality accommodation en route, this is an unparalleled experience for true Africa-philes.


Please note that this is just one of the many West African itineraries available. A range of highly specialised journeys can be planned to coincide with a range of cultural events and festivals in various locations throughout Ghana, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. Please contact us for further details, dates and full itineraries.

You will love

  • A glimpse into a secret world
  • Very few westerners and virtually no tourists
  • The weird and wonderful culture of fetish and voodoo
  • Stilted lake villages and clay castles in the sand
  • Expert guides and good quality accommodation


Please note:

This is an example 12 day itinerary but there many West African itineraries available. Please contact us for further details, dates and full itineraries.


Arrive in Accra, capital of Ghana.


Accra city tour.


Travel to Lome (capital of Togo); fetish market.


Witness a voodoo ceremony in a remote village; visit historic Ouidah, a former slave port.


Visit stilted village of Ganvie on Lake Nokwe, Benin


Dankoli Fetish and Taneka mountain village


Clay ‘castle’ houses of the Somba & Tamberma people; evening fire dance.


Guided expedition into tropical rainforest with entomologist.


Visit Krobo, famous for glass bead tradition

DAY 10

Wander the huge Kumasi market; attend a traditional Ashanti funeral celebration (if possible)

DAY 11

Tour of Kumasi including Royal Palace

DAY 12

Visit Elmina Castle, used historically for trading slaves and the oldest European building in Africa. Wander colouful, colonial fishing villages


12 days

12 days

Please enquire for pricing

Please enquire for pricing

START: Accra, Ghana     |     Finish: Accra, Ghana

Multiple dates and itineraries available
Single supplement may apply
Flights and insurance on request
Terms and conditions apply – please request a copy of our booking form for all details.
Price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation and unforeseen changes beyond our control.
Please contact us for pricing, dates and a full itinerary

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