West Africa Tour; Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast & Liberia

Tour itinerary can be seen below.

1 Arrive to Porto Novo

Arrive into Porto Novo and transfer to your hotel. There is the possibility of walks around the Lagoon next to the hotel.

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2 Porto Novo, Benin

Today we will visit Centre Songhai a research, teaching and production centre in sustaining farming. We will also visit Musee Ethnographique de Porto Novo, Musee Honme and Musee da Silva.

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3 Cotonou and Ganvie

From Porto Novo we head to Cotonou. En route we pass through Ganvie stilt village which was created by Africans in fear of being taken by slavers. We later arrive in Cotonou in the early evening and check in to our hotel.

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4 Ouidah and Abomey

After breakfast we travel to Abomey stopping en route in Ouidah. Here we'll visit a Portuguese fort (now a museum) and the Python temple, where the locals worship the snakes. Afterwards we move onto Abomey where we visit the UNESCO listed Royal Palace, former home of the Dahomey kings. The walls are decorated with bas reliefs representing symbols of the ancient Dahomey kings. The palace displays items that belonged to the ancient rulers: thrones, cult altars, statues, costumes and weapons. The kingdom economy was for a long time based on the slave trade: a permanent state of war made it possible for the kings to capture thousands of prisoners whom they then sold as slaves. The royal army included a female troop famous for its boldness and aggressive fighting spirit. At the height of their power there were up to 4000 women in the palace harem. In the middle of the royal courtyard there is a temple built with a mixture of clay, gold dust and human blood.

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5 Togoville and Aneho

Today we depart Benin for Togo. En route we will visit the 'Maison Des Escale’ (House of Slaves) and the beautiful colonial towns of Togoville and Aneho. Rest of day at leisure.

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6 Lome

After breakfast, we take a tour of Lome. We will visit the Craft Market, the Big Market, the Monument of Independence, Lome Cathedral, Cluppinque Du Togo, Village Artisanal and Musee International Du Golfe de Guinee.

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7 Kpalime

From Lome, we travel on to Kpalime where we will visit we visit Cascade de Kpime Waterfall, Mount Agou, Foret de Missahohe, Cascade de Yikpe, Aklala Batik du Togo, Cascade de Wome, The Castle Viale and Chateau Viale.

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8 Akosombo

From Kpalime, we travel to Akosombo, a city built in the early 1960's to house construction workers of the hydroelectric dam. The dam also features the world’s second largest artificial lake.

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9 Accra, Ghana

Today we travel to Accra, rest of day at leisure.

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10 Accra

Today we visit the National Museum, one of the first works of independent Ghana - the idea inspiring the Museum is to relate Ghanaian art to the rest of the continent and to prove the existence of an African history as part of the general history of humanity. We explore the old quarter of James Town, inhabited by the local population known as the Ga. Our day tour ends with the visit of a workshop specialised in building fantasy coffins. These special handcrafted coffins come in many shapes: fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes and much more.

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11 Kumasi

Today we transfer to the city of Kumasi the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. After the drive here we'll take a rest before meeting up in the evening for dinner.

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12 Kumasi

Today we take a full day tour of Kumasi. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations in Africa until the end of the 19th century, when the British annexed Ashanti Country to their Gold Coast colony. The tribute paid today to the Asantehene King is the best evidence of their past splendour and strength. With nearly one million inhabitants, Kumasi is a sprawling city with a fantastic central market believed to be the biggest in West Africa and one of the biggest in Africa. Every type of Ashanti craft (leather goods, pottery, Kente cloth) is found here, along with just about every kind of tropical fruit and vegetable. The program includes a visit to the Ashanti Cultural Centre: a rich collection of Ashanti artefacts housed in a wonderful reproduction of an Ashanti 5 house, Military Museum, The Sword Museum and the King's Palace Museum.

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13 Cape Coast

Today we travel to Cape Coast. Rest of day at leisure.

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14 Elmina

In the morning we start our day with a visit to Elmina Castle, the oldest European building in Africa, erected by the Portuguese in the 15th century. At different times the castle has been used as a warehouse to trade gold, ivory, and eventually slaves. The castle we visit today is the result of successive extension works and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and has an old Dutch Cemetery in Elmina that goes back to 1806. Outside the castle, there is a wonderful fishing village with lots of large colorful fishing boats - every day these canoes are guided by skilled fishermen across strong ocean waves and currents. In the old town we will see the Posuban, the shrines of the old “Asafo companies” - the warriors who used to put their offerings on the large colourful statues. The alleys in the old town have a lively atmosphere, reminiscent of when Elmina was a busy colonial town.

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15 Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast

Today we cross into Ivory Coast and transfer to Grand Bassam Depending on arrival time we will head out for a walk along the beach before heading out for dinner in the evening.

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16 Abidjan

Today we visit Abidjan, the most populous French speaking city in West Africa. We will visit Platuex and see St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Pyramid, the National Cultural Museum, former King’s Palace turned Orphanage, the Zoo, and the Adjame Market (Abidjan’s Biggest Market). Return to Grand Bassam in the late afternoon and have a chance of horse riding on the beach.

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17 Grand Bassam

In the morning we will have a walking tour and take a look at the Ancient Colonial bank, the Former French Slave Station turned hotel, very first cinema of Cote D’Ivoire, fishing village etc. We later travel further around the city and visit the King's Palace, African Traditional Craft Centre and more.

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18 Yamoussoukro

Today we travel to Yamoussoukro, the political and administrative capital of Ivory Coast. The city is home to the world's second largest church as well as the largest peach research foundation in the world.

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19 Yamoussoukro

Today we take a tour of the famous Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, one of the largest Christian Churches in the world. We will visit the Crocodile River and the home of former president Ofoye, first president of Cote D’ivoire. We will also visit a local village to watch a mask dance.

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20 Man

Today we travel to Man, situated on the Western side of Ivory Coast.

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21 Man

Today we will visit the monkey forest where you will come in contact with thousands of monkeys as well as the La Cascade water fall where there are possibilities for swimming.

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22 Monrovia, Liberia

Today we cross to Liberia and take the long journey to Monrovia. We will take a brief stop on the highway to take a look at the Kpatawee waterfall in Bong County. We will also have the chance to see the farm of indicted former President Charles Taylor, who is currently in The Hague. When close to the border, we will visit the first OAU (Organization of African Unity) conference center where the organisation was first put together. It is located in Sanniquille, a city that used to be very vibrant during the time the mining company LAMCO was fully operating in Liberia.

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23 Monrovia

In the morning you will explore Monrovia. You will go for a coffee with breakfast at the US Embassy Suites and then visit the abandoned Dukor Hotel (a 5 star hotel partly destroyed by the Civil War), National Museum, the First Presidential palace/pavilion ever built in Liberia and The Centennial Pavilion where all Liberia presidents are inaugurated and where the longest serving president was buried. After this you will visit Providence Island, the most important historic place in Liberia. It is here where the freed slaves were left when repatriated from the United States of America. This marks the beginning of the formation of the first African Republic. After, you will visit the second highest educational institution ever established in West Africa, University of Liberia. Later, you will view the most recent Presidential Palace, Executive Mansion and other branches of Government. After this we head back to our hotel.

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24 Depart

Today the tour ends, transfer to airport.

Details

Includes:
  • - All accommodation
  • - Most breakfasts
  • - All ground transport during tours
  • - All entry fees
  • - English speaking local tour leader
  • - Visa support
  • - Airport transfers
Excludes:
  • - Visa fees
  • - Meals
  • - International flights
  • - Travel insurance
Prices:
  • Tour Price: £2765
  • Deposit: £500
  • Single Room Supplement: £
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