We are offering a special tour this Summer travelling from Liberia through to Benin. It is possible to do the trip from Liberia to Ghana, from Ghana to Benin or the whole trip together. See itinerary details below.
August 23rd: Travel to City Hotel, a hotel situated in the heart of Monrovia city. Depending on your arrival time we will explore the city of Monrovia or you can rest in the hotel. After meeting your host, he will brief you with first hand important information about Liberia.
August 24th: In the morning you will explore Monrovia by first having coffee with breakfast at the US Embassy Suites and then visiting 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.
August 25th: Today we cross to Ivory Coast when we will travel from Monrovia to Man. 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 organization 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.
August 26th: 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.
August 27th: Travel to Yamoussoukro, the political and administrative capital of Ivory Coast.
August 28th: 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 formal president Ofoye, first president of Cote D’ivoire.
August 29th: Today we travel to Grand Bassam, the former French Colonial capital city. We will stay near the coast and spend time admiring the colonial architecture. Depending on arrival time, we will do a walking tour of Grand Bassam and have dinner at the old slave station hotel.
August 30th: At 9am, will start with 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.
August 31st: Today we visit Abidjan, the most populous French speaking city in West Africa. We will visit Platuex and see St. Paul Cathedral, The Pyramid, National Cultural Museum, Former King’s Palace turned Orphanage, Zoo, and the Adjame Market (Abidjan’s Biggest Market). Return to Grand Bassam in the late afternoon.
September 1st: Today we cross into Ghana and transfer to Cape Coast.
September 2nd: 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 XV 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 recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The old Dutch Cemetery in Elmina goes back to 1806. Outside the castle, 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, “fighting” to earn a living. 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 very lively atmosphere, bringing us back to a time when Elmina was a busy colonial town.
September 3rd: Today we travel to Kumasi - the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom.
September 4th: Today we take a full day tour of Kumansi. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations in Africa until the end of the XIX 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.
September 5th: Today we transfer to Accra and spend time admiring the city. Depending on arrival time, we will take a walking tour around the city.
September 6th: The program today includes a visit to 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 specialized in building fantasy coffins. These special handcrafted coffins come in many shapes: fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes and much more.
September 7th: Today the tour ends or you can take our extension to Togo! From Accra, we journey to Akosombo a city built in the early 1960 to house construction workers of the hydroelectric dam. The Dam also features the world’s second largest artificial lake.
September 8th: From Akosombo, we travel to Kpalime. Today 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.
September 9th: From Kpaleme, we travel on to Lome with the rest of the day at leisure.
September 10th: 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.
September 11th: Today we depart Togo for Benin and travel to Abomey. Rest of day at leisure.
September 12th: After breakfast, we visit the UNESCO listed Royal Palace. After lunch, we travel onto Cotonou.
September 13th: From Cotonou we travel through Abomey and head to Porto Novo. En route we pass through fishing villages and valleys. We arrive in Porto Novo in the early evening and stay at the Le Palais Hotel right at the edge of the Lagoon.
September 14th: Today we take a tour of Porto Novo. We visit Centre Songhai a research, teaching and production center in sustaining farming. We will also visit Musee Ethnographique de Porto Novo, Musee Honme and Musee da Silva.
September 15th: Today the tour ends.
Liberia-Cote D'Ivoire-Ghana tour: £1755
Ghana-Togo-Benin tour (Sep 1-14): £1545
Togo-Benin extension tour (Sep 7-14): £1145
- all accommodation
- all breakfasts
- all ground transport during tours
- English speaking local tour leader
- Visa support
- entry fees
* please note this tour needs a minimum of 8 people. If less than this we may still run the tour but at a higher price or use public transport on parts of the trip. Please note that although we have researched this tour, this will be our first tester tour and things may not run as smoothly as standard tours, particularly considering the part of the world we are travelling through.