In Benin, voodoo is the invisible lintel of society, a granite faith focused on devotion to hundreds of invisible gods, which gives meaning and order to the life of the local population. Every year, on January 10, in the Ouidah region, the Vudu Festival is celebrated, the main event dedicated to this religion.
Voodoo was formally recognized as the official religion of Benin on January 10, 1996, a date that has since been considered a national holiday. On this occasion, ceremonies, sacrifices, songs, dances and large banquets are held, in the presence of the most influential personalities of the country’s religious and political life. Faith, magic and the supernatural are revealed through complex rituals and spectacular performances, between followers who fall into a state of trance and Juju priests in median connection with ancestral spirits. For those traveling to Benin, a stay in Ouidah during the Festival is certainly an opportunity not to be missed!
Day 1 : Wednesday 03 January 2024
Outbound Flight/Cotonou (COO)
Welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 : Thursday 04 January 2024
The romantic village of Ganvié, where the Tofinu live on stilts suspended in Lake Nokoué, the Afro-Brazilian vestiges of Porto Novo and the Gelede mask dance.
Day 3 : Friday 05 January 2023
The remains of the bloody kingdom of Dahomey and the temple of the chameleon.
Day 4 : Saturday 06 January 2023
Dassa Zoumé/Pays Taneka/Natitingou
The sacrifices to the Dankoli fetish and the animist traditions of the Taneka.
Day 5 : Sunday 07 January 2023
Natitingou/Pays Somba/Pays Tamberma/Sokodé
The tatas, fortress houses of the Somba and Tamberma, the views of the Atakora Mountains and the Tem fire dance.
Day 6 : Monday 08 January 2023
The fetish market in Lomé, where you can find statuettes of nails and amulets.
Day 7 : Tuesday 09 January 2023
The villages dedicated to voodoo cults of Togoville and Possotomé.
Day 8 : Wednesday 10 January 2023
Possotome/Ouidah (Voodoo Festival)/Possotome
The songs of the adepts, the dances of women in trance, the pythons temple, the ceremony with the Egunguns… all this is Ouidah and its Festival!
Day 9 : Thursday 11 January 2023
Cotonou (COO)/Return flight
Arrival at the destination airport.