It’s a journey through the most fascinating and colorful ceremonies and rites of Benin, Togo and Ghana, once known as the ‘Slave Coast’ and ‘Gold Coast’. Three countries in which, despite the progress of modern life, the population remains viscerally linked to cults and traditions that have been perpetuated unchanged for centuries.
From the swirling dances of the zangbeto and egungun voodoo spirits, in front of which we are forced to abandon any Western logic, to the fire ceremony of the Tem warriors, in which the secret line between reality and magic cannot be revealed to us. And again, the apotheosis of traditional ceremonies, represented by the Akwasidae of the Ashanti, which renews every 42 days the veneration of the people towards one of the most powerful kings of the Gulf of Guinean. A colorful and luxurious party, in a rhythmic rush of drums and unbridled dances, among colorful fabrics, sacred umbrellas and gold jewels, that will make us sink into a timeless dimension in which the great Ashanti kingdom and culture revive in the ancient prestige.
Day 1: Sunday
Arrival in Cotonou, welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Monday
The Royal Palace of Abomey and the Egungun ceremonies.
Day 3: Tuesday
Sacrifices to the voodoo deity of Savalou, the animism of the Taneka villages.
Day 4: Wednesday
Natitingou/Pays Somba and Tamberma/Sokodé
The clay castles of the Somba and the Tamberma, the Nadoba market, the fire dance of the Tem.
Day 5: Thursday
The Lomé Fetishes Market, where you can find bones and skins of all sorts of animals, amulets and statuettes stuck in nails.
Day 6: Friday
The glass beads of the Krobo and the scenery on Lake Volta.
Day 7: Saturday
The dances at the Ashanti funeral and the voodoo ceremony of the Black and White Shrine.
Day 8: Sunday
The Akwasidae, a festival in honor of King Ashanti, between tradition and modernity.
Day 9: Monday
The colorful horbour of Elmina and memories of the slave trade at Cape Coast Castle.
Day 10: Tuesday
Along the landscapes of the Gulf of Guinea to the Grand Marché de Lomé.
Day 11: Wednesday
The encounter with a voodoo priestess and ceremony with the Zangbeto spirits.
Day 12: Thursday
The pythons temple and the gate of no return of Ouidah, the romantic stilted village of Ganvié.
Day 13: Friday