An itinerary that winds its way from the Atlantic coasts to the more traditional regions of the Animist North, amidst boundless savannahs, baobabs and impregnable cliffs, where in past centuries populations have entrenched themselves to resist slavery and forced conversions by settlers.
From the Gulf of Guinea, with its troubled history, to the hot heart of Sahél, following red earth tracks leading from the unchallenged kingdom of Voodoo to the sleepy villages of the north, with their traditional dwellings designed like small mud fortresses. Everywhere, sacrificial altars to pay homage to ancestors. A fascinating journey into an ancient and mysterious world, linked to the slow rhythms imposed by a not always generous nature, where populations practise ancestral rituals rooted for centuries, in a spiritual continuum that connects the world of the living with that of the spirits, through indissoluble ties of lineage and kinship.
Day 1 :
Day 2 :
The remains of the kingdom of Dahomey and the ceremony with the Egunguns, the spirits of the ancestors.
Day 3 :
Sacrifices to the Dankoli fetish and the animist traditions of the Taneka.
Day 4 :
The tatas, fortress houses of the Somba, hidden in the cassava fields.
Day 5 :
The sacred green hills around Dassa.
Day 6 :
Relaxation on the Atlantic coast before getting lost in the Zangbeto spirit.
Day 7 :
Voodoo traditions in Possotomé and Ouidah, and the sad memories of the slave trade.
Day 8 :
The romantic village on stilts of Ganvié and the chaotic Cotonou.
Day 9 :
Arrival at the destination airport.