Benin is brimming with tourist attractions, to such a degree that it’s not easy to choose. Our specialists spare you the stress in placing the keys at your disposal for organizing the voyage of your dreams. Our complete knowledge of the country, as well as our accumulated experience arranging excursions through the country, makes us specialists of the region. From familiarity with weather conditions there to the cultural calendar and major moments in Vodoun religious celebrations, LOANATRAVEL arranges a dream voyage for you to Benin.
Note: This itinerary is but an example, the final word is always up to the traveler, whose expectations will be entirely taken into account.
Plan your trip to the Birthplace of Vodoun
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT COTONOU AIRPORT
The guide welcomes you to the airport. After the usual formalities, he drives you to the hotel.
DAY 2: DEPARTURE FOR GANVIE
The small town of Ganvié will be the first stop on the tour. After a short visit around town, we will take a motor boat to explore Lake Nokoué. The whole day will be devoted to seeing this African Venice.
DAY 3: VISIT TO THE CITY OF PORTO-NOVO
Thirty kilometers from the economic capital is the city of Porto-Novo. We will go to meet the Goun ethnic group. Due to its history, the city has several vestiges that we will visit. We will be entitled to meet his majesty Oba Onikoyi Abessan V, the current king of Porto Novo. The Zangbeto traditional dance will bring our visit to a close.
DAY 4: MEETING THE HOLI (ONIGBOLO) ETHNIC GROUP
Long cut off from the rest of the population, the Holi ethnic group in the east of the country will welcome us on this day. There the men and women proudly wear identity markings that go back generations. Together with the chief of the village, we will make contact with this atypical group in order to better understand their way of life. Night at the Résidence Céline.
DAY 5: DEPARTURE TOWARD THE ANCIENT KINGDOM OF DAHOMEY
This day will be devoted to visiting the ancient kingdom of DAHOMEY, today known as Abomey. We will discover the royal palace as well as the emblems of all the kings who followed at the head of the kingdom. Afterwards, we will visit among the HOUNTONDJI people to see the work of local craftsmen. Night at the Hotel Abomey.
DAY 6: DASSA-ZOUME AND THE 41 HILLS
We will begin our ascent toward the north of the country by the important stop at Dassa. A bus will take us up to the great animist temple at the heart of the sacred mountain. After, we will go to Dankoli, the divinity at the foot of which can be seen daily processions of the faithful. In the evening, we will visit the nocturnal market that is still very popular. Night at the Hotel Dassa.
DAY 7: DISCOVERING THE VILLAGE OF TANEKA
Taneka is worth the detour. This small village of a few hundred huts with conical roofs shelters a population keen on preserving its traditions. Meeting with the spiritual chief of the village. Visit to the royal palace and a picnic in the evening beside the beautiful Kota Falls. Night at the Hotel Le Lac.
DAYS 8 AND 9: VISIT TO SOMBA COUNTRY
We will take the route leading to the village of BOUKOUMBE. The ATAKORA Mountains and the many baobabs along with the TATA huts bestow the area with a special beauty. We will devote two days to visiting this area, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
DAY 10: PARAKOU
This stop in the trip is scheduled to allow travelers to visit the capital of the north of Bénin with the large commercial activity that unfolds there. A visit to the small nomadic Peul villages will take up our stay in this part of the country.
DAY 11: ALLADA
We will leave Parakou early with the aim of getting to ALLADA to meet the spiritual chief KPODEGBE in his royal palace there. He will explain to us the history of this strategic point for the conveyance of slaves coming from the interior of the country towards the coast. Ancient village for the coronation of all the DAHOMEY (now BENIN) kings, ALLADA almost never appears in the itineraries for visiting the country in spite of its great cultural richness. Night at the Hotel Diaspora.
DAYS 12 AND 13: ALONG THE SLAVE ROUTE
This stage of the trip plunges us into the slave-trade past of the country. We will follow the entire circuit, from the places of capture to the auction market, passing by way of the black cell and the mass graves. Known worldwide as the birthplace of Vodoun, we will be received by dignitaries there and we will visit the sacred forest of KPASSE. Night at the Hotel Diaspora.
DAY 14: DAY AT THE BEACH
Grand-Popo is a stop for disconnecting and rest. The city’s beaches are among the loveliest in the country and ensure plenty of relaxation. In the evening, we will go for a ride on the river to watch a beautiful sunset.
DAY 15: END OF THE VOYAGE AND RETURN TO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
After lunch, we will depart for Cotonou. After a tour of the district specializing in craftwork, we will go to the airport in preparation for the flight.