|About This Tour|
|In addition to the spectacular Panafest events, this tour will treat you to the taste of three West African countries: Ghana, Togo and Benin. Panafest is a biennial festival hosted in Ghana to celebrate and promote the ideals of unity and development. The festival is held for the enjoyment of Africans, people of African descent, and for all who are committed to the wellbeing of Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora. The festival involves historical reenactments and drama, cultural drumming, dancing and much more. Panafest unites individuals and groups through arts and culture, and by highlighting the rich traditions of a people that have survived through years of change and movement.
This tour gives you a taste of the warm Ghanaian people and their impressive history. Notice the differences in culture as you move from Anglophone to Francophone West Africa. You will first visit Togo, a country noted for its beautiful countryside. Be stunned by the streets filled with vibrant markets, friendly people and good food. Visit the central Independence Monument, the Congressional Palace that houses the national museum that exhibits West African jewelry, masks, musical instruments and pottery. Be amazed by the largest voodoo market in Lomé which has a supply store for fetishes, charms and anything needed for traditional worship.
Nature and cultural lovers will be enthralled with a boat ride over the vast expanse of Lake Nokoué to visit Ganvie, a village built entirely on water and commonly referred to as the “Venice of west Africa.” You will be fascinated as you watch market women row their dugout canoes, piled high with goods. Watch how the locals shop on a floating market and as fishermen skillfully and artfully throw their nets into Lake Nokue, providing you with a wonderful photo opportunity. This is a “National Geographic” experience and you may pinch yourself in disbelief that you are truly in the midst of it all.