|About This Tour|
|This tour will awaken your senses to the slave routes of West Africa (Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Benin). Explore cities and villages and be introduced to the rich culture and history of these four West African countries. In Senegal, visit Goree Island which has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will discover the Museum Maison des Eclaves (Slaves’ House), which used to be a slaving station and was one of the first French settlements on the continent. Tour old Goree Island, home to slave houses, museums and architectural buildings that reflect the country’s colonial history. On your tour to Ghana, The Gateway and Heart of West Africa, join us on an unforgettable journey into land rich in history, tradition and culture. Revisit history by touring the slave dungeons and the Last Bath, to learn the story of the slave trade, of which its impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today.
Explore the legend of the famous Ashantis at the Manhyia Palace Museum and obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts. Reclaim your traditional name in an African naming ceremony amidst singing, drumming and dancing celebrated with the Chief, Elders and people of the entire village. Get the opportunity to engage with historians and returnees who have had successful businesses in Ghana.
As you move from Ghana to Togo and Benin, notice the differences in culture. On your visit to Togo, 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. Be startled by Vodoun tradition, a religion practiced by groups of people within the West African countries when you visit Ouidah, the heart of African traditional religion in Benin. This tour takes you to the temple of pythons, a place where snakes are worshipped and revered. These snakes are harmless and a major icon for followers of Vodoun. Tour Porto Novo, the capital of Benin which was established as a major slave-trading post by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Explore Ouidah, a place where slaves captured in Togo and Benin spent their final night before embarking on their trans-Atlantic journey.