Trip to the Voodoo Festival in Benin and continuation in Côte d'Ivoire
A 17 day trip to Benin and Ivory Coast in January 2022 where we will attend ceremonies and rituals that are intimately celebrated in the small villages of southern Benin during the Voodoo Festival. We will continue our journey visiting colonial towns, markets, traditional ethnic groups, mask ceremonies, paradisiacal beaches, colossal cities and enjoy the festive and warm atmosphere of two of the most welcoming countries in West Africa.
Trip to Benin, South of the country - 7 days
Although Benin offers the traveller an astonishing summary of typical African landscapes, with beaches lined with coconut trees, different types of tropical plantations, lakes, wooded savannahs and mountains in the north, Benin's greatest strength lies in its immense cultural richness.
On this trip, although we focus on the Voodoo Festival, the country's official religion, we will also visit some of the traditional ethnic groups that inhabit the south of Benin, such as the Holi.
We will continue our journey through Benin by visiting the amazing Ganvie (UNESCO), one of the largest lake towns in West Africa (possibly the largest), with its bamboo houses, floating markets and all its life on the water.
Benin Voodoo Festival
Every 10th of January, the International Voodoo Festival takes place. In addition to paying attention to the big celebration where authorities and the general public gather, we will go in search of small shrines where priests perform different types of voodoo ceremonies in private.
Trip to Côte d'Ivoire - 11 days
En Costa de Marfil, vamos a viajar al oeste del país para profundizar en la etnia Dan y Guere, un territorio mágico donde los iniciados construyen puentes de liana en la noche y los bosques son habitados por un sin fin de máscaras, las cuales conectan el mundo de los vivos con el mundo de los espíritus.
The world of masks
Godufuma is located in the heart of Dan Country in western Côte d'Ivoire. The Dan are an animist people who preserve many of their ancestral rites. In this beautiful village of traditional buildings set in the forest, we attend a masked dance in the evening and acrobatic dances in the morning, as well as enjoying the incredible hospitality of the people.
Further west, towards the triple border with Liberia and Guinea Conakry, we find impressive liana bridges which, although now disused, have served to connect shores and villages for generations.
Sassandra, coastal paradise
Sassandra is surrounded by lush vegetation, with primary forests and tropical plantations, beautiful beaches, mangrove landscapes, and ancient colonial vestiges.
Not many kilometres from Sassandra is the village of Gaoulou, with its beautiful colonial bridge, the oldest in this part of Africa. Sassandra is an essential stop on our travels in Côte d'Ivoire.
Grand Bassam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Grand Bassam, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ebrié lagoon, is a small historic town (Unesco World Heritage Site) which was the first capital of the Ivory Coast. The French quarter with its old colonial buildings in a decaying state, witnesses to the passage of time, the lively fishing village of N'ZIMA and its beach are some of the places to visit in the city.
Yamoussoukro, the city of excess
Yamoussoukro is the surreal capital of Côte d'Ivoire. It is a sprawling city, with immense eight- and ten-lane avenues, huge promenades lined with lampposts and empty of people, and a colossal basilica (Our Lady of Peace) inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest religious building in the world.