Trip to Benin attending the Ouidah Voodoo Festival 2020
On this trip to Benin we focus on voodoo, the country's main religion. We will tour the south of the country visiting some of the most interesting places in the country such as Ganvie, Abomey and Porto Novo.
We will also visit some ethnic groups as fascinating as the Holi or the Fulani.
Afterwards, we will head towards the Ouidah Voodoo Festival 2020
International Ouidah Voodoo Festival
The Benin Voodoo Festival is held especially in the coastal city of Ouidah. This day of worship and rituals is a national holiday in Benin.
Today almost 80% of Benin's population professes this religion and the fetishes of Ouidah are very powerful and respected.
The Temple of the Pythons represents one of the most revered places in Benin. There is a powerful fetish. The celebrations of the Voodoo Festival take place every year on January 10th: Dagbo Houno, Ouidah's most important fetish, after having gone to the temple and paying tribute to the fetish, begins the procession carried along the slave path and arrives at the beach where the festival is held. Every year about 10,000 people attend the festival.
After the end of the official festival on Ouidah beach, rituals and ceremonies continue throughout southern Benin, in streets, courtyards and houses. Attending one of these ceremonies is a unique spectacle.
The day before and the day after we will go out in search of these rituals in the surroundings of Ouidah.
Destination Benin, the birthplace of voodoo
Despite its small size, the Republic of Benin has many and varied surprises in store for travellers.
You will discover in Benin a paradise of photography as the different ethnic groups of Benin, retain much of their traditional culture.
At the same time, Benin is an easy and safe destination, with an acceptable variety of tourist accommodations.
On a trip to Benin you will discover and live an authentic Africa, full of rituals, where voodoo is the official religion and not a tourist attraction.
Visits on the trip to Benin
From Cotonou we will travel to Lake Nokoue to visit Ganvie, known as the "African Venice". Ganvie is a unique village built in palafittes on the waters of Lake Nokoue, near Cotonou. The Tofinu people, also called "the water people of Benin", have lived in Lake Nokoue for centuries.
To the west is the village of Gran Popo, with two major attractions: long golden sandy beaches with tall coconut palms and villages where you can witness ancient voodoo rituals.
A rite that, unlike the one practiced in the Caribbean, does not seek the evil of people, but a benefit for those who practice it and perform the sacrifice of an animal.
We continue our trip to Benin. Further north are the ancient palaces of Abomey, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Dahomey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Near the Nigerian border we will stop to visit the Holi people, one of the most fascinating ethnic groups in this part of Africa. We can see in women of a certain age how they have a good part of their body tattooed.