Known as Dahomey when it was a French colony, the nation of Benin gained its independence in 1960. Its population of 7.5 million is made up of several ethnic groups, the dominant ones being the Fon, Adja, Yoruba, Dendi and Bariba. Benin is famous for being the homeland of African traditional religion and for Ganvie, the amazing village built on stilts over Lake Nokue. We hope that you will allow Landtours to show you all that Benin has to offer. Begin here, by browsing our Benin tours below.
Benin Including Ghana and Togo
The tour of Benin, Ghana and Togo is our most popular West African package. If you have less than 2 weeks to spend and want to have a comprehensive experience in West Africa, this is the tour to take. You will enjoy Anglophone Ghana as well as Francophone Togo and Benin. One of the highlights in Benin is a visit to Ganvie, the village built on stilts over Lake Nokue. Ganvie is referred to as the “Venice of West Africa” and you will be mesmerized as you watch market women row their dugout canoes, piled high with goods. You will witness the locals shopping on a floating market and watch 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. Between Ghana and Benin lies Togo, where you will visit the Grand Marche and Marche des Feticheurs (fetish market) among other memorable sights. On this tour you will experience diverse culture and feel the warmth of the people of these exotic and exciting countries.
Traditional Religion Festival Tour
Beautiful and fierce, seductive and spiritual, natural and rugged—West Africa is full of exciting contrasts and the Traditional Religious Festival tour has them all. In just ten days this package will give you the experience of a lifetime. This tour caters to an array of interests and features the cultural practices of several ethnic groups. Your journey begins in warm, friendly Ghana and continues into traditional, enigmatic Benin and fascinating Togo. Along the way you will have the opportunity to experience West Africa’s soulful traditional religion (Voudoun). Voodoun originated in West Africa and is practiced by the people of the region. The religion was exported to the new world during the slave trade, and today it is also practiced in the Carribean, the Southern United States and in Central and South America. On this tour you will have an opportunity to attend an authentic Voodoun ceremony, including sacrifices, followers in trances and much more.
African Hot Spots
The African Hot Spots Tour starts in the exotic country of Mali, where you may feel as though you have been transported back to the height of the Songhai Empire. In Mali, delight yourself in the vivacious city of Djenne. At over 800 years old, Djenne is the most beautiful city in the Sahel with its mud buildings and Sudanese architecture. As you trek down the Bandiagara Escarpment, you will be able to relate to the ancient Dogon people who brilliantly built their homes into the cliff with the intention of camouflaging themselves against other warring tribes. If that climb isn’t enough for the die-hard adventurous traveler, come with us as we visit the brinks of the Timbuktu desert and experience how others traveled this terrain centuries ago, on camelback. From Mali, we will travel to Ghana via air, stopping in Cape Coast to visit the slave castles and the renowned Kakum National Park. As you get closer to the end of your tour, you will be given the opportunity to visit the sensational floating village of Ganvie, Benin and also visit Togo’s capital, Lome.
Panafest 2015 Featuring Togo And Benin!
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 well being 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 rich traditions that have survived through years of change and movement.
The 2015 Panafest event will be an extra special celebration, as it marks the 23rd year since the very first Panafest was held in 1992. This tour will give you a taste of the warm Ghanaian people and their impressive history. It will also enable you to note the differences in culture as you move from Anglophone to Francophone West Africa. You will be amazed by what you see in Lome, at Togo’s Fetish Market. You will be enlightened about the voodoun tradition when you visit Ouidah, the heart of African traditional religion. In Benin, 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.”