15 days Burkina Faso-Benin-Togo-Ghana + travel
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Burkina Faso This itinerary is addressed to the people who wan to discover the Africa of the past. In this region the African religion is the most important in the mentality of its citizens and the foreign religions has not made any change. It is a journey to live the Africa of the past.

DAY 1: Ouaga Arrival and transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Overnight staying at the hotel Palm Beach***.

DAY 2: Ouaga In the morning transfer to Laongo, visit to the modern sculptures engraved in the rock. Several artist from different countries came there to express their talent engraving in the nature. Return to Ouaga and visit to the district of bronze craftsmen. In the afternoon visit of the handicraft centre, to the great market and to the handicraft market. Overnight staying at the hotel Palm Beach***.

DAY 3: Ouaga - Kompienga After the breakfast visit to the east region of Burkina, where the tourist will find along the way Mossi villages and the peculiar architecture of their houses. The tourists will continue the trip to the village of Gurmantches who were great agriculturists and very clever about the future. Visit of this village. After the lunch in Fada, the trip will continue to Kompienga close to the lake who is called like the city and close to the borderline with Benin.
Dinner and overnight staying at the hotel in Kompienga**.

DAY 4: Kompienga - Natitingou Visit to the most interesting ethnic group of the North area of Benin, “Sombas” group. They live in the mountain chains and this let them protect themselves from the close enemies and also from the French colony. They have always been considered warriors but their real purpose was to defend themselves from the attacks and not the opposite case. The most concrete example of their defence is the special architecture of their houses. In case of any attack, in the house the family could live safely for a long time while the village could organise the defence. Sombas and Tenekas populations were practising their very strict initiation rites with the purpose to shape men able to mange the responsibility and the defence of the entire group.
Overnight staying at the Hotle Tata Somba ****

DAY 5: Natitingou - Bohicon Excursion to South along a road where you can find cows liek Zebus, Peul nomads and other types of cattle. An itinerary out of the official route will lead us to a fascinating unknown village, Teneka. The highest part of the village is populated by the old wizards and by the young initiates that, naked or covered just by a goat leather, are smoking a pipe. This village is located in the middle of an archaeological site with strange stones left by the ancient people.
Dinner and overnight staying at the hotel Dako***.

DAY 6: Bohicon - Porto Novo Visit to the royal palace of Abomey, ancient capital of the kingdom of Dahomey, visit of the museum in the ancient palace and meeting , if available, with King Ketou and his imperial court.Overnight staying at the hotel Beaurivage ***.

DAY 7: Porto Novo – Gran Popo Visit to the market of the grass, of the ethnographic museum, of the mosque. Transfer to Ouidah where the tourists will visit the museum, the temple of Pytones, and the port of the slaves. In the afternoon after the arrival in Porto Novo there will be an excursion on pirogue through the lagoons of Carino river with the possibility to see a woo doo celebration, by an ipnothic rhythm of the "tam-tam" drums and of the songs some dancers will fall into a deep alienated state: vivid eyes, movements, muscle tension, resistance to the pain and to the fire. This is a typical example of an African deep religious community called "Owner of the spirit" in a little village of fishermen are Zangbeto celebration and the Fon masks of Benin. The use of the masks is connected to ancient Greece and maybe even to an older time. The supernatural power of the mask to change the identity of anybody who wears it, is part of the spiritual culture of many African populations. The festival with the mask is still today an emotional moment for Fon people: Zangbeto is a mask covered with red straw. Zangbeto represents non human spirits, the power of the nature and the night who had lived on the earth before the human beings. Those who were this mask are part of a secret society and their identity is unknown: the mask gives an independent identity from the real one. The exhibition of the mask is the representation of a psychological tragedy where the characters are the material forms of the archetypes left in the human unconsciousness.
Overnight staying at the hotel L’Auberge **** (see sight).

DAY 8: Gran Popo Excursion on the motor pirogue on the Nokwe lake to go to Ganviè the biggest lacustral city of the whole Africa. The word "Ganviè" means "the community of the people who found peace". The citizens of Ganviè live in houses built on piles. These people decided to live on the lake to go away from the slavery of the armies of Dahomey and New Port kings.
Ganviè citizens, Tofinou peole (watermen, in the local language) are living a life quite similar to the ancestors. The floating market, where people buy thing pirogue by pirogue, is particularly colourful. Visit to the royal palace with its multicoloured walls and to the history museum where you can find objects, jewels and weapons of the old monarchies. It is very interesting to admire the walls since they were built using mud, gold and human blood. The power of the ancient empire was based on an army composed by women, the famous Amazons, whom all the villages were afraid of.
Dinner and overnight staying at the hotel L’Auberge****.

DAY 9: Gran Popo - Cotonou Relax time to enjoy the beautiful beach with coconut palms and white sand. In the afternoon transfer to Cotonou capital of Benin to the last shopping in the big market.
City sight and visit of the market. Dinner and overnight staying at the hotel Benin Sheraton*****.

DAY 10: Cotonou - Lome City sight of Lome, the smiling capital of Togo. Visit to the central market with the famous Nana-Benz, visit to the administrative district with the colonial buildings, visit to the market of the "fetish", where you can buy ingredients for strange love and magic potions.
Dinner and overnight staying at the hotel*****.

DAY 11: Lome - Accra In the morning direction to Ghana, after the custom controls arrival in Ghana. Then direction to Accra. City sight, visit of the National Museum of African Art, visit of the calorific market and in the afternoon excursion to the handicraft market.

DAY 12: Accra-Kumasi After the breakfast, departure to Kumasi, city of the gardens and chief town of Achanti, that is the richest and very important ethnic group of Ghana.
Dinner and overnight staying at the hotel Rest House***.

DAY 13: Kumasi City sight, visit to the ethnographic museum and to the market, which is one of the most important markets in West Africa thanks to the trading of Kente fabric.
Dinner and overnight staying at the hotel Rest House ***.

DAY 14: Kumasi – Cape Cost - Elmina In the morning excursion to the heavenly places of Cape Coast, the most beautiful city of the coast, and visit of the market. Visit of the castles and of the fortresses along the coast. Then direction to Elmina, visit to the castles and to the fortresses built during the XIV century that will offer us an image of the trading of gold and slaves at that time.
Dinner and lodging at the hotel Elmina***.

DAY 15: Elmina - Accra Visit to Accra, city sight, visit of the National Museum of African Art, visit of the colourful market and last shopping. Transfer to the airport.