Ouagadougou and Lobi Villages
We begin in the middle west African savannah in Burkina's modern capital Ouagadougou. Once the seat of the Moro Naba, head of the Mossi, we enjoy the more modern charm and bustle of its vibrant street life and markets. Heading south west deeper into this little-know country we then discover the Sudanese-style colonial buildings and mango-tree lined avenues of Bobo-Dioulasso before entering the remote tribal lands of the south to explore Lobi villages with their fortress-like houses.
Forests & Fire Dances
Entering northern Togo we spend a full day trekking among Tamberma communities, famous for their unique fortifies dwellings. We continue south through the varied territories of many local peoples including the Bassar whose striking conical roofed clay houses dominate the landscape and the Tem, famous for their fire dance rituals. In the lush landscapes of central Togo we travel to Kloto and spend time walking in its virgin rainforest before once again returning to Benin.
Python Temples & Royal Palaces
At Abomey we reach the Royal Palace and UNESCO world heritage site of the pre-colonial Dahomey kings and at the nearby village of Cove we may be lucky enough to witness the remarkable spectacle of a Gelede mask ceremony. On Benin's Atlantic coastline we reach Lake Nokwe and take a boat to the stilt village of Ganvie, spending a night in this traditional fishing community. Returning to shore we discover the old slave trade post of Ouidah, considered the spiritual capital of voodoo, where we visit the python temple and Portuguese fort. Finally we explore the Mono River by boat before returning to Togo to discover traditional voodoo villages and the eclectic fetish market in the capital, Lome.
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