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West Africa

Accra - Accra via Togo - Benin

21 DAYS THROUGH Benin, Ghana (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$1,800 (USD) + 560 KITTY (EUR)
DURATION:
21 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Pirogue (dugout canoe)
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
70%
30%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 11, Lunches x 14, Dinners x 10
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZAA
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Enjoy a fine meal and cool drink in one of Accra's many restaurants

  Swim in the clean water of the Volta River

  Guided tour of the impressive Akosombo Dam

  Enjoy a guided walk around Butterfly Mountain, Mont Kluto

  Visit the fascinating double storey mud huts in Tata Somba

  Go on a safari in the Pendjari National Park in the far north of Benin

  Overland through Benin and soak up the local culture

  Tour around the Dahomey Palace and museum in Abomey

  Stay overnight in the stilt village of Ganvie

  Visit the emotional 'Point of no return' in Ouidah

  Option to walk the Route des Escalves in the footsteps of millions of slaves

  Relax on the beach with a BBQ at Gran Popo

  Visit a local village to witness a traditional Voodoo ceremony

  Take a pirogue across to Togoville for guided tour

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Accra ( 31st Dec 2018 )

Border information: if you are joining in Accra, then you will most likely enter Ghana at Accra Kotoka International Airport (IATA code: ACC).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport, visas, and insurance details at this meeting.

The afternoon will be free to explore the city of Accra.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Accra before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Accra.

In Accra we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the fascinating and chaotic Ghanaian capital city of Accra

GHC 5

Learn all about the history and culture of Ghana in the National Museum

GHC 40

Visit the famous Labadi Beach situated on the outskirts of Accra

GHC 5

Freely explore the huge Independence Square and Black Star Arch in Accra, where independence was celebrated in 1957

Free

Freely explore the area of Jamestown, Accra's oldest district and a vibrant fishing area

Free

Visit the outside of the famous Osu Castle, the seat of power in Ghana since the 1600s

Free
Day 2 - Akosombo ( 1st Jan 2019 )

This morning, we will apply for Togo visas at the Togolese Embassy in Accra. Once they are issued, we will leave Accra and head north to the village of Akosombo.

In Akosombo we will stay in a campsite next to the River Volta.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 3 - Lake Volta, Akosombo ( 2nd Jan 2019 )

Today we will have an included visit to the nearby Akosombo Dam, a major project built in the 1960s to provide almost all of Ghana's energy needs. The rest of the day will be free to relax at our campsite in Akosombo.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit Akosombo Dam, the colossal 1960s project that provides almost all of Ghana's energy needs and created Lake Volta, one of the world's largest man-made lakes

Included in Kitty
Day 4 - Mont Klouto ( 3rd Jan 2019 )

Border information: Exit Ghana at Klouto, enter Togo at Klouto.

Today we will have a full day's drive to the spectacular Mont Klouto, crossing the border into Togo.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

In Mont Klouto we will stay in a campsite, with the option to upgrade to dorm accommodation.

Day 5 - Mont Klouto ( 4th Jan 2019 )

Today we will have a free day around the beautiful Mont Klouto region, with the opportunity to head out on optional forest walks or to visit Kpalimé town nearby.

In the evening, we will head to the village centre to see a spectacular show of drumming and dancing from the local villagers.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

An evening of energetic drumming and dancing from the local villagers in Mont Klouto

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Guided walks around Mont Klouto looking for butterflies and enjoying the beautiful forest scenery 

XOF 8000
Day 6 - Central Togo ( 5th Jan 2019 )

Over the next 2 days we will drive up the length of Togo, all the way through the remote northern border with Benin. We will wild camp for 1 night en route.

Estimated Drive Times - 6-7 hours each day.

Day 7 - Tata Somba region ( 6th Jan 2019 )

Border information: Exit Togo at Ketao, enter Benin at Ouaké.

Today we will cross the border into Benin, before continuing our journey to the Tata Somba region close to the town of Tanguiéta. 

In Tanguiéta we will stay in a basic local eco-lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 8 - Tata Somba region ( 7th Jan 2019 )

This morning we will go on an included walking tour of the nearby Tata Somba villages with some of the local villagers. This is a fascinating visit to an area rarely visited by tourists, where we will learn a lot about the local traditional way of life and explore the famous two-storey mud huts of the area.

In the afternoon, there is the option to walk through the stunning area to some nearby waterfalls.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Go on a guided tour of the Tata Somba villages of northern Benin, learning about the traditional culture and way of life and visiting their incredible 2-storey 'mud castle' homes

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a guided walk through the beautiful scenery in the hills of the Tata Somba region to visit some local waterfalls

XOF 2500
Day 9-10 - Pendjari National Park ( 8th Jan 2019 to 9th Jan 2019 )

From the Tata Somba region we have a short journey north to the beautiful Pendjari National Park.

We will stay for two nights wild camping in the National Park, where we will have freedom to explore and head out on game drives in the truck in search of wildlife.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours to the park, then as much time as required on game drives.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the stunning landscapes of Pendjari National Park, famous for being one of the best wildlife reserves in West Africa

Included in Kitty
Day 11 - Central Benin ( 10th Jan 2019 )

Today we have a full day's drive heading south through Benin. We will wild camp somewhere en route between the towns of Natitingou and Abomey.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 12-13 - Abomey ( 11th Jan 2019 to 12th Jan 2019 )

Our journey today continues to Abomey, the ancient capital of the Dahomey kingdom. On arrival we will take an included tour of the Dahomey Palace and Museum. We will then have a free day to explore the local area.

In Abomey we will stay in a campsite, with the possibility to upgrade to rooms for 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

A guided tour of the capital of the ancient Dahomey empire, including the Dahomey Palace and Museum.

XOF 3800
Day 14 - Ganvie ( 13th Jan 2019 )

This morning we will drive to Abomey-Calavi (a port on the outskirts of Cotonou), where we say goodbye to the truck for the night and jump aboard motorised pirogues to Ganvie, a fascinating town built entirely on stilts in the middle of Lake Nokoué.

In Ganvie we will stay in a basic hotel in the stilt village itself!

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

Day 15 - Ouidah, Ganvie ( 14th Jan 2019 )

Today we will start with an included tour of the stilt town of Ganvie, exploring deeper on our pirogues and soaking up the unique way of life in the floating village. Following this, we will head back to land to re-join the truck and drive along the coastal road to Ouidah, where we may hopefully see many of the local fishermen bringing their catch in.

In Ouidah we will camp at an auberge on the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the incredible stilt village of Ganvie, where an entire community of fisherman live in a town entirly built on stilts in the middle of Lake Noukoe near Cotonou

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Half-day tour of Ouidah, including the museums and exhibitions at La Maison Bresil, learning about the history of slavery on the 'Route des Esclaves' and the Point of No Return, and a visit to the voodoo Snake Temple.

Free

See the Vodun Temple of Pythons in Ouidah, dedicated to the voodoo snake diety Dangbe and home to hundreds of revered pythons!

Free

Visit the Point of No Return, the UNESCO-built memorial to the thousands of slaves that last departed Africa at that point - there is also the option to walk the 4km route from the fort to this point, known as the Slave Route

Free

Visit La Maison du Brésil, an excellent exhibition of modern scuplture, paintings and photos, as well as a museum of voodoo culture and objects related to the African diaspora

Free
Day 16 - Grand Popo, Ouidah ( 15th Jan 2019 )

Today we will take a very interesting half-day tour of the sites in Ouidah, including the Voodoo Python Temple, the "Route des Esclaves" (Slave Route), La Maison du Brésil art gallery and the Ouidah Museum of History in the old Portuguese Fort of São João Baptista de Ajudá.

After this, a short drive from Ouidah brings us to Grand Popo, where we have 2 nights of well deserved relaxation on the beaches!

In Grand Popo we will camp at an auberge.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

See the Vodun Temple of Pythons in Ouidah, dedicated to the voodoo snake diety Dangbe and home to hundreds of revered pythons!

Included in Kitty

Half-day tour of Ouidah, including the museums and exhibitions at La Maison Bresil, learning about the history of slavery on the 'Route des Esclaves' and the Point of No Return, and a visit to the voodoo Snake Temple.

Included in Kitty
Day 17 - Grand Popo ( 16th Jan 2019 )

Today we will have a free day at Grand Popo for relaxing on the beach or taking a pirogue trip around the nearby ocean and mangroves.

There is also an option this evening to visit an incredible local vodun (voodoo) ceremony in the nearby village, complete with very energetic dancing and incredible magic tricks! It may also be possible to take a night walk in search of Atlantic turtles, which lay their eggs on the beaches between November and March.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out at night to walk to the remote beaches where Atlantic Green Turtles are often seen laying their eggs between Novermber and March (please note that sightings of turtles are not guaranteed, and the chances of seeing them are more like 50-50!)

XOF 5000

Observe a local voodoo celebration in the nearby village of Grand Popo, watch the hypnotic drumming and dancing of the 'Nightwatchman', and see some mind-blowing black magic!

USD 20

Explore the rivers, mangroves and villages of Grand Popo on a pirogue trip around the local area

XOF 5000
Day 18 - Agbodrafo ( 17th Jan 2019 )

Border information: Exit Benin and re-enter Togo at Hilla-Condji.

Leaving the beach behind, our journey continues over the border from Benin and back into Togo. We will head to the small quiet town of Agbodrafo on the southern shores of Lake Togo.

This afternoon we will take an included pirogue trip to Togoville, the centre of Vodun culture, where you will have a guided city tour and church visit.

In Agbodrafo we will camp in the grounds of an auberge on the lake shore.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trip in a local non-motorised pirogue across Lac Togo to Togoville, where you can explore the town and learn all about it's history and culture

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Relax on the beach of the stunning Lac Togo at Agbodrafo

Free
Day 19 - Keta ( 18th Jan 2019 )

Border information: exit Togo at Lomé, enter Ghana at Aflao.

Today we will cross back into Ghana and head for Keta, where we will visit the very atmospheric and evocative ruins of the abondoned Fort Prinzenstein, built by the Danes 300 years ago as a transit point for transporting slaves to the Americas.

In Keta we will stay in a small local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the ruins of the small Danish slave fort of Fort Prinzenstein, and take in its haunting and moving atmosphere

Included in Kitty
Day 20 - Accra ( 19th Jan 2019 )

The final drive of this trip takes us back to Accra, the chaotic capital of Ghana! 

In Accra we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the fascinating and chaotic Ghanaian capital city of Accra

GHC 5

Learn all about the history and culture of Ghana in the National Museum

GHC 40

Visit the famous Labadi Beach situated on the outskirts of Accra

GHC 5

Freely explore the huge Independence Square and Black Star Arch in Accra, where independence was celebrated in 1957

Free

Freely explore the area of Jamestown, Accra's oldest district and a vibrant fishing area

Free

Visit the outside of the famous Osu Castle, the seat of power in Ghana since the 1600s

Free
Day 21 - Accra ( 20th Jan 2019 )

Border information: if you are leaving in Accra, you will most likely exit Ghana at Accra Kotoka International Airport (IATA code: ACC).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Accra. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 31 Dec 2018
Returning: 20 Jan 2019
Duration: 21 days
Route: Accra - Accra
$1,800 USD + €560 Kitty (EUR)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 28 Jan 2019
Returning: 17 Feb 2019
Duration: 21 days
Route: Accra - Accra
$1,820 USD + €560 Kitty (EUR)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 30 Dec 2019
Returning: 19 Jan 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Accra - Accra
$1,820 USD + €560 Kitty (EUR)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 27 Jan 2020
Returning: 16 Feb 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Accra - Accra
$1,820 USD + €560 Kitty (EUR)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 28 Dec 2020
Returning: 17 Jan 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Accra - Accra
$1,860 USD + €560 Kitty (EUR)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 27 Jan 2021
Returning: 16 Feb 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Accra - Accra
$1,875 USD + €560 Kitty (EUR)
Deposit: $350 USD
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

I have travelled with Dragoman before and have always thought highly of their range of trips, pricing and professionalism.
Irene P
Always a wonderful experience with new adventures every day.
Ronelle H
Loved my first overland adventure, I just struggled with the lack of option when we had free time
Tara B
Accra loop is really about the journey not the destination. The journey was what was expected but it needed at least one "wow" destination
Julian A
The trip made the most of what limited attractions and accomodation existing in this part of the world, so it is difficult to see how drago can make improvements.
Richard P
A well run trip in a tough climate (very hot and humid) for passengers
Mike T
I would continue to look for additional options for places of interest and local interaction. These countries lack big banner highlights but this is not Drago's fault.
Mike T