Togo and Benin

Rich cultural tradition in two special countries in West Africa
Catherine Piret

Togo and Benin JOURNEYS

Taberma and Voodoo in Togo

Togo , the name of the smallest in West Africa, means 'on the hill' in the language of the Ewe, the most powerful ethnic group. The largest part of the country consists of hills and low mountains. The highest peak, Mt Agou (986m), is located in the southwest on the border with Ghana. Whoever climbs the peak, has a magnificent view over Lake Volta. The second highest mountain, Mt Kabyé, is located in the northeast near the valley of the tamberma . This population group settled in this inhospitable area in the seventeenth century for fear of the slave-seekers Abomey king in present-day Benin. That explains the fortress-like architectural style of the houses. They are connected by thick walls with turrets. Due to the isolation, the ancient customs and customs of this tribe have remained virtually unchanged. The same goes for the rich flora and fauna, protected in national parks. On the coast – only sixty kilometers long – are paradisiacal beaches and Togoville and Vogan , home of the voodoo.

Grand Popo, Ganvié and Somba in Benin

Benin possesses a number of highlights, which cannot be seen anywhere else in Africa. The coastal town of Ouidah is the spiritual capital of voodoo, an animistic religion that summons spirits to help solve problems. The highlight is the annual voodoo festival in January. Also on the coast is Grand Popo, known for its paradisiacal beaches. Ganvié, a town built on stilts in a large lake, is nicknamed the 'Venice of Africa'. The 'land of the 41 hills' begins at Dassa-Zoumé. Beyond that is the area of the Somba , known for their fortified villages of round mud huts with conical roofs topped with terracotta vases. In the far north are two game reserves: Park W – named after the double V-shaped bend that makes the River Niger – and Pjendjari Park. In addition to many species of antelope live in both elephants, buffalo, lions and leopards. You will also find Tanéka Koko, a mountain village known for its special architectural style, natural springs and royal cave. In short: a literally and figuratively enchanting country!

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Ouidah

Ouidah used to be an important port from where many slaves left, especially to Brazil. A monument in this coastal town and a museum with a

Tamberma Valley

The Tamberma Valley has a hilly, partly inhospitable landscape with the second highest mountain of Togo, the Mt Kabyé, as a literal highlight. It's landscape one ...

Abomey

Abomey is located in the south of Benin and is the former capital of the kingdom of Dahoney. The ruins of the royal palaces have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The city...

Lomé

The bustling capital of Togo with its many attractions. Like the lively international market with its famous Mercedes Mama's (Nana-Benz), the fishing port...

Keran National Park

Keran National Park, located in the north of Togo and not only one of the most beautiful National Parks, is also one of the most popular destinations.

Voodoo religion

The voodoo religion is used to solve the problems of everyday life. Voodoo originated around 1700 as a snake cult. Important ingredients during the practice of voodoo are dance, ...

Sokodé fire dances

Sokodé is the habitat of the Tem tribe. This tribe is known for its traditional fire dances. In the past, after returning from war, the men of the village were welcomed with this fire dance...

Dahomey Kingdom

Today's Benin originated in the Dahomey Kingdom, which was founded in 1610 by Do Aklin. The inhabitants of the kingdom of Dahomey (also called Danxomé) belong to the ethnic group de Fon. These were...

Ganvie

Ganvie is a typical lake village in Benin, built on stilts and located in Lake Nokoué, near Cotonou. The village, with its 30,000 inhabitants and about 3,000 bamboo pile houses, is one of

Parc de la Pendjari en Parc National du W

Parc de la Pendjari is located in the far northwest of Benin and is part of the larger Parc National du W. This park, named after the double bend in the shape of the 'W' in the Niger River, is the largest protected area of ...

The Somba

The Somba are an important ethnic group, which have the northeast of Benin as its main habitat. In Togo they are best known as the Tamberma. They live in ingeniously built huts of clay...

OUR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES

Gert & Guy Claessen

dorian, We have come home from an unforgettable journey and have never been bored. We were prepared for 'Un program fort' and that turned out to be the case. We had to deal with a number of long travel days, during which there was hardly any movement - except for the shaking back and forth on the bad roads. An extra day of rest would have been appropriate here and there, but on the other hand we immediately got an extremely fascinating and complete insight into the ins and outs of these th…

Linda and Nick

Dear Joseph, We are back in Lome ! Thanks again for arranging a beautiful, inspiring trip. On the outward journey to the north towards Burkina Faso we have Sokode visited with a nice fire dance that the whole village came out for and also took pictures with their cell phones. Not an everyday fare for them either. But there was so much more. The voodoo market in Lome. The beautiful hotel Le Patio , visiting the chieftain of the Ewe, the monastery, the local cafes that advertise the joint watchi…

TOURING BY Togo and Benin

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