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Tamberma Route

Trip through two of the most authentic countries in the Gulf of Guinea.

Benin is the birthplace of Voodoo, full of magic and ethnographic interest and Togo was the first German colony in Africa and has a special flavour.

On the journey we will see part of the slave coast to discover the German colonial past in Togo and see Porto Novo (impressive architecture), the Ije country with tattooed tribes, the Yoruba region with its temples of traditional African religions, Mount Agonli, populated by nomadic shepherds until we reach the Sahel inhabited by warrior peoples living in adobe castle-like houses known as ‘tata’, Ouidah and the ancient kingdoms of Dahomey in Abomey.

A very complete trip through the most authentic Africa.

Duration of the trip

16 Days

Start of the trip

20/09/2023

End of trip

05/10/2023

Value of the trip

1987€

Flight prices

1271€
Moments of the trip
  • Direct contact with the voodoo religion.
  • Kingdoms and dynasties of Benin.
  • Northern ethnic groups such as Somba and Taneka.
  • Voodoo Temples.
  • History of slavery.
  • Fisherman's route.
  • Local markets.
  • Grand Popo and Ouidah beaches.

Included

  • English-speaking guide for the whole trip.
  • Local guides.
  • Vehicles with drivers and gasoline.
  • Boat rental.
  • Visits as described in the itinerary.
  • Double rooms on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Travel insurance Classic Plus
  • Farewell dinner.

Not included

  • Voos internacionais. (Iremos indicar um voo, que recomendamos, para que o grupo parta e chegue todo ao mesmo tempo, caso todos os passageiros saiam de Lisboa)
  • Visas and formalities. (If you need help with the process)
  • Tips
  • Any service not specified as included
  • Drinks and meals not specified.
Itinerary

Day 1Origin - Cotonou

International flight arriving in Cotonou in the afternoon/evening.

After completing entry formalities and collecting luggage, we will be transferred to the designated hotel.

Accommodation at the Hotel du Lac. A. (Accommodation)

Day 2Cotonou - Aneho - Togoville - Lome

From Cotonou, we will start our route to Togo.

When we reach the border, we will complete the visa formalities there.

The first town we will meet is Aneho, a town where we will be able to see German colonial buildings. We are now on what is called the slave coast.

We will continue our route to Togoville, the town from which the country’s name originated. You can get there by canoe and, as well as seeing the colonial districts, you can visit the church of Notre Dame du Lac.

The last part of this stage will take us to Lomé, the capital of Togo. Particularly interesting is the market, and in particular the textile market, which is monopolised by the so-called “Mama Benz”.

We will also visit the colonial market where we can see houses that belonged to the Portuguese and Germans.

Accommodation at Madiba Hotel A.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 3Lome - Kpalime

In the morning we will finish our visit of Lomé. We will visit the banqueting market and experience this city with its colonial vestiges.

We will leave Lomé and head north to Kpalimé. There we will visit the first German church and the colonial houses.

Alojamento no Hotel Park Residence. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 4Kpalime

During this day we will visit the mountain village of Koumakonda where we can visit the mountain area with a guide who specialises in vegetation and fauna and who will tell us, in an entertaining way, about the properties of some of the plants and crops in the mountains around Koumakonda.

We will also be able to do activities with the local community, which will make our visit an interesting experience where we can do everything from cooking classes to sharing daily activities.

Accommodation at the Park Residence Hotel. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 5Kpalime - Sokode

We will continue our route northwards and reach Sokodé, a crossroads and the most important city of the Kotokoli, also called Tem, Muslims who dress in a style reminiscent of the inhabitants of North Africa. As Muslims, their women often wear veils.

We will be able to watch a fire dance ceremony in which, to the rhythm of the drums, we will see the dancers bringing the fire closer to their bodies without suffering any kind of injury.

Accommodation at the Hotel Central. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 6Sokode - Kara

Route to Kara, the northern capital and home of the Kabyè ethnic group. Visit of the Kabyè blacksmiths in their villages, who work metal with stones instead of other tools.

We will also visit the weavers of Kotokoli and Bassar.

If there is time for nature lovers, we will visit the private reserve of former dictator President Gnassingbe Eyadema.

Accommodation at the Hotel Concorde. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 7Kara - Pais Tamberma - Boucoumbe

We will drive further north to explore the Tamberma villages.

We will visit the villages located in Basamba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see some of the realities of the Betamaribe people, told from their roots and traditions in colonial times. Many of these houses are designed to dry and store grain, as well as to shelter and protect their livestock.

Drive to Benin and spend the night at the traditional Tata Somba.

Accommodation at Tata Kubiti. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 8Boucoumbe

This day will be dedicated in depth to the territory of Tamberma.

We will cross the Togolese border (formalities at the border itself) and once in Togo, we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in this very interesting culture whose main characteristic is its fortress houses called Tatas Somba. This isolated area is now a World Heritage Site.

In the afternoon, we will return to Boukoumbé.

Accommodation at Tata Kubiti. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 9Boucoumbe - Taneka - Djougou

After breakfast we continue our way to the Taneka Country, near Djougou.

The buildings in the village are made of clay with conical roofs. Around their villages are their sacred forests.

Despite pressure from Islam, the Taneka retain their beliefs in traditional African religions.

If possible, we will have the opportunity to speak with the village witch doctor, one of the most respected people along with the king’s figures. He will be able to answer our questions about his culture and tradition and we will be able to observe some glimpses of his daily life.

We will continue to Djougou where we will spend the night.

Accommodation at the Motel du Lac. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 10Djougou - Abomey

In the morning we will drive south to Abomey, probably the most important city in Africa during the 16th and 17th centuries. The governors of Abomey became exorbitantly wealthy through the slave trade. Abomey is also the city that gave the country its name: Dahomey until the communist era, when the country adopted the name People’s Republic of Benin after a nearby kingdom (Nigeria) of the same name.

We will visit the royal palaces and the museum of art and history (Unesco). This city breathes history and royalty everywhere, and in contrast, you can enjoy the traditional craftsmanship of the various guilds.

Accommodation at Auberge Abomey. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 11Abomey - Bopa - Possotome

We will go to Bopa, a traditional fishing village.

We will visit one of the most famous priests and the guardian of the storm deity, called “Hevioso”. We will be able to visit its temple, a really interesting visit. If we are lucky, we will be able to attend a ritual in the compound.

After the visit, we will continue to Possotomé, a town near Bopa, also a fishing town, on the shores of Lake Ahemé, where we will stay at a hotel in a charming location.

Accommodation at the Hotel Chez Theo. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 12Possotome - Ouidah

From Possotome we drive to Ouidah, which was the main trading and slave port of Black Africa from the 14th century until the mid-19th century. A Unesco World Heritage candidate for its Portuguese fortress (a detachment of Portuguese lived there until 1961), the slave road, Afro-Brazilian dwellings, the sacred forest of voodoo deities, and the temple of python serpents.

Ouidah is also one of the spiritual centres of voodoo. Every January 10 since 1993, the great voodoo festival has been held here, where spirits and animal elements play a unique role and act as a link between the individual and the dead.

Accommodation at the Hotel Le Diaspora. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 13Ouidah - Ganvié - Porto Novo

After breakfast, we will drive to Bopa, a traditional fishing village. We will visit one of the most famous priests and the guardian of the storm deity, called “Hevioso”. We will be able to visit his temple; a really interesting visit. In the neighbourhood of the traditional African religions where the “temple” is located, rituals and dances are often organised to invoke the ancestors and thank them for good harvests, fishing or the absence of serious problems in the community. It is highly likely that you may witness a ‘Zangbeto’ ceremony where the ‘spirits’ dance to the beat of drums or a ritual. After the visit we will continue to Possotomé, a town near Bopa, also a fishing town on the shores of Lake Ahemé, where we will stay in a charming hotel.
Accommodation in Songhai. B.D. (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 14Porto Novo

We will visit this historic city founded (enlarged) by the Portuguese in the 15th century.

The old town is full of buildings from various periods which, despite their state of conservation, will provide us with relevant information about the history of the city, including buildings of Afro-Brazilian architecture that make us see the return of those who were once enslaved in Brazil.

We visit the colonial quarter and the central market, where the mosque in pure Afro-Brazilian style stands out.

The dominant ethnic group is Yoruba and the deities of the voodoo-orixa pantheon are worshipped.

Accommodation in Songhai. B.D. (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 15Porto Novo - Cotounou - Origem

Visit Dantokpa, Cotonou’s central market – the largest in West Africa.

This market brings together all the country’s ethnic groups and is a place where you can find absolutely everything. We will also discover some of the monuments remaining from the communist era (Benin was a Marxist state for over a decade).

In the evening transfer to the airport for the international flight.

M.P (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 16Origin

Arrival at your city of origin.

Important Notes
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This trip will only take place with a minimum of 6 travellers.

The presented trip, is a private group trip, with only Triskelion Expeditions travellers, and conducted with a local Triskelion partner. This trip is not accompanied by Triskelion Expeditions’ tour leader, but by experienced guides from our local and fully trusted partner agency Triskelion Expeditions.

Triskelion Expeditions and our partner in this journey carefully design each of the routes we offer, adapting at all times to the needs of the traveller.

However, due to the particularities of the country, it is possible that these itineraries may be subject to variations in your itinerary and places to visit. Changing weather conditions, the state of the road network or tribal disputes in certain areas may modify some of the planned schedules and itinerary.

The figure presented was prepared on 02/09/22. The price of the package was calculated based on the exchange rate of 2 September 2022 against the US dollar, as well as the transport price derived from the cost of fuel, fees and taxes included in the contract. If the fluctuation of the currency exchange rate exceeds 8%, either up or down, this will be applied to the tariff. If the price increase is more than 8%, the passenger can cancel the contract.
In no case will any increase be applied in the 20 days immediately preceding the travel start date.

The value of the flights was calculated in December 2022, being dynamic fares, these may change at the time of requesting a new quote.

The budgeted flights are with the airline Air France and only 1 stopover. There are more economical flights, which have 1 longer stopover (Night in the stopover city) or even 2 stopovers, making the plane trip very long. You can choose any of the other flight options when quoting the flights.

Triskelion Expeditions, recommends that a traveller’s consultation is carried out, as a vaccination record may be required on entry into the territory.

For the traveller’s consultation, we recommend the Company Traveller’s Consultation Online, with whom we work and who will give you a 5% discount on the consultation fee.

Health professionals will offer general advice on health and hygiene in tropical environments, as well as advice specific to the area in which you are travelling.

Planning consultations and possible vaccinations is the responsibility of the traveller.

Click HERE to book your appointment

The traveller is responsible for carrying all necessary travel documents.

A visa is required for entry into the country. To obtain a visa you must have a passport with enough pages for the visa stamp and valid for at least 6 months when leaving the country.

The Benin entry visa must be obtained online at https://evisa.gouv.bj/en/.

Due to changes in visa regulations depending on the COVID situation, it is preferable to check with Triskelion Expeditions at the time of travel confirmation.

Triskelion Expeditions and its local partner will request the necessary contact details from all its travellers in order to respond quickly to any incident that may arise during the stay.

For further information: https://portaldascomunidades.mne.gov.pt

A minimum payment of 30% of the trip value is required to confirm the reservation.

The traveller chooses at the time of booking whether to pay for the whole trip or 30%.

The remaining amount must be paid at least 45 days before the travel start date.

The remaining 70% of the value of the trip can be paid in instalments up to 60 days before the beginning of the trip.

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