4 days / 3 nights Ouidah and Grand Popo, culture and beach in Benin
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Day 1 Cotonou – Ouidah – Grand Popo
You will walk along the slavery road, a 4 kilometer long route from the center of Ouidah to the beach. It is important here to know about the slave trade, the slave life and African culture.
After this interesting stroll you will visit the sacred forest.
After the lunch in a local restaurant you will visit the Zinsou museum with African contemporary arts and photos.
To understand more about Voodoo you’ll have a discussion with a Voodoo chief.
Drive further to Grand Popo and have dinner in local restaurant.
Overnight stay in Hotel Awale Plage.
Day 2 Grand Popo
Departure early in the morning for the excursion to Birds Island.
Back to the hotel for Breakfast.
By boat to visit Salt Island further to the ‘La Bouche du Roi’ (the mouth of the king, which was a wrong translation by the French, the Spanish called it La Boca del Rio, mouth of the river) this is a beautiful route over the river with unspoiled beaches and little fishermen villages to visit, where women make salt, a visit to the shrimp fisher, Hévè voodoo village and you can see the mangroves and many birds along the route. At the end the river flows into the sea, this is where it is called La Bouche du Roi.
Lunch at the beach of La Bouche du Roi.
The afternoon is free to spend for swimming, relaxing and playing games, like football, badminton etc.
Dinner at the beach with BBQ . After dinner you can enjoy a music show and dance at the beach.
Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 Grand Popo
Sport, swimming and games at the beach, if you are awake early.
Have breakfast at the beach.
Show with local music and dance at the beach and back by boat to Grand Popo.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Free time for some hours.
Late afternoon Zangbeto Voodoo playing in Avlo.
Back to the city for a drink and dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight stay in Awale Plage Hotel.
Day 4 Grand Popo – Cotonou
After Breakfast back to Cotonou where you will be back in the afternoon.
Inclusive in this tour:
- Hotel mentioned, based on double room
- Tent, based on 2 persons
- Transport by car with driver
- All meals mention in the itinerary; breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Two bottles of water per person per day (of 1,5 L)
- Two bottles/cans of drink (20-35cl) per person per day (local beer or soft drink)
- Transport by boat
- The BBQ,
- Entrances and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
- Music and dance show
- Booking fee 20.000 CFA or €30,00
- Personal expenses like drinks and food not mentioned under inclusive.
- Insurances, visa, vaccinations.
- Any other charges of hiring a service for personal enjoyment/assistance like portages, tips, insurance, laundry, mineral water etc.
- Any service/assistance not covered under inclusive.
- Calamities caused by nature, terrorism or other causes.
- All other things not mentioned under inclusive.
NOTE: the overnight stay in tents is basic, there is no shower, nor toilet, nor electricity. We will bring water, but you can swim in the clean water of the river. We will also bring some solar lights and other basic needs.
We also want to leave the place as clean as possible, because this is a beautiful unspoiled piece of nature. So don’t litter!
For swimming you must follow the instructions of the guide, he knows where it is safe to swim.
For this stay it is recommended to bring your own flashlight, toiletries, towel, sheet or sleeping bag etc.
Hotel is based on double room.
Tent is based on 2 persons.
Prices are based on a group of 4 persons, with another amount of people the prices changes.
Everything can be custom made. So if you like to change things, for example two nights hotel instead of tent, or 3 nights tent, let us know by sending an e-mail.