Eco-Benin: Adja Discovery Tour: Voodoo Heritage and Community Living

Adja Discovery Tour: Voodoo Heritage and Community Living

Cotonou, Benin

Eco-Benin

Non-profit organization

3 days / 2 nights
From$180 USDper person

Eco-Benin is a nonprofit engaged in eco-tourism and dedicated to community empowerment.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Eco-Benin and support local efforts to organize community projects.
  • Enjoy a “fisherman meal” with locals.
  • Swim through Lake Aheme and learn about the local Voodoo Heritage.

Tour revenue will be invested in local ecotourism and community development projects.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    4 PM

  • Duration

    3 days / 2 nights

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, French

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 30

  • Difficulty

    Hard (over 6 miles/ 9 km walking distance, intense physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Backpack, Binoculars, Camera, Change of clothes, Hat, Light shirt, Mosquito repellent, Rain gear, Sunglasses, Swimming suit

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Day 1: Go meet the people of Adja and Xwla and discover their rich cultural heritage. Share stories and experiences with the locals. Then, savor a delicious and authentic “fisherman meal”, a traditional Beninese specialty, at the restaurant Chez Préfet.

Day 2: Embark for a relaxing boat tour to explore Lake Ahémé and its surroundings. Connect to nature while listening to the extraordinary stories relating the existence of aquatic divinities, the fetish Avlékété, and the hippopotamus of the lake. Escape in this supernatural universe and eventually return to reality to know more about the local fishing techniques. Don’t forget your swimsuit if you want to go for a dip in the fresh water. At lunch, enjoy a traditional meal and get ready for a walk in the villages of Okomé and Séhomi. Immerse yourself in their Voodoo heritage while learning more about traditional rituals, ceremonies and the role of the sacred forest. Then, wander in the barter market of Sehomi where women usually meet in the late afternoon to exchange their products.

Day 3:
Marvel at the sacred forest of Kpétou and explore its biodiversity while visiting a monkey sanctuary. Get involved in the organization’s carbon initiative by collecting mangrove seeds throughout your walk to replant them in order to limit C02 emissions.

Tour Start Address

Zogbadjé, Centre TBA, Rue fin cloture UAC, Calavi, Jéricho, Cotonou, Benin

How To Get There

Transportation from Cotonou can be arranged.

More About Eco-Benin

Mission

To promote ecotourism as the driving force for responsible, fair, and sustainable development.

Main Programs

  • Developing ecotourism projects in many parts of the country: lake of Ahémé, beekeeping site at Tobé, village of Koussoukoingou, national park of Pendjari, etc.

  • Constructing ecolodges, farms, eco-museums, camping, homestays, etc.

  • Community projects such as renovating schools, addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities, etc.

Awards & Recognition

The International Ecotourism Society
Partner
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism
Partner
Lonely Planet
Press