West Africa Grand Journey

18 days from $8,784 per person*
  • Visit the floating village Ganvie, known as the Venice of West Africa.
  • Explore the Sacred Forest and the many shrines within it.
  • Embark on a tour of the forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana.
  • Meet and mingle with the “salt harvesters” of Lake Retba.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Culture, nature and history is the theme of this Grand Journey through West Africa. The main highlights of these uniqe areas are: the Isle of Goree and the salt gatherers at the unusual Lac Rose in Senegal, the slave castles at Cape Coast in Ghana, fetish markets in Togo and Ouidah, the birthplace of Voodoo in Benin. On the Isle of Goree you will learn about the turbulent past as you walk through the Maison des esclaves (house of slaves). You'll speak to salt harvesters at the Pink Lake and learn about the techniques of extracting salt. You'll also explore the streets and markets of Bamako with your local guide. Then continue on to Ghana, Togo, and Benin where you'll explore historic slave castles, learn about ancient kingdoms, cultures, voodoo and more. Finish by visiting a local village for your own naming ceremony where you'll receive your traditional Ghanaian name. Return to Accra for some final souvenir shopping and sight seeing before flying home from this unforgettable adventure! Includes internal transfers, accommodations, and meals as listed.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Dakar
    Dakar
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Dakar
    Dakar
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private - 1/2 Day Goree Island - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Dakar
    Dakar
    • Private - Pink Lake & Cayar (inc lunch) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Dakar to Accra
    Dakar to Accra
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Airport - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Accra
    Accra
    • City Tour, Sites & Markets - Entrance/Guide
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Accra to Elmina
    Accra to Elmina
    • Accra - Elmina [via Kakum (3hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • Kakum Rain Forest Walk - Entrance/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Elmina
    Elmina
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Private - Full Day Castles and Slave Tour - Entrance Fee
    • Lunch - Included
    • Continuation of day tour
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Elmina to Kumasi
    Elmina to Kumasi
    • Elmina - Kumasi [via Assin Manso - 4hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Guided
  • Day 9 Kumasi
    Kumasi
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Ashanti Craft Villages Tour - Guided
    • Lunch - Included
    • Continuation of day tour
  • Day 10 Kumasi to Accra
    Kumasi to Accra
    • Kumasi - Accra [via Besease - 6hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Accra
    Accra
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Torgorme - Naming Ceremony - Entrance/Guide
    • Lunch - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Accra to Lome
    Accra to Lome
    • Accra - Lome [3hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • City tour (1/2d) - van/guide(6)
    • Dinner - Included
  • Day 13 Lome
    Lome
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Grand Marche & Fetish Market - Guide
  • Day 14 Lome to Ouidah to Cotonou
    Lome to Ouidah to Cotonou
    • Lome - Cotonou [3-4 hours] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Entrance
  • Day 15 Ganvie to Cotonou
    Ganvie to Cotonou
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • City Tour - Entrance
    • Lunch - Included
    • Continuation of day tour
    • Dinner - Included
  • Day 16 Cotonou to Lome to Accra
    Cotonou to Lome to Accra
    • Cotonou - Accra [via Lome - 9hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Border Crossing - Vehicle/Driver
    • Evening at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 17 Accra
    Accra
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 18 Accra
    Accra
    • Souvenir Shopping - Arts Centre - Entrance/Activity
    • Airport - Guide
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Day 1: Dakar

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.

Accommodation: King Fahad Palace

King Fahad Palace sits proudly on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in the capital of Senegal. Surrounded by 35 hectares of luxuriant green foliage, it offers a beautiful setting for guests, with breathtaking views of the sea and easy access to water sports, deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis. The large atrium in the centre of the property gives a sense of spaciousness that is reflected in the rooms. The decor within the rooms varies from lush, muted tones to a natural colour palate. There is a restaurant that overlooks the ocean, as well as a bar lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, steam bath, fitness centre, 9-hole golf course, 4 floodlit tennis courts, night club, hairdresser and gift shops that are all located on the property.

Dakar
Dakar
King Fahad Palace
King Fahad Palace

Day 2: Dakar

Visit of the various Markets of the capital city of Senegal: Kermel, Sandaga, and the handicraft market of Soumbedioune, you will also go through Tilen market famous for its medicinal herbs and its traditional healers Visit of the Great Mosque, stop at the president’s palace and the parliament house. Going to Cheick Anta Diop University you will visit the picturesque district of Medina and the residential district of Fann.

Just twenty minutes from Dakar Port, the ferryboat will arrive at Goree. Goree Island carries the heavy burden of 300 years slave trading in West Africa. The island ranks today among the classified monuments of the World Patrimony. You will visit the Slave-House and will listen to a lecture delivered by the curator. Visit of the auction block, the ethnographic Museum, the fort and interact with the inhabitants.

Accommodation: King Fahad Palace
Goree Island
Goree Island
Dakar
Dakar

Day 3: Dakar

Enjoy todays visit to Lake Retba, also known as the “Pink Lake” located northeast of Dakar.  This lake is considered an anomaly as it boasts one of the rarest natural phenomenon in the world. The lakes pinkish hue is as a result of the excessive amount of Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment used to absorb light, which in turn than provides the algae with life-energy.  The pink color is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its abundantly high salt content.  Today you will meet the “salt harvesters” with their colorful tackle, and interact with the Fulani ethnic groups living in the surrounding villages. You will then have lunch in a typical restaurant and after proceed to the fishermen village of Cayar where you will attend the colorful arrival of the big game fishing parties.

Accommodation: King Fahad Palace
Pink Lake
Pink Lake

Day 4: Dakar - Accra

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Enjoy a private transfer to/from the airport with your private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra

Welcome to Golden Tulip Accra, a four-star Superior First Class Hotel, situated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This African-style hotel with 238 rooms is delightfully landscaped over spacious grounds with extensive tropical gardens and lush vegetation.  The hotel is a safe haven for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel's central location makes it easily accessible to the city centre and other commercial areas of the city of Accra. It is also within easy reach of nightclubs, shops, museums and beaches.

Accra
Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra

Day 5: Accra

Relax as your guide navigates you through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 131 year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize Ghana's history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture and the Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The mausoleum and monument provide visitors with information about the prominent Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah, who spearheaded Ghana's independence in 1957; leading Ghana to become the first independent country in sub-Saharan Africa. Then visit the Arts Centre where you will have the opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market. This is Accra's largest open air market which has different sections for fabrics, clothing, wooden carvings, jewellery and more - from Ghana and West Africa.

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

Day 6: Accra - Elmina

Drive from Accra to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rainforests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. Enjoy this drive as you pass through villages, towns, and along the coast to the rainforest. The drive from Accra to Elmina takes approximately 3hrs plus stop time.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway.

Accommodation: Elmina Bay Resort

Elmina Bay is a brand new hotel in the Cape Coast/Elmina area in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. The resort, about 10 minutes drive from Elmina and 25 minutes from Cape Coast, is located on a beautiful, clean, palm-fringed beach, with cool and clean sea water, great for bathing. The hotel has 18 rooms comfortably finished with stunning views and glowing sunsets. Built on an 8 acre plot which was once a coconut plantation the hotel has tried to keep much of the natural environment.

Elmina
Elmina
Elmina Bay Resort
Elmina Bay Resort

Day 7: Elmina

Includes private guide and vehicle for the day.

Embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. Learn and watch as history unfolds the story of the slave trade in West Africa. Begin with visiting Cape Coast Castle. The largest of its kind, this castle was built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. Walk the path of slaves as your guide takes you through each section. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. It is filled with artifacts, stories, photos and more.

After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle. Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it is also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub–Saharan Africa and is the oldest castle in Ghana on the West African slave trade route. The colorful harbor nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Elmina Bay Resort
Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle

Day 8: Elmina - Kumasi

Drive from Elmina to Kumasi. Drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today. En route visit Assin Manso, the site of the “last bath” where slaves were taken for bathing before being shipped to the new world. It is also the burial place of two former slaves whose remains were returned to Ghana from the US and Jamaica. Then continue on to Kumasi. This transfer takes approx. 4hrs, but can take more time depending on how long you spend at Assin Manso and stops made along the way.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum, to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. End the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters and batik makers.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Kumasi City

Golden Tulip Kumasi City is the only four star hotel of international standards in Kumasi, only 20 minutes away from the airport and located close to the city center of the second biggest city of Ghana. This remarkable hotel, the Golden Tulip Kumasi is set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district. This magnificent hotel has 160 rooms with various room types, a well equipped Business Centre, a Forex Bureau for your finanacial transactions, a swimming pool specially designed for adults and another one for children. Enjoy this first class African style experience.

Kumasi
Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi

Day 9: Kumasi

Includes private guide and vehicle.

This day is devoted to visiting the three famous craft villages in Ashanti: Ahwiaa - the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso - the home of Adinkra, and Bonwire - the Kente weaving village.  You will have the opportunity to see how African sculptures are craved, how Adinkra wax prints are made and how the famous kente cloth is woven using an amazing local technology. You will also have the opportunity to buy directly from the artisans who make each craft.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Kumasi City
Ntonso Craft Village
Ntonso Craft Village

Day 10: Kumasi - Accra

Drive from Kumasi to Accra. En route stop at Besease to visit the traditional shrine of the Ashantis. Explore the beliefs, history and bravery of the Ashantis. You will be captivated by the Ashanti historic oral account as it is told by an old and knowledgeable Ashanti traditional linguist. From here, continue on to Accra. This transfer takes approx. 6hrs, but can take longer depending on time spent at Besease and any stops made along the way.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
Country Road
Country Road

Day 11: Accra

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Depart for a scenic drive along the Accra plains to the beautiful village of Torgorme located on the lower course of the splendid Volta River. You will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers and also participate in a naming ceremony, where you will be given traditional African names. After the sensational naming ceremony amidst drumming and dancing in your honor, choose among embarking on an event village tour of Torgorme, participate in a passionate do-it session on pottery making or an educative kente weaving session. Transfer time approx. 1.5hrs from Accra.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
Outdoor Pottery Market
Outdoor Pottery Market

Day 12: Accra - Lome

Drive between Accra, Ghana and Lome, Togo today. Your guide will help you at the border crossing and point out interesting sights along the way. Just ask! This drive will take approximately 3 hrs.

After lunch, embark on an insightful city tour of Lome, a city where tradition and modernism overlap for the great delight of the visitor. Discover this metropolis with its Musee National, Place de I' Independence, fishing harbour, and the Grand Marche - the realm of the famous “Nana Benz “. Continue with a visit to the Art Street with its craft vendors, the Artisans' Village and climax the day at the Marche des Feticheurs (fetish market) - the heart of voodoo cult.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Mercure Lome Sarakawa

The Mercure Sarakawa hotel sits at the heart of a 62 acre coconut grove on Lomé Beach, close to the center of Lomé. The hotel has 211 rooms, and offers two restaurants (including the gourmet "Le Mercure" restaurant), two bars, an Olympic-size pool, two tennis courts, a golf course and a riding center.

Lome
Lome
Merecure Sarakawa Exterior
Merecure Sarakawa Exterior

Day 13: Lome

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Set out to explore some of the city of Lome's most popular and visited locations, beginning with a visit to the Grand Marche. This large marketplace offers a wide range of goods, and takes an entire city block. Merchants from all across the continent display their products for potential customers to purchase.  These vendors sell everything from fresh fruit and produce to brightly designed, handcrafted African printed clothing.  Next, visit a site that is a popular draw for locals and tourists alike. The Fetish Market is very unique, there are a myriad of stalls displaying items that are used for traditional herbs and medicine, and some unusual voodoo inspired product as well including, skulls and snakeskin’s, crocodile heads, powders and charms.

Accommodation: Mercure Lome Sarakawa
Fetish Market
Fetish Market

Day 14: Lome - Ouidah - Cotonou

Enjoy your drive today from Lome, Togo via Ouidah to Cotonou, Benin. Stop along the way for sights and tour. This drive will take approximately 3-4hrs.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Today visit the cradle of African traditional Religion, Ouidah. Tour the temple dedicated to the sacred Python, which is believed to give vitality and protection; you will also visit the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various deities. Visit the historical Museum of Ouidah located in an old Portuguese fort built in 1721. This Museum portrays Benin's role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Later visit the Port of No Return; a monument built by the Benin Government to commemorate the Africans that were taken from the Dahomey Empire during the Slave Trade.

Accommodation: Novotel Orisha Cotonou

The Novotel Orisha Cotonou is a 3 star hotel enjoying a seaside location in the centre of Cotonou, close to the two major convention and events centres, the Palais du Congres and the CIC. The hotel offers 110 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and two bars. The hotel also features a private car park, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The hotel has 2 restaurants that feature both French and local specialties.

Cotonou
Cotonou
Novotel Cotonou
Novotel Cotonou

Day 15: Ganvie - Cotonou

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Enjoy this sensational visit to Ganvie (the village on water), commonly referred to as the Venice of West Africa. Witness firsthand, the people of Ganvie carrying out their daily routine as vendors in dugout canoes make transactions with one another and with tourists. Try shopping amongst the local vendors in the floating market whilst taking a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300-year-old village. After lunch, drive through the multicolored center of the administrative and commercial capital of Benin to view it’s many statues and monuments.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Novotel Orisha Cotonou
Ganvie Village
Ganvie Village

Day 16: Cotonou - Lome - Accra

Depart for Accra. Today will be a full day of driving with a stop for lunch in Lome. This drive will take approximately 9hrs.

Today you will cross the border into Togo. Your guide will assist you with the border process before continuing on your journey.

This evening spend time at leisure or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra

Day 17: Accra

Accra has a little of everything. Enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own, sign up for tours, or simply relax. Visit Labadi Beach where you can relax on the beach, listen to local musicians, or visit a local beachside restaurant. Visit one of the many shops in town whether at one of the malls, local shops or markets - like the Arts Centre, Accra's largest open air market which has different sections for fabrics, clothing, wooden carvings, jewellery and more. If you like, you could even sign up for a Ghanaian dance lesson or we could arrange for you to enjoy a drumming and dancing ceremony when you arrive!

Or sign up for tours like: Accra landmarks tour through the city with stops including W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Explore the Aburi Botanical Gardens, Kokrobite Beach & drumming, Teshie/Nungua Coffins, Shai Hills Nature Reserve, Boti Falls, and more. Tours can be arranged in advance or sign up on-site through our local office or sign up for tours offered by your hotel.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

Day 18: Accra

Visit the Arts Centre where you will have the opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa. For finer artwork, check out the beautiful art gallery next to the market. For musical instruments, see artists at near the front of the market. Ask them for a lesson in drumming and negotiate a price, then groove to Afro-beats!

Enjoy a private transfer to/from the airport with your private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation:
Market
Market
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

King Fahad Palace: Dakar

King Fahad Palace sits proudly on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in the capital of Senegal. Surrounded by 35 hectares of luxuriant green foliage, it offers a beautiful setting for guests, with breathtaking views of the sea and easy access to water sports, deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis. The large atrium in the centre of the property gives a sense of spaciousness that is reflected in the rooms. The decor within the rooms varies from lush, muted tones to a natural colour palate. There is a restaurant that overlooks the ocean, as well as a bar lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, steam bath, fitness centre, 9-hole golf course, 4 floodlit tennis courts, night club, hairdresser and gift shops that are all located on the property.

King Fahad Palace
King Fahad Palace

Golden Tulip Accra: Accra

Welcome to Golden Tulip Accra, a four-star Superior First Class Hotel, situated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This African-style hotel with 238 rooms is delightfully landscaped over spacious grounds with extensive tropical gardens and lush vegetation.  The hotel is a safe haven for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel's central location makes it easily accessible to the city centre and other commercial areas of the city of Accra. It is also within easy reach of nightclubs, shops, museums and beaches.

Golden Tulip - Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra

Elmina Bay Resort: Elmina

Elmina Bay is a brand new hotel in the Cape Coast/Elmina area in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. The resort, about 10 minutes drive from Elmina and 25 minutes from Cape Coast, is located on a beautiful, clean, palm-fringed beach, with cool and clean sea water, great for bathing. The hotel has 18 rooms comfortably finished with stunning views and glowing sunsets. Built on an 8 acre plot which was once a coconut plantation the hotel has tried to keep much of the natural environment.

Elmina Bay Resort
Elmina Bay Resort

Golden Tulip Kumasi City: Kumasi

Golden Tulip Kumasi City is the only four star hotel of international standards in Kumasi, only 20 minutes away from the airport and located close to the city center of the second biggest city of Ghana. This remarkable hotel, the Golden Tulip Kumasi is set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district. This magnificent hotel has 160 rooms with various room types, a well equipped Business Centre, a Forex Bureau for your finanacial transactions, a swimming pool specially designed for adults and another one for children. Enjoy this first class African style experience.

Golden Tulip Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi

Mercure Lome Sarakawa: Lome

The Mercure Sarakawa hotel sits at the heart of a 62 acre coconut grove on Lomé Beach, close to the center of Lomé. The hotel has 211 rooms, and offers two restaurants (including the gourmet "Le Mercure" restaurant), two bars, an Olympic-size pool, two tennis courts, a golf course and a riding center.

Merecure Sarakawa Exterior
Merecure Sarakawa Exterior

Novotel Orisha Cotonou: Cotonou

The Novotel Orisha Cotonou is a 3 star hotel enjoying a seaside location in the centre of Cotonou, close to the two major convention and events centres, the Palais du Congres and the CIC. The hotel offers 110 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and two bars. The hotel also features a private car park, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The hotel has 2 restaurants that feature both French and local specialties.

Novotel Cotonou
Novotel Cotonou
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • TiaRazon — May 11, 2015 — Africa

    We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience!

  • JamesSmith — May 12, 2015 — Africa

    Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone.

  • EarleBarnwell — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment.

  • StephenReeves — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington.

  • Sachi Gowda — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip.

  • Ronald Jones — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!

  • RonJones — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.

    I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.

    Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.

    Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!

    Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!

  • Bruce Lundstrom — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company.

  • AlbertLind — December 09, 2014 — Africa

    A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation.

  • Belinda Skelton — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!

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