Magic Benin. The land of voodoo


Benin, the cradle of voodoo, represents the strength, the soul, the ancestral Africa reflected in its ethnic groups, it is its essence... it is the country of magic.

And the best way to feel that essence is to get closer to Ouidah during the annual voodoo festival and from the hand of the ZangbetoThe Nightwatchman; crossing the threshold that separates the real and the supernatural.

There's nothing better than to wander along the red dirt roads that wind through the deep sea of jungle greenery in search of lost villages where strange ceremonies and voodoo rituals take place every year. Navigate the labyrinth of canals of the Ganviéthe town on the lake, discover some of the mysteries of the Holi countryfeel the rhythm of Africa in the guelede mask dances or marvel at the splendour of the ancient kingdom of Dahomey.

And to finish, enjoy relaxing in the paradisiacal Grand Popo beaches.

Day 1: Arrival in Cotonou (AD)

Day 2: Cotonou - Portonovo - Holi Country (AD)

Day 3: Cove - Abomey (AD)

Day 4: Abomey - Ouidah - Lake Aheme (AD)

Day 5: Lake Aheme - Grand Popo (AD)

Day 6: Grand Popo - Cotonou - Ganvié (AD)

Day 7: Ganvié - airport


The route may be subject to change if circumstances require it. Hotels may be changed to a similar category depending on occupancy.


For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions

Duration of the trip: 7 days


1.990€ per person Group of 4 persons
Airfares vary depending on the season and how far in advance they are purchased. Desertando helps you to find the best flights for this trip and we take care of their management if you request it.

Subject to Desertando® general terms and conditions


INCLUDES: 4×4 car or minivan, transfers, fuel, local driver-guide in English, accommodation and breakfast according to programme, boat in Ganvié. Assistance insurance.


NOT INCLUDED: international flight, visa, tips, lunches and dinners, optional activities and any other service not mentioned in the INCLUDED section.



  • Valid passport valid for at least 6 months and visa from Spain.
  • The Benin visa is processed online:
    • Price 80€, valid for 3 months. Necessary: Passport and photocopy, hotel reservation (we can help you with this), photo with white background.
  • Humid heat region.
  • Take quality mosquito repellent such as Relec. Long-sleeved (cool) clothing at dawn and dusk.
  • It is compulsory to be vaccinated against yellow fever and to have an orange vaccination passport to enter the country.
  • You can consult the Foreign Health Centres throughout Spain on the website of the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs;

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