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1 - Round-trip Benin Noukoué lake
2 - Round-trip Benin voodoo festival
3 - Round-trip Benin Pendjari Park safari lion
4 - Round-trip Benin Fulani
5 - Round-trip Benin Taneka country

Round-trip Benin with voodoo festival
In the footsteps of the Kings

16-day round-trip Benin, small-scale group journey

Welcome to Benin, the West African country of Kings and voodoo!
The first week of our trip is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the voodoo culture. We attend the international festival of Porto-Novo, the small-scale voodoo festival in Allada and the annual voodoo day celebrations in Ouidah.
When the festivities come to an end, we set out on a trip through the country, taking us to the Taneka, Somba and Fulani people, to the Kouandé Kingdom and to the best national park in West Africa: Pendjari Park, where we set out in search for the King of the Woods.


Benin is not just another African country. It offers history, nature, ancient cultures, a rich voodoo tradition and much more in a country prepared to welcome guests. This tour takes you along a series of the country’s highlights and to some of its well-kept secrets, making sure you have an amazing experience and a journey to remember. Join us to stilt villages and ancient traditions, to traditional architecture and history, to a national park and to Benin’s annual voodoo festivals.
We look forward to taking you on a journey to remember!


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Enjoy a video by Martijn Maandag made during the 2017-2018 round-trip

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In short

Day 1: arrival in Cotonou
Day 2: Lake Noukoué
Day 3: Porto-Novo festival
Day 4: Porto-Novo festival
Day 5: voodoo festival Allada
Day 6: national voodoo day
Day 7: Ouidah
Day 8: Ouidah-Djougou*
Day 9: Taneka country*
Day 10: Park Pendjari*
Day 11: Pendjari-Somba country*
Day 12: Somba country
Day 13: Kouandé Kingdom
Day 14: Fulani village hike
Day 15: Dassa's sacred hills
Day 16: Abomey-departure


* If Pendjari Park cannot be visited Plan B applies:

Day 8: Ouidah-Bassila
Day 9: Bassila-Taneka country
Day 10: Taneka country
Day 11: Taneka country-Somba country
Book this trip


€ 1,675 per person
single supplement € 253


5-20 January 2021
5-20 January 2022

Individual extensions possible.
Available as a tailor-made journey.


All accommodation (hotels, B&B's and homestays), full board, English and French spoken guides, all costs related to excursions and transport as mentioned in the itinerary, airport transfers, tourist taxes.


Travel to and from Cotonou, visa, vaccinations, personal insurances (such as travel, health and cancellation), drinks, other meals, souvenirs, personal expenses, upgrade of accommodation and/or transport, optional side trips and activities on days off.

responsible travel

Papillon Reizen values taking her responsibility. That is why we pay a fair price for goods and services. Besides all our activities contribute to the Papillon funds.


Private group transport.


Rooms (where possible with fan), based on double occupancy. During this journey nights are spent in hotels, B&B's and in basic facilities with local families.
The single supplement gives the right to a single room. Depending on availability.
Availability of twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. When booking solo, single supplement applies.

group size

4 - 8 people

comfort level
of the journey

Being healthy, open-minded and flexible as well as having an adventurous attitude are necessary for this journey, in which facilities will be simple in several places.

practical information

(Practical) information on Benin is available on our website. After booking extensive travel & practical information and a baggage checklist will be provided.