Visual Adventure: The Voodoo Trail

Rachel Wasser April 8, 2013 3

I’m the kind of traveller who looks for the most out-there destination possible. If I have a choice to go somewhere “everyone” goes or somewhere “no one” goes, I’ll always choose the latter. That’s what I did when I decided to go to Africa. Kenya and Tanzania obviously sound amazing, but who wouldn’t want to check out what exactly is going on in Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso? And Ouagadougou is sure to be the best-named country capital in the world. I just had to know what it was like there. How do the people live? What does the land look like? What does the food taste like? What exactly happens on The Voodoo Trail? Here’s what I discovered.

A voodoo ceremony in Benin. Elaborate costumes, entire villages and lots of music.

Each tribal group and each village have different architecture and design. This village in Burkina Faso had elaborate walls decorated by the women of the village.

A Sudanese-style mosque in Bobo, Burkina Faso.

In the Ganvie stilt-village a whole community has spring up in the centre of the lake. The people believe evil spirits can’t come across the water so they’ve built their whole life on stilts.

The people are happy, welcoming and beautiful.


  1. Jacqueline April 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    The Voodoo Trail looks like a very exciting adventure for sure! Something I would like to take my group of Ladies on. Where’s my camera!

  2. nehoma hirdler October 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    would love to go on the Voodoo trail

  3. Paul Van den Eynden January 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Just came back from the Voodoo Trail. Probably one of the best trips ever. Voodoo rituals, masks dances, fetish markets and friendly people. This is the real face of Africa! Highly recommended.

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