This tiny West African nation is steeped in culture and colonial history. It is believed that Voodoo (locally referred to as Vodun) originated in Benin and was introduced to the Caribbean and parts of North America by slaves taken from this particular area of the Slave Coast. About 60% of the population of Benin, practice Vodun.
People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts before wrapping it all up in enchanting Marrakech. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.
Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic West African ports, Gain insight into the region's modern history, Interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.
The Voodoo Trail (DVVT)
Get off the beaten track and into the hills, forests and villages that make up the 'Voodoo Trail' of West Africa for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Meet African royalty and witness tribal dancers fall into trance-like states as you enjoy an immersive authentic cultural experience like no other. An expert CEO will guide you through the stunning landscape, helping with the cultural and lingual hurdles, ensuring you come away with deep insight into the origins of Africa’s mystical animist religions. This is a truly mind-blowing experience. Interested?
Highlights: Witnessing authentic voodoo ceremonies and dances, exploring the forests of Kpalime, meeting African spiritual leaders and even royalty, attending a traditional Bwa mask ceremony, visiting ancient mosques and chaotic modern cities.
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)
The Voodoo Trail (DVVT)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)||32 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||N/A||
From $16999 USD
|The Voodoo Trail (DVVT)||16 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2699 USD