Behold the unique African traditions of Togo by visiting a fetish market for voodoo practitioners, touring a rural school and watching a folkdance with a village monarch.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a brief drive through Lome, an engaging capital city of wide boulevards lined with colonial buildings. Although the religion of Togo is predominately Christian, many of the people remain faithful to its religious ancestry of voodoo, as you will see at Lome’s open-air fetish market. Most of its items are ingredients that traditional healers use for rituals or to make magic charms and potions, including herb-garnished animal parts.
Following this fascinating and rather unusual visit, you will continue on into the countryside to a Togolese village school to see a different side of life. While there is a university in Lome, residents in many of the rural areas find it much more difficult to receive a good education. However, it’s not an impossible task, as you will observe by touring this village school and learning how the children cope with Togo’s educational challenges.
In time, you drive to a nearby ceremonial grounds and meet the village’s royal court, a distinguished group that will soon introduce the local monarch. After an enlightening presentation of tribal customs, he will invite you to join him and watch a rousing folkdance performance to traditional drum music. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to wander about the village before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.