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Djegadji - Historic and Lake Village.

Duration: 3hours
Cost: 5 000 fcfa per tourist (from de 2 persons)

Stations: Departure at Djegbadji bridge, salt extraction marsh, Degoue island with the python divinity, sacred forest of Houape with the divinities Odi, Akpla at Azizakoue (Zangbeto dance is possible), oyster farming, with the divinities Aído Yadodoe, Kpongouofo, Guieta and Meko with the divinities Kocou and awile. Metakon (historic cemetery of the victims danxomeans colonizers in 1727). Seyigbe with Iroko tree and the divinities Ahouanaji and Gou. Walk on the field of horticulture. Visiting the island with the architecture Djegbadji lake, daily life.

Djegbadji, was settled around 1200 by Hula (coastal population from Ghana).
Fishing, salt production and market gardening until today are the main activities carried on there. However with the arrival of whites on the coast of small kingdoms of Allada and Savi from 1500, was added a new activity: white men goods and slaves transportation logistic. Only fishermen who mastered these troubled waters could, using their small boats, bring people and goods safely across the waves. The boatmen of Djegbadji also took profit in the slave trade business.

These businesses were developed with the conquest of the coast by the kingdom of Dahomey in 1727. The war and the slave trade are the main economic activity in the kingdom.

Under the colonial administration, Djegbadji inherit a customs post on the coast.
(Colonial Building can be visited).
The economic decline of Ouidah started with the construction of the Port of Cotonou, the Wharf and the city.
Lunch: local dishes with fish, oysters, crab or shrimp. Coconut juice, melons, watermelons, palm wine.
Local music party: Agbadja and Avogan rythms (1hour will cost 20 000 fcfa).

Avlékété ? Lakeside and historic village

Basic tour: 3 to 4 h: The departure in canoe is on the Avlékété Bridge, accross the sacred forest, towards Togbin, and the sacred puddle.
Return back: passing by Agouin, Ahouan, Gan and Gou divinities to Ahouandji in the Gbeto village: salt industry and the lakeside architecture.
Cost: 5 000F per tourist (in group from 2 persons)
It’s possible to live in the village.
Avlekete, a village on the edge of the lagoon, located 14 km from Ouidah, is one of the first cities on the coast of Benin, before the founding of the city of Ouidah. In their multiple exodus from east to west and from west to east between 12th and 14th century, Hula, Weda and Yoruba, had settled here in search of better conditions life. Fishing, salt production and agriculture provided them a basis for abundant life. Their deities were imported by the first migrants (from the Togo of nowadays). The village took the name of the most important of the divinities: Avlekete.

They fled from the humans hunting organized by the Dahomey army who was in was in search of slaves for their traffic and came to settle on the island, their main shelter. Indeed, the Danxomeans feared from water. It is only after their victory over the kingdom of Savi in 1727 that Danxomeans also succeeded in conquering the coastal villages. Yet, they failed by the Mono River,

Enjoy a quiet canoe ride along the mangroves rows, palms and coconut trees. Let the tourist guides explain you the ecosystem of the sea, the lagoon and the meaning of' “sacred pools''. Listen to the song of colored and rare birds. Your guide knows theirs names. Stroll through the village, admiring its architecture. Talk to women who still produce the salt in the same way as their ancestors. Stop in front of the temples of various divinities of the village.
Ask why these sacrifices are performed. If a little bit lucky, you may meet with the village chief himself.

Lunch: local cooking: fresh fish, chicken or pork with "piron" (cassava flour dough) and tomato sauce.
If you want, a group of traditional village music will dance for your own pleasure Agbehoun, Agbadja, Adjogbo, Toba Gbehoun, Agbotchebou (1hour will cost 20 000 FCFA)

Lagoon, Aheme Lake, Possotome and coming back

Duration : 9 to 16 hours or 7 hours
Price: Between 50 000 et 60 000 cfa francs per group (boat, driver and guide) excluding breakfast

Stations: Hata Pier (behind “Casa del Papa”), Metakon, crossing the channel AHO, Nazoume (divinity), Cocoucodji by the bridge, Mitogbodji, Possotome. Breakfast and Lunch. Meanwhile, you can swim or walk to the source and the farm.

On a motor boat, you slip into the cool morning air on the lagoon. On the shores, you can admire the endless mangrove thickets, tall grass, coconut, palms, fishing hamlets and isolated farmhouses clay covered with thatch.
Only the cry of the most diverse bird species, hovering in the air, including those that have become rare disorder, will disturb your silence. At the crossroads of three ways, you are awaited by three Djondji lakeside village elders. The old men wait to welcome you in the shade of a tree. They belong to small ethnic of Xweda, MINA, GUN who, before the colonization of the Danxome kingdom of Dahomey (1727), had already migrated towards the southern regions.

Fleeing attacks of DANXOMEANS, their ancestors had found refuge here in the remotest corners of the country between the sea and the lagoon, with their gods Dan, Sakpata and Zangbeto. "In the good old days ... "One of the wise starts to tell the story of the country. Border disputes, fear, desire to exterminate, lead to the disappearance of many neighbors from Grand-Popo and make this part of the village Djondji, METAKON place, a cemetery. The Abomey warlord AHCEDE had settled here a wooden bridge also serves as customs post. He was identified as an enemy, was killed and buried. A wise sang a song telling the story.

Leaving the crossroad of three northbound towards Kpomasse, here the water becomes more animated. You can see canoes carrying cans of drinking water. Fishermen cast their nets and wait for the decision. Crabs and oysters are harvested. Children bathe in the lake. Women dried their clothes in the sun. The island and coastal villages are tightly built. The fishermen belong to the poorest of countries.
At GBEZOUNME you stop to see the traditional production of salt. Swamps salt is obtained from the cooking of the local sand.

Behind Kpomasse lies a lake, Aheme Lake, a freshwater lake 12 km long between two gentle hills and fed by the river named Couffo. MITOKPODJI, a small island on the lake, also a refuge of Xweda fleeing for the DANXOMEANS, is now a sacred place. From there, you slide a little faster along the west coast towards Possotome.

In Europe, a place like Possotome would have been a resort. Mineral springs had the celebrity of the village. Under the supervision of Vichy (France), the water is bottled and sold on the West African market. This is the best mineral water of West Africa. The hot spring flows continuously, night and day. The villagers, especially young girls, make incessant back and forth with buckets or large bowls to bring the precious liquid to their house.

La pause de midi est prise à l’hôtel "Village Lac AHEME". Pendant que l’on apprête votre repas vous goûtez l’apéritif local: jus de coco avec rhum et citron. Déjeuner : du poisson frais et de la salade par exemple. En attendant vous pouvez vous baigner dans le lac, vous promener vers la source thermale ou visiter le projet d’élevage de volaille de l’hôtel.
Après la pause, le retour s’effectue rapidement. On vient vous chercher à GUEZIN près du pont et on vous ramène en voiture à Ouidah en passant au dessus du lac.

The lunch break is taken at the hotel "AHEME Lake Village”. While your meal is being prepared, you will taste the local drink: coconut juice with rum and lemon. Lunch: fresh fish and salad for example. In the meantime, you can swim in the lake, walk to the spa or visit the village poultry project away.
After the break, the return will happen soon. You will be picked up at GUEZIN near the bridge and be driven back to Ouidah, passing over the lake.

Or you continue with the car to go to Se, the pottery village.

The “Awili" celebration takes place at Possotome annually, in the third week of February. The exact date depends on the Fa.


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