Jolinaiko Eco Tours - Experience West Africa!

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Piet Gremdaat | piet~DOT~gremdaat~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Loved staying with you guys. You can contact me via my email Cheers !

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 21:06 hrs - Netherlands
Fam. van de Ven | janven~AT~chello~DOT~nl
Last week we returned from a fantastic journey (3 weeks) in Ghana and Togo. West-Africa will be in our hearts for ever. We are very gratefull to our driver Azey en our fantastic guide and friend Isaac. You made this tour complete and we will never forget this wonderfull experience. We could always rely on you and we learned about the history, the customs and cultures of these countries. And we had a lot of fun together. Isaac, we hope to meet again!! Cindy en Apollo, bedankt voor de uitstekende organisatie van deze reis.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 23:52 hrs - Steensel, Holland
Edith Ahlers
We just returned home from having the most wonderful 2 week trip through the Volta Region with Frances. He is a treasure! What a good careful driver he is despite the road conditions. His pleasant, friendly and upbeat nature was a joy to be around. He introduced us to as many local foods and customs as we could absorb. For me, my husband, and two teenage children.we want to express our true delight with all the services we received from Jolinaiko Ecotours. From the first communications with Cindy, to the last bite of FuFu with Frances, it was one of the best trips we have ever taken!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 23:04 hrs - Colorado, USA
Gemma | groot~DOT~gemma~AT~gmail~DOT~com
In the end of July, I travelled four days with Apollo through the Volta region. As I read enthusiastic travel stories about this area, I was really excited to go there. Nothing was less true, I really enjoyed my trip! It was interesting because Apollo showed me traditional villages without any other tourists. One of the villages was Atsiekpoe where I met the local Ewe people. I found it very impressive to see the way the local people live and work and to learn about their traditions and believes. I experienced this village as pure. It was nice to see how Jolinaiko Eco Tours sponsors the village and let the people feel proud of their own beautiful culture. Apollo is also an Ewe, and he explained me much about his culture. There is so much to do and visit in the Volta Region and four days isn’t enough to visit everything. I was happy to discuss my travel interests with Cindy, so that I saw everything in my interests. It was a pity to have bad weather in Amedzofe and it wasn’t possible to do the mountain hiking. Together with Apollo we changed the program and we visited an interesting batik center in Ho in stead. I hope there is time to come back and do the rest of Ghana, Togo and Benin with Jolinaiko Eco Tours. Thanks for this memorable trip! Gemma

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 17:18 hrs - The Netherlands
Sanne Geldermans | sannegeldermans~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
A son called Senam. Wonderfull! Congratulations!

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 19:19 hrs - Alkmaar
Dear Apollo and Cindy, First of all I would like to congratulate you with your new born ! Congratulations ! I hope everything went well. I would like to thank you for a wonderful stay in Ghana. The programme was really good, I really got the chance to see authentic Ghana. The villages with spokesmen and chiefs. There even was 1 village who could not be reached by car, only by canoe, what an experience crossing the Volta river ! Everyone was so nice and friendly. Everywhere in the Volta Region people greeted me with the words "Woezor" which means welcome. I danced with the locals, I had Tilapia and Banku, I drank palmwine. In the Ashanti region I visited Kumasi and even saw the soccer match Ghana-Benin in the stadium. In the south, Cape coast, I visited the Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle, it tells the slavery history, which was very impressive and still unbelievable that these cruelties really took place. I also would like to thank you so much for giving me Francis as my guide/driver. He is so proud of his country and knows so much about it. He is very flexible and a very good travel companion. He knows I love photography, so he was willing to stop anywhere I wanted to make a picture. Thanks to Francis my stay in Ghana was an experience never to forget. Thanks you so much ! Akpe !

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 09:35 hrs - Amsterdam
Christa and Guenter Neuenhofer
Dear Apollo, dear Cindy, We would like to thank Apollo for this extraordinary tour to Togo and Benin. It was a fantastic tour with all the Voodoo experiences Apollo organized for us. He really managed to organize something special every single day. And we really feel like having travelled with a “dream team”: Apollo as someone who is a good organizer and somebody who is always in a good mood, likes joking and seems to have music in his blood that makes him dance whenever he hears a sound. We enjoyed that very much; but it was also nice to travel with Abdoulai. He is such a friendly and caring person. And he really drives well and carefully. So we like to say thank you again. For Cindy and her baby we wish all the best. We are convinced that it will be the most beautiful child in Accra!

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 18:25 hrs - Germany
Martin en Gré | martin~AT~m-rol~DOT~speedlinq~DOT~nl
Hi, Cindy and Apollo. It has been a while since we travelled with Apollo, still we want to leave some words in your guestbook. We've travelled with Apollo in november last year, through Ghana, Togo and Benin. It was a wonderful trip, full of surprises. Apollo is one of the few people who really understands the meaning of the words service, quality and customer satisfaction. With his knowledge of our wishes and the local customs and behaviour he arranged a beautiful trip. We like to thank you again for this.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 15:11 hrs - Zaandijk Holland
Maria, Roelof, Daan en Bas
Dear Cindy and Apollo, thank you for arranging our Ghana Tour. And this on such a short time basis. Very safe and carefull driver, mr. Ben. Good and basic hotels and nice and exciting tours. You are both (maybe by this time the three of you!) a wonderfull team. Thank you for the Ghana experience.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 10:29 hrs - Netherlands
Doris and Silvia | dosuze~AT~solnet~DOT~ch
We had an 8 days' adventurous, but fully successful journey through the Southern part of Ghana (Greater Accra, East Coast, Volta Region, Kakum Park), organized by Eco Jolinaiko Tours. Our two "body guards" Francis, the driver, and Samuel, the guide accompanied us from November 13 to 20 2008. Francis is an excellent driver, always keen to let his passengers travel comfortably (almost 1000 miles). Sam was our most competent guide and showed us many interesting places and things: People hard working by pulling their nets full of fish, weaving kente, carving drums, winning palmwine, working cassava plants, producing beads out of recycled glass, making pottery, winning cacao beans from the harvest over drying up to preparing them for the export, etc. Moreover, we visited historically important places as Fort Pridzenstein near Keta, Obuasi, the gold miners' city, Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti, Elmina, etc. A special adventure was the walking tour - almost hanging on ropes - down to the Amedzofe waterfall. Fortunately, we elderly ladies were fit enough to meet with this challenge. Wherever we arrived we were warmly welcomed and willingly shown whatever we were interested in. Sam and Francis love their people and their country and are eager to transmit this feeling to their "protégés", but always with the necessary discretion. We can highly recommend Sam and Francis as a very good team. Thanks to them we experienced every day new highlights in getting to know Ghana, a country we visited for the first time. Doris and Silvia

Monday, December 1, 2008 at 21:18 hrs - Switzerland
Jean Michel et Carole
A tous les visiteurs, Pour notre deuxième séjour au Ghana nous avons fait appel aux services d‘Apollo. Il a enrichi ce voyage de senteurs, goûts et contacts humain. Nous avons parcouru en 10 jours 1850 kms en Land Rover (merci au chauffeur Ernest), que de souvenir indélébiles, de magnifiques paysages plein les yeux ! Un grand merci à Apollo, qui a su répondre à nos attentes et même plus par tous ces arrêts impromptus pour nous faire découvrir la faune, la flore, les boissons et nourritures tout au long du parcours. Il a parfaitement su partager avec nous les petits détails sur le Ghana, et les Ghanéens, qui font que notre regard n’est plus celui d’un simple touriste ! Francophone, n’hésitez pas, allez au Ghana et allez y guidé par Apollo !_________________________________________________
To all the visitors, For our second stay in Ghana we appealed to the services of Apollo. He enriched this journey of scents, tastes and contacts human being. We went through in 10 days 1850 km in Land Rover (thanks to the driver Ernest), when of indelible souvenir ,of magnificent landscapes height eyes! Thank you to Apollo, who knew how to answer our expectations and even more by all these sudden stops to make us discover the fauna, the flora, the drinks and the foods all along the route. He perfectly knew how to share with us the small details of Ghana, and Ghanaians, who make that our glance is not any more the one of a simple tourist! French speaker, do not hesitate, go to Ghana and go guided by Apollo there!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 19:05 hrs - Angers - France
Oscar, Dorien, Joël (10), Aron(7) | oscar~DOT~zweerman~AT~gmail~DOT~com
For 3 weeks we travelled with our 2 boys through beautiful Ghana. It was a great experience; friendly people, good food, interesting culture, nice beaches, proud people and irie reggae vibes. We travelled with the Land Rover and Ben was the dirver. He was a great and responsible driver. Apollo was our guide. Apollo is very proud of his country and knows the right people, the interesting places and the right accomodation. He let's you experience the real Ghana, not just some touristic highlights. Thanks for this trip and good luck with all your future plans.

Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 17:48 hrs - The Netherlands
Sanne Geldermans | sannegeldermans~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi Apollo, It's been a while since the last time we saw each other. You come to Holland soon. I am looking forward to see you again and to have a small cycle trip somewhere. As far as I can see the company is doing very well, you busy travelling and house building. Also I saw Grenzeloos Verliefd. Was nice television!

Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 09:08 hrs - Alkmaar
Tibor Vaszkó | tvaszko~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Apollo, we were 2 months ago in Ghana, and I all time remember that 2 weeks. Thanks for you our stay there was wonderful, fully with challenge and experiences. I love Ghana, it's nature, the kind people from that time. I recommend to anyone to join you for a long trip and have the same good and nice feeling we had all time. Thanks again, and hope to see you one time soon somewhere in the small globe :) Best wishes! Minden jót Barátom! Tibor.

Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 14:09 hrs - Hungary
Harm | harm~DOT~bouwman~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Dear Cindy and Apollo, For the first time a visit your website. It looks great!! Very nice setup and this will be a good help for building up your travel agency. I am looking forward to meet you two in about a view weeks. Best wishes, Harm Bouwman

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 08:49 hrs - The Nederlands
Jullie website maar weer eens opgezocht en ik zie dat iemand heel erg zijn best zit te doen op deze site. Ziet er goed uit. Mooie foto's, goede teksten, professionele indruk. Leuk om te zien dat jullie op alle fronten zo aan het groeien zijn. Well done.

Monday, July 7, 2008 at 13:26 hrs - Accra
Els en Jelmer | elsenjelmer~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Dear Cindy, Apollo and Evans, After 4 years we visited Ghana again. It was great being back and meeting all those people. What made it even better, was the Landrover with Evans as the driver and Apollo and Cindy who arranged hotels and reacted quickly on our changes in the travel scheme. We enjoyed it very much, thanks a lot!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 17:30 hrs - Netherlands
Fo_Aga | azasoo~AT~chello~DOT~nl
Apollo and Cindy !!!! You have made me feel very good. I wish you all the best. Great programme about you on net5 TV. Congrats!! See you in Ghana.

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 23:22 hrs - Ghana - Akatsi, Marry to a Dutch
Selma & Ronnie
Thank you Cindy and Paul for the wonderful tour through Ghana. It was a hightlight of 14 days: climbing Mount Afadjato, visiting a snake man from Benin, walking to the hanging village Shiare, walking a safari and catch some Elephants in Mole National Park, rowing to the Hippo's in Wechiau Hippo sanctuary, sleeping in a tree platform, enjoying the small Bogere festival, sleeping in Bobiri butterfly santuary & Boabeng Monkey sanctuary & lake Bosumtwi, walking the Canopy in Kakum National Park and relaxing in Ko-Sa lodge. Next time when we go to that part of Africa we will join Jolinaiko again. The tour fits perfect with the way we want to travel: Professional guided community based eco tourism and meet the culture, nature & wildlife. Thanks again for learning a lot of the habits and the way of live (living) in Ghana! If you want to see how beautiful Ghana is, visit my website Selma & Ronnie

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 17:55 hrs - The Netherlands
Love | beugel-bekkie4~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
i now that jou don't now me but i'm 14 jears old and i always watch the program 'grenzeloos verliefd' and i just think that apollo and cindy are the greatest people from the program that fall in love Love

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 00:09 hrs - AmsterdM
Hi Cindy and Appolo, I just saw your program on 'uitzending gemist'. Nice website and nice to see you are trying to get Volta Region into the picture with your eco-tours. This region is so beautiful. On your 'Ghana highlights' page you name the traditional weaving village of Kpotoe, I assume you mean Kpetoe? :) Or is this Kpotoe a village I don't know of? If you ever visit Klikor during your tours (from July on anyway), please stop by for a visit. Just ask for the 'Yevu' ;) medogbe nawo!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 22:21 hrs - netherlands
lucy akua adomah | sarpong06~AT~live~DOT~nl
hoi cindy net programma op net5 gekeken tof ik hoop je een keer zal ontmoeten in ghana doeiiii groeten uit den-haag.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 00:24 hrs - den haag
Bert and Foske Everts | foskeeverts~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Just to tell you that tonight we(Frouwke's mum and dad) were watching you on TV!! Good to see you both and to see Ghana!!! We wish you luck and happiness!!

Monday, May 5, 2008 at 23:56 hrs - The Netherlands
Hans Straver | jtastraver~AT~hetnet~DOT~nl
Hallo Apollo. Hier een berichtje van mij, 7 jaar geleden hebben wij jou leren kennen tijdens een rondreis door Ghana, toen was jij samen met Melvin onze gids. Even een opfrissertje, wij zijn die twee grijze mannen. Van Melvin hebben wij gehoord dat jij binnenkort gaat trouwen met een Nederlandse dame. Veel geluk toegewenst van Hans en Jan

Monday, April 21, 2008 at 18:47 hrs
Patricia | ape-castle~AT~web~DOT~de
“2500 km in two weeks and I enjoyed each single day in this lovely old Landrover, guided by Apollo and safely driven by Evans”

I traveled through Ghana in 14 days. I’ve learned so much about Ghana, the people in those different regions, their old traditions and the way they are thinking today. I never expected to get in touch so close with the open, friendly people in the villages, to learn so much about the way of living and believing in Africa, Ghana. I am very grateful about al this! Thank you!

And Evans, the driver, is the best teacher in “Awalle” and a gentle table tennis player, he could have won the match higher! At least he is the best driver at all! Thank you for bringing me home safely! I wish Jolinaiko Eco tours al the best in the future. I hope they’ll be successful with bringing Ghana to the people and the people to Ghana!

Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 14:05 hrs - Germany
Raoul | raoulevrengun~AT~mac~DOT~com
I want to thank Apollo and Evans for this wonderful journey. It filled up all my expectations and much more. I’ve loved every single aspect of the tour, including the nice comfortable sleep(s) at the back of the Landrover Defender. This car needs a holiday celebration party for itself! What a top car! Apollo has showed us more about life in Ghana, and life itself than any other person. From your lessons about the smallest things through the useful meaning of a “topdop”!! It was a tour full of highlights, far too many to be able to mention about. Okay, maybe one: I will never forget the late night drumming sessions when the lights where off… Evans you’re the best driver! Plenty medaase for this tour.

Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 16:53 hrs
Frank en Suzanne | frankschoute~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
We enjoyed our tour so much!! Apollo and Evans brought us to places we thought we could never go to. Evans is a good, safe and reliable driver and Apollo a funny, friendly and smart guide. Their slogan “as long as you enjoy” really worked; we really enjoyed! From the first meeting in Accra till the last day. We especially likes Apollo’s knowledge about the country, city life, villages and local habits. Now we know how to make pure alcohol, palm wine, how to do (kente) weaving, climb ancient trees and that Saturday is a ‘national funeral market’.

We liked it so much that we are 100% sure that we will meet again to see more of the African continent. Hopefully with the Landrover Defender in which Apollo’s plays the widest variety of African local music and don’t forget the drumming sessions of course!

Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11:23 hrs - Netherlands
kwame future brother -in-law | kasante177~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I like your website and the details outlined in it. It makes me feel like I am standing right there by the lake. I used to work in Afram Plains and every thing comes back to life for me, going through your pictures. I will recommend any visitors I know from the USA to your site. Well done, may your business prosper.

Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 01:23 hrs - Georgia ,usa
Edith en Ellen | e~DOT~doosje~AT~chello~DOT~nl
Cindy en Paul lieten ons kennismaken met Ghana. Zo namen ze ons mee naar de Jolinaiko Ecovillage Atsikpoe. In een volgeladen bootje over de rivier, kennismaken met mensen die ons graag rondleidden en vervolgens een glaasje Fanta bij de wijze dorpsoudste. Vrouwen roeren in grote potten met wit spul (later ontdekt dat dit fufu was en dat wij daarvan geen fan zijn), kinderen willen op de foto (een enkeling huilt omdat we groot, eng en wit zijn) en mannen lachen een vlekkeloze glimlach. Het is heel bijzonder in een dorp te lopen waar de mensen zo anders leven dan wij in het westen doen. We zien de fundamenten van het guesthouse in wording (gebouwd door het hele dorp met Apollo). Hier komen we nog eens terug. We waren nog nooit in Ghana geweest, of zelfs maar in Afrika. En dus hadden we veel plannen: wat we allemaal zouden bekijken en doen. Graag hadden we verteld over alle mooie dingen die je aan de kust kunt zien en doen. Zo heb je vele forten, gebouwd door de Europeanen, oa gebruikt bij de slavenhandel. En verder prachtige vissersdorpjes, lagoons, markten. Maar we zijn 6 dagen in Cape Coast gebleven, en niet omdat we geen plannen maakten om weg te komen. Het was gewoon veel te gezellig. Ghana is niet van dingen bekijken. Ghana is van er zijn, de mensen, de muziek, de sfeer en de verhalen. En dan het meest bijzondere en bizarre van de hele vakantie: het voodoo festival in Benin. Mensen in prachtige gewaden en spannende ontmoetingen met mysterieuze engugu’s. Boris legde ons uit wat er gebeurt (ja, die geit gaat geslacht worden – oh). Nieuwsgierig naar wat er bínnen in zo’n tempel gebeurde, keken we Boris smekend aan. Via via kon Boris iets voor ons regelen, zijn oom is voodoo priester en wilde ons wel ontvangen. Een beetje zenuwachtig hebben wij de volgende dag de Fa tot ons laten spreken. En dat was ongelofelijk. Heel bijzonder om dit onderdeel van de Beninese cultuur van zo dichtbij mee te maken. Het ritueel zelf was al zo anders dan je überhaupt bedacht kon hebben, en ook de dingen die hij ons over onszelf vertelde waren mooi en beangstigend waar. Tja, we zouden nog zoveel meer kunnen vertellen, over Penjari National Park met de leeuwen en de olifanten, over Liati Woti met de duizenden vlinders en de waterval, de bijzondere kasteelhutten in Togo, de heerlijk relaxte hangmatten in Kokrobite met een Star biertje in je hand… Zowel Cindy als Apollo als Boris begrijpen helemaal hoe je een reis onvergetelijk kunt maken. Dankjewel, en zeker tot ziens! Groetjes, Ellen en Edith

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 22:15 hrs - Nederland
Tjodi | tjodi~AT~oor-zaken~DOT~nl
Ik vond de sfeer zeer ontspannen en de landschappen die voorbij gingen in de Landrover waren erg imponerend. Omdat ik veelal achter in de auto zat kon ik alle kanten omkijken, de Landrover is een fantastische auto om door Ghana te reizen en heb erg veel indrukwekkende situaties meegemaakt. Waaronder Palm wijn drinken, Accra de gigantisch drukke stad met al haar drukte en vreemde geluiden, prachtig. De landrover dealer waanzinnig wat de monteurs daar doen is vakmanschap, kunnen ze niet in Nederland weet ik! Wat ook bijzonder was de gigantische stilte toen we opweg waren naar Aktsiepoe. De zandweg die rood van kleur is de koeien die daar stonden te herkauwen en wij de crew die een opname maakten van jullie in auto. Het moment van oorverdovende stilte die de weg gaf en het landschap was erg indrukwekkend en ontroerend en ook zo'n overgang met de hysterie in Accra. Kortom een mooie tijd met jullie gehad!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 11:22 hrs - Nederland

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