You have two possibilities, what you can do with your time: you can listen to all bad news about western africa or you can order a trip by Cindy through Ghana, Togo and Benin. We went there in November 2014 and had a great time. Our driver Agoro was also our guide and last not least our friend. It seems, he know every second Togolese, so we often got a warm welcome. The hotels and the restaurants were a good choise and we also recommend the pineapple lodge. After this we had a better understanding for the local people. We did all the „forbidden“ things like eating and drinking with the local or walking alone through the villages with my camera. And what happened? We meet only very friendly people. Often we were alone in a hotel or restaurant, they all were missing the tourists. Even in Mole NP we could use our normal jeep and another tourist jeep were only half for the evening tour. The rangers told us, that they in normal times need five or six jeeps, so you can imagine, how empty it was everywhere. |
And a special hint against expensive malaria pills – the togolese people know a tree, which leaves are a perfect medicine against malaria. You need only a cup of tea a week and nothing could happen. The tree has a helpful antiplasmodial substance.
Another hint for travellers through more than one country: order all visas in advance in your home country. You can save a lot of time on the borders.
We had a save journey and saw a lot and learned a lot and sometimes we spontaous cancelled a visit to have more spare time. During your planning never forget, it is vacation in a tropical country and the locals make also a long break at high noon – you need it, too.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 09:35 hrs - Germany
|Regina and Christine|
We spent two and a half weeks touring Ghana/Togo/Benin with Jolinaiko Ecotours and we were so happy to find them. The custom itinerary was well organized and planned by Cindy. Overall, we had a wonderful trip thanks to Isaac and Ben. Ben is a very careful, safe and reliable driver in less than ideal road conditions. Isaac is an excellent, responsible and professional guide. From the beginning, he treated us like family and always looked after our best interests and comfort. We were always treated with consideration, thoughtfulness, helpfulness, patience, and kindness and he went above and beyond duty in one particular situation. We are glad we had the opportunity to visit Benin's sites of interest - especially Ouidah and Ganvier which were terrific. Our stays at the villages were a very fascinating learning experience. Friendliness abounded there. Isaac has valuable insight and knowledge of the culture and did a great job educating us. I felt like I learned so much about West African culture! They were always friendly, prompt, careful and flexible in plans. Isaac communicated clearly and honestly and we trusted him. They both worked hard to make sure we got the most from our trip. We graciously appreciate all their efforts and will cherish these once in a lifetime memories. Highly recommended!
Monday, July 7, 2014 at 04:58 hrs - Davis, California
I am very happy that I found Jolinaiko Eco Tours when searching for travel opportunities in Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Your focus on responsible eco-tourism fit my travel style perfectly and provided many opportunities to learn about traditional life through village visits and city excursions alike. Thank you, Cindy, for helping to put this together, and to Apollo for spending the day with me in Accra when I first passed through. You created an itinerary that perfectly fit my requests for real-deal, up-close-and-personal experiences, and hit all of the highlights I wanted to see in Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Sammy was the perfect guide and companion for this journey. He was a real friend to my son and I as we shared this experience. His knowledge of the area was valuable and he not only answered our many questions but pointed out many things along the way that we might not have noticed on our own. It was clear that he wanted us to experience and learn as much as possible. Sharing the trip with Sammy was a real bonus on this trip. All accommodations were fine. You aimed for the level of comfort I requested (basic, not expensive, clean, with A/C for sleeping) and all were as expected. Thank you so much for a well-organized and perfectly guided experience.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 21:15 hrs - USA
|Monique, Floor & Edwin | edwin~DOT~woltering~AT~casema~DOT~nl|
Wow, what a great time we had in Ghana! We had a tour that started in the Volta area, stayed in Atsiekpoe and did one week volunteering in the children's home Hardthaven at Kpando. After more nice places we drove to Kumasi and further for a few days at sea near to Elmina. Our driver and guide James was really perfect, many thanks to him for his everlasting enthusiasm, patience and fine driving. Our 13 years old daughter is still dreaming of her stay in Ghana and likes to go back when she's older. Cindy, Apollo, James and Jolinaiko crew, thanks for this wonderful experience!
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 14:15 hrs - Netherlands
We just returned from a 5-days tour of Ghana and we loved the tour Jolinaiko Eco Tours had organized. My favorite stop for our overnight accommodations was the Hand in Hand with the mentally and physically handicapped young people, at first I was a little leery of this but the Cabana was lovely and the children were a delight. I enjoyed all of stops especially the Water Falls, very refreshing! The only thing that I was hoping for was a bigger variety of wild life in Mole National Park but I realize that's beyond your control. All of the guides we had were very nice and knowledgeable. KaWaWa was also the most professional guide and driver I have ever experienced. Always in good spirits with a smile on his face and had answers for all of our questions. A TOTAL gentleman to ALL of us! We also became fast friends. He also made us feel extremely safe while he was transporting us for all of those kilometers. |
If the occasion ever arises again I would be more than happy to use your tour company again. Two thumbs up from me.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 16:35 hrs - USA
My 13 yr old twins and I spent 10 days touring Ghana with our driver Fofo. It was a terrific trip, with a great itinerary. Fofo doubled as a guide and was a great companion. We'd recommend Jolinaiko highly to others.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 04:18 hrs - US
|Erik | egoo1~AT~telenet~DOT~be|
We made a roundtrip through Togo and Benin in Feb/Mar of 2014 with a group of 12 people. Boris, our guide, was very professional, helpful and very patient, if necessary. He introduced us to the principles of voodoo religion, which was really interesting. Let's not forget André, the driver. Considering the state of the roads, he proved to be a very skilled and careful driver. Both of them made this an unforgettable experience for us. Thanks a lot.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:50 hrs - Belgium
|erna schroyens | erna~DOT~schroyens~AT~telenet~DOT~be|
Ik heb met een groepje van 10 personen een rondreis gemaakt in Togo en Benin. Het was een onvergetelijke ervaring. Onder de professionele begeleiding van onze gids Boris hebben we genoten van alle dagen van ons verblijf. Boris is een warm persoon met veel humor en positief ingesteld. Bedankt voor deze mooie beleving in Togo en Benin. Nog heel veel succes in de toekomst.
Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:14 hrs - Belgium
|JP galle | jean~DOT~pierre~DOT~galle~AT~telenet~DOT~be|
We made a tour trough Benin and Togo for 14 days from 26/01 until 09/02. We were with a group of 9 people and we had a perfect guide Boris. He make a tour with us inside Benin and Togo, it was amazing!! He had always solutions on our wishes. We could not have a better guide. If we come back, i will still have the same guide!!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 14:56 hrs - Belgium
|JP Galle | jean~DOT~pierre~DOT~galle~AT~telenet~DOT~be|
Wij zijn met een groepje van 9 personen door Benin en Togo getrokken onder de voortreffelijke begeleiding van Boris. Een fantastische gids die ons het binnenland van beide landen heeft doen kennen en die klaar stond voor al onze wensen. Wij zijn er geweest van 26/01 tem 09/02.Een reis die zeker zal bijblijven.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 14:50 hrs - Belgium
|David Wessel | davidwessel3~AT~gmail~DOT~com|
Jolinaiko Eco Tours (JET for short) gets the highest marks from me. On fairly short notice Cindy arranged for a three week tour of Ghana for us with Wisdom Akpabli, who is a terrific guide and driver. Wisdom is very knowledgeable and capable. He gave us spontaneous, fascinating lectures on subjects ranging from the intricacies of the Ghana political system, its legal system, the tribes, the histories of the areas through which we traveled, to the agriculture of those areas. He quickly tuned into our individual interests and came up with great suggestions for changes to our tour. We saw many parts of the real Ghana, ranging from a criminal trial to the tapping of palm trees in the bush to the making of palm butter soup. We also saw waterfalls, wild elephants, baboons, antelopes, and crocodiles. |
Wisdom was able to deal with every issue and any problem that arose with grace, dignity, and competence. He carefully watched out for our interests with great diplomacy. We felt quite safe with him as our guide. And he had good stories, too.
Cindy was very patient with us and very flexible. I'd love to go on another tour with JET and Wisdom.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 19:36 hrs - Sunnyvale, California
|Andrew Dawe | andrewmdawe~AT~me~DOT~com|
I ended up coming last minute for work to Nigeria and decided to take some time in Ghana afterwards. So glad I decided to go on a tour of the coast. James was my driver and was very knowledgeable about Ghana and was great company throughout the trip. Thank you very much James! :)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:31 hrs - Canada but living in London
Thanks for the great vacation in Ghana, it was a great experience traveling to the different beautiful sites in Ghana. |
The guide was very professional and has shown us a lot and told us a lot about the Ghanian customs etc.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:57 hrs - The Netherlands
|Laurens & Betty van Rooij|
Onze zoon heeft drie maanden vrijwilligerswerk in Ghana gedaan. |
Wij zijn twee weken ( van 17-11-13 t/m 01-12-13 ) tijdens zijn verblijf daar op vakantie geweest We hebben Cindy en Apollo van Jolinaiko gevraagd om een tour van 9 dgn , naar onze specifieke wensen , samen te stellen.
Dit is in zowel voorbereiding als uitvoering uitstekend gelukt.
Onze speciale dank aan James, onze chauffeur en gids op deze tocht door het prachtige Ghana.
Hij heeft werkelijk alles uit de kast gehaald om het ons naar de zin te maken.We voelden ons veilig in zijn handen en dat heeft zeker bijgedragen aan het succes van onze reis !!
Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:30 hrs - Nederland
|Radek | dlouhrad~AT~yahoo~DOT~com|
I would like to highly recommend all services of Jolinaiko Ecotours!!! We had lovely travel over the Ghana for over two weeks. It is must see experience and our drive Sami was highly knowledgeable and supportive. We spent a great time with him. Try Karimenga experience in the north it is must! Hope to come back soon!
Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 16:39 hrs - Poland, Warsaw
|Pascale Adekpui | pasadekpui~AT~gmail~DOT~com|
I feel honoured that I was one of the first guests in your new B&B Sunbird Lodge, a really cosy place! |
I enjoyed my stay with your family. Many more times to come!!!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 19:16 hrs - My family is friends with Panou Family
|Albert, Ine en Chloë Gallé | al~DOT~galle~AT~planet~DOT~nl|
We will advise everyone to book with you. We had a fabulous trip with Ben. And...I like Mole park the most. |
I also liked I could call Cindy on our trip when we had questions and we can speak then our own language dutch.
Thank you for this unforgettable journey. I shall dream a lot of this trip, I liked it very much. And lot of hugs for Ben our driver. He is a very good one. He can drive very well, and is constant looking to the other drivers. I felt really save in his can. And that is not with all the drivers in Ghana. The taxidriver we had.....I was really scared in the car. So go on and good luck!!
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 21:22 hrs - Tilburg, The Netherlands
|Ella | backstreets~AT~web~DOT~de|
Thank you Cindy for arranging such a wonderful 10 day trip for me and my husband! An especially warm thank you to Fofo, our guide and driver - he made the trip a wonderful experience! His explanations, stories and choice of places were just perfect! We highly recommend both Jolinaiko Ecotours and Fofo - many thanks from Berlin!
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 15:55 hrs - Berlin, Germany
|Carla F Wallace|
My sister and I and a longtime friend recently completed a Jolinaiko Tour through Ghana, Togo and Benin. Learning more about the slave trade, colonialism and the strong cultural traditions of today's West Africa is a transformative experience. Our guide Boris is well informed, thoughtful and helped us learn so much more than we could have anticipated. Despite bumpy roads, our driver Ben navigated with certainty and good humor. I would highly recommend Jolinaiko Eco Tours to anyone traveling to West Africa.
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 16:33 hrs - Louisville, Kentucky USA
We had two weeks in Ghana, Togo and Benin. Extraordinary, beautiful, amazing trip! And our tour guide, Boris, was wonderful, so well informed, and took great care of us. Our driver, Ben, was also excellent and navigated the sometimes bumpy roads with ease. If you are thinking of going to Ghana, go with Jolinaiko Tours! Highly recommended.
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 21:05 hrs - England
|Birgit Pichat | birgit~DOT~pichat~AT~voresmarked~DOT~dk|
Just returned after 10 wonderful days with my daughter in Ghana organised by Jolinaiko Eco Tours. Very much thanks to our fantastic guide Wisdom, I really feel that we learned a lot about Africa and ofcourse Ghana - the culture, the history, the people. We both fell in love with this amazing country, its proud and very kind people, its beautiful nature and fascinating culture. I will definitely recommend to others to do a similar trip with Jolinaiko Eco Tours.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 16:07 hrs - Danmark
|Caroline Polak | cepolak~AT~gmail~DOT~com|
We just finished a trip with Francis through Ghana. It was a great experience! He was such a nice man, a driver,a guide , a compagnio, all in one person united. Besides he has a lot of knowlegde about all aspects of Ghanian life! He understood our wishes and needs very well: we were very glad we traveled with him and hope to meet him again! Jitske and Caroline
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 15:23 hrs - Netherlands
|Effy Perry | perry~AT~shib~DOT~co~DOT~il|
Dear Cindy & TT |
I would like to thank you for the beautiful trip you have arranged for us in your amazing country. Special thanks to TT who was not only a very good driver but also a great person with a lot of knowledge, patient and made our trip so wonderful. We hope to visit Ghana again in the future, Effy Perry
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 22:39 hrs - Tel Aviv Israel
|Martina & Peter Finck | martina~AT~finckfamily~DOT~de|
We were planning to visit Ghana and were fortunate enough to come across the Jolinaiko Ecotours Internet page. We appreciated the 'area of interest' section of the contact form very much. Thus and with the always friendly and competent help of Cindy we were able to put together a trip that suited our interests best. Isaac, our guide, was very competent, always friendly and eager to give us all the information to better understand his country and its open and welcoming people. We also were very lucky to have Kauwawa as our driver. He was the first person we met in Ghana and we appreciated his friendly way as well as his calm and responsible way to drive very much. So we had a wonderful two weeks trip in Ghana that we shall never forget. Thousand thanks to the stuff of Jolinaiko Ecotours! |
May 6th, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 14:11 hrs - Wachtberg near Bonn, Germany
|Ralph Wolf | wolfdwi~AT~aol~DOT~com|
Trying to arrange transportation in Ghana over the internet can be very daunting! However, Jolinaiko made it very easy and they sure delivered! Our driver Wisdom was the best! You really need a savvy driver to find your way thru the horrible tieups even on the main roads. Due to Wisdom's efforts, we were able to maintain our ambtious schedule which included a visit to our son's Peace Corp site in one of the most remote regions of Ghana. Thank you Jolinaiko (especially Wisdom) for making this happen! |
Ralph & Sandra Wolf
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 14:45 hrs - Melbourne Florida
|Carolien en Martine | martinegrootendorst~AT~online~DOT~nl|
Na eerst enkele dagen op eigen gelegenheid in Beyin en Elmina hebben gebivakkeerd, hebben we ons heel luxe 7 dagen door een deel van Ghana laten rijden. Evans was ons uitstekende "driver" De Defender voldeed ook, al is die misschien niet zo eco ;-)! We hebben veel gezien, moeilijk te beschrijven. Ghana je moet het ruiken, proeven en ondergaan. De mensen zijn over het algemeen open voor een praatje, wat wij heel leuk vonden. Onze lodges Stumble Inn, Lake Point, Bobiri, Mountain Lodge en Aylos waren prima. Wij hebben genoten en kunnen Ghana en Jolinaiko zeker aanbevelen. Wij hopen nog eens terug te kunnen komen, want er valt nog zoveel te zien en beleven.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 14:31 hrs - Nederland
|Karen G. P. | kwwoman~AT~rogers~DOT~com|
I originally thought I could plan a two-week Ghana tour myself. However, the more research I did, the more I realized I needed some expert advice, particularly on where to stay and what to see, if I were going to make the most of my visit. |
I was so fortunate to find Jolinaiko Eco Tours!
Their website's initial contact form includes an 'areas of interest' section, which I really appreciated. I was able to inform them of my interests immediately and ensure that my trip was truly tailored to my needs and preferences. During the planning process, Cindy and I communicated regularly by email to fine-tune the details. Cindy was always prompt, thorough, and friendly with her replies to my many questions. The accommodation Cindy arranged for me was varied and reasonably priced. Her sightseeing plans balanced new experiences with time for relaxation and reflection.
TT Mensah, my driver and guide, met me in Sunyani July 6, 2011 and from there we toured the country, from Mole National Park, Nkoranza, Lake Bosumtwi, Ho, Atimkopu, the Cape Coast area, and finally Accra before my flight home July 20.
I have high praise for TT. He is the best! TT became a friend as much as a guide and his conversations with me taught me so much about Ghana's history and culture. I wanted to get some understanding of the Ghanaian mind-set and he answered every one of my questions in detail, often adding examples from his and family's life. He was always on the lookout for opportunities for me to experience the real Ghana. Thanks to TT, I learned so much, right down to how bananas and ground nuts make a quick and delicious lunch, and how plantain chips make a great snack when you're on the road! TT always ensured that I was comfortable and safe and I appreciated his attention to every detail of my trip.
Many thanks to Jolinaiko Eco Tours for making my first trip to Africa a truly unforgettable experience. And congratulations Cindy, Apollo, and Senam on the birth of your beautiful baby Dzifa Annabelle.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 15:33 hrs - Waterloo, ON, Canada
|Jopie en Piet M.|
In februari 2011 zijn wij door Ghana gereisd. Vooraf hebben we ons goed laten informeren hoe we dat het beste konden doen. We wilden veel van het land zien, we wilden ook zien hoe de Ghanezen leven en we wilden het in vrij korte tijd doen, tien dagen. We hadden geen idee wat ons te wachten stond, hadden natuurlijk wel verhalen gehoord van vrienden die in Ghana of in een ander land van Afrika waren geweest, maar voor ons zou het allemaal nieuw zijn. |
Uiteindelijk hebben we er voor gekozen om onze reis te laten organiseren door Jolinaiko Eco Tours van Cindy en Apollo. We hebben gereisd in een Toyota 4runner met Teetee als chauffeur en gids. Een geweldige man, die op al onze honderden vragen een antwoord kon geven: over het land, over de regering, over de economie, over de stammen, over de Ashanti en hun koninkrijk, over de slavenforten, noem maar op. Hij zal er ook wel eens naast hebben gezeten, maar voor ons fungeerde hij als een bron van kennis en goede adviezen. Als we alleen door het land hadden moeten reizen hadden we niet zo veel kennis opgedaan en waren we niet zo ver gekomen als nu.
Cindy had voor ons een route uitgestippeld, die we bijna helemaal volgens plan hebben gedaan. We hebben onderweg een Arboretum bezocht, waar we van alles over bomen en het gebruik ervan te weten kwamen, we zijn in Kumasi in het oude paleis van de Ashanti-koningen geweest en hebben daar de grootste markt van West Afrika bezocht; we hebben het project Hand in Hand Operations in Nkoranza bezocht, een project (gesteund door donaties) voor kinderen en enkele ouderen met een verstandelijke beperking, en hebben daar ook een nacht geslapen. We hebben twee nachten in Mole National Park doorgebracht en hebben vlak daarbij een Ecovillage bezocht, zeer indrukwekkend. In die omgeving zijn geen verharde wegen, de kuilen zijn soms erg diep; we waren erg blij met onze 4Runner. Aan de rand van het Park ligt het dorp Larabanga, waar de oudste moskee staat van Ghana, uit 1421!
De rondleiding door Larabanga onder leiding van de Assemblyman Atiti ons met de neus op de armoede van de lokale bevolking: de economie stelt er weinig voor, er wordt nauwelijks geld verdiend. Weer terug in de meer bewoonde wereld zijn we met grote kano met motor naar Atsiekpoe gevaren, een dorp dat gesteund wordt door Jolinaiko Eco Tours. In dat dorp werden we vergast op een traditionele dans van de plaatselijke jeugd, waar we zelf ook aan mee mochten doen. We sliepen daar in lemen hutten en konden aan den lijve ervaren hoe het is om in een hut te slapen zonder licht, zonder stromend water, met als enig comfort een bed.
We hebben werkplaatsen bezocht, waar kralen werden gemaakt (Cedi-beads) en een Kente-weverij (in Hohoe) We zijn in een Apen Sanctuary geweest, hebben een waterval bezocht (Wli) , een toeristisch project dat door de plaatselijke bevolking wordt gerund. En we hebben het echte ‘Out-of-Africa’ gevoel beleefd in Bobiri Tropical Forest, waar het vlak voor onze komst behoorlijk had geregend en waar we ’s avonds laat nog werden getrakteerd op een heerlijk maaltijd van de kok, die de volgende ochtend als gids voor ons fungeerde op een wandeling door het tropisch bos. De bast van veel bomen wordt gebruikt voor het maken van medicijnen, voor elke kwaal lijkt er wel een boom te zijn die genezing kan bieden. De bosgeesten die er volgens Teetee ook zouden huizen hebben wij niet waargenomen.
Al met al zien wij terug op een prachtige reis door Ghana, die ons heel veel indrukken heeft gegeven; wat ons erg heeft getroffen is de gastvrijheid van de Ghanezen en hun vrolijkheid, jun optimisme, ondanks de soms belabberde omstandigheden waarin zij leven.
Jolinaiko heeft een prachtige reis voor ons georganiseerd voor een redelijke prijs. Cindy, Apollo en Teetee, zeer bedankt voor deze geweldige ervaring.
Jopie en Piet
Friday, June 17, 2011 at 19:06 hrs - Netherlands
|Daine van den Brand | dainevandenbrand~AT~hotmail~DOT~com|
According to tourists who travelled with Jolinaiko and my own experiences working with them for 6 months I can say that Jolinaiko is not merely a business but an organization who put all their effort and more importantly their heart in providing the best for both tourist and locals. This compassion for their region and its residents reflects in their tours, many tourists got inspired during their trip and speak about an astonishing, memorable experience. |
The enthusiastic guides put your tour even into a higher level. They are all very committed to their job in accomplishing your wishes and provide you with the company and knowledge of your interest.
Daine van den Brand
Student, International Tourism management and Consultancy at the NHTV, Breda.
Friday, June 17, 2011 at 19:03 hrs - Netherlands
|Rene Douma | r~DOT~douma~AT~home~DOT~nl|
Een hele fijne rondreis gemaakt van Goede vrijdag t/m bevrijdingsdag 2011. We hadden Wisdom als chauffeur en dit was heel fijn: prima chauffeur en gids en hij is zeer zorgzaam en behulpzaam. Heel veel gezien o.a Cape Coast, Kumasi en de Ashanti koning!, Berekum, Bosumptwi Lake en Volta meer + Ho en Accra zelf natuurlijk. Prima auto en accomodaties behalve Biapka Mountain Paradise
Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 18:45 hrs - Netherlands