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Anouk Zijlstra | anoukz~AT~gmail~DOT~com
As a travel writer I had many specific sights and hotels I wanted to visit while traveling in Ghana. Jolinaiko was the perfect tour company for me, since I could take public transport, hire a car and get to see a range of hotels and sights along the way. I had researched my itinerary quite extensively, but found that Cindy had much better suggestions than I could have ever come up with based just on guide books and other traveler reports. Her insider knowledge was invaluable in planning our excellent ten day tour through Ghana. Isaac was my guide in Accra, we covered all the sights and more, enjoyed a soccer match at the Accra stadium, sweated in many tro-tros and weaved through markets and colorful neighborhoods. His knowledge is excellent, and he has such a pleasant personality it was just a pleasure to spend a few days with him. Francis was our driver and guide for the 7 day road trip to Elmina, Kumasi and Akisombo. His driving was superb, his company was a joy, and we did not want our days to end. We got to see live music in Kumasi, the amazing fish market in Elmina, tried fufu, banku and lots of other wonderful Ghanaian dishes along the way. Francis also took us to see a traditional healer something we would never have been able to experience without his help. And he introduced us to Hip-life, it became the soundtrack of our journey together! Our last morning was spent at Atsikpoe, where Jolinaiko has initiated several community projects and is the home of their eco-lodge. What a great way to end our trip, it is a real inspiration and we would highly recommend a stay here. We cannot thank you enough Jolinaiko team! Anouk and Gilly, (USA and France).

Monday, April 11, 2011 at 22:31 hrs - USA
Marcell
Wonderful website: joli-ecotours.com!! I am planning a trip to Togo and Benin for August. I am hoping you can plan the trip. Keep up the good work.

Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 01:26 hrs - France
family Watson & Droogh | watson~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
In de voorjaarsvakantie dit jaar niet naar de wintersport maar een rondreisje in Ghana gemaakt met Jolinaiko Eco-tours. Een geweldige ervaring. Natuurlijk is een week of eigenlijk 5 dagen niet al te lang, maar wat hebben we veel kunnen doen. Met Apollo als gids bleek elke dag een avontuur. We hadden vooraf in overleg met Cindy een reisplan gemaakt en verbleven in kleine rustig gelegen hotels. Uiteraard bezochten we het Eco dorp dat door Cindy en Apollo ondersteund wordt. Daarna reisden we door naar Kumasi, maar niet zonder een bezoek te hebben gebracht aan Cedi beads. Daar worden de prachtigste glazen kralen gemaakt en geregen tot armbanden en kettingen. In plaats van twee nachten in Kumasi kozen we ervoor om een nacht in het Bobiri Rainforest door te brengen en van daaruit naar Kumasi door te reizen, een uitstekende keuze als je van tropisch regenwoud houdt en liever niet al te lang in een stad doorbrengt. In Kumasi uiteraard het Ashanti museum en paleis bezocht. Onderweg van Kumasi naar Elmina nog een palmwijn’makerij’ bezocht evenals een tussen’fort’ van de slavenhandel. Gelukkig ook nog net de laatste guided tour van de Canopy Walk gehaald. De laatste dagen doorgebracht in het prachtige Ko-Sa beach resort, wat nog mooier was dan de internetsite deed vermoeden.

Van daaruit uiteraard het slavenfort te Elmina bezocht, een zwarte bladzijde in onze geschiedenis.

Al met al een zeer indrukwekkende vakantie die met dank aan Apollo en de chauffeur, al met al heel soepel verliep.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 19:44 hrs - Nederland
Beverly and Harold Griffith
We appreciated so much Apollo’s candid conversations; his devotion and loyalty to West African culture was always evident. We are proud to have experienced every day with him—the historical sites, the religious places, the crafts, the gold mining, the palm wine making, our meeting the High Chief (King), night voodoo sacrifice, markets, …. We loved seeing the people—always moving, working, priding themselves on their appearance right down to each strand of hair so beautifully braided, happy and jovial, …. Our driver was excellent.

Of course, Cindy’s planning with our input was a huge success since it was over and beyond what Bev could devise from “normal” group tour itineraries, for example, one night staying in Possotomme rather than returning to a major city. We had never done the “pick-and-pay-but-not-book” hotels and “Pay-gas”, but we liked it! It was just like getting to book our own hotels, because Cindy let us choose each property—plus, her experience was a very helpful supplement to what our guidebooks and internet sites stated.

We speak from the experience of having traveled in 227 countries on Travelers Century Club’s list and 150 of the 195 nations on International Travel News’ list.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 04:27 hrs - California, USA
Lucie Gipon
Ghana was een fijn land voor een actieve gezins-kerst-rondreis.
Leuke wandelingen in het tropisch bos, lekker zwemmen in de Volta rivier, in Lake Bosumtwe, bij de watervallen in Oost- Ghana, en natuurlijk in zee. Ook onderweg (1500 km in 2 weken, auto met chauffeur) natuurlijk veel "alledaags leven" te zien.
Verder prima geslapen,op steeds weer andere plekken, kleine guesthouses, tentjes en het "tree-platform"
Met tot slot de slavenforten aan de kust en een gezellige ouderjaarsavond in het Ko-Sa Beach Resort

Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 11:52 hrs - Venray, Holland
Family Schonk | familieschonk~AT~gmail~DOT~com
From June till August 2010 we have travelled with our 3 kids(5, 8 and 11 years old) through Ghana, Togo and Benin for 8 weeks. We stayed for 3 weeks in the traditional villages Gowrie, Karimenga and Sognaayilli in the northern part of Ghana (near Bolgatanga and Tamale). This was arranged via Meet Africa. The other 5 weeks we have travelled with Jolinaiko tours. The program was set up very well by Cindy and completely fullfilled our needs and wishes. It was a great, great experience to travel together with our guide Apollo, as well as for us as for the children. The numerous discussions and talks we had about the life in West Africa, the visits to the villages, markets and meetings with the local people and their traditions, the chats and laughs we had, the games we played makes it a once in a life time experience for all of us. Travelling by car with a guide and driver (in our case Evans and Nashirou) is to our opinion the most convenient way to cross these countries. It felt safe, in our case with the kids off course the most important aspect, we have visited places and regions you can't easily reach by public transport, we were flexible and we have seen and heard a lot of the country, the people and its habits. We left Ghana with the feeling that we have really experienced the life in West Africa! Apollo and Cindy, thank you very much!
(for more detailed stories and experiences, see familieschonk.waarbenjij.nu, in dutch)

Monday, August 30, 2010 at 11:31 hrs - Delft, The Netherlands
Inge | groetjesinge~AT~gmail~DOT~com
We had a great trip from Mole park in the North back to the south, with driver Ben. It's very skilfull of the drive that he can drive so relaxed trough the very bussy and chaotic traffic of Ghana. We stayed in the wonderfull accomodations in the middle of the nature.
Thanks for the fantastic journey and the terrific organisation.
Greetings Andrea and Inge

Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:46 hrs - Holland
Ron Mitchell and Marilynn Windust | rmitchell61~AT~cox~DOT~net
We had a fascinating time traveling with Apollo from Ghana to Benin. Please check-out my travel article on www.gonomad.com, entitled, "Benin and Togo: The Birthplace of Voodoo." Thanks, Apollo, for guiding us through public transport and giving us a sensational insight on the African culture, one that we would have never found on our own.

Best,

Ron Mitchell

Friday, April 16, 2010 at 16:34 hrs - United States
Jean-Marc, Benjamin (16) et Nathalie | jmemery~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Il y a un an déjà nous visitions la belle région de la Volta, puis la Côte du Ghana en compagnie de Francis. Quel voyage agréable! Francis et l'équipe de Jolinaiko ont été attentifs à nos besoins et soucieux de répondre à nos désirs. même celui de dormir dans la jungle!!! Merci pour les suggestions d'itinéraire, d'hôtels, de restaurants et d'activités. Merci pour la prudence du chauffeur, sa bonne compagnie et sa ponctualité. On recommande à tous les Canadiens de faire confiance à Jolinaiko.

A year ago we had the chance to visit the Volta region and the Coast of Ghana with Francis. Francis and the Jolinaiko team helped in making this trip a wonderful experience. We even had the chance to sleep in the jungle!!! Thanks for the good recommendations regarding hotels, activities and restaurants. Thanks for the safe driving and punctuality. We highly recommend!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 04:01 hrs - Québec, Canada
Rianne | riannebleeker18~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hai Cindy en Appollo, Wat een prachtige documentaire over jullie boeiende leven! Ik ben afgelopen jaar drie maanden naar Ghana geweest om een afstudeeronderzoek te doen binnen een weeskinderenproject in de volta region, kadjebi distrct. Ik vond het een geweldige levenservaring die ik nooit meer vergeet. Door het programma grenzeloosverliefd werd ik weer opnieuw meegenomen naar mijn avontuur. Ik wens jullie heel veel geluk in de toekomst! Als ik nog eens naar Ghana terug ga zal ik zeker gebruik maken van jullie geweldige reisorganisatie:-). Ghana mag trots zijn op zulke actieve burgers! Dikke kus Rianne ps. wist me in het engels niet zo goed uit te drukken.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 22:33 hrs - Nederland
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
Hester
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
Eelco
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 imaginative.nl 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

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