|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
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
|Maudy, Prince and family | princade~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
After a referral from a Dutch friend, we made contact with Apollo. In November 2007, we (husband, wife, mother in-law and two kids ages 2 and 5) set out to Ghana as first time visitors. Before leaving the Netherlands for Ghana, Apollo recommended a nice hotel in Accra where he and Cindy promptly met us the same day we arrived. Like a professional which he is, Apollo asked us pertinent questions regarding our budget, interests, tour duration food etc and he diligently outlined travel plans to meet our needs as a family with children. He emphasised that it was a flexible plan and we could make changes during the course of the tour as we deem fit. Our tour guide was Peter, one of Apollo's twin brothers. During what turned out to be the most exciting family holiday so far, Apollo kept in touch with us through the telephone to ensure all was going according to plan. He didn't have to worry as Peter was not just a guide, but ALREADY a dear friend who was very caring and inseparable from the children throughout the tour. We are now back in the Netherlands but the children won't stop asking when they will return to Ghana and have Peter take them around to the nice people they encountered during the tour. GOOD NEWS: We are counting the months when schools will be closed for holidays and we can return to have Apollo and his team complete our dream tour of the rest of Ghana and most likely in the near future Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. Thank you.
Monday, February 11, 2008 at 17:44 hrs
|Lotte & Arjan | arjanbakkeren~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Thanks to Jolinaiko we had a great three week holiday and learnt a lot about the West-African people, history, religions, music, food, nature and politics. Apollo is a passionated and committed guide. We travelled three weeks with Apollo through Ghana, Togo and Benin and Cindy joined us in Ghana. Travelling with Apollo and Cindy was great fun and made it possible for us to get an impression of daily life in the different West-African cultures. The organisation is very flexible, which makes it possible to adjust the programm to your wishes. For us it was an experience never to forget! Lotte & Arjan
Friday, January 25, 2008 at 09:58 hrs - the Netherlands
Hoi Apollo and Cindy, After hearing so much about joli-ecotours, I visited you web-site for the first time. It looks even more beautifll than I expected. I can't wait to come and visit you! Jennie
Monday, November 5, 2007 at 11:59 hrs - Holland
|Dewi and Wim
In July and August this year we (father and daughter) travelled with Apollo, who was our guide, Willy who was the driver and Boris, who travelled along to get acquainted with Ghana. Apollo is a very dedicated guide and Willy a very caring driver. Also on a occasional evening we had a beer and played some cards. It was a relaxed journey and Apollo is very knowledgeable and very charming, making contacts everywhere. Ideal when you travel with a younger one. We travelled from Accra in 14 days to Ouagadougou, where we had a different guide, specialized in Burkina and Mali. It was a memorable journey. Thank you and hope to see you again.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 10:47 hrs - the Netherlands
I went for some days to Togo and Benin with Boris. He is the most exceptional guide I've ever met. He was quite professional, very kind and knowledgeable about the area. Although we had some unexpected troubles, his behaviour was remarkable. He knows what I mean. Besides, he's a friendly and fun guy, and it was like travelling with a friend. I'd definitely recommend Boris to anyone who wants to visit West Africa and have some fun there. Thanks for everything. Take care. George
Friday, September 21, 2007 at 19:55 hrs - Ireland
|Irene and Annemarie
We received a warm welcome. People carried our luggage on their head to our house, everybody greeted us with 'Woez' and people were smiling. Children were running after us screaming 'yevu, yevu!'.
It is a lovely place to live. Living with the sun. The villages are not really developed and isolated from the ' civilized world'. (no electricity, mud houses, cooking on a fire etc.) Still the villages are rich in what they have. You don't need electricity, because there is a breeze from the river and water is close by. We thought it was wonderful to walk outside and see the goats and chickens walking freely. The people live from the natural resources like fish and cassava. They make baskets out of plants and eat mangoes when it is the mango season. On Sundays you see everybody in their beautiful traditional clothes going to church. Although the villages are little, they have five churches! God plays an important role in these communities.
We hope that you will enjoy the people and the nature as much as we did.
Dear Apollo, It's been two months since we left Ghana. Volunteering in Vome is an experience we will never forget. A unique village in a beautiful country. Thank you for showing us and helping us. If you come to the Netherlands we will welcome you in our new appartment. Good luck with your project. Kiss
Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 14:46 hrs - The Netherlands
Apollo makes an art of his guiding. Not being satisfied with just showing the way, he gives the extra touch to it, such as having and making fun and talking about life issues.
Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 20:56 hrs
You can’t get to know a country properly in this short of time but with Apollo’s knowledge, the relationships he’s built up, his obvious passion for both the country and its people, not to mention Daniel’s excellent driving, we really got to see some of the ‘real’ Ghana. A great combination of culture, wildlife, religion, scenery and everyday life.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 11:18 hrs
Accra-Kumasi-Mole-Techiman-Bobiri-Cape Coast What atrip! We feel we’ve fitted in so much in such a short period of time. Just a few of the highlights: excellent elephant encounter at Mole, meeting the fetish priest at tye monkey sanctuary and drinking schnapps with him, and seeing a yam being pulled from the field! I had a great time- mainly because of the charming people Apollo introduced us to along the way. This has been a really good introduction to Ghana…looking forward to the next time.
Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 21:13 hrs
Travelling with Apollo, Paul and Boris through Ghana, Togo and Benin has been wonderful. We saw so much in only 2 weeks, if only we had more time. Really enjoyed the time spent stopped by the side of the road seeing village life- children playing, animals grazing, women cooking, fun. The opportunity to stay by the water (beach or river) was a treat. Thanks for your professionalism and flexibility.
Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 18:01 hrs - UK
|Marc Davidson | marc~AT~marcdavidsonphotography~DOT~com
I just wanted to send off a quick note to let you know how happy I was with my trip to Benin and especially with Boris. I have done a bit of travelling in my time and I have to say that without a doubt, spending time with Boris as my guide was like travelling with one of my best friends. You should be very proud of his professionalism, the way that he represents your company, and most importantly his country and his culture. Spening a week in Ouidah walking around, talking with Boris and snapping pictures here and there was more than I could have asked for or expected and can only wish that every travelling experience from now on can be like my one to Benin. Thank you again for helping set up my trip and for giving me the opportunity to make a great friend in Africa, Boris
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 21:31 hrs - Toronto, Canada
Holala, for the first time I was able to see so many wonderful places in my motherland Ghana. Places like Elmina, Lake Bosumtwi, Kakum, Busua and Bunso Arboretum and Volta lake Region which I never had a change to see before. The touring was perfect organized by Apollo and I am sure someday I will like to visit other places again with his Eco tour. May God bless us all.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 21:58 hrs - Holland
|Renate and Dieter Finsterer | attempt_vienna~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
We travelled with Apollo's agency in Ghana,Togo and Benin for a bit more than three weeks in November 06. Small as his agency is, he did a marvellous job organizing our trip and we appreciated especially that we could influence everything according to our ideas. The mix of an organized tour and independent travel, we are no longer very young (72 and 70), and the well balanced ratio of cost and what we got for it was perfect We would like to thank him and his guides and drivers who were extremely nice and helpful. Best wishes for the future. Renate and Dieter
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 18:23 hrs - Nuremberg Germany
In September 2006, my friend and I travelled with Apollo for a week to the beautiful Volta region. We had a great time travelling in tro tros searching for kente villages and beads and managed to set a new record for the slowest time to climb Mt Afadjato. Apollo was a fantastic guide - very easy going and flexible and was able to meet all the 'challenges' we set him. We then met up with Apollo again at the end of October to travel for a week to Burkina Faso where his French skills were invaluable. Jolinaiko Exo-Tours is a great concept and Apollo has great vision. I look forward to watching the development of the eco-village.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 07:10 hrs - Australia
|yolanda sarpong | sarpong~AT~planet~DOT~nl
To travel with Apollo is just relaxed and easy. He takes time for everything and he can easily feel want you want. Therefor this trip I made in November with two other persons was perfect. I saw everything what I wanted to see, and sometimes even more. Apollo thanks for all your patience and the way how you quickly find solutions for everything and for your care and explanations.
Friday, January 5, 2007 at 19:08 hrs - Holland
|marijse koelewijn | m~DOT~koelewijn~AT~hetnet~DOT~nl
In november 2006 we travelled three weeks through Ghana with Apollo. From Accra westward along the coast as far as Nzulezo stilted village, and north to Kumasi, from there to the east, east of Lake Volta and back again to Accra. The journey in one word: fantastic!Travelling with Apollo as a guide, we visited local initiatives for tourism like Bunso Arboretum, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Liate Wote, where we climbed Ghana's highest Mountain (which, by the way, has a quite moderate height). Being with Apollo ( and one of our company also being a Ghanaian), made it quite easy to come in contact with Ghanaian people and that was what I liked most during this trip. While travelling, there was time enough to hear more about Ghana and to share thoughts about development,poverty, government etcetera. I experienced that everywhere in the world there are people who want to realise their dreams and it takes all of us to make the world a better place to live in.
Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 12:36 hrs - Holland