10 West African Nations - 2012

Contents INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................................................... 4 THE REPOSITIONING CRUISE ......................................................................................................................... 4 Bar Maids at the Ready ................................................................................................................................................. 6 TRACING THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA......................................................................................................... 7 CAMEROON ..................................................................................................................................................... 8 SAO TOME...................................................................................................................................................... 18 PRINCIPE ........................................................................................................................................................ 26 BENIN ............................................................................................................................................................. 30 Cotonou...................................................................................................................................................... 31 Quidah ........................................................................................................................................................ 34 The Sacred Forest of Voodoo ................................................................................................................... 36 Gate of No Return ..................................................................................................................................... 39 Ganvie – The Stilt City................................................................................................................................ 43 TOGO.............................................................................................................................................................. 48 St. Marie School ......................................................................................................................................... 50 Visit Voodoo Village ................................................................................................................................... 52 The Togo Ballet Company......................................................................................................................... 57 GHANA ........................................................................................................................................................... 58 Shia Hills Preserve ..................................................................................................................................... 59 Aburi Botanical Gardens........................................................................................................................... 60 Krobo area.................................................................................................................................................. 61 Takoradi - Cape Coast Castle & El Mina Castle ....................................................................................... 63 Abidjan........................................................................................................................................................ 72 The River Laundry...................................................................................................................................... 72 French Colonial city of Grand Bassam .................................................................................................... 76 Freetown .................................................................................................................................................... 81 National Chimpanzee Reserve ................................................................................................................. 82 Handicap Soccer Game............................................................................................................................. 85 THE GAMBIA .................................................................................................................................................. 89 SENEGAL ........................................................................................................................................................ 92 Goree island............................................................................................................................................... 93

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