African Ventures, Inc. and Manstravel Invite All ATA Delegates to Explore the Culture of Three Exciting West African Destinations --- Ghana, Togo & Benin

PRE-ATA Congress Tour (April 23-29, 2006) - $1,155.00

POST-ATA Congress Tour (May 5-11, 2006) - $1005.00

We begin in Ghana -- a land of people abounding with vitality, a tradition of hospitality, warmth and friendliness; a land of tropical beaches, high-life music, museums, markets and a wealth of natural resources; land of the Centre for Pan-African Culture, the final resting place of W. E. B. Dubois; land of the legends of Elmina and Cape Coast castles and the infamous slave trade. Ghana -- land of welcome! We first head for Kumasi, land of Kente and Adinkra cloths, hand-woven baskets and Ashanti stools; home of the Ashanti Empire, one of the most powerful in the history of West Africa. We stop at the lovely Aburi Botanical Gardens and at the Mampong Herbal Research Centre for Plant Medicine. We stop for lunch in Koforidua, the capital of Ghana's Eastern Region, noted for its beautiful flowers. Before arriving in Kumasi, we make a brief stop at the Tafo Cocoa Research Institute to see the many uses of cocoa in Ghana

Next stop -- Togo, that thin sliver of land snuggled between Ghana and Benin, once considered the most popular destination in West Africa. We'll see the lovely beaches it is known for, experience the excitement of the marketplaces and the women traders, nicknamed "Nana Benz" because they all drive Mercedes Benz autos. In Lome, the capital city, you can buy anything from fine African art to colorful fabric and the best sandals in West Africa. You will surely enjoy a touch of the nightlife, restaurants, museums, voodoo fetish markets and dancing rituals in this small, French-speaking country.

Benin is a kaleidoscope of Africa, combining wonderful beaches, deep traditions, vivid culture, heritage and kingdoms. We visit Ouidah, the cradle of African traditional religion, the temple of the sacred Python, believed to give vitality and protection, the powerful "Port of No Return," an impressive monument built by the government of Benin to commemorate the 12 million Africans forced into slavery from the mighty Dahomey Empire. We visit Abomey, the walled-in township that still maintains the royal traditions of a bygone era. No visit to Benin is complete without a visit to Ganvie, a fascinating village on stilts in a lagoon, known as the "Venice of Africa."

Exciting, educational, commemorative of our cultural heritage, fun, and beautiful! This tour will offer all this and much, much more. We invite you to join us.

• Pre-Congress Tour includes transfer from Accra airport on April 22 and accommodations at La Palm on April 22 & 29;

• Pre and Post-Congress Tours include two nights accommodations in Kumasi, one night in Togo, three nights in Benin; breakfast daily, lunch in Koforidua and Kumasi, all tours as indicated in the itinerary, services of an English-speaking guide.

• Post-Congress Tour includes transfer to Accra airport on May 11.

• All rates based on Double Occupancy. Single Room Supplement: $460.00.

• Prices based on 20+ participants; smaller groups may incur increased costs.

To reserve your space, please contact Marlene Melton, African Ventures at (212) 222-0618,

e-mail: africavent@aol.com or Eugenia Chinsman, Manstravel at (203) 852-4300, e-mail: mantra2sj@cs.com to confirm your participation. In addition, please send your check or money order by MARCH 1 for full payment or a $200.00 deposit payable to: African Ventures Inc., 50 West 97th Street, Suite 10-V, NY, NY 10025. Final Payment due by April 1, 2006. Valid U. S. passport and visas for Ghana, Togo and Benin are required. Passport and visa fees are not included in tour cost.


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