|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
|Simon and Laura | simonsteward~AT~madasafish~DOT~com|
We spent a week travelling through Ghana in a taxi with Apollo. A very enjoyable week it was too. Apollo couldn't do enough for us. It was the little roadside stops, and the opportunity to interact with ordinary Ghanaians which really made the journey. Being able to get close up and personal with the locals, and to share their lives, if only for a brief moment was wonderful. Thanks Apollo
Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 14:26 hrs - United Kingdom
|Harm & Cindy | harm~AT~isaac~DOT~nl|
Hi Boris and Apollo, Finally, we have found some time to write a message in your guestbook. We have been running for 2 months and are already adapted to the hectic life in the Netherlands. We want to thank you both, Boris and Apollo, for the superb holiday we had in Togo, Benin and Ghana. Apart from a great guide, Boris has become a friend for life! We made a website on our trip, which can be found at harm.isaac.nl/travel. Even though it is in Dutch, you might find it nice to visit. We put all the pictures we made online. Since it is way too much to describe all details on out journey, we will give a short list of highlight which will be in our minds forever: - the meeting with the Voodoo priest in Ouidah - the meeting with the King of Abomey - the visit to the Tamberma people in the north of Togo - the impressive walk to and view of the Akloa falls - the stay at the stilt village Ganvié - the lunch with Boris and his family - Cotonou's night life with Salsa bars - and much more! We can advise anyone to visit West-Africa, especially Benin. The culture is magnificent, the culture and history is everywhere, and people are very very friendly and social. Thanks again and best regards, Harm and Cindy
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 20:16 hrs - Eindhoven, the Netherlands
|Stoot family | bertstoot~AT~home~DOT~nl|
we made a trip through Ghana for 3 weeks with our 2 children of 7 and 9 years old, by private vehicle.Lots of highlights! Apollo thanks a lot !
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 21:20 hrs - Holland
|Martin & Laure | laureklerks~AT~hotmail~DOT~com|
In june 2006 I was planning to visit my daughter, who worked as a volunteer in Ghana for 2 ½ months. After some searching via Google I found in a site of a volunteer that this person made use of a guide. Also I found only two organizations which organized trips to and in Ghana. The complete arranged trips were not attractive, therefore I started to study the website of Apollo including the experiences of his travel companions. The first impressions after e-mail contacts with Apollo were OK, but what could we really expect? After some hesitation we made the appointment that he could be our guide from Mole National Parc and we traveled six days with Apollo by trotro, STC bus and taxi…what an experience! Thanks to Apollo we experienced in a short time different aspects of Ghana. We met the local people, saw beautiful pieces of nature, got to know how people live, tasted the local foods and drinks and discussed several issues. Apollo showed us almost whole Ghana in 6 days! Something we could never have done when we had traveled without Apollo. And, because Apollo arranged everything we asked for, we didn’t have to worry about anything, we trusted him and besides that he had many good suggestions and ideas as we have experienced now. It felt just like a real vacation, something that’s not easy to achieve in Ghana. In three words, the trip was; efficient, special and last but not least; fun!
Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 18:35 hrs - The Netherlands
|Bram and Barbara | barbarag73~AT~hotmail~DOT~com|
We were in Ghana for 2 weeks and we had a fantastic time. Also thanks to Apollo, who is a great guide! The first week we travelled through Ghana together with Apollo and our private driver Francis. We saw and did a lot of nice and interesting things. We visited Elmina Castle for example and we went to the biggest outside market in Africa in Kumasi. After our round trip we did some relaxing in Barbara's village in Krokobite, where we stayed in a very pleasant and quiet cottage. Our last 2 days we stayed in Accra, where we did some more relaxing around Labadi beach. Anyway we can recommand everybody to go to Ghana and use the services of Apollo and you will have a holiday you will never forget!
Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 17:38 hrs - The Netherlands
|Ginny | minsk23~AT~hotmail~DOT~com|
I traveled with Apollo for two weeks throughout Ghana, Togo, and Benin. I had the freedom to go where I wanted, when I wanted, as fast as I wanted, and change plans daily, all with the security of a knowledgeable guide. |
Through Apollo’s professionalism, excellent conversation, courtesy, open mindedness, tolerance and enthusiasm I was able to learn and live Africa more so than many of my other trips combined. Africa is no longer a distant place on a map, or a show on T.V. but many faces, smiles, songs, smells, colors and friends to me. Travel needs to be experienced in this way.
The world needs more Apollo’s to bring us all a little closer together, understand each other better, break barriers and live and breathe a country that is not our own.
Thank you for the fantastic memories, daily experiences, conversation, trust, comfort, laughs and friendship. Can’t think of anything I would have changed.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 23:46 hrs - Canada
|Jeanne | jeanneneri~AT~yahoo~DOT~com|
great design and project.|
god bless you.
Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 12:59 hrs - EU
|Yolande Kouwets | yolandekouwets~AT~hotmail~DOT~com|
A year ago I was planning my trip to Ghana. I wanted to end my study for primary education with a special three months traineeship in Africa . I got in contact with somebody who was very enthusiastic about Apollo. He could help me finding a nice and friendly primary school. We had a lot of email contact and he answered all my questions with a lot of patience. That gave me ( and my family of course) a very save feeling. |
At the beginning of October I arrived in Accra and from the first moment I felt welcome and save with Apollo in, for me, a totally strange country. Apollo showed me Accra, brought me to Aveyime where he stayed as long as I needed to feel comfortable. His brother Abraham cared for me and he became a very good friend. My time in Ghana was unbelievable special, I’ll never forget any small small J thing that I saw, smelled, tasted etc. The experience at the primary school was, of course, very impressive and sometimes difficult but I had a lot of nice and warm people around me who helped me. Because of Apollo and a lot of his friends my last traineeship became a big success!
During my time in Ghana, my parents visited the country and Apollo arranged a lot for their trip too. The last three weeks I travelled around to see more of the country and with a lot of advice of Apollo it became a very special time.
Apollo, thank you very much for all you did. I had a great time and I’ll never forget the special concertJ, the dancing, the good discussions we had, the conversation about the ‘bath’ issueJ, the people I met together with you and all the fun we had together. I wish you all the best with you company and I’m very sure that I’ll visit Ghana, Aveyime and you again as quick as possible!
Yolande ‘Yo’ Kouwets
Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 15:13 hrs - Holland
Wonderful website!! I am planning a trip to Togo and Benin for August. I am hoping you can plan the trip. Keep up the good work.
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 16:29 hrs - U.S.
|Stefanie | stefaniemikkers~AT~hotmail~DOT~com|
You have a nice site! I hope everything is going well with you. I spend a great time in Ghana, also because of you. I shall never forget the nice weekends in the beach house, the hike trip in Kibi and all the peolple you introduced me to. I miss it a lot! Take care and a gros bisous
Friday, November 25, 2005 at 18:45 hrs - The Netherlands
|Onyeolu Ngbada Owerri | oyeolu~AT~owerri~DOT~imo|
Nice site keep it up
Monday, October 17, 2005 at 01:02 hrs - Lome-Togo
|Loes Magnin | loes~DOT~magnin~AT~zonnet~DOT~nl|
as i told you before: you made my adventureous trip to ghana a lot easier. By helping me get the hang of ghanaian life on my first day in Accra, and by being my friend all through the next following weeks when i was travelling on my own. Apollo has a way of making you feel at home and comfortable right away. Btw: I recommend his motorriding skills...adventure guaranteed!
Sunday, September 4, 2005 at 13:11 hrs - holland
This website is still getting better. Very interesting and inviting. We are coming to Ghana this august!
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 21:31 hrs - Limburg - The Netherlands
|Bart, Jan-Willem, Aniek en Erna | emanden~AT~hetnet~DOT~nl|
It all began with Bart...we came to Ghana because he went there for a volunteersjob and we missed him... The first week in Accra we played the tourist by our selves and took the time to acclimatize (as much as possible). During this week Bart introduced us to Apollo. Under his supervision we visitted the Volta region, including the cycle tour, the botanic garden and a canoe trip we'll never forget!! Everything you read about Apollo is so true. He is the best guide you can wish for. But leave the little canoe's where they are...at the shore. Although you miss a great deal of the fun. It must been said: with |
Apollo we saw in a short notice a part of Ghana we surely would have missed. Of course we had brought our 'Brad' but that book doesn't have the skills and the personality of this professional living guide. The traveling goes smoothly, superb accommodation, mingle with the locals, swimming under the waterfall, climbing a mountain, spotting monkeys and still have plenty of time for relaxing and playing games or do some laundry-things. The honey in our yoghurt reminds us daily of Liati Wote and our Ghana experience. Apollo, thank you so much!!
Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:00 hrs - nederland
|Sanne Geldermans | sannegeldermans~AT~hotmail~DOT~com|
I have been with Apollo Panou around with a motorbike. We had lot's of fun and offcourse somethimes a serious discussion. Also it's wurth telling we have seen nice places, local dancing and had a good nights sleeping in a guesthouse. |
Next time when I am in Accra I will visit him again and ask for a longer tour around.
Thank you Apollo for a nice time with a big laugh.
Friday, February 25, 2005 at 11:43 hrs - Holland
|Norine + August + Gabriela | norine~DOT~olfers~AT~cwinet~DOT~nl|
In de zomer van 2003 ben ik met man en kind naar Ghana/Accra geweest. Wij wilden zo graag de plek bezoeken waar de Slavernij is gestart. Zelf hadden we heel veel informatie verzameld vanuit internet. Van een kennis kregen wij de naam van Apollo. In Ghana hebben wij contact met hem opgenomen en hij heeft e.e.a. voor ons geregeld m.n. de geweldige trips van Accra tot Kumasi.Het is een succesvolle ervaring geweest. Dit wil ik jullie ook aanraden meer omdat Apollo heel lief; vertrouwd; geduldig en behulpzaam is. Hij kan je hart doen smelten voor het land en de mensen.|
Ik zou geen moment meer twijfelen en gelijk contact maken met Jolinaiko Ecotours om te beleven wat wij hebben mee gemaakt waardoor wij inmiddels nog een keer zijn geweest. Heel veel vakantie plezier toegewenst en wedden dat het niet bij die ene keer blijft.
Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 17:03 hrs - Nederland/Suriname
|Norine + August + Gabriela | norine~DOT~olfers~AT~cwinet~DOT~nl|
In the summer of 2003 we went to Ghana/Accra. We make this choice because we want to see were the Slavery start. From someone we get the name of Apollo to contact him about our staying and some trips. We travelling with Apollo and for us there is no one else to let you know the Ghanaian way of life. This was a wonderfull experience. The Trust; the Enthousiastic; the Kindness; what Apollo have, you shall have no fear to open your hart for Ghana and the people. Apollo can plan any trip for you even with a low budget. We enjoy our stay in Ghana and went again. Please don't be detached to make your choice an contact Jolinaiko Ecotours directly and have fun.
Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 16:48 hrs - Netherland / Surinam
|Donna + Carl | djsheppa~AT~excite~DOT~com|
We spent a wonderful weekend at the Langma Cabin at Kokrobite in September 2004. We took long walks on the beach, explored tidal pools, and collected seashells. We mixed with the locals at the nearby fishing village of Nyanyano and feasted on the home-cooked meal we created using the fishermen’s catch. We also indulged in wine and lobster at a nearby beach resort, complete with musical entertainment. When we were not exploring our surroundings, the palm tree-lined coastal view from the front porch was spectacular, and made it possible for us to relax and unwind from our typical Ghana lifestyle. |
Our time was memorable for many reasons – we were able to move at a pace that was our own; we traveled easily using public means from Accra to the Cabin site, eliminating the added stress that is often a part of travel in Southern Ghana; and we didn’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy wonderful scenery and food. We couldn’t pull ourselves away on Sunday afternoon to head back to Accra – the weekend was feeling too short! - but staying over Sunday night turned out to be a perfect option as we still made it to work on time bright and early Monday morning.
We are looking forward to another great weekend getaway in early 2005!
Donna + Carl.
Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 17:49 hrs - Accra, Ghana
|Mr./Mrs. Müller | lmbmuller~AT~zonnet~DOT~nl|
Here is finally a reaction of our visit to Ghana and the trip that we made with you. We met you in our hotel and you proposed to make a trip to several interesting objects along the coast near to Accra.
We went to “Kakum” and during the travelling to the national park, you told us the history of Ghana. Besides of informing us about the history of the country you showed us the important buildings we passed during
the trip, like “Fort Amsterdam”.
You showed us where to find the sweetest “sweets”, liked the dried banana chips. Besides of the banana chips you pleasantly surprised our mouths with fruit and minerals. We still remember the tasteful avocadoes, you bought for us!
In “Kakum” we walked over the seven hanging bridges, which were placed between the tops of the trees, to experience that a forest in Ghana is something different than a European forest.
After “Kakum” we went to “Fort Elmina”, where its impressive history was waiting for us. Still, looking at the pictures of “Fort Elmina” the same strange undefined feeling crawls up in our bodies.
It was a wonderful day. If we return to Ghana, we surely will try to find you for another trip.
Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 12:04 hrs - The Netherlands