Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana is most famous for being the first country in black Africa to gain independence. Famous also for its friendly people and rich, colorful culture, Ghana is often referred to as the “Gateway to Africa.” It certainly is a wonderful first port of call, as it embodies so many of the good things Africa has to offer. We hope to see you in Ghana soon, and have listed all of our itineraries featuring Ghana for you to browse below.
Ghana Cultural Tour
Akwaaba! Welcome to Ghana, “The Gateway and Heart of West Africa.” We invite you to join us on an unforgettable journey into a land rich in history, tradition and culture – a land whose people are noted for their warmth, friendliness and hospitality. Ghana’s history spans almost 2000 years, to the riches of the ancient Ghanaian Empire. Abundant trade in gold, ivory, salt and kola nuts between Ghana and other African nations eventually drew Europeans to the shores of West Africa and to the country known as the Gold Coast. From the legendary Ashanti Kingdom to the vibrant streets of Accra, you will find virgin beaches, bustling markets, and historical sites steeped in sad, inhumane histories. In Ghana, you will appreciate exquisite arts and crafts and experience cultural drumming and dancing that will touch your very soul with its intensity. Come, relax and enjoy Ghana’s culture, beauty and warmth.
Eco Volta Adventure
On this Eco Volta tour, conquer the heights of Mount Afadjato (the highest mountain in West Africa), view the verdant terrain below and swim in sparkling waters as you behold the breathtaking Wli Waterfall cascading from above. Visit the most noted rainforest in West Africa, Kakum National Park, and experience the spectacular views of the rainforest as you cross the 100 foot high canopy walkway (one of only five of its kind in the world). The park is a prime location to view birds such as the African Hornbill, and in 1993 a butterfly species unseen anywhere else in the world was discovered in the park. As you travel north on this eco adventure, you will be delighted by a festival of butterflies at Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, so have your cameras ready to capture the exciting scene. You will also visit Aburi Botanical Gardens in the Akwapim Mountains and at Shai Hills to view West Africa’s savannah animals: antelopes, bushbucks, kobs, baboons and monkeys.
Cultural Festivals Of Ghana
Ghana’s many ethnic groups celebrate more than 60 festivals each year. At any given time, you find from two to twelve festivals taking place in a month. This tour features two of Ghana’ s most popular events, the Bakatue Festival and the Akwasidae Festival. “Bakatue” means the opening up of the Benya Lagoon into the sea. A solemn casting of the net symbolizes the beginning of a new fishing season and is celebrated annually by the people of Elmina. The highlight of the Bakatue festival is the regatta boat race. The Adae and Akwasidae festivals feature the pomp and pageantry of the Ashanti Kingdom and take place every six weeks at the King’s palace. You will witness the King adorned in gold ornament, riding high in a Palanquin carried by his subjects as he comes out to receive the homage of his sub-Chiefs and his people.
Northern Eco Adventure
The exciting Northern Eco Adventure Tour is the perfect tour for the adventurous animal lover. It takes you the length of the country, passing through the town of Kintampo which is located at the very center of Ghana. You will visit Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city and seat of the Ashanti Empire. The regal history of the Ashanti’s dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts. Journey through the savannah zone to Mole National Park where you will go on a walking safari to view elephants, antelopes, waterbucks, baboons, monkeys and many more of West Africa’s big game animals. At Mole you will see elephants up close and personal, and later, in the nearby village of Larabanga, view the oldest mosque in Ghana. The mosque is the only structure in Ghana with Sudanic architecture. At the outskirts of the village is the mystery Larabanga Stone. It is believed that whenever this stone is removed from its original and current location, it always returns back to the site.
Beautiful and fierce, seductive and spiritual, natural and rugged— West Africa is full of exciting contrasts and the Tribal Homelands tour has them all. This package fits so much into just two weeks in order to give you the experience of a lifetime. Your journey begins in warm, friendly Ghana and continues to traditional Burkina Faso, unconquered Niger, enigmatic Togo and fascinating Benin. The Tribal Homelands tour includes an array of interests and features the culture of several ethnic groups. This tour also offers you the opportunity to view diverse West African wildlife at Pendjari National Park and visit attractions earmarked as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Make stops in capital cities on the road to modern development as Africa begins its renaissance. Visit little known Natitingou and Parakou, the intensity of your sense of wonder will stay with you for a long time.
Forts and Castles
The forty-six forts and castles along the West African coast are lasting evidence of Europe’s strong interest in attaining gold, ivory and African slaves from the continent. Ghana has the largest number of these structures, 26 in all, more than half of which are still standing today. On this tour you will have an opportunity to visit the forts and castles in the Central and Western Regions of the country. Cape Coast and Elmina castles along with Fort St. Jago have been officially designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. After visiting the UNESCO sites you will continue to the Western Region to visit Fort Metal Cross at Dixcove, Fort Appolonia at Beyin, Fort Orange at Sekondi and Fort Sebastien at Shama. You will learn how Portuguese, Dutch, British, Germans, Danes and Swedes built these forts and castles and why. You will also learn how they were used as well as their relationship to the local people in the area.
If you want to get away from it all, our Tropical Adventure tour is just what you need. Relax by pristine beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and take part in plenty of activities to add pizzazz to your holiday. You will return home completely rejuvenated. In Accra, you will explore the 100 plus year old capital city, with its blend of colonial and modern architecture. You will enjoy a cruise on the Volta, the largest manmade lake in the world. View the scenic and striking landscape of the undulating Akwapim-Togo mountain range as you dance to the sounds of Ghanaian highlife music. Visit Ada, on the Volta estuary, where you will enjoy a variety of water sports. Your time at Busua Beach will provide the perfect opportunity and location to unwind. Absorb the beautiful, natural surroundings and savor the hospitality of Ghana. Join us on this tour and give yourself permission to disconnect from the maddening pace of your world.
Sun and Fun (Best Value)
This is a tour for the value-conscious traveler or anyone desiring a change of scenery, a taste for authentic Ghanaian culture, exotic cuisine and great hospitality. During this tour, you will visit one of the most notorious slave castles in Ghana and will also have fun challenging yourself to cross a 100ft high canopy walkway in Kakum National Park. You will have the option to lounge poolside at your beautiful resort or relax on naturally pristine beaches. So come and enjoy this sun and fun filled tour, it is sure to please!
Designed for the curious food lover who is ready to explore new flavors and spices, this tour will enable you to indulge your taste buds while immersing you in Ghanaian and West African culture. Imagine cooking on an idyllic beach with the sea breeze to cool you down, while you receive instruction from a West African chef and culinary instructor. As part of this experience, explore one of the largest markets in West Africa with your host family and bargain for foodstuffs in typical Ghanaian fashion. Then, return to your host family’s home and cook a typical Ghanaian meal together. This tour promises to be a once in a lifetime experience, where you will share and prepare delicious meals, and learn about West African culture and hospitality.
Honeymoon Bliss Tour
The Honeymoon Bliss Tour provides memorable moments of romantic bliss, all set in the most hospitable country in the world. This package is full of rich experiences, including a stay in a peaceful beach-front resort, romantic dinners and private boat rides. You will also have the chance to explore ancient coastal slave castles and canoe through mangrove forests in a dugout canoe. The Honeymoon Tour features history, nature, culture and adventure as well as memorable and intimate moments, which will leave you wishing for a second honeymoon in West Africa.
Panafest 2017 Featuring Togo And Benin
In addition to the spectacular Panafest events, this tour will treat you to the taste of three West African countries: Ghana, Togo and Benin. Panafest is a biennial festival hosted in Ghana to celebrate and promote the ideals of unity and development. The festival is held for the enjoyment of Africans, people of African descent, and for all who are committed to the well being of Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora. The festival involves historical reenactments and drama, cultural drumming, dancing and much more. Panafest unites individuals and groups through arts and culture, and by highlighting the rich traditions of a people that have survived through years of change and movement.
This tour will give you a taste of the warm Ghanaian people and their impressive history. It will also enable you to note the differences in culture as you move from Anglophone to Francophone West Africa. You will be amazed by what you see in Lome, at Togo’s Fetish Market. You will be enlightened about the voodoun tradition when you visit Ouidah, the heart of African traditional religion. In Benin, nature and cultural lovers will be enthralled with a boat ride over the vast expanse of Lake Nokoué to visit Ganvie, a village built entirely on water and commonly referred to as the “Venice of west Africa.”
Panafest 2017 Atonement Experience
Panafest is a biennial festival hosted in Ghana to celebrate and promote the ideals of unity and development. The festival is held for the enjoyment of Africans, people of African descent, and for all who are committed to the well being of Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora. The festival involves historical reenactments and drama, cultural drumming, dancing and much more. Panafest unites individuals and groups through arts and culture, and by highlighting the rich traditions of a people that have survived through years of change and movement.
In addition to the Panafest festivities, this tour will take you on an emotional journey to the Northern Region of Ghana, where a special atonement ceremony will be held for the group. The ceremony, set in Salaga (a town used as a major slave market during the slave trade) is a truly moving experience. Atonement will be sealed by villagers washing the feet of slave descendants as an act of humility and a plea for forgiveness. This ceremony, designed by the villagers themselves, is a symbolic apology for the acts of their ancestors.
Panafest is a biennial festival hosted in Ghana to celebrate and promote the ideals of unity and development. The festival is held for the enjoyment of Africans, people of African descent, and for all who are committed to the well being of Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora. The festival involves historical reenactments and drama, cultural drumming, dancing and much more. Panafest unites individuals and groups through arts and culture, and by highlighting the rich traditions of a people that have survived through years of change and movement. As a part of this experience, you will have the chance to visit beautiful parts of Ghana including rainforests, sites of ancient kingdoms and historic castles.
Black History Month
We invite you to join us here in Ghana as we celebrate Black History Month this year! This annual observance takes place each February and highlights the positive contributions made by Africans and people of African descent everywhere. By tracing the history of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora, Black History Month promotes African arts and culture while heightening the confidence and awareness of Black people everywhere.
Come join us as we celebrate Ghana’s Independence Day. These festivities take place during the first week in March, and feature the annual Independence Day Parade held at Black Star Square, replete with live music and entertainment by the Ghanaian military band. On this tour there will also be visits to Ghana’s infamous slave castles, Kakum National Park and a visit to the Ashanti Kingdom.
We invite you to participate in the Emancipation celebration dedicated to the descendants of the slave trade, held each year in the months of June and July. This is a cultural event that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery and acknowledges the challenges and triumphs of the slave descendants in the new world. On this tour, you will walk through the “Door of No Return”, trace former slave routes and visit Salaga, one of the most important slave trading centers in West Africa. You will also learn how slavery contributed to the development of the Ashanti Empire as you visit and meet the people of the Ashanti region, who themselves were major slave traders.
10 Day Footprints Tour
Africans in the Diaspora have long searched for their ancestral roots and ways to reconnect with their lost cultural, historical and spiritual past. Finally, through the scientific progress made in DNA testing, Africans of the Diaspora can trace their origins to their ethnic group and ancestral home. Landtours is proud to be part of this exciting initiative and is working with Discover Natural Ancestry to offer you this all-in-one package.
We have designed a “Footprints” tour that will take you directly to your ancestral home and provide you an opportunity to not only meet members from your ethnic group, but from your clan group as well. On this tour you will have the opporunity to learn the traditions of your ethnic group (i.e. greetings, dancing, cooking, dressing and the do’s and don’ts of the culture). You will also meet with prominent elders from the local community who will teach you about your family history.
Atonement Pilgrimage Tour
African Diasporans have long searched for their roots and ways to reconnect withtheir lost cultural, historical and spiritual past. Finally through the scientific progress made in DNA testing, African Diasporans can trace their roots to their ethnic group and ancestral home. Landtours is proud to be part of this exciting initiative and is working with Discover Natural Ancestry to offer you this all in one package. We have designed this Atonement
Pilgrimage tourto take you directly to your ancestral home and provide you an opportunity to not only meet members of your ethnic group but from your clan group as well. On this tour you will learn a number of things about your ancestral past, including the different cultural traits of your ethnic group such as greetings, dancing, cooking and dressing. You will meet with prominent elders from the local community to learn about the family tree and history of your ancestors. You will also visit Salaga, a major center for slave trading during the 18th Century. There, the descendants of slave traders and raiders will perform an atonement ceremony asking forgiveness for their ancestor’s participation in such an inhumane act.
Ghana and South Africa Tour ft. Cape Town
Welcome to South Africa! Land of good food, wildlife safaris, good music, good times and friendly people! S.A. It’s vibrant. Alive. Filled with exotic culture and zest for every adventurer. In Joburg you’ll find star-studded nights and bright city lights. Cape Town offers world-renowned wines and exquisite cuisines. And the many National Parks are places where you’ll find Africa’s “big five” amongst the whisper of grasslands. Visit Soweto, the place that was the heart of the struggle and South Africa’s largest township. A Soweto township tour is the ideal way for visitors to experience everyday life of Black South Africans, culture, and the vibrant urban vibe that features music, style and dance. Here you will enjoy so much more, for far less than you thought possible. Come explore. Come meet. Come discover.
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire
Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are in many ways sister countries. Both countries share a long border and many of their people share a common cultural background. The Akan people make up the largest ethnic group in both countries and legend has it that the Akan in Côte d’Ivoire migrated from Ghana. If you have a little less than two weeks to spend delving into the cultures of two unique West African countries, then this tour will be perfect for you. Come and enjoy the sightseeing commencing with the warm and friendly culture of 5 unique cities; Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, and Elmina, before crossing the border to experience Abidjan and a few of the remarkable destinations that the recently revived Côte d’Ivoire has to offer. You will witness various historical and iconic landmarks in this Francophone country with visits to destinations such as Basilica of “Оur Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro,” the Côte d’Ivoire National Museum of Costume, and even have the opportunity to tour the colonial city of Grand-Bassam.