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Duration: 12 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $2,996
Single Supplement: $483
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Tour Highlights

  • Welcome greetings and dinner followed by brief orientation by tour operator
  • Accra city tour
  • Tour of Cape Coast and Elmina castles and slave dungeons
  • Experience walking on a canopy bridge hanging 100 feet above the forest floor in West Africa's most noted tropical rainforest
  • Visit a traditional military shrine
  • An audience with an Ashanti traditional Chief and the chance to visit the various craft villages
  •  Visit Tamale, the largest city in northern Ghana
  • Ouagadougou city tour
  • Visit Sirigu, the village of painted houses
  • Get to see the Nabayius Gou (a historical re-enactment)
  • Visit Bobo Dioulasso's old town, the Marche de Poterie and Musee de la Culture

(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels


 

DAY 1                          AKWAABA  WELCOME 

Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from the airport to your hotel for a welcome drink and orientation. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: D

 

 

DAY 2         ACCRA CITY TOUR

After breakfast depart hotel for a sightseeing city tour of Accra. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. Over 100 years old, this city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture which summarize her history.  You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence/ Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. After lunch in a local Ghanaian restaurant, you will end your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra 

Meals: B, D

 

Day 3        CAPE COAST CASTLE  ELMINA CASTLE

Depart for a drive to the Central Region to explore the infamous forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana. On this tour you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today.

Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. The castle also houses the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.

After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 as St. George's Castle.  This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. Spend a moment admiring the colorful harbor nestled just below Elmina Castle. Full of pirogues preparing to go to sea, this site offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina 

Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 4                         KAKUM  POSUBAN MILITARY TOUR 

After check-out and a hearty breakfast, depart to explore the historic Denkyira Kingdom, particularly Kakum National Park. Kakum is one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests, spanning over 360sq km and filled with diverse and dense vegetation. A blend of true rainforest and semi deciduous forest, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals, 400 bird species and an array of butterflies, flora and fauna.

The most popular attraction in the forest is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m and hanging 40m above the forest floor. You will be given the choice to walk the canopy or enjoy a 2km nature walk through the forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at the beach after a visit to the Posuban Military Shrine, where the Asafo companies (Fanti traditional soldiers) prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina 

Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 5                            KUMASI CITY TOUR

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for a drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire. Explore the legend of the famous Ashantis at the Manhyia Palace Museum. There you will get a sense of a day in the life of an Ashanti ruler (Asantehene). At the museum, you will also obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts.

Enjoy a drive through the city of Kumasi to view monuments dedicated to the memory of great Ashanti people.  End the day’s your at the National Cultural Center, featuring the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the studios of various potters, brass and batik makers. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi 

Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 6             ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGES 

This day is devoted to visiting the three famous craft villages in the Ashanti Region: Ahwiaa (the wood carvers’ village), Ntonso (the home of Adinkra) and Bonwire (the Kente weaving village).  You will have the opportunity to see how West African crafts are made and buy directly from the artisans who make them. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Kumasi 

Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 7         KUMASI  TAMALE 

After breakfast, check out and depart Kumasi for a drive to Tamale, the capital of the Dagomba State.  Visit the Center for National Culture to see how Northern Culture evolved.  There you will find the well known Northern traditional attire known as the “fugu” (or smock) being designed, dyed and sewed by hand. At the main handicraft market you will be able to shop for straw products, leather goods, and carvings from the Mossi people.  Dinner and overnight at  your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Tamale 

Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 8             SIRIGU – OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

After breakfast, prepare for an early morning departure to Sirigu, the village of painted houses. Visit the Chief’s Palace and walk through maze like passages to view painted Talensi houses. Have refreshments at the visitor’s center, and afterwards participate in a house painting workshop where you will learn the meaning of the designs as well as techniques used to paint the houses. After the workshop, depart for Tongo Hills for a packed lunch under one of the rock shelters. After lunch, take a short hike through the hills to visit the Tengzug Shrine. There you will learn the history and details of the Tenzug and Tonna’ab Shrine. After a mid afternoon departure, enjoy dinner and overnight at your Ouagadougou hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Ouagadougou 

Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 9                         OUAGADOUGOU CITY TOUR 

After breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Ouagadougou, the traditional capital of the Mossi Empire. Visit the Artisan Center to shop for bronze castings, carvings, masks, jewelry (including desert crosses and terracotta beads) as well as leather Tuareg boxes. End the day by visiting the Musee National. The museum features primarily ethnographic collections, such as clay pottery, basket making and weaving exhibits, regional costumes (including the Mossi Chief’s regalia) and ancestral statutes of the Bobo, Mossi, Lobi and Gourounsi people. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Ouagadougou 

Meals: B, D

Day 10     OUAGADOUGOU – BOBO DIOULASOO

If you are in Ouagadougou on a Friday, prepare to leave your hotel early in the morning (6:30 am) to see the Nabayius Gou. This ceremonial re-enactment depicts historical events that took place in the 18th century at the Mogho Naba’s palace, and commemorates the commitment of their King to his subjects. After lunch, depart for a scenic drive to Bobo Dioulasso. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Encampment in Bobo Dioulasso 

Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 11                        BOBO DIOULASSO  OUAGADOUGOU 

Spend the morning exploring Bobo Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso. Visit Bobo’s old town in the Kibidoue district, the Marche de Poterie and the Musee de la Culture. After lunch, for depart Ouagadougou for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Ouagadougou 

Meals: B, D

DAY 12           DAY AT LEISURE / DEPARTURE 

After breakfast, spend the day at leisure or last minute shopping. Transfer to the airport for check in and departure.

Meals: B

** DISCLAIMER: The cost of package will increase if hotel and transportation costs increase. Quote will be reviewed 3 months before your tour begins and you will be notified accordingly.