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Duration: 10 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $1,543
Single Supplement: $534
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Tour Highlights

  • Welcome greetings and dinner followed by brief orientation by tour operator
  • Accra city tour
  • Tour Cape Coast and Elmina castles and slave dungeons
  • Walk on a canopy bridge hanging 100 feet above-ground in West Africa's most noted tropical rainforest
  • Meet with a traditional chief and choose to visit the various craft villages
  • Enjoy a visit to Ghana's main source of electricity supply (Akosombo Dam) and enjoy a boat cruise on the Volta
  • Receive a traditional African name and become a member of an African village
  • Day at leisure and last minute shopping
  • Farewell dinner and departure

(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels


Day 1:  ARRIVE IN ACCRA

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

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra 
Meals:   D

 

 

Day 2ACCRA CITY TOUR

After a hearty breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Accra. Your drive will take you through the administrative and economic districts of Ghana’s city capital. Over 100 years-old, Accra has a blend of colonial and contemporary architecture that symbolize the cultural mix of the city.

You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, where Dr. Dubois (an academic and civil rights champion) spent two years working on a Pan-African encyclopedia under the invitation Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s first President). There you will be treated to a guided tour through Dr. DuBois’ research library. You will also make stops at Independence/Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The square marks the point where three ex-military men tried to present grievances to the colonial governor and were shot during a peaceful demonstration. Nkrumah Memorial Park was created to commemorate Ghana's founding father. To the east of the square you will also get a view of Osu (formerly Christiansborg) Castle, the previous seat of the Ghanaian Presidency.

For lunch, you will be given the opportunity to sample some local Ghanaian cuisine at one of our famous “chop bar” restaurants. A favorite for most tourists is the “fufu and light soup,” a starchy meal with a dough-like consistency. After lunch, you tour will take you to the Arts Center – a large arts and crafts market where you can find handicrafts from all over Ghana and West Africa. Be prepared to use your bargaining skills as you browse the many artisan stalls. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

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 NATIONAL PARK – POSUBAN

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.

Enjoy lunch, then 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 tour at the National Cultural Center, featuring the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the studios of various potters, brass and batik makers. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lodging:  Hotel in Kumasi 
Meals:  B, D

 

 

Day 6ASHANTI 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: AKOSOMBO

Depart your Kumasi hotel for a scenic drive to Akosombo, in the Eastern Region.  Check-in at your Akosombo hotel, and later, depart for a tour of the Akosombo Dam.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Akosombo 
Meals:  B, D

 

 

Day 8:  VOLTA RIVER BOAT CRUISE (Saturdays and Sundays only)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Akosombo Port to cruise the largest man-made lake in the world, the Lake Volta. While cruising, you will dance to the sweet sounds of live highlife music played by the ship’s resident band. Enjoy the calm of the lake and bask in the beauty of the mountain scenery and surrounding. Lunch will be served on board.  Return to Accra in the late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra 
Meals:  B, D

 

 

Day 9:   NAMING CEREMONY* – SHOPPING

 

After breakfast, depart for a scenic drive to a beautiful village located on the lower course of the splendid Volta. You will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders, enjoy traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers and participate in a naming ceremony where you will be given a traditional African day name. Other activities include a demonstration of pottery making, which is the main occupation of women in the village.

Return to Accra, where you will spend the remainder of the day at leisure or depart for a visit to Ghana’s unique shopping destinations. Visit Aid to Artisan Ghana (ATAG) and SunTrade for crafts, Mawuli Okudzeto for beautiful unisex African clothing, or one of the new shopping malls for a shopping spree! For those who would prefer to relax, spend the day by the swimming pool soaking up the African sun.

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra 
Meals:  B, D

 

 

DAY 10:   FAREWELL / DEPARTURE

After breakfast, spend the remainder of the day packing and last minute shopping. Transfer to airport for check-in and departure.

Meals:  B

 

 

** DISCLAIMER: The naming ceremony is usually included for groups of 6 or more, contact us if you would like to include the naming ceremony in your trip. Cost will vary depending on group size. Contact a member of the team at travelafrica@landtours.com to get a customized quote. The cost of package will increase if hotel and transportation cost increases. Quote will be reviewed 3 months before your tour begins and you will be notified accordingly.