|We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the many special events that take place in Ghana and its neighboring countries. Let us show you the wonders of Panafest, our own Black History Month tour, Ghana’s annual Independence Day celebration, the Niger River Festival, the FESPACO film festival, and traditional religious festivals throughout the region.
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.
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.
The 2017 Panafest event will be an extra special celebration, as it marks the 23rd year since the very first Panafest was held in 1992. 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. The 2017 Panafest event will be an extra special celebration, as it marks the 23rd year since the very first Panafest was held in 1992.
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. The 2017 Panafest event will be an extra special celebration, as it marks the 23rd year since the very first Panafest was held in 1992. 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.
Saint Louis (Senegal) Jazz Festival
The Saint Louis Jazz Festival is held annually in the French colonial town of Saint Louis, Senegal. Jazz legends from all over the world convene in Saint Louis to play in various venues throughout the town. Past musicians who took part in the festival include Herbie Hancock, Randy Weston, and Joe Zainul. The festival provides an excellent platform for new jazz groups to perform in-front of an international audience. At least 30 new groups perform each year. While you are in Senegal you can enjoy a cruise down the Senegal River, visit Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary or take a city tour of Saint Louis in a horse drawn carriage.
Parc W Safari
The Parc W Safari is one of our more adventurous Itineraries. Your trip begins in Ghana and takes you to Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Benin and finally back to Ghana. This expedition provides you an opportunity to view the diverse West African wildlife at National Parks in five West African countries. You will tour Mole National Park, National Park du W, National Parc D’Arli, Parc Niamey and Pendjari National Park. You will visit places such as Parakou, Kakum National Park, and Ganvie and interact with people of different ethnic groups such as the Somba people in Natitingou. Certainly, if you’re an animal lover, this overland expedition featuring the natural and rugged side of West Africa may be just the expedition you’ve been looking for.
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.
Traditional Religious Festival
25th Biennial FESPACO
FESPACO is the largest African film festival in the world and is held every two years in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It is Pan African in that it focuses on African films and filmmakers. It is known in French as “Le Festival Pan-Africain du Cinema et de la Television de Ouagadougou.” The festival is patronized by many film industry professionals and offers them the opportunity to show their talent, knowledge and skills about script writing, film production and direction. FESPACO starts on the last Saturday of February with opening night festivities held in “Stade du 4Aout,” which is the national stadium. However, this upcoming 24th biennial FESPACO will commence on the 28th of February 2017 and end on the 7th of March 2017.
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.
The Honeymoon Tour provides memorable moments of romantic bliss, all set in the most hospitable country in the world!
Thispackage 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!
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.