SPECIAL TOURS :(COCOA TRAIL TOURS)
The cocoa crop has been the bedrock of Ghana’s economy since the early 1800s. Its cultivation is concentrated in the heart of the country, particularly across the vast tropical rainforests of the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Western and Volta regions. The cocoa harvested in Ghana is of premium quality. It is a vital export commodity and the highest foreign exchange earner for the country. Cocoa is the fundamental ingredient in delicious, edible chocolate products and is also used in the cosmetics industry as a key ingredient in soaps, moisturizers and a wide range of other skin and hair care products.
Our Cocoa Trail tour acquaints participants with this wonderful gift of nature: Cocoa “the golden bean of Ghana! Participants experience Cocoa: 101 and learn about the origins of cocoa in Ghana, as well as the production process, from the planting stage to harvesting and drying of the pods in preparation for transport to marketing sites for sale. Our tour includes visits to farms, cottages and hamlets where interesting aspects of traditional lifestyle is poignant. One can literally spend a whole season in Ghana to fully understand the cycle of cocoa cultivation.
An added bonus of this tour is the juxtaposition of the history of the slave trade and the culture of the Ghanaian people with the attraction of the “golden” resources of Ghana.
- Learn about Ghana’s cocoa industry
- Visit cocoa growing regions of Ghana
- Visit large scale cocoa production facilities, and small-scale farms
- Observe all phases of production; from growing to packaging and transport
- Visit a co-op and other community based projects
- Attend discussions, workshops and seminars with industry leaders and officials
- Learn about sustainability and conservation efforts
- Enjoy sightseeing excursions
Arrival in Ghana. Meet at the airport. Check-in at hotel. Briefing. Overnight.
Accra city tour; visits to the National Museum, Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm and Aburi Botanical Garden. Overnight.
Drive to the National Cocoa Research Institute at Tafo. Brief on activities on arrival. Overnight.
Full day at the Research Institute to view land preparation, nursing and planting, protection and care of cocoa trees also known as the Golden tree! Overnight.
Morning at the Research Institute to undertake harvesting and preparation of beans for drying naturally in the sun, and processing for added value. Participants will examine a wide range of finished products. Depart Tafo for Kumasi. Brief stop at Bunso Arboretum and Lake Bosomtwe. Overnight.
Kumasi city tour, including a visit to the Royal Palace of the Asante King (you may be lucky to participate in a local festival). Continue through the largest open-air market in Ghana for an insight into the preparation, sale and uses of cocoa-based powder, butter and creams. Traditional performance with emphasis on cocoa farming. Overnight
Visit the famous craft villages of Ashanti and observe dexterous hands at wood carving at Ahwiaa, Adinkra local textile printing at Ntonso. What if you want to try your at weaving the Ghanaian legendary kente at Adawomase or Boinwire. We end the day with a visit to a traditional cocoa farm and observe palm wine tapping. Overnight
Drive southward on the historical slave route to the Central region, with a brief stopover at Assin Manso slavery camp, bath and market. We arrive in cape Coast late afternoon. Overnight.
Morning visit to Kakum National Park for hiking across the treetop canopy walkway located within a tropical rainforest and learn about various plant species and their socio-economic significance. After lunch, visit Elmina Castle. Spend the rest of the day at leisure along the shallow continental shelf and beaches of the Gulf of Guinea. Dinner and overnight at a coastal beach resort.
Depart for Accra stopping briefly en route, at a local distillery that uses raw materials from cocoa and oil palm. Continue to the airport for departure formalities. Tour ends.