CULTURE & NATURE EXPERIENCE:
The uniqueness of Ghana’s cultural heritage stems from the history of its people. Located in the heart of the world with abundant natural resources, the country is a melting pot of global cultures and influences. This binds the people of Ghana together with the world, having a number of World Heritage Monuments on its unspoiled shallow sandy beaches of the Gulf of Guinea.
Come and have an encounter with the past and the present of the world’s friendliest people with plenty of pomp and pageantry, royalty, music, dance, folklore, textile and cuisine.
We pick you up from the airport to the hotel.
Day 2: ACCRA CITY TOUR
Begin our discovery of Accra with a visit to the National Museum where we learn about Ghanaian traditions, history and culture. Continue to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, dedicated to Ghana’s former leader and an influential advocate of Pan-Africanism. Then discover the renowned Makola Market, where women traders sell products including clothes, tools and traditional medicines. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner and introductory lecture in our hotel. Overnight in Accra (BLD)
Day 3: ACCRA -KROBO ODUMASI- AKOSOMBO
Depart Accra and drive north toward the Volta region. Along the way stop at the Aburi Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest in Africa. View the garden’s many indigenous and exotic plants, including an immense 150-year-old kapok tree on the main lawn. Continue to the region of the Krobo people and visit one of Ghana’s premier bead factories. Learn about the history of bead making and trade, and see at first-hand how glass beads are made through a technology that has not changed in decades. Arrive in the lake-town of Akosombo and check into our hotel, near the banks of the Volta River. Overnight in Akosombo (BLD).
Day 4: AKOSOMBO TAFI ATOME
Begin the day exploring the dam-site of one of the largest man-made lakes in the world: Akosombo Dam. Continue to the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, home to mona monkeys in their abundant numbers thanks to protection by the neighboring communities. The village of Tafi Abuife will be our next stop to see young and old busy behind the looms, producing geometric-designed kente fabric in colorful shades. Return to Akosombo for dinner and overnight. (BLD)
Day 5: AKOSOMBO – KUMASI
Depart Akosombo and drive northwards to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region. Kumasi which rose to prominence as a political and commercial enclave in the eighteenth century is now the largest city in Ghana. Visit Bobiri Butterfly sanctuary en route to Kumasi. Overnight in Kumasi (BLD)
Day 6: KUMASI
While in Kumasi, discover the cultural and artistic treasures of the Ashantis as we visit Manhyia Palace Museum and learn all about Ashanti Kings and Queens. Then to the Cultural Center, resplendent in artifacts and royal regalia from the Ashanti Empire. Visit the craft villages of Ntonso and Bonwire to observe and try your hands at printing or weaving your own souvenir fabric under the guidance of local master craftsmen. Overnight in Kumasi (BLD)
Day 7: KUMASI – BOABENG FIEMA – MOLE
Depart to Mole National Park whist making a stopover at Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.
This four kilometer-square monkey sanctuary is home to 500 mona monkeys and colonies of endangered black-and- white colobus monkeys, protected by a taboo. Arrive late afternoon at Mole national park for dinner and overnight. (BLD)
Day 8 MOLE
Spend full day hiking or at your leisure at Mole National Park that supports 740 plant species, 93 mammal spices including elephants, leopards, lions, buffalos, hippopotamus, antelopes, baboons, waterbucks, etc. and over 300 subspecies of birds and 33 types of reptile. Be treated, in the evening, to a typical Gonja musical performance and dance by the Mognori community. Overnight in Mole Park. (BLD).
Day 9: MOLE – KUMASI
Depart Mole and drive southwards to Kumasi. Stopover en route at Kintampo Waterfalls the about 25m high waterfall has a swimming area at the base. Overnight in Kumasi. (BLD).
Day 10: KUMASI – ELMINA
Depart Kumasi driving south along an old major slave trade route toward Elmina in the Central Region. At Assin Manso, stop on the banks of Donko Nsuo, the “Slave River”, where captives encamped for their last taste of African waters before being force-marched to the castles on the coast and ultimately onto ships bound for the trans-Atlantic crossing. Overnight in Elmina (BLD).
Day 11: ELMINA
Visit the first European-built fort in Ghana, constructed by the Portuguese in 1482. Later in the afternoon, .enjoy a walking tour of the town and learn about the history and culture of this “living museum” Overnight in Elmina. (BLD)
Day 12: ELMINA – KAKUM NATIONAL PARK – CAPE COAST
Visit the lush rainforest of Kakum National Park and have a feel of a tropical virgin forest with its diverse remarkable butterfly spices. Venture on to the park’s most popular attraction: Africa’s first canopy walkway 35m above the forest floor. Later, visit the Cape Coast and learn about its role in the inhuman slave trade transaction. Overnight at Elmina. (BLD)
Day 13: ELMINA
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, participate in a culinary demonstration where we learn how to cook with Ghanaian herbs and spices. The evening comes along with a festive farewell dinner graced by a local choral troupe (BLD).
Day 14: ACCRA / DEPARTURE
Drive back to Accra and have a last-minute opportunity to purchase gifts at the African Market and the Arts Center before transfer to the airport for check-in. (BL).