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Cultural Tour of Ghana & South Africa, 14 Days

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Cultural Tour of Ghana & South Africa, 14 Days

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Day 1: ACCRA- May 23, 2017

Arrive in Accra; meet assist and transfer to Hotel. This evening attend a welcome dinner and an orientation session that will include a lecture on Ghanaian culture and history. Tailors and dressmakers will be in attendance to take orders for custom made traditional outfits.

Meal(s) Included: Dinner (local restaurant)

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

Day 2:  ACCRA-May 24, 2017

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After breakfast, begin the city tour of Accra visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography to observe exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana through-out history to the present.  Visit Independence Square, Accra’s open-air ceremonial grounds where all national celebrations are held. Continue to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and museum, a tribute to Ghana’s first President. This park, formally called the Polo grounds, is where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared the independence of Ghana. The remains of Dr Nkrumah as well as that of his wife rest on this premise. You will see various personal items used by Dr Nkrumah, as well as books he authored. Visit the Arts and Crafts market where you could test you’re bargaining and trading skills against the vendors.

Meal (s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner ( local restaurant)

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

Day 3: ACCRA/CAPE COAST – May 25, 2017

After breakfast, drive to Cape Coast; enroute tour of Mankessim, visit the Posuban Shrine and Fante Village. This evening go on a guided tour through the ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor see the colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This is a perfect opportunity for the photographers in the group.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Resort

Day 4: CAPE COAST- May 26, 2017

After breakfast, visit Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. The castle is home to the infamous “Door of No Return This afternoon visit Elmina Slave Castle, another UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1482. This castle was the first European structure built in sub-Saharan Africa. This evening attend a “Return to the Homeland” ceremony called “fiankra”.  This ceremony illustrates how Africans were taken from the homeland without bidding goodbye to their family.  It is also an initiation rite for African returnees.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Resort

Day 5: CAPE COAST- May 27, 2017

After breakfast, drive to Cape Coast; stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. You will see the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Resort

Day 6: CAPE COAST / ACCRA – JOHANNESBURG  – SOUTH AFRICA, May 28, 2017

After breakfast return to Accra with a stop at the Village of Abandze, the Ancestral Home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz musician; in Accra those who ordered outfits will go for a fitting, farewell dinner. Transfer to airport for flight to Johannesburg

Meal (s) Included : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG- May 29, 2017

Arrive Johannesburg; meet assist and transfer to the hotel.

This afternoon drive to Lesedi Cultural Village, a multicultural village set amongst rocky hills where the cultures, customs and traditions of four of South Africa’s tribes are brought to life.  Get a presentation on the history and origin of the different ethnic groups and given a guided tour the four homesteads – Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi. The tour is followed by a cultural performance by the four groups Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi. The performance begins with a warm traditional African welcome. You will have the opportunity to join in the performances and display your talent. The tribal dance display is then followed by a Pan African Feast served in the Nyama Choma restaurant with delicacies from different regions of Southern Africa.

Meal (s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

Day 8: JOHANNESBURG/ PILANESBURG/JOHANNESBURG, May 30, 2017

After breakfast drive to Pilanesberg Game Reserve the ideal destination for a day Safari, this is a reserve which boasts the “Big Five” and a host of other game species. The Pilanesberg lies in the crater of an ancient volcano and has some unique scenery and geology. The establishment of this reserve saw the biggest relocation project ever of wild animals and the reserve now boasts “The Big Five; lunch at a local restaurant.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

Day 9: JOHANNESBURG – SOWETO, May 31, 2017

Full day tour of Soweto , get an intimate understanding of South Africa’s history travel along the  footpaths of the freedom fighters and experience the City of Johannesburg and Soweto through their eyes highlights will include:

  •  The Hector Petersen Memorial, the spot where 12 year-old Hector was shot during the Soweto uprisings.
  • Regina Mundi Church. The church was a meeting place for activists deprived of any other place to meet.  It played a role in Soweto’s most significant day, when students, revolting against the imposition of Afrikaans teaching by the apartheid government, ran into the church. They were followed by police, who shot and injured many; firing teargas and damaging the marble altar and the figure of Christ, the bullet holes are still visible in the ceiling.
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital the largest hospital in the world; named in honor of the African National Congress leader who was assassinated in 1993.
  • Mandela’s House comprising four inter-leading rooms, containing an assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family as well as a collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world.
  • Freedom Square, the place where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the government.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast,  Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

Day 10: JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN/ROBBEN ISLAND June 01, 2017

Transfer to airport for afternoon flight to Cape town – meet assist and transfer to hotel.

Take the afternoon ferry to Robben Island – a former prison now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening enjoy dinner at the Cape Town waterfront.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 11: CAPE TOWN/TABLE MOUNTAIN/CAPE TOWNSHIPS- June 02, 2017

Early morning Tour of Table Mountain by cable car; the state‐of‐the‐art car rotates 360 degrees on its way to the top, offering a panoramic view of The City; at the summit take short walks enjoy the magnificent view of Cape Town. Continue on the  City Centre, the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the Milnerton Lighthouse for a view Table Mountain. In the afternoon go on a Cultural Tour of Cape Townships an opportunity to interact with different Communities – visit Langa Cape Town’s oldest formal township, gaining insights into the legacy of apartheid and the country’s struggle for democracy. In Gugulethu township, visit a community‐driven project and observe crafters at work.   Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest informal settlement. This evening a special dinner will be in arranged in a home and accompanied with music and poetry. You will be invited to display your artistic and musical skills.

Meal(s) include: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 12: CAPE TOWN WINELANDS- June 03, 2017

After breakfast, tour the Cape Town Wine Lands. Visit Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. Enjoy wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area and witness the wine making process from the vineyard to the bottle.

Meal(s) include: Breakfast

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 13: CAPE TOWN – June 04, 2017

After breakfast, day at leisure.

Meal(s) include: Breakfast

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 14: CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG/DEPART- June 05, 2017

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg, make the connecting flight home.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Tour Price Includes

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival
  • Assistance at departure on final day
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties or similar
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Admission to all listed sites
  • Meals indicated

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Cost of Ghana visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to drivers and guides

2017 Tour Dates

  • August 9-22
  • November 8 – 21

2018 Tour Dates

  • March 7 – 20
  • August 8 – 21
  • November 7 – 20