The Best of Ghana

Ghana ( Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Shai Hills Game Reserve, Aburi Gardens, Akosombo, Ho, Wli, Bongo, Paga, Mole National Park, Tamale)

Amazing 12 day Trip to Ghana. From the capital of Ghana Accra to the crocodile ponds of Paga. This is a trip of a lifetime!

Jamestown Light House

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  1. Day 1: ACCRA, GHANA

    Once you arrive in Accra, you’ll be picked up after going through immigration and customs. You will welcome by our cultural tour guide and transported in a private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Accra. Once you’ve checked in, your guide who will be with you during your time in Ghana will brief you on what to expect. 

    You will have the chance to do a mini-tour today depending on your time of arrival and preference. 

    Meal(s) Included: No

    Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar


    Explore the vibrant city of Accra, which is a blend of historic and modern buildings, with many colonial-era buildings still evident today. There are many historical landmarks in this 120-year-old city, including areas like New Town, Ga Mashie, and Jamestown. 

    We cannot miss the chance of tasting the delicious waakye (a popular rice nutritious Ghanaian dish made from cooked rice and beans served with fresh tomato sauce and hot pepper sauce) from Aunty Muni’s Kitchen  

    We’ll continue to Independence Square, where you will see the flame of African Liberation that was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, with its attractive gardens and museum, is a great place to learn about the first President of Ghana. It also serves as the final resting place for the late president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah after his previous burial in Guinea and Nkroful, his birth town. 

    We continue to Jamestown Community, the oldest city in Accra. It is the most historic neighborhood where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse was completed in 1921.  

    Our day ends at the La Community to visit the Casket/Coffin Shop where uniquely designed caskets are made and this reflects the people’s belief in life after death. Seth Kane Kwei accidentally started the shop in the 1950s. He made palanquins that were used to carry tribal chiefs at festivals. One of the most important chiefs who died just after ordering his palanquin which was made in the shape of a cocoa pod was buried in the palanquin, he ordered. Soon after that, his grandmother who had planned her first overseas trip by flight died before the trip and she too was buried in a coffin-shaped like an airplane. This is how the Fancy Coffin industry started. 

    Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar


    We depart very early for an amazing trip to Ho. En route, we stop at the Shai Hills Game Reserve. This stunning Game Reserve is home to a beautiful range of rocky hills sitting in the midst of large, wooded grassland, 31 species of mammals, 175 species of birds, and 13 species of reptiles. 

    Here, you will also find a fascinating history of the Shai people and how several cave systems in the hills have played an important role in their culture and tradition. 

    We end the day’s exploration on a drive to the famous Akosombo Dam with a picturesque boat cruise and tours of the Volta River, which is the home of hydroelectric power in Ghana. This Hydro-electric Dam is located within the Akosombo gorge, on the Volta River. Due to the damming of the Volta River, Ghana’s largest man-made lake was created. This was due to flooding of the Volta River Basin. The lake covers about 3.6% of Ghana’s total land area. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar


    Enjoy the freshness of the morning as you drive through the lush greenery of the Volta Region. Stop at Tafi Atome is the home of Mona and Patas monkeys found mostly in a small patch of forestsThis forest has survived several fires and human disturbances. It is a sanctuary for monkeys, which are considered sacred by the local villagers and are protected. 

    We will continue to Wli Waterfalls, which is the largest and highest waterfall in Ghana. It’s divided into two sections with ice-cold water flowing from about 80ft.  En route to the waterfall, you will take a hike through the Agumatsa Forest, where you will cross the same river eleven times before reaching the breathtaking falls. There will be a chance for you to take an early morning dip in the waterfalls and natural ponds.   

    Late afternoon, we continued to Nkwanta and arrived there in the evening. We checked in at the hotel and freshen up for dinner. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Volta Hotel or Similar

  5. Day 5: HO/ WLI/ TAMALE

    After breakfast, drive past Kyabobo National Park on the border with Togo to Shari village of the Akyode unreached people group which is cut off from the rest of civilization. Almost all of the villagers are African Traditionalists and rely on fetish priests for “power”. 

    Return after your interaction with the villagers to Tamale. Drive past many Dagomba villages, stopping at points of interest. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Mariam Hotel or Similar


    After breakfast, depart to Bolgatanga and stop en route at Tongo. There, visit the chief’s palace. Next, you will visit Paga, where you will be able to ride on crocodiles that are considered sacred. These crocodiles are totems animals that live right in the middle of the village and are harmless. Visit the cultural center and the central market before proceeding to Mole National Park. Stop just before Mole at Larabanga and visit the Larabanga Mosque and mystery stone. Continue to Mole National Park – Enjoy an evening Safari trek at Mole National Park. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

  7. Day 7: MOLE

    Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime morning drive safari through the spectacular Mole National Park. The Park is well known for being a great site for birding with over 200 identified bird species, colorful butterflies, and magnificent reptiles. On this unique experience, you will travel deep into the park, accompanied by your experienced driver guide as you search out wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. 

    A visit to Mole National Park would not be complete without a visit to Mognori village. This community-based ecotourism project is set on the banks of the Mole River and consists of walking trails, canoes, and a developed campsite.  

    At the village of Mognori, you’ll be greeted by the warmth of its people and given the opportunity to explore the village on a community walk or take a canoe safari on the Mole River.  

    Upon your return to the hotel, enjoy the rest of the day by the pool which overlooks the Park’s waterhole, and catch a glimpse of African elephants cooling off in the waterhole. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

  8. Day 8: MOLE/ KUMASI

    Set off for Kumasi driving through the Gonja lands to Kintampo for a visit to the magnificent Kintampo Waterfalls, cascading 75 feet into a clear pool. It is one of the largest waterfalls in Ghana.  

    Upon arrival in Kumasi, the regional capital of the Ashanti Kingdom, and if time permits, you will visit the Kejetia market. Noted as one of the largest commercial centers across Africa, this vibrant market attracts traders from all corners of Ghana with an abundance of fresh fish, authentic African fabric for making custom-made clothes, beauty products, foodstuff, jewelry, and handmade crafts. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Noda Hotel or Similar

  9. Day 9: KUMASI

    You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and an authentic Ghanaian breakfast before we set off to explore the Ashanti culture. Our full-day tour of Kumasi and its vicinity blends in many aspects of the Ashanti culture and offers you the chance to discover the fascinating and vibrant culture in breathtaking settings. 

    Visit the Manhyia Palace now a museum, which contains treasures relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.  The Ashanti form the biggest population group in Ghana. For centuries they were the rulers in this region because of their military supremacy. At Manhyia Palace, disputes are still settled in accordance with centuries-old customs where the King has the final word. 

    You will further explore some of the significant cultural villages of this ancient Kingdom on visits to some of their craft villages as follows: 

    • The village of Ahwiaa has long been known for its many talented craftsmen who fashion Royal Stools, walking sticks, and fertility dolls from wood. This thriving community is also known for producing some of the most talented artisans who create hand-carved jewelry boxes and other wood-carving items of all kinds. 
    • At the village of Ntonso, you can learn about the cultural significance of Adinkra cloth and watch as textiles are created from Adinkra symbols using Black Dye obtain from the bark of a special tree which only grows in the North. You can either draw your own Adinkra symbols or purchase pre-designed pieces of fabric. 
    • Adanwomase village, where you will witness how the local weavers work on their looms in the town center and demonstrate how the famous Kente cloth is made in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You may decide to purchase some of the stunning Kente fabrics on display at the center. 
    •  to purchase some of the stunning Kente fabrics on display at the center. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Noda Hotel or Similar


    This morning, we will depart Kumasi for Cape Coast. En route, we will visit 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 can see the ‘slave river’ where enslaved Africans were washed before being confined in the castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean 

    Upon arrival, you will visit Elmina castle where you will explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting history. The 14th-century fortress was built by the Portuguese in 1482. This UNESCO World Heritage site was originally known as St. George’s Castle. 

    Also embark on a picturesque tour of Elmina township, which was the first destination of Europeans in Sub-Saharan Africa. It used to be the most cosmopolitan city in tropical Africa. As you walk through the ancient town of Elmina and down to the harbor, you are greeted by colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This a perfect picture opportunity for photographers. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Busua Beach Resort or Similar

  11. Day 11: KAKUM

    After breakfast, you will visit Kakum National Park in Ghana. It has one of Africa’s famous rainforest canopy walkways. This canopy walkway will be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana. Prepare to take a deep breath while you walk the suspended bridge and marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rainforest. 

    Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort or Similar


    After a leisure breakfast, and check-out, we depart for Accra. En route, visit the Cape Coast Castle which also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Cape Coast Castle is another restored UNESCO World Heritage Site. Proceed to Accra in the afternoon; visit the Osu street market for souvenirs and later have dinner at a selected restaurant.  

    This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

  •  Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  •  Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  •  Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
  •  Transportation in private vehicle
  •  Experienced tour guide
  •  Admission to listed sites
  •  Meals indicated
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