Discover Senegal & Ghana – 11 Days

Senegal (Dakar, Goree Island, Pink Lake), Ghana (Accra, Kumasi, Assin Manso, Elmina, Cape Coast)

Experience the beauty in Senegal and the history of Ghana in this 11 day tour visiting Ghanaian cities such as Accra. Tour Goree Island, Pink Lake, Kumasi, and other tourist destinations.

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Activity
  1. Day 1: ARRIVE DAKAR, SENEGAL

    Begin the city tour of Dakar and the vicinity after breakfast. During the tour, you will see the Africa Renaissance Monument: a 164 Feet high monument unveiled in 2010, overlooking Dakar and is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The once-controversial bronze statue is a popular attraction among both locals and visitors. This image shows a man, woman, and child pointing to the future. They represent hope for renewed African prosperity. The woman’s skirt is no longer, as conservative groups forced the government to lengthen her formerly short skirt, at an expense of more than US$ 10 million. 

    At Independence Place, located in the heart of the city, you can spend time wandering through the activity in the presidential palace as well as wait for interesting sights at the main cathedral. Walking along a beach, you may see people doing different sports including wrestling. 

    Hotel: Terrou Bi 

  2. Day 2: DAKAR

    Highlights:

    • Renaissance Monument

    After breakfast, depart on the 20 minutes ferry ride to visit the charming yet infamous Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the usually quiet Streets lined with mostly pastel-colored neoclassical buildings. The House of Slaves is a popular tourist attraction that opens a window on Goree’s painful past. This tour will allow you to travel back in history to explore a part of the African cultural heritage. Here you can observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas.  

    There is also the opportunity to visit the Elite School of Mariama Ba, a famous Senegalese writer and founded in 11977 by the first president of Senegal. Located on a breathtaking site close to the sea, the school has an environment designed to stimulate educational excellence and personal growth for girls admitted for obtaining the highest scores during national entrance exams. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Terrou Bi 

  3. Day 3: GOREE ISLAND

    Highlights:

    • Goree Island
    • The door of No Return

    After breakfast, depart on the 20 minutes ferry ride to visit the charming yet infamous Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the usually quiet Streets lined with mostly pastel-colored neoclassical buildings. The House of Slaves is a popular tourist attraction that opens a window on Goree’s painful past. This tour will allow you to travel back in history to explore a part of the African cultural heritage. Here you can observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas.  

    There is also the opportunity to visit the Elite School of Mariama Ba, a famous Senegalese writer and founded in 11977 by the first president of Senegal. Located on a breathtaking site close to the sea, the school has an environment designed to stimulate educational excellence and personal growth for girls admitted for obtaining the highest scores during national entrance exams. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Le Terrou Bi 

  4. Day 4: PINK LAKE

    Highlights:

    • Pink Lake

    After breakfast at the hotel, travel to visit Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of micro-organisms and a high concentration of salts which gives the lake its unique pink color. You can interact with women who harvest salt and visit the nearby Fulani village and Bambilore. After that visit the nearby fisher village of Kayar and return to Dakar. 

    After breakfast, we drive a short distance for a tour of the spectacular Pink Lake. This lake has a pink color because of a rare phenomenon caused by Dunaliella salina micro-organism present in abundance in its salinity. 

    You can take walk along the lake to interact with the women who harvest salt and also visit the nearby Fulani village and Bambilore. We end the day’s exploration at the fishermen’s villages of Kayar before returning to Dakar.  

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Terrou Bi 

  5. Day 5: ARRIVE ACCRA

    Morning at leisure before departure flight to Ghana. You will be met, assisted, and transferred to your hotel for the next three nights. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Accra City Hotel

  6. Day 6: ACCRA

    Highlights:

    • W.E.B Dubois Centre
    • The Independence/Black Square
    • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
    • Jamestown Fishing Community

    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 will first visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre was established in recognition of the life of the prominent Pan-Africanists who chose to live and work in Ghana. The Centre is a place for Pan-African Thought and houses a conference room, as well as a memorial/museum documenting Du Bois’ life and highlighting Ghana’s role in Pan-Africanism.   
    • 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. 
    • Our day ends at the 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. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Accra City Hotel 

  7. Day 7: ACCRA – KUMASI

    Highlights:

    • Teshie Fancy Coffin Shop

    Following a good breakfast, we check out of the hotel and depart to Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Kingdom. We will complete our tour of Accra with a visit to the Special Casket/Coffin Shop in Teshie Nungua 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 to be 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. 

    Continue to Kumasi arriving late afternoon, check into your hotel upon arrival. The rest of the evening is at leisure. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Noda Hotel

  8. Day 8: KUMASI

    Highlights:

    • 3 craft villages of the Ashanti kingdom

    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. 

    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. 

    Visit the Okomfo Anokye Sword in Kumasi, a symbol of Ashanti unity that has been in place for 300 years and represents the moment when the Golden Stool descended from the sky. Legend says that the Ashanti Kingdom would collapse should the sword ever be removed. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Noda Hotel

  9. Day 9: CAPE COAST

    Highlights:

    • Assin Manso Slave River
    • Elmina Township Walk

    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. 

    After lunch, we drive a short distance to the Cape Coast Castle perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Castle is home to the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government. The Castle was once the hub of human trading in West Africa that served as an important link in the transatlantic slave trade but now restored as an important UNESCO World Heritage site. 

    Continue to your hotel and check-in. Prepare for dinner at your hotel. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Ridge Royal Hotel

  10. Day 10: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Cape Coast Castle
    • Elmina or St. George’s Castle

    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. 

    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. 

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM:  

    In the evening you will travel to a nearby village, Mesomagor, where you will witness a contagious dance performance with bamboo. This Bamboo Orchestra is a traditional dance performed by the youth of the community (minimum of 8 pax required for this activity) 

    Late afternoon, you will experience a ceremony that you probably haven’t heard about before. It is called the Fihankra Ceremony – ‘’Restore to Diaspora the Cultural and Spiritual connections that were denied them for centuries’’. This ceremony will include a traditional Naming Ceremony where you will receive a certificate of authentication 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Ridge Royal Hotel

  11. Day 11: ELMINA – KAKUM – ACCRA – DEPART

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Kakum National Park
    • Abandze Town

    Depart for Accra after breakfast. You will stop at Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, America’s famous Jazz Musician.  

     You may visit Global Mamas, a non-profit and women’s educational program in Africa. This place sells hand-made clothes from African volunteers. In this place, you can try your luck in design a beautiful Ty-Dye cloth as a souvenir from your trip to Africa. 

    Continue to Accra arriving early evening and check into your hotel. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

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