Get captivated by the legendary history and extraordinary culture of the Ashanti Kingdom on this introductory tour to Kumasi- capital of the Ashanti Region, Ghana’s second-largest city with nearly 2 million residents.
This region is well noted for its expertise in a variety of specialized crafts. Get immersed in the ancient craft of weaving the boldly colored fabrics of Kente and Adinkra which are deeply intertwined in Ashanti history. You will visit studios of indigenous brass-makers, potters, and batik-makers.
Your tour will be incomplete without a visit to the cradle of the exquisite cultures of the Ashantis- the Manhyia Palace, the former residence of Ashanti Kings. Observe the orderly chaos of Kejetia Market – one of the largest open-air markets in West Africa.
No tour of Ghana is complete without sampling some of Ghana’s most popular traditional dishes such as Omotuo, made with rice and peanut butter soup, a much tastier experience than the name conveys.
Enjoy a short boat ride on Lake Bosomtwe, Ghana’s largest natural freshwater lake.
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Day 1: ACCRA – KUMASI
After waking up early, you can begin your scenic drive to Kumasi. With an amazing historical backdrop, Kumasi offers numerous delights for the traveler. Explore the legendary palaces, forts, museums, and churches to discover that its vibrant culture is still very much a living entity, as it has been for centuries.
Kumasi may surprise you, being the second-largest city in Ghana with a population of almost three million. Late afternoon, we will visit the Manhyia museum to learn about the history and cultural heritage of the Ashanti Kingdom at the official residence of Asantehene. The museum contains treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. We will visit the Sword site, one of the most important symbols of Ashanti unity that has been in place for 300 years It is said that the Ashanti Kingdom would fall should the sword be removed from its sheath.
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.
Overnight at Noda Hotel
Day 2: KUMASI – 3 CRAFT VILLAGES
After breakfast, 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 visit 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.
Overnight at Noda Hotel
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: KUMASI – LAKE BOSOMTWE – ACCRA
All too soon, it will be time for us to say goodbye to the Ashanti Kingdom. We cannot leave without visiting the following places of cultural significance.
- The National Cultural Centre features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of brass makers, potters, and batik makers.
- We will also stop at Lake Bosomtwe, the largest body of fresh water in Ghana; a lake known for its peacefulness and serenity. Embark on a walk along the banks of the lake and enjoy interactions with the local fishing folks, giving you an insight into their way of life.
After lunch (at the client’s expense), enjoy a 30 minutes boat ride to explore the picturesque view of the Lake.
Meal (s) Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Client’s Own Arrangement