Historical & Cultural Tour of Ghana

Ghana (Accra, Akosombo, Krobo Odumase, Ejisu, Kumasi, Akwasidae Festival, Lake Bosomtwe, Assin Manso, Elmina, Cape Coast, Kakum National Park)

Experience the Historic and Culture of Ghana on this 12-day tour. Highlights of this tour include; a tour of the capital city, Accra, a visit to Akosombo, Krobo Odumase, Ejisu, Kumasi, get the chance to witness the Akwasidae Festival in Kumasi, a visit to Lake Bosomtwi, Assin Manso, before traveling to Central region of Ghana, Elmina, Cape Coast, and Kakum National Park

View of Elmina Castle from a far beach

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Activity
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Accra, Ghana

    Once you arrive in Accra, you’ll be warmly received after going through immigration and customs. You will be picked up by our cultural tour guide and transferred in a private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Accra. Check-in at your hotel, relax and prepare for the next day’s activities. 

    Overnight at Accra City Hotel

  2. Day 2: 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, Dinner

    Overnight at Accra City Hotel

  3. Day 3: Accra – Akosombo

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Teshie Fancy Coffin Shop
    • Aburi Botanical Gardens
    • Koforidua Beads and Wood Carving Market

    Following breakfast and check-out, we depart further east to Akosombo. We will make a stop 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. 

    Enjoy a drive through the scenic cooler Aburi Mountains where you visit the botanical gardens. Aburi Botanic Gardens is a sanctuary for plants and animals. Here you will find indigenous forests, exotic shrubs, and trees from all over the world! Lush fresh air…a perfect environment for contemplation and relaxation. Get up close and personal with nature and explore real ecosystems that nest amazing species of flora and fauna. Look out for Rita Marley’s compound when coming up the mountain. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Volta Hotel

  4. Day 4: Akosombo – Krobo Odumase – Akosombo

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Cedi Beads Factory
    • Akosombo Dam-the Cradle of electricity production

    After spending an enjoyable night along the stunning Volta River and a delicious buffet breakfast, we depart the hotel to Krobo Odumase to visit the Cedi Beads, Factory experts in making beautiful traditional beads using traditional methods. 

    Our guide will demonstrate how to make beads, and you will be able to learn skills that aid in beads manufacturing. In Ghana, beads are a symbol of wealth and beauty and are still used during traditional durbars and festivals. After the demonstration, we can admire and purchase a wide selection of beads that have been made here at the onsite shop. 

    The bead-making craft is a long-held tradition in Ghana. Beads are worn to symbolize wealth, celebrate life, coming of age, marriage, or death for over 400 years. You will watch and participate in the whole bead-making process from beginning to end. 

    Return to Akosombo. Visit Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam which is the cradle of electricity production in Ghana. It’s also set in the midst of naturally beautiful surroundings. The rest of the evening is free.  

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Volta Hotel

  5. Day 5: Akosombo – Ejisu – Kumasi

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • 3 craft villages of the Ashanti kingdom

    After breakfast and check out, we’ll leave for the Ashanti Empire driving through a forest zone to explore the legacies of the famous Ashanti, whose legacies are still evident today. 

    After we reach Ejisu, we will visit the three craft villages of the surrounding lush countryside. These are a sharp contrast of the modern-day Kumasi city: 

    • 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. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Golden Bean Hotel

  6. Day 6: Kumasi – Akwasidae Festival

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Manhyia Palace Museum
    • Akwasidae Festival

    After breakfast, we set off to explore the Ashanti culture.  Today offers a unique opportunity to witness the Akwasidae Festival and the pomp and pageantry of the Ashanti Kingdom. The King riding in a palanquin and adorned with all his gold ornaments comes out to receive the homage of his sub-chiefs and people, it’s fascinating to watch the colorful canopies and umbrellas, the skillful drummers, dancers, horn blowers, and praise-singers at these regular festivals, held in honor of their ancestral spirits. 

    We will visit Manhyia Palace Museum to learn about the history and cultural heritage of the Ashanti Kingdom at the official residence of Asantehene. The museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. This is where you obtain first-hand information on the legacies of this unified monarchy. 

    This evening, we will visit the Ejisu Ashanti Shrine, a World Heritage Site in Ghana where people visit for spiritual beliefs. Witness some of the traditional practices of the Ashanti people.  

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast,  Dinner

    Overnight at Golden Bean Hotel

  7. Day 7: Kumasi and Vicinity

    Kumasi has a collection of British colonial buildings and Ashanti culture is at the heart of Kumasi. We enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. We will stop to visit the Okomfo Anokye Sword site, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the Golden Stool “descended from the sky” and has been in place for 300 years. It is said that the Ashanti Kingdom would fall should the sword be removed from its sheath. 

    You conclude the day’s tour with an exciting visit to Sokoban Krofrom. Explore this small town and watch how they carefully use traditional methods in brass casting. Here, you find several collections of items from jewelry to traditional statues made from brass. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Golden Bean Hotel

  8. Day 8: Kumasi – Lake Bosomtwe – Assin Manso – Elmina

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Lake Bosomtwe
    • Assin Manso Slave River

    Have a leisure breakfast, and then we depart to Cape Coast in Ghana’s Central Region. We will make a stop at Lake Bosomtwe, the largest natural freshwater body in Ghana. A walk on the beach gives you the opportunity to interact with local fishers and get an insight into their way of life. Considered sacred by the Ashanti, Lake Bosomtwe is an economic and popular resort area for Ashanti people due to the opportunities for fishing, swimming, and water sports. 

    We will also 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 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. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

  9. Day 9: Elmina & Cape Coast

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Guided Tour of Kotokoraba Market
    • Guided tour of Elmina township

    This morning after breakfast, we explore the Kotokoraba market; a unique market that blends together African features and European touches. The Kotokoraba market has existed for many decades and was a major trading site during the pre-independence era. It was also the economic hub of the region, with major trading stores located all around it. There is something for everyone here: clothing, shoes as well as food stuff such as palm oil, bananas, various fruits, etc. 

    A visit to the Central Region will be incomplete without 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 Coconut Grove Beach Resort

  10. Day 10: Elmina & Cape Coast Castles

    HIGHLIGHTS:

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

    This morning, 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 Musuem 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.  

     

    We continue on a visit to the Elmina Castle where you will explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting history. The 14th-century fortress which is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site and originally known as the St. George’s Castle was built by the Portuguese in 1482.   

    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, Dinner

    Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

  11. Day 11: Elmina – Kakum National Park – Accra

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Kakum National Park
    • Abandze Village/Global Mamas Tye & Dye Workshop

    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 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, Dinner

    Overnight at Accra City Hotel

  12. Day 12: Accra/Depart

    Today is at leisure, but with the help of your driver and guide, you can plan your excursions and activities. Time permitting, you can visit the sites in Accra and its vicinity that you haven’t seen yet. 

    Places to consider include: 

    The famous Oxford Street in Osu where you can shop for colorful African wear, handcrafted jewelry, and accessories. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    ARRIVE HOME WITH PLEASANT MEMORIES

Trip Includes:

  • Arrival and Departure assistance
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle to suit the size of the group and luggage
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Admission to all listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated
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