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10 DAYS PANAFEST CELEBRATION IN GHANA

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Duration

10

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

The Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) is just around the corner! This event is held every two years in Ghana to celebrate the history, culture, and unity of the Ghanaian people. Since its inception in 1992, Panafest themes have reflected the political, social, and economic advancement of Africa. Panafest is held every two years to encourage learning about the history of Africa using traditional arts and culture.

Panafest attracts a diverse assembly of people – ranging from political leaders, eminent personalities, and intellectuals – to entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and vacationers. Central to the celebration are major international performing and visual artists from across Africa.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Kakum National Park
  • Elmina Castle
  • Emancipation Day Celebration at Assin Manso.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ACCRA 
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ACCRA 

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. You will have a brief orientation with your guide on what to expect during your stay in Ghana.




Hotel -*3 Star

Meal(s) Included: None

Day 2: ACCRA
Day 2: ACCRA

In the morning, after breakfast, there will be orientation, including a lecture/discussion on Ghanaian history, culture, and customs. 

A whole new experience will be awaiting you on today’s full tour. Enjoy a scenic drive around the economic and administrative districts of Accra, visiting the following places: 

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’s visit ends at 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. 
You may visit the “Brazil House” which is famous for the Afro-Brazilian history behind it. Built-in 1836 and completed 100 years after 1638, this historic house serves as a museum to showcase historic memories indicative of the previous centuries of migration to Ghana by Africans from Brazil and Portugal 




Hotel -*3 Star 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 3: ACCRA - KUMASI 
Day 3: ACCRA - KUMASI 

Early morning, begin a scenic drive to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today. Founded in 1695 by the Asantehene (King) Osei Tutu, Kumasi showcases palaces, forts, museums, and churches that provide a distinct backdrop for important festivals and ceremonies which are still of high importance to the people. The Ashantis are one of the largest Akan Ethnic groups in Ghana. For centuries, they were rulers in this region because of their well-organized society. 

Kumasi may surprise you, being the most dynamic marketplace in West African and the second-largest city in Ghana with a population of almost three million. 

We visit the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum where we gain an insight into the history and culture of the Ashanti Kingdom where you will see a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of the Ashanti People. You'll also take a walk-through display on local folklore and pick up some information on local crafts. 

Transfer to your hotel for check-in and relaxation for the next day’s activities. 


Hotel -*3 Star 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast 

Day 4: KUMASI
Day 4: 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. 

You will 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. 

Late afternoon, 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. 

Transfer to your hotel to prepare for the fabulous nightlife of Kumasi 




Hotel - *3 Star 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast 

Day 5: KUMASI – ELMINA 
Day 5: KUMASI – ELMINA 

This morning, we will depart Kumasi for Cape Coast after completing our tour of Kumasi. 

Upon arrival in Elmina, 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. 

This evening, you will attend scheduled PANAFEST activities in the company of your tour guide.




Hotel - *3 star 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast 

Day 6: ELMINA - KAKUM - ELMINA 
Day 6: ELMINA - KAKUM - ELMINA 

Following a restful morning and breakfast, you can decide on one of the following two activities: 

Enjoy leisure at your hotel sunbathing along the Atlantic Ocean or have a cool icy dip in your hotel’s swimming pool  
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. 

This evening, you will attend scheduled PANAFEST activities in the company of your tour guide. 




Hotel - *3 star 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast 

Day 7: ELMINA 
Day 7: ELMINA 

This morning, 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. 

Stroll down to the beach for a memorial ceremony where participants will throw bread into the waters as a way of remembering those who died during the middle passage. 

This evening, attend scheduled PANAFEST activities in the company of your tour guide. 




Hotel - *3 star 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 8: CAPE COAST - ASSIN MANSO - CAPE COAST 
Day 8: CAPE COAST - ASSIN MANSO - CAPE COAST 

After breakfast, we drive through small villages to 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. 

Attend scheduled PANAFEST activities in the company of your tour guide. 

Hotel - *3 star 

Meal(s) Included : Breakfast 

Day 9: CAPE COAST (EMANCIPATION DAY)
Day 9: CAPE COAST (EMANCIPATION DAY)

Don't miss this special event that showcases the pomp and pageantry of Ghana's traditional rulers, dressed in fine ceremonial traditional clothing adorned in glittering gold jewelry and traditional beads for the Emancipation Day Celebration at Assin Manso. 

At the sound of the ‘’fontomfrom’’ drum, you will feel the African rhythm in you as you dance to the beat.  

The evening is crowned off with a farewell dinner at the hotel. 

Hotel - *3 star 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast 

Day 10: ACCRA - DEPART 
Day 10: ACCRA - DEPART 

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and say goodbye to your newfound friends as you return to Accra. Arrive in Accra early afternoon. 

Your driver and guide will assist you with any last-minute shopping including your custom-made outfits. You will have a day-room to relax before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast 

Included/Excluded

  •   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
  • Flights
  • Cost of visa
  • PANAFEST events
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide

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from $3,160.00

Organized by

Precious Mawuli

Member Since 2021

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