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Discover Senegal & Ghana – 11 Days

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Duration

11 days 10 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Renaissance Monument
  • Goree Island
  • The door of No Return
  • W.E.B Dubois Centre
  • The Independence/Black Square
  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Jamestown Fishing Community
  • Teshie Fancy Coffin Shop
  • 3 craft villages of the Ashanti kingdom
  • Assin Manso Slave River
  • Elmina Township Walk
  • Cape Coast Castle
  • Elmina or St. George’s Castle
  • Kakum National Park
  • Abandze Town

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE DAKAR, SENEGAL
Day 1: ARRIVE DAKAR, SENEGAL

Upon arrival in Senegal, your guide will assist you and drive you to the hotel by private car. After check-in you will be notified of what to expect during your stay and today's activities will be determined based on your time of arrival. You could lounge between the hotel's swimming pool and the beach or start your stay with a short tour of the capital via its markets and its sites.



Meal(s) Included: No

Hotel: Terrou Bi 

Day 2: DAKAR
Day 2: DAKAR

After breakfast, we will start the city tour of Dakar and its vicinity

Departing from Independence Place and the presidential house which are settled in the heart of Dakar, these places are mythical by being the emplacement of the first villages in West French Africa continuing by a seafront drive towards the main cathedral, built in 1936.

The Sudanese-style towers of this cathedral reinforce its feel as a mixture of cultures: A Catholic church in a mostly Muslim country,and European with an African touch.

The tour of Dakar will show you the contrasts between some upscale residential areas and other popular neighbourhoods.

Continue to other highlights of the city, like the African Renaissance Monument, being the highest world bronze statue, and the Museum of black civilisation; a massive four-story complex that fulfilled the dream of Senegal’s first president Leopold Sedar Senghor. This Museum of Black Civilization was inaugurated in 2019.

Inside a collection of the different exhibitions: Ceramic, Painting, Statue…and different exhibitions regarding the first hominids showing Africa the cradle of humanity of the invention by Africans of metallurgy, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy and medicine.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Terrou Bi 

Day 3: GOREE ISLAND
Day 3: GOREE ISLAND

After breakfast, depart for a 20 minutes ferry ride to visit the charming and famous Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the usually quiet Streets lined with mostly pastel-coloured 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 1977 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 

Day 4: PINK LAKE – KAYAR - DAKAR
Day 4: PINK LAKE – KAYAR - DAKAR

Departure after breakfast to follow in the footsteps of the old Paris-Dakar rally at Lac Rose, this place which was the last stage.

The Retba lake by its original name is a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganisms and a high concentration of salt.

Separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow sand dune, the pink hue of this Lake is caused by the high salt content (a rate of 380g / Liter), and also by the presence of a halophilic bacteria called Artemia Salina which is the only form of life in the Lake.

This means to be 11 times saltier than the Atlantic Ocean and the second place in the rate of salinity after the dead sea.

In fact, the salt content changes with the seasons and the amount of daylight, with the lake actually fluctuating from a light mauve to deep pink. This is all quite the spectacle, particularly when the light is just right, and the best time to witness the magic is when the sun is high during the dry season from November through to June

Interact with the salt harvesters and visit the nearby Fulani village on the dunes.

The Peul or Fulani tribes are well known to be pastoralists and nomadic peoples, here these tribes are farmers or workers in the exploitation of salt by the lake.

We can swim or float; we can also have a boat riding in the lake, buoyed by the salt.

After lunch, we will head to Senegal's first fishing port: the port of Kayar, where we can witness the return of the fishermen. Thrills and a spectacle rich in colours and smells.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Terrou Bi 

Day 5: ARRIVE ACCRA
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

Day 6: ACCRA
Day 6: ACCRA

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 

Day 7: ACCRA - KUMASI
Day 7: ACCRA - KUMASI

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

Day 8: KUMASI
Day 8: 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 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

Day 9: CAPE COAST
Day 9: CAPE COAST

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

Day 10: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES
Day 10: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES

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

Day 11: ELMINA - KAKUM - ACCRA - DEPART
Day 11: ELMINA - KAKUM - ACCRA - DEPART

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

Included/Excluded

  • 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
  • Round trip International flight
  • Regional Flights (Dakar-Accra)
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide

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