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The Best of Ghana 12 Days

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The Best of Ghana 12 Days

Day 1: Accra, Ghana – November 7, 2017

On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, our expert cultural tour guide will meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in our private air conditioned vehicle.  Once you have checked in, your guide will brief you on what to expect during your stay here in Ghana.

Other activities today will depend on your arrival time and preference.

Overnight at Africa Royal Beach Hotel or Similar

 

Day 2: Accra City Tour – November 8, 2017

Your first full day in Ghana, after a sumptuous buffet breakfast at your hotel, we set off for the tour of Accra and vicinity, passing through the economic and administrative districts.

Visits today will include:

  • Independence Square where you will see the enclosed flame of African liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961.
  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National cultural center, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.
  • James Town—one of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods, 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 completed in 1921 is still functioning today.
  • You may visit “Brazil House” and learn about the seven Afro-Brazilians families who returned to settle in Ghana in 1836.  Familiar Brazilian/Portuguese last names such as De Souza,    Palmares,   Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros, and Olympio are abundant in this section of Accra.

Meal(s)  included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Africa Royal Beach Hotel or Similar

 

Day 3: Accra / Shail Hills / Aburi / Accra – November 9, 2017

After breakfast, visit a local casket making shop to see a collection of caskets carved in the shape of different objects, depicting traditional beliefs in life after death. The “Fantasy Coffins” of Teshie Nungua have been featured in National Geographic and can be found in museums and galleries worldwide. We would then proceed to the Shai hills reserve for game viewing by driving through the reserve for about 5km to view various animals including antelopes, bushbucks, baboons, other animals and several bird species.  You will have the opportunity to learn about the various artefacts found in the reserve, which is the homeland of the Krobo ethnic group. You may also visit the caves, which is of historic importance to the Krobos and other tribes. There are three caves in all and depending on your energy you may visit all. In the afternoon visit Aburi Botanical Gardens: Aburi Botanical Gardens was established as an agricultural research station and convalescent home for the British Colonial Administration. The garden overlooks the coastal plain at an elevation of 1,200 – 1,500 ft. above sea level. You will learn about the cultural and medicinal importance of the trees in these gardens. The serene environment leaves lasting memories. Later you will proceed to the Akuapim hills and visit the Tetteh Quarshie farm where cocoa was first farmed in Ghana. You will also visit the centre for Scientific Research into plant Medicine a before returning to Accra.

Meal(s ) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Africa Royal Beach Hotel or similar

 

Day 4: Accra / Akosombo/Ho – November 10, 2017

After early breakfast depart to Akosombo. Enjoy the scenic view of the Volta lake and Akosombo Dam. Continue with a picturesque drive to the cradle of hydroelectricity in Ghana, the famous Akosombo Hydro-electric Dam which is located within the Akosombo gorge, on the Volta River. The construction of the dam resulted in the flooding of the Volta River Basin which resulted in the creation of Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world which covers about 3.6% of Ghana’s total land area.
Continue to the Volta region where you will visit the village of Tafi Atome including Tafi Monkey Sanctuary (a sacred grove). Tafi Atome is the home of Mona and Patas monkeys found mostly in a small patch of forests. This small forest has survived fire and human disturbance to thrive as a sanctuary for the monkeys which are regarded as sacred by the villagers and are protected.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Volta Hotel or Similar

 

Day 5: Ho / Wli / Tamale – November 11, 2017

After breakfast, you will depart Ho for Tamale in northern Ghana. We will stop at Wli Waterfalls, the largest and highest waterfall in Ghana. Wli Waterfalls is divided into two sections with ice cold water flowing from a height of about 80ft. On route to the waterfall, you will hike through the lush greenery of the Agumatsa Forest Reserve where you will cross the same river eleven times before reaching the breathtaking falls. Early afternoon continue to Tamale.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Mariam Hotel or Similar

 

Day 6: Tamale / Bongo / Paga / Tamale / Mole – November 12, 2017

After Breakfast Depart to Bolgatanga and stop en-route at Tongo, visit the chief’s palace where you will be afforded a traditional welcome. Next stop shall be at Paga where you will have a rare experience of riding a crocodile. These crocodiles are totems or sacred animals that live right in the middle of the village and are harmless. Return to Tamale later in the afternoon and visit the cultural centre and Tamale central market before proceeding to Mole National park. Stop just before Mole at Larabanga and visit the Larabanga Mosque and mystery stone. Continue to Mole National Park – Enjoy an evening Safari trek at Mole National Park.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

 

Day 7: Mole – November 13, 2017

Early Morning Game viewing at Mole National Park by trekking. You may enjoy the swimming pool or relax at a view post overlooking the dam. Best time to view elephants. Early afternoon visit the village of Morgounori and experience a typical village life in Northern Ghana. Here you may enjoy   a sale in a canoe.

Meal(s) Included : Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

 

Day 8: Mole / Kumasi – November 14, 2017

Depart for Kumasi Stop at Kintampo Water Falls Arrive in Kumasi; visit the central Market which serves as a major marketing centre for a number of traders from all over the country. Time permitting see the Okomfo Anokye Sword, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the Golden Stool is said to have descended from the sky and has been in place for 300 years. Legend says the Ashanti Kingdom would collapse should the sword ever be removed.

Meal(s) Include: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Miklin Hotel or Similar

 

Day 9: Kumasi – November 15, 2017

Visit Manhiya Palace, official residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people.  Tour the National Cultural Center, which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters and batik makers You may also visit the craft villages in Ashanti – Ahwiaa (the wood carvers’ village) and Bonwire (the Kente weaving village). You will have the opportunity to see how African sculptures are carved, and how the famous Kente cloth is woven using an amazing local technology. You will have the opportunity to purchase directly from the artisans. At night a cultural troop shall be invited to perform for two hours at the hotel for your enjoyment (guaranteed for minimum 8 travellers).

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Miklin Hotel or Similar

 

Day 10: Kumasi / Busua – November 16, 2017

Depart to Busua. En route stop at the Ashanti rich gold mine town of Obuasi. Arrive at the Busua Beach resort in the afternoon. Busua has one of the finest beaches in Ghana. The rest of the day is at your discretion.

Meals include: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Busua Beach Resort or Similar

 

Day 11: Busua / Cape Coast – November 17, 2017

After breakfast depart for Cape Coast. Your first stop shall be at the Elmina Castle – On arrival in Cape Coast you will visit (Elmina Castle) Fort Sao Jorge de Elmina – the site of the first European contact with West Africans when the Portuguese landed here in 1471. Elmina Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the first European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. The next shall be Kakum National Park – Drive to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway, which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor.  Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway 3 hour primary forest guided tour and hike

Meal(s) Included : Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at  Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

 

Day 12: Cape Coast – November 18, 2017

After breakfast, visit the Cape Coast Castle which also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Cape Coast Castle is another restored UNESCO World Heritage Site. Proceed to Accra in the afternoon; visit the Osu street market for souvenirs and later have dinner at a selected restaurant. This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals Included : Breakfast

Hotels may be upgraded in Accra & Kumasi for added cost

 

 

2017 Tour Dates

  • August 6-17
  • October 7 – 18

2018 Tour Dates

  • February 11-22
  • April 8-19
  • August 5-16
  • October 7-18

 

TOUR INCLUDES

•  Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure

•  Round-trip airport/hotel transfers

• Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties

• Transportation in private vehicle

• Experienced tour guide

• Admission to  listed sites and events

• Meals indicated by  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

• Cost of visa

• Meals not listed

• Travel Insurance

• Gratuity to driver and guide

Single Room Supplement is the additional amount paid if only one person is occupying the room.