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Discover Ghana, Togo & Benin – 19 Days

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19 days 18 nights

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Daily Tour

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Unlimited

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English

Overview

Discover Ghana, Togo & Benin

Discover Ghana Togo & Benin – Travel with us through Ghana, Togo, and Benin as we explore the ancient history and cultural identity of these three countries. Explore Ghana- the former Gold Coast, famous for its friendly people, rich colorful history, numerous authentic cultural festivals, forts, castles, and other UNESCO heritage sites.

Join us and Discover Ghana Togo & Benin – Touch the History of Cape Coast and Elmina, once centers of the slave trade. Encounter Ashanti royalty and learn about the regal history of the Ashanti people. Travel through the rural backroads where the real West Africa resides in every village; cross into Togo and Benin where the history and cultures are no less fascinating. Visit the Royal Palace of Abomey in Benin. Meet village chiefs, observe wildlife and see how local crafts are handmade in time-honored traditions.

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Highlights

  • Independence Square
  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Hydro-Electric Dam Akosombo
  • Aburi Botanical Gardens
  • Traditional Casket Maker’s Shop
  • Elmina Castle
  • Cape Coast Castle
  • Kakum Park
  • Mole National Park
  • Sirigu village
  • Royal Palace Museum - Abomey
  • Ethnographic Museum

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE ACCRA, GHANA
Day 1: ARRIVE ACCRA, GHANA

When you arrive at Kotoka International Airport, our experienced cultural tour guide will be there to welcome you, offer assistance, and drive you in our private air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel.

Your guide, who will be by your side the entire time, will give you a briefing on what to expect while you are in Ghana after you have checked in.

Overnight at African Regent Hotel or similar

Day 2: ACCRA
Day 2: ACCRA

See the enclosed flame of African emancipation in Independence Square, which was ignited in 1961 by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The first president of Ghana's last resting place is the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. A nearby museum, which is also set in lovely grounds and features pictures, artifacts, and information on Dr. Nkrumah's life, is close by. The National Cultural Center, Ghana's largest outdoor arts and crafts market offering traditional goods from all over West Africa, is located next to the park.

One of Accra's oldest areas is James Town, where history can be found around every corner. The British built the first of its lighthouses in 1875, which served as a navigational aid for commerce ships passing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original building was destroyed, but a newer, larger lighthouse that was finished in 1921 is still in use today.

Discover the seven Afro-Brazilian families that migrated back to Ghana in 1836 in "Brazil House." In this region of Accra, there are a lot of people with common Brazilian/Portuguese last names like De Souza, Palmares, Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros, and Olympio.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at African Regent Hotel or similar

Day 3: ACCRA – AKOSOMBO – ACCRA
Day 3: ACCRA – AKOSOMBO – ACCRA

Travel to Akosombo in Ghana's Eastern region after breakfast to see the Hydro-Electric Dam built on the Volta Lake. The largest artificial lake in Africa is called Volta Lake. Shai Hills and Aburi Botanical Gardens are the route back to Accra. The British Colonial Administration established Aburi as an agricultural research facility and hospital. The garden is located between 1200 and 1500 feet above sea level and looks out over the coastal lowlands. The cultural and medicinal significance of the trees in these gardens will be explained to you.

Shai Hills natural game reserves. The reserve is made up of a very eye-catching and lovely cluster of rocky hills situated in the heart of vast open and forested grassland plains. The hills have a number of caves, some of which have played and still do play a significant part in the history, culture, and tradition of the area. Arrive back in Accra in the early evening.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at African Regent Hotel or similar

Day 4: ACCRA AND VICINITY
Day 4: ACCRA AND VICINITY

Travel to Teshie after breakfast and stop by the traditional casket maker's shop. Here, caskets are constructed specifically to reflect the deceased's interests, pastimes, and professions.

Drive by the University of Ghana, the largest and most prestigious of Ghana's thirteen tertiary institutions. As the University College of the Gold Coast, it was established in 1948.

Drive on via "28 February Crossroad" to Osu Castle, commonly known as Fort Christiansburg or just the Castle, which is located on the Gulf of Guinea shore of the Atlantic Ocean.

The castle has changed ownership between Denmark-Norway, Portugal, the Akwamu, Britain, and eventually post-Independence Ghana. The first significant fort was constructed by Denmark-Norway in the 1660s. The castle has served as Ghana's capital for most of its history. In a bird sanctuary with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, it also serves as the location of late Ghanaian President John Atta Mills' burial. Visit the historic area of Accra to observe the locals' traditional way of life.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at African Regent Hotel or similar

Day 5: ACCRA – CAPE COAST
Day 5: ACCRA – CAPE COAST

Drive to Cape Coast after breakfast; arrive in time for lunch. Enjoy a tour of Elmina's Colonial Town this afternoon. The buildings of Elmina are testaments to its lengthy past. Visit the vibrant Asafo homes, which served as a location for warriors to meditate and seek spiritual guidance before battle. They are amazing examples of how Africans incorporate art into their daily life. Take a tour of Elmina Harbor this evening to see the brightly colored fishing canoes preparing to set out for another night of fishing. This is a fantastic opportunity for the group's photographers.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort or similar

Day 6: CAPE COAST – KAKUM PARK – CAPE COAST
Day 6: CAPE COAST – KAKUM PARK – CAPE COAST

Visit Kakum National Park after breakfast. One of Ghana's most well-known parks is Kakum. Learn about how the ancestors lived in the forest while taking a brief walking tour on the forest floor. Africa's only aerial walkway across the forest canopy, a 1000-foot path with seven bridges and viewing platforms that rise more than 150 feet above the earth, is located in Kakum. You can have a cool beverage from freshly opened coconut before departing Kakum. Visit Cape Coast Castle Museum for a guided tour following lunch. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cape Coast Castle served as one of the ports from which Africans were transported to the Americas. The famous "Door of No Return" is located inside the castle.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort or similar

Day 7: CAPE COAST – KUMASI
Day 7: CAPE COAST – KUMASI

Leave for Kumasi, the home of the Ashanti Kingdom, after breakfast. Visit Manhiya Palace when you get to Kumasi. This was the official residence of the Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974 and is now a museum with valuable relics from the Ashanti Kingdom. The National Cultural Center, where the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum—named for the former Asantehene Nana Osei Agyeman Prempeh II—is located, is the next stop on this historic city trip. A replica of the famous Golden Stool, which is the Ashanti people's spiritual emblem and is thought to have fallen from the sky, is among the exhibits.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel Kumasi or similar

Day 8: KUMASI AND VICINITY
Day 8: KUMASI AND VICINITY

Visit the neighboring Okomfo Anokye Sword, an important emblem of Ashanti unity that has marked the location where the Golden Stool "descended from the sky" for 300 years, after breakfast. Legend has it that if the sword were ever taken away, the Ashanti Kingdom would fall. Keep on to Ejisu-Besease. Visit the shrines at Yaw Tano or Ejisu-Besease. Visit the Ashanti craft villages in the following days, beginning at Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is made on looms in accordance with a long-standing custom that has been handed down through the generations. You will have the chance to buy mementos and observe the Kente weavers as they weave several varieties of Kente cloth.

The next stop is the village of Ntonso, where craftsmen manually stamp designs onto cotton fabric to create Adinkra textiles. For funerals and other solemn occasions, adinkra cloth is worn. The last trip is the woodcarving community of Ahwiaa, where skilled artisans carve wooden royal stools, walking sticks, and fertility dolls. You will have the chance to buy a variety of hand-carved goods. After dinner, stay the night at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Golden Tulip Kumasi

Day 9: KUMASI- BUABENG –FIEMA-MOLE
Day 9:  KUMASI- BUABENG –FIEMA-MOLE

Leave for the Mole National Park in Ghana's Northern Region after breakfast. The largest wildlife sanctuary in Ghana is called Mole National Park. The park's southern limit is formed by a high cliff, and it is situated in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 meters. The nearby town of Larabanga is where you enter the park. During the protracted dry season, the Lovi and Mole Rivers run through the park, leaving only drinking holes behind.

Stop in the Brong Ahafo Region's Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. Ghana's most famous example of traditional African conservation is the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. Over 200 Geoffrey's Pied Columbus and 500 Campbell's Mona Monkeys reside in the sanctuary, which is nestled between the two communities of Boabeng and Fiema. The inhabitants of Boabeng and Fiema have revered monkeys for more than 150 years. Both groups' cultural beliefs forbid physically harming the monkeys. legislation preventing harm to the monkeys was also passed by the two villages in 1975. Continue to mole for overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Mole Motel

Day 10: MOLE
Day 10: MOLE

Safari in the morning at Mole National Park

The Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Mole Motel

Day 11: MOLE – SIRIGU CULTURAL VILLAGE – TAMALE
Day 11: MOLE – SIRIGU CULTURAL VILLAGE – TAMALE

Travel from Mole to Tamale, stopping En route at Tamale Central Market.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Jeyads Lodge or similar

Day 12: TAMALE-SIRIGU VILLAGE-TAMALE
Day 12: TAMALE-SIRIGU VILLAGE-TAMALE

Leave for Sirigu village, which is famous for its elaborately decorated adobe compounds that local women painted. Sirigu is close to Navrongo. The most well-known figure is "the man with two faces," who holds a bird in one hand and a cross in the other, signifying the coexistence of traditional beliefs and Christianity. The houses are decorated with geometric patterns in red, black, and white, as well as images of animals and people.

The Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Jeyads Lodge

Day 13:TAMALE – KARA, TOGO
Day 13:TAMALE – KARA, TOGO

We'll go to Lome's Kéran National Park after breakfast. The Park is situated in the Kara region of northern Togo. This region is traversed by just one road. We will continue to Fazao Mafakassa National Park after lunch. The largest national park in Togo is called Fazao Mafakassa. It is located in a semi-mountainous wetland between the Kara Region and the Central Region. The park's landscape is spectacular, with rocky slopes and lovely waterfalls.

The Park is currently being examined for listing among the places of "outstanding universal importance" to the world that are designated as World Heritage sites. It was included in the Mixed (Cultural + Natural) category of the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on January 8th, 2002. Visit the village of Bandjeli to see how Bassar iron is made. The sacred forest of Kibre was home to the first inhabitants. Visit the warlike Moba tribe, which engages in female circumcision.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Kara Hotel or similar

Day 14: KARA – NATINTINGOU, BENIN
Day 14: KARA – NATINTINGOU, BENIN

We cross the border into Benin today. Visit the Taberma and Sombat tribes' homes at Koutammakou and other villages in the Land of the Batammariba, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Traditional mud tower-houses are still the preferred type of housing in the region. These tightly grouped fortified homes were constructed in the 18th century to defend the locals from Dahomey warriors and slave hunters. Keep going through the night to Natintingou. The rest of the day is free

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Tata Somba or similar

Day 15: NATINTINGOU – ABOMEY
Day 15: NATINTINGOU – ABOMEY

Leave Natintingou for Abomey after breakfast, making stops at significant sites including the Dankoli shrine and Djougou, the largest and most populated Islamic village. A trip to the Djougou Market is scheduled.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Suncity Hotel or similar

Day 16: ABOMEY
Day 16: ABOMEY

Start the day this morning by heading to the Royal Palace Museum. Although fire in 1892 destroyed the majority of the buildings that were first constructed in the middle of the 1600s, the structure that is still there is magnificent. Voodoo skulls, Portuguese artifacts, and traditional homes are on display in the museum. Photography is strictly prohibited. The throne of Ghezo, which was constructed on top of human skulls, is on display at Musee Historique d' Abomey (Historical Museum). You can observe the craftsmen creating works in bronze, copper, and iron before going back to your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Suncity Hotel or similar

Day 17: ABOMEY – PORTO NOVO – COTONOU
Day 17: ABOMEY – PORTO NOVO – COTONOU

After breakfast, proceed to Cotonou via Porto Novo, where you can stop at the Brazilian Church, the Ethnographic Museum, and the 300-year-old King Toffa's palace. Stop by the Songhai Center for a guided tour if you have the time. Continue on for the night at Cotonou

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Best Western Nobila

Day 18: COTONOU – GANVIE – COTONOU
Day 18: COTONOU – GANVIE – COTONOU

Visit Abomey-Clavi-Ganvie, a 500-year-old waterside village sometimes known as the "Venice of Africa," after breakfast. Near Lake Nokoue are around 1,200 residents. Taking a canoe around the residences is worth it for the view; most of the residents make loud, amiable greets. Travel to Ouida, the historic slave trading post and the home of voodoo, in the afternoon. The Voodoo Museum, the Sacred Forest, the "Road of the Slaves," the Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sacred Pythons are all included in this unforgettable tour.

Continue on to the "Common Grave," "Tree of Forgetfulness," and "Gate of No Return" (With special preparations and an additional fee, you may arrange a welcoming reception from Dagbo Honunon, head priest of the voodoo religion.) After a brief excursion, return to Cotonou and spend the night.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Best Western Nobila

Day 19: COTONOU – DEPARTURE
Day 19: COTONOU – DEPARTURE

Your flight's departure time will determine what you can do today. For your next flight, transfer to the airport.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

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