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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

Discover Senegal & Ghana

Discover Senegal & Ghana – Experience the beauty of 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

Take a 20-minute ferry ride after breakfast to the picturesque and well-known Goree Island, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the typically peaceful Streets dotted with neoclassical structures that are primarily pastel in color. Popular tourist destination The House of Slaves provides a peek into Goree's traumatic past.

With the help of this tour, you'll be able to go back in time and learn more about an aspect of African cultural heritage. You may see the "Door of No Return" here, through which untold numbers of Africans traveled to become slaves in the Americas.

The Elite School of Mariama Ba, a well-known Senegalese writer who was established in 1977 by the country's first president, is another option. The school, which has an environment created to foster academic success and personal growth for girls enrolled after receiving the top marks on national entrance tests, is situated in a gorgeous location near to the sea.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Terrou Bi 

Day 4: SALY – BANDIA – SALY
Day 4: SALY – BANDIA – SALY

Drive to Bandia Park to view several Senegalese natural animals, such as white rhinoceros, kudu, elands, cape moose, giraffes, ostriches, and zebras, as well as buffalo, antelopes, impala gazelles, monkeys, tortoises, and crocodiles. Visit the crocodile pool, where buffalos frolic in the mud and animals congregate to drink.

Numerous bird species, such as little hornbills, grey herons, eagles, blackbirds, and kingfishers, will be seen.

Upon your return, take a quick cruise on the Somone Lagoon to view the stunning scenery and spot some uncommon river birds. Then, hurry back to the hotel. This evening, you can go swimming and engage in other beach activities.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Hotel: Royam Saly

Day 5: ARRIVE ACCRA
Day 5: ARRIVE ACCRA

Spend the morning at your leisure before your travel to Ghana. After being welcomed, escorted, and driven to your hotel for the following 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

Return to Abidjan after breakfast, making stops at tourist attractions. Enjoy the rest of your free time.

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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