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Experience Ghana Including Chale Wote Festival-10 Days (August 15-24, 2022)

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10 days 9 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Experience Ghana Including Chale Wote Festival

 CHALE WOTE Street Festival continues this tradition while breaking away from the traditional grid to give festival culture a very modern impulse.

The festival is deeply rooted in Ghanaian culture and is celebrated in various forms by various ethnic groups on various occasions. You enter a transformed space the moment you encounter your first artistic experience on High Street, where art can be seen, heard, experienced, and created with each shift in perspective. Music blares from every nook and cranny, and as you move through the space, the musical genre shifts. I have even heard a Soca song. linking the land of my birth to the land of my upbringing Face painting and body art are popular at the Chale Wote Festival.

 In the Ga language, Chale Wote means man, let’s go. And boy, do you feel like you’re moving. It can be the first or only time this year that Ghanaians have the opportunity to wear nontraditional body paintings. During the festival, you may notice a colonial-era lighthouse built in the 1930s looming in the distance. The old Lighthouse near James Fort for a great view of the city’s busy and captivating fishing harbor. A community-based festival is an annual event that takes place in James Town one of Accra’s most historic communities and targets exchanges between Ghana-based and international artists creating and appreciating art together.

During the Chale Wote Festival, you will encounter fetish priests, a 100-strong galloping cavalry on horseback, skateboarders, stilt walkers, and tree climbers.

From leaf-draped tree creatures to a feathered angel on a unicycle, from children boxing to graffiti artists in full flow on a mural wall, there’s something for everyone.

The festival, Is West Africa’s talk-about contemporary street art festival, is a sensory overload. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chale Wote Festival
  • W.E.Dubois Center
  • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • James Town Historic Neighbourhood
  • Fulani Dine on the Mat

Itinerary

Day 1-Accra
Day 1-Accra

You arrive at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

Accra is situated on the Gold Coast of Western Africa. This is the start of what will be an amazing journey that will live with you forever. After passing through immigration, you proceed to collect your luggage before heading to customs.

You will be met just outside of customs and transferred to your hotel in action of your stay, and transfer to your hotel in our private air-conditioned vehicle.

Once you have checked in, our expert cultural guide, who will be accompanying you for the duration of your tour, will offer you Akwaaba (Welcome) and brief you on the exciting activities that await you here in Ghana.

Meal(s) Included: Welcome Dinner

Hotel: Alisa Hotel

Day 2-Accra
Day 2-Accra

After breakfast, you will depart for a full-day tour of Accra.

Visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Center honoring the life of one of the most prominent Pan-Africanists who chose to live and work in Ghana.

Continue to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and museum, a tribute to Ghana’s first President. This park formally called the Polo grounds, is where Dr Kwame Nkrumah declared the independence of Ghana. Independence Square, Accra’s open-air ceremonial grounds where all national celebrations are held.

After lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account), we visit Jamestown Community-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.

This evening, you shall have a unique experience of exploring the beautiful Fulani culture by visiting Chef Fatmata Binta. Fatmata Binta is a recognized chef of Fulani descent living in Accra. She will help you experience cuisine the Fulani way. You will be treated to 3 courses inclusive of dessert, music and good vibes that you will always remember. You will have the Attaya Tea ceremony and well as Chef’s tutorial on Fulani Culture.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Alisa Hotel

Day 3-ACCRA (SHOPPING EXPERIENCE)
Day 3-ACCRA (SHOPPING EXPERIENCE)

After a leisure breakfast, we will visit the shopping areas of Accra and the vicinity including craft markets, galleries, dressmakers and hair braiders. There will be bargains galore.

The always bustling Makola Market, the biggest open market in Accra. This fascinating market has been compartmentalized into various sections to make bargain hunting easier. You will have the chance to walk through this unusually bustling market and even get the chance to sharpen your bargaining skills.
We stop at the city's arts and crafts market to try out our bargaining skills.
The famous Oxford Street in Osu where you can shop for unique, colorful and beautiful African wear, handcrafted jewelry and accessories.

At this evening’s dinner, we shall have a Head Wrap demonstration and instruction. Tailors and dressmakers will be in attendance for those who need custom made outfits.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Alisa Hotel

Day 4-ACCRA-GOMOA NYANYANO-CAPE COAST/ELMINA
Day 4-ACCRA-GOMOA NYANYANO-CAPE COAST/ELMINA

After a well deserving breakfast at the hotel and check out, we set out for Ghana’s Central Region. Enroute, we will visit the village of Hope Orphanage https://www.thevohgroup.org/Ministries/village to spend some time with the kids and interact with the caretakers on their day-to-day care of the children. There is an opportunity to assist with their daily activities. This is a licensed Residential Home for children to rehabilitate and nurture orphaned and vulnerable children in a holistic manner. Here, they operate the principle of the family system as the basic socialization unit of a child and consider the unique natuaral abilities of each child for their development.

After lunch (at the home), we continue to Cape Coast/Elmina.

Upon arrival, embark on a guided walking tour of Elmina, which was the first point of European contact in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was once the most cosmopolitan city in Tropical Africa. Climb the Jago Hill to Fort Saint Jargo, which was used by the Dutch as a post to snatch the Elmina Castle from the Portuguese. You will be thrilled by the various Colonial Dutch Cemeteries as well as the colorful Safo (Fante Traditional Soldiers) posts with their philosophical symbols.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Alisa Hotel

Day 5-CAPE COAST & ELMINA
Day 5-CAPE COAST & ELMINA

Today we embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade which the impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.

Visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and is also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub-Saharan Africa. The colorful harbor nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa's greatest photo opportunities.
We will also participate in the “Fihankra” ceremony which seeks to reconnect people of African descent, who have been lost due to the transatlantic slave trade, to the motherland. This ceremony reconnects returnees with the cultural and spiritual ties that had been denied them for centuries. The final part of Fihankra includes a naming ceremony.

Upon our return to the hotel, we will enjoy this evening’s dinner with a cultural performance from the Mesomagor Bamboo Orchestra group.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Ridge Royal Hotel

Day 6-CAPE COAST/ELMINA
Day 6-CAPE COAST/ELMINA

After a restful night and leisure breakfast, we will visit ‘Global Mama's –an inspiring non-profit and Fair-trade organization, assisting women in Ghana to become economically independent. During this visit you can learn about the challenges and rewards of operating these economic uplifting projects. Here you can get also Crafty and participate in the traditional West African art of Batik making.

We will also visit Esi’s Kitchen to explore the fragrant and exotic flavors of West African cuisine. Esi will introduce you to an array of new tastes and flavors as you learn how to create authentic Ghanaian dishes. Using African cooking techniques, during this workshop you will create traditional dishes like Jollof rice (Rice cooked in tomato sauce), Red Red (Beans stew with fried ripe plantain), and Ampesi (Cooked yam/plantain with palava sauce) or Peanut butter soup. After learning the recipes, you will enjoy eating the feast you’ve helped to prepare!

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Ridge Royal Hotel

Day 7-CAPE COAST/ACCRA
Day 7-CAPE COAST/ACCRA

After breakfast, drive to Kakum National Park. Here you will see birds and butterflies, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests with over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Proceed to the canopy walk, a 1000-foot long, seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above the ground!

See today’s Accra at the West Hills Mall, the biggest retail shopping mall in West Africa; transfer to your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Ridge Royal Hotel

Day 8-ACCRA (CHALE WOTE FESTIVAL)
Day 8-ACCRA (CHALE WOTE FESTIVAL)

We will enjoy the morning at leisure until it is time to head out to Chale Wote Festival the popular biggest art festival in West Africa. This festival brings together an alluring mix of artists musicians and Accra’s up and coming, fashion designers.

Meal(s) Included : Breakfast

Hotel: Alisa Hotel

Day 9-ACCRA-ADA FOAH-ACCRA (DAY OUT AT AQUA SAFARI RESORT)
Day 9-ACCRA-ADA FOAH-ACCRA (DAY OUT AT AQUA SAFARI RESORT)

Following a leisure breakfast, let’s wind down on our exploration of Ghana with a visit to Aqua Safari Resort, a top eco-friendly luxury getaway resort in the heart of Ada Foah, located 2 hours drive away from Ghana’s capital, Accra.

This is where you enjoy an ideal blend of a stunning beach, and picturesque village tours topped off with some sun. You will also unravel a rich and inspiring history of the local people.
Upon arrival at the resort, take a relaxing boat cruise to explore the beautiful Island.

Arrive back from the cruise in time for a mouthwatering lunch (prepared with fresh farm produce) which you can take right at the beach or taken from the serene chalet garden. The choice is yours!
After lunch, there are also varieties of activities you can choose such as an icy dip in the pool which overlooks the Atlantic ocean, beach volley, Beach soccer, Badminton, Segway Ride, Table Tennis and Bicycle Ride
We return to Accra late afternoon.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Alisa Hotel

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

Enjoy the day at leisure.

Time permitting your driver will assist you on your last-minute errands and excursions before you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

In-Flight

We hope that after this trip you will forever view the Motherland in the positive light it deserves

Meal(s) Included : Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • 9 nights of hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in a private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Meals indicated (Breakfast daily, 1 Lunch and 8 dinners)
  • Assistance with visa application
  • Flights
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide

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