3 days 2 nights
Exploring Ashanti Culture and Crafts – Get captivated by the legendary history and extraordinary culture of the Ashanti Kingdom on this introductory tour to Kumasi- the capital of the Ashanti Region, Ghana’s second-largest city with nearly 2 million residents.
This region is well noted for its expertise in a variety of specialized crafts. Get immersed in the ancient craft of weaving the boldly colored fabrics of Kente and Adinkra which are deeply intertwined in Ashanti history. You will visit studios of indigenous brass-makers, potters, and batik-makers.
Your tour will be incomplete without a visit to the cradle of the exquisite cultures of the Ashanti’s- the Manhyia Palace, the former residence of Ashanti Kings. Observe the orderly chaos of Kejetia Market – one of the largest open-air markets in West Africa.
No tour of Ghana is complete without sampling some of Ghana’s most popular traditional dishes such as omotuo, made with rice and peanut butter soup, a much tastier experience than the name conveys.
Enjoy a short boat ride on Lake Bosomtwe, Ghana’s largest natural freshwater lake.
You can start your lovely trip to Kumasi after rising early. Kumasi, with its beautiful historical setting, has a lot to offer tourists. Discover how its lively culture is still very much a living thing by exploring the famous palaces, forts, museums, and churches. This has been the case for centuries.
You might be surprised to learn that Kumasi, the second-largest city in Ghana, has a population of close to three million people. We will go to the Manhyia museum in the late afternoon to learn about the history and cultural legacy of the Ashanti Kingdom at the Asantehene's main house. The museum houses precious treasures from the Ashanti Kingdom. We'll go to the Sword site, one of the most significant markers of Ashanti harmony that has stood for 300 years. If the sword were to be taken out of its sheath, it is rumored that the Ashanti Kingdom would fall.
You will go to the Kejetia market if time allows. With its wealth of fresh fish, genuine African fabric for manufacturing custom clothing, beauty items, meals, jewelry, and handmade crafts, this bustling market, known as one of the largest commercial areas in all of Africa, draws traders from all over Ghana.
Overnight at Noda Hotel
We leave for an exploration of Ashanti culture after breakfast. We incorporate many aspects of Ashanti culture into our full-day tour of Kumasi and the surrounding area, giving you the chance to learn about this interesting and dynamic culture in stunning settings. On excursions to several of their craft villages, you will see some of the following important cultural villages of this old Kingdom:
The village of Ahwiaa is well known for its numerous skilled artisans who create fertility dolls, walking sticks, and Royal Stools from wood. This bustling community is also renowned for giving rise to some of the most gifted craftsmen who produce hand-carved jewelry boxes and various other wood-carved objects.
You can find out more about the cultural significance of Adinkra cloth in the town of Ntonso and see how textiles decorated with Adinkra symbols are made using black dye made from the bark of a unique tree that can only be found in the North. Adinkra symbols can be drawn by hand or purchased already printed on fabric.
In the village of Adanwomase, you can see how the local weavers create the famous Kente fabric according to a long-standing custom that has been handed down through the generations. You could choose to buy some of the beautiful Kente fabrics that are on show in the center.
Overnight at Noda Hotel
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We will have to say our farewells to the Ashanti Kingdom all too soon. We must stop at the following culturally significant locations before departing
The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and many brasses, pottery, and batik studios may be found at the National Cultural Center.
We'll also make a stop at Lake Bosomtwe, Ghana's largest freshwater lake, which is famous for its tranquility and quiet. Walk along the lake's edge and engage in conversation with the local fishermen to gain insight into their way of life.
Enjoy a 30-minute boat trip to explore the lake's picturesque view after lunch (at the client's expense).
Meal (s) Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Client's Own Arrangement