Welcome to Ghana

Ghana is a vibrant and culturally diverse land with a lively community atmosphere and inspiring enthusiasm for the future. Situated on Africa’s sunny Gold Coast, it is the peaceful home to fifty ethnic groups and is reaping the rewards of being one of Africa’s great success stories. Join our special cultural exploration of Ghana that has been tailored for open-minded travellers with a trail-blazing spirit of adventure to a land which has so far escaped conventional tourism.

As well as discovering the bustling hubs of Accra and Kumasi, we will visit stunning national parks and discover some of Africa’s fascinating wildlife. Our trip culminates on the tranquil white sandy beaches of Ghana’s stunning southern coastline. This is a travel experience for open-minded individuals with a trail-blazing spirit of adventure to experience a land which has so far escaped over-development by conventional tourism.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy fascinating community performances and meaningful cultural exchange
  • Visit a local blind school where inspiring work is in progress
  • Wander through the lush rainforests of Kakum National Park
  • Discover the impressive 18th Century Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Relax on the golden sandy beach of Cape Coast
  • Dates & Prices

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    February 4 - February 14, 2018 (11 days)


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    A bridge made of rope and wood leading across a large ravine through the tree canopy
  • A traditional wooden boat iwth a fishing net in it is laid next to palm trees on the beach

    What's Included

    • Flights & transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 3 nights accommodation at Oceanic Resort in Accra
    • 2 nights accommodation at Afrikiko Riverfront Resort in Akosombo
    • 2 nights accommodation at Noda Hotel in Kumasi
    • 2 nights accommodation at Coconut Grove Beach Resort in Cape Coast
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Accra City Tour
    • Bead Factory Visit
    • Blind School Visit
    • Wli Waterfalls & Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary Tour
    • Volta River Boat Ride
    • Cocoa Institue Visit
    • Manhyia Palace and Prempeh Museum Tour
    • Village Cultural Performance
    • Kejetia Market & Kumasi Fort Visit
    • Kakum National Park Canopy Walk
    • Elmina Orphanage Visit
    • Cape Coast Castle Tour
    • Nzulezo Stilt Village Tour (optional)
    A misty waterfall falls down a lush green cliff into a river

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Sunday 4th February

We’ll meet at the airport at 5.40am for our group flight. Arrival at Kotoka International airport, and transfer to our hotel in Accra.

Overnight in Accra.

Monday 5th February

Originating as the capital city of the British Gold Coast in 1877, Accra retained its key status following Ghanaian independence in 1957. Frequently referred to as the ‘beating heart of Ghana’, this capital simply bustles with life and incessant activity. On our first guided tour, we’ll start the day with a visit to the National Memorial Park and Museum which is dedicated to Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, who declared his nation’s independence from the British Empire in 1957. We continue on to the nearby fishing village of James Town, which comprises the roots of the ‘original Accra’ and remains complete with its old streets, 19th century lighthouse, Dutch-built Ussher Fort and Portuguese James Fort. Finally, we’ll pay a visit the Ga Mantse’s palace to meet with the elders of the community.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Accra.

Tuesday 6th February

Today we will depart Accra and head North East. We depart in the early morning, stopping first at the Agomanya/Somanya bead factory, where we’ll be taken through the process of decorative bead making. The craft of bead making is a 400 year old tradition in Ghana. The beads are made from recycled glass and the attractive combined results of their decorative application in fine bead-work is frequently used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage and death.

We’ll also visit the Akropong School for the Blind, for a revealing and inspiring cultural exchange and a chance to experience the work done here regarding sight loss.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Akosombo.

Wednesday 7th February

Today we explore Ghana’s Volta region, widely known for its extraordinary natural beauty. Here a fine array of waterfalls, endless rolling hills and lovely natural lagoons serve to make it one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Traversing the Volta Region, we pass through Agortime with a stopover at the craft villages of Kente in Kpetoe. Kpetoe is the region’s capital and is particularly well known for the quality of its distinctive local weaving.

Next we’ll be paying a visit the Wli waterfalls, the highest in Ghana, where we’ll cross over nine rivers to access the lower falls. There’ll also be the opportunity to visit one of Ghana’s greatest eco-tourism successes, the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, where monkeys can be observed or verbally described as they live in complete and fascinating harmony with the human population.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Akosombo.

Thursday 8th February

Today we’ll be departing Ghana’s Volta region, but not before we take an exhilarating boat ride along the Volta River, once alternatively named the ‘River of Return’ by Portuguese settlers, due to the constantly twisting nature of the river’s dramatic course.

We’ll then proceed to the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) for a revealing guided tour of its laboratories and farms. Cocoa is the chief agricultural export of Ghana, which is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world. This tour will do much to enlighten us regarding this backbone of the local economy. After our guided tour we’ll continue our trip to Kumasi.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Kumasi.

 

Friday 9th February

Kumasi is the ancient capital of the Ashanti Kingdom and is still widely regarded as the cultural centre of Ghana. The Ashanti people have for centuries been masters of indigenous African art, having produced some of the most exquisitely carved masks, figures and artefacts ever to be found on the continent of Africa. It’s believed that a key development of stylisation and abstraction in European art can be directly traced to an exhibition of Ashanti and other masks and carvings, held in Paris in the very early 20th Century, and known to be have been avidly attended by a young Pablo Picasso and his contemporaries. The Ashanti king and members of the royal family still hold great prominence in the region to this day.

On our guided tour of the city we’ll start the day with visits to the Manhyiah Palace, seat of the Ashanti Kingdom, and to the Prempeh museum. During the 19th century, the Ashanti Kingdom covered most of what comprises present day Ghana. One less admirable historic reason for the flourishing of Ashanti culture was their long-ago practice of trading slaves to certain European nations, a tragic though important piece of the rich tapestry of history. However this region today is very much about positivity and creativity, being justly famous for its fine craftsmanship in gold and its living tradition of artistry in wood carving. We’ll be visiting the Kumasi Fort and Military Museum which houses equipment used during the British-Ashanti war of 1900, World War II and in subsequent episodes of Ghana’s military history. We end the day with an intriguing cultural performance held in a traditional village.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Kumasi.

Saturday 10th February

Today we begin our journey from Kumasi to the coastal town of Elmina. The name ‘Elmina’ is derived from the Portuguese word for ‘mine’ as the discovery of gold along this coast led to the coining of the name ‘Gold Coast’ for Ghana while it was under British Imperial rule. Our first stop of the day is a visit to the Kejetia Market, the largest open air-market in all of West Africa. Here we can delve with multi sensory delight into the sights, smells, sounds, the hustle and bustle of this impressive and long established trading place, to browse and purchase locally crafted souvenirs. We depart for the Central Region through the infamous Assin Manso, once a river route widely used by slave traders. Ghana was centrally intertwined with the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade from the 16th century, and Assin Manso was one of the most infamous centres for this spine-chilling commercial venture, being the starting point of the journey endured by countless slaves.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Elmina.

Sunday 11th February

Today we have an unmistakeably African experience at the wonderful Kakum National Park. Within this undisturbed, green, virgin rainforest we’ll commence a walking tour on the longest and highest canopy walkway in Western Africa. This park is fabulously rich in biodiversity and here we have the possibility of encountering wild African Elephants, Diana Monkeys and the African Grey Parrot, among others. The sights and sounds of this magically untouched rainforest make it an encounter with nature that’s not to be missed. On our return journey we’ll make a brief stopover at the Hans Botel. This ‘motel for boats’ is a resort partly built on stilts over a river, the scene is populated by wildlife including crocodiles, monkeys and multiple species of bird life.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Elmina.

Monday 12th February

Today there is an optional visit to Nzulezo Stilt Village, by canoe. The name Nzulezo originated from the Nzema language and means ‘surface water’. The village overlooks Lake Tadane and is entirely constructed in traditional style from wooden stilts and platforms, making it a major tourist attraction of Ghana and earning nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2000. As we voyage through the Amansure Lagoon we’ll have a chance to interact with local villagers before returning to our base in Elmina. Alternatively relax on the white sand beaches of Cape Coast.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Elmina.

Tuesday 13th February

Start the day with a visit to an orphanage which is situated in this region, to make a presentation and to spend some time meeting local children as they take part in activities such as reading, learning songs and playing games. During the afternoon, we’ll continue our trip to Cape Coast Castle, an extremely well preserved historic defensive outpost which has also been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will then journey back to Accra for our return international flight.

Breakfast included.

Wednesday 14th February

Arrive back in the UK.