Africans in the Diaspora have long searched for their ancestral roots. While there has been progress with DNA testing, many still long to find their country of origin. This Way Africa is proud to be part of this exciting initiative and offers a tour package that addresses just that. We have designed a Blacks History tour that will take you directly to their ancestral home and provide you an opportunity to meet members various ethnic group. You will learn the traditions (i. e. greetings, dancing, cooking, dressing and the do’s and don’ts of the culture). You will also meet with prominent elders from the local community who will teach you about Black history. For example, most United States residents who identified as black were direct descendants of West/Central Africans brought to the U.S. as slaves. A considerable number of slaves had their origins on the so-called Gold Coast or “Slave Coast,” which is now the West African nation of Ghana; We invite you to take a firsthand look at the dark past of slave trading. The remnants of the trade in Ghana are still visible today — in dozens of forts and castles. Trading posts were run by the British, French, Dutch, Germans, Spanish, Portuguese, and others, including Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle, in Ghana. Many of these sites have been preserved, and attract thousands of visitors. And of course, while you are in Ghana you’ll want to experience the beauty of the County so in addition to the following we will add attractions for your fun side.
- W. E. B. Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture
We will take you on other historical trips to The W. E. B. Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture. At the center, the guides will retell the history of Ghana’s Pan-African roots and the links it had with the outside world, especially with the rest of Africa. At The Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture, you will have a chance to see many African cultures represented in arts and craft. W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture is significant in the history of Ghana and that of Africa because it is this place that Dr. Dubois spent two years working on a Pan-African encyclopedia under the invitation of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Later you will have an opportunity to taste and learn about local cuisine and interact with otaher patrons. At night, we will drive you through some major streets of the capital city
- The National Museum
Witness merchants do their business in the administrative capital of the country. We visit the warehouse of all of Ghana’s history, The National Museum. This edifice houses documents and historical artifacts that recount the history of Ghana from colonial times. It recounts on the migration to Ghana and also describes the life of the first inhabitants of Ghana. There is a true representation of the many ethnic groups in Ghana and how they are represented culturally. The tour guide will take time to answer any questions you will have on the history of Ghana.
- Cape Coast Castles and Forts – History of Slavery
The next adventure will be a trip to the Central region of Ghana; the seat of Ghana’s colonial history where we will explore the infamous forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana that was used to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas. On this tour you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. The “door of no return” at the castle was the door the slaves went through and was the last stop before being transported across the Atlantic Ocean, to never return. The slave trade was gradually abolished by each of the colonial powers in the first half of the 1800s, but by this point, the irreversible and immeasurable damage was done. From West Africa alone it is estimated that six million slaves had been shipped to other countries. About 10-15% perished at sea during the so-called Middle Passage, never reaching their final destination. President Barack Obama and his family visited the cape coast slave castle in 2009 where he said it was the first step towards the journey that is the African American experience. He is quoted as saying, “As painful as it is, it helps to teach all of us that we have to do what we can to fight against the kinds of evils that sadly still exist in our world, not just on this continent but in every corner of the globe.” We will visit the gift shop at the castle, walk the beach, enjoy the beautiful scenery and have lunch at the “Castle Restaurant” adjacent to the castle.
- Jamestown and Ussher Fort Museum
Visit Accra’s slave fort. See artifacts of how West Africans were held for months in cells. You can imagine the inhuman treatment the people suffered as they awaited the terrifying journey west. A nice late afternoon drive will take us through one of Ghana’s oldest suburb district, Jamestown, a popular tourist destination on the coast of downtown Accra. It is a settlement of the Ghana indigenous people from the Greater Accra region. You will learn about the colonial past, their daily lives, culture and traditions. If you are physically up to it you may want to test your endurance and climb the stairs of the Jamestown lighthouse, which is 35 meters (113 ft.) above sea level. You can climb to the top to witness the most beautiful panorama view of the city. We will continue our tour and walk around town and see what the locals are up to. We will explore the buzzing harbor to see the fisherman catch of the day. We will explore and taste the various street vendors’ delicacies. A guide will be available to answer any questions you may have. This walking tour is a great introduction to Accra Ghana. Come experience the delight of Ghana. Our staff is waiting to service your every need.
- Family Life
Spend time with a local family, the center of Ghanaian society. The family has a very strong bond in Ghana and is the main source of identity, loyalty, and responsibility. Family obligations take precedence over pretty much everything else. The word “family” always includes both the nuclear unit and extended unit of family. The extended family is the most important unit of Ghanaian family structure. You will have an opportunity to observe, ask question and interact with the people to understand what makes family the bedrock of Ghana’s society.
- Religion and Worship
Join in or just observe a religious congregation. Ghana provides for the freedom of religion, allowing people to practice whatever faith tradition they desire. Most Ghanaians identify as Christian or Muslim, but many traditional beliefs still have a strong presence in the country. During the major religious celebration of Ga-Adangbe, Ghanaians return to their home villages to participate in traditional religious ceremonies.
Experience the popular foods of Ghana Many are traditional dishes which reflect the country’s long history and agriculture. Cassava, yams and plantains and fufu are regulars on a Ghanaian plate. These are often served in a soup or stew. While starchy the food is rarely bland in Ghana. Popular spices include cinnamon and hot red peppers. (Chilies and red peppers are extremely important to the Ghanaian farmer’s revenue.
- Dance and Drums
We will hear the sound of drums and the beauty in the culture of the people of the Ashanti Kingdom through their indigenous music, drumming and dancing. You witness firsthand, the local dance and culture of the people. They will recount their history through storytelling and folklore.
- Guided Tour Highlights
- Welcome greetings, transfer from airport or terminal to hotel, relax with leisure day
- Brief orientation by tour guide
- Accra City Tour – E. B. Dubois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture
- Tour of Cape Coast Slave Castle or Elmina Slave Castle
- Religion and Worship
- Meet Ashanti Chiefs and enjoy Ashanti village dance and drums and craft villages.
- Visit local markets; attend cooking class, or cooking tutorial.
- Visit to Labadi Beach to relax and have fun.
- Ashanti Dance and Drums
- Culinary Experience
- Shop at Mokola Market
- Ussher Fort Tour
- Shop at Kumasi Markets.
- Farewell lunch and departure home.
- Arrival and Departure Locations
- Arrivals: You will be picked up at your first point of entry into Ghana from the Kotoka International Airport or Tema Cruise Ship Terminal. We will provide assistance with luggage and escort you to your hotel. You will be able to identify us by looking for placard (Akwaaba! – This Way Africa Welcomes you to Ghana) with the driver’s name on it.
- Departure: You will be dropped off at the Kotoka international airport or TEMA cruise ship terminal
- Tour Duration: customized to fit your travel requirements.
- Hotel Accommodations :Hotel accommodations are based on double-occupancy; additional fees will apply for single-occupancy. On group tours we use standard hotel accommodations, unless the entire group request luxury hotels and an additional cost will be added. Luxury accommodations are available upon request.
- What’s included in the Tour Packages?
- Airport or Cruise Terminal Roundtrip Transfers
- Meet and Assist with Arrival and Departures
- Hotel Accommodations
- Transportation Vehicle with Driver
- Experienced Tour Guide
- Tour Attractions Admission Fees
- Road Levy
- Bottled Water
- What is Not Included in the Tour Packages?
- Flight Airfare
- Cost of Passport and Visa
- Travel Protection insurance
- Gratuity to Tour Guide and Driver
- Travel Requirements
- Travelers wishing to visit Ghana are required to present a valid passport and visa. Travelers are encouraged to contact the Embassy of Ghana to determine current visa requirements.
- Yellow fever vaccination required.
- Travel Insurance is optional, but recommended.
- Our Pricing
The prices are based on your choice of standard or luxury accommodations, number of days, tour destinations, private or group tours. *Prices are subject to cost increases if the hotel and transportation cost increases.
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