Welcome to Ghana where food is central to the local culture. “Waakye, red-red, banku, fufu, and peanut soup” are a few of the cuisines popular in the region. We will first work up an appetite touring the local markets before we begin on our food tasting venture and cooking class. Anytime, day or night you can be sure to stumble upon Ghanaians street vendors’ food which is the tastiest varied parts of the cuisine and include deliciously made kebab skewers called Chichinga, or Tilapia arguably the most popular fish species to be eaten on the streets of Ghana. The meats are often lamb, goat or chicken but often you can expect something more unexpected or exotic. We must not forget the famous Jollof rice which is eaten with almost everything and made with rice, tomato paste, onions, salt, spices, and their famous chili peppers. Wait until you try the Fufu or Banku, a traditional dish of pounded cassava and yam usually served with hot pepper soup, it’s like nothing you’ve ever eaten. You will come to know the pounding rhythmic sound of the locals making fufu. It is delicious, fun to eat and a staple for the Ghanaian people. We will visit the local chop bars, do a little bar hopping, wine tasting, food tasting, and attend a couple of cooking classes. We will have a fantastic time. Come to Ghana, come and share these experiences. Bon Appetit!
- Chop Bars
You will get a chance to wine and dine at the local popular eateries commonly called chop bars. Chop is a local slang for the word ‘to eat’ and bar meaning an area that is meant for gathering. It could be the local community bar or the roadside bar and restaurant, its where the community come to meet and gather. Initially it was used to serve as a place where bachelors could go to be assured of a good home cooked meal. They’re usually open in the morning for you to have breakfast and a great cup of coffee or at closing a delicious nightcap. It’s a place where Ghanaian neighbors meet and share their thoughts of the day, tales of the big fish that got away, and laugh with friends.
- Buka Restaurant
Buka restaurant is just off of Oxford St. in Accra. We will stop by to experience great authentic Ghanaian and Nigerian cuisines at a place where the atmosphere is nice. like Akara (bean cakes serv There is an excellent selection of tasty range of Ghanaian cuisine starting with an appetizer ed with spicy dipping sauce ). The menu includes a delicious fish pepper soup or goat pepper soup or meals like Omo Tuo (rice balls) with Nkatenkwan (Peanut Soup) and Tilapia and banku guaranteed to soothe your palate. Make sure you go with an empty stomach because they server quality and quantity of food
- James Town Lighthouse
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 Ga indigenous people from the Greater Accra region. You will learn about the colonial past, their daily lives, culture and traditions. Jamestown lighthouse 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. Come experience the delight of Ghana. Our staff is waiting to service your every need.
- Kumasi Food Tour: Market Visit and Cooking Class
Get a glimpse of a daily life in Kumasi on a 3-hour small group food tour to include a market visit and a cooking class at the home of a local Ghanaian. You will explore the market with a guide to browse for fresh produce, herbs, and spices and will learn the fundamental components of the West African kitchen. You will take your ingredients to a nearby Ghanaian home and prepare a meal of traditional Kumasi dishes like ‘waakye’ a bean & rice dish and ‘koose (fried bean balls)’.then finish your tour around the table as you enjoy warm Ghanaian hospitality and Ashanti cuisine.
- Cape Coast Castles and Forts – History of Slavery
We will have an early morning departure and head to Cape Coast, to the slave castle forts one of Ghana’s key tourist attractions. You will experience first-hand the dark and daunting dungeons where the slaves were kept and the inhumane conditions in which they had to endure. The “door of no return” at the castle was the door the slaves went through after being taken from their homes and family and was the last stop before being transported across the Atlantic Ocean, to never return. It is estimated that six million slaves were shipped from West Africa and taken to other countries. We will visit the gift shop at the castle, walk along the beach and marvel at the ocean waves pounding against the shores. You will have worked up a good appetite and we will have lunch at the “Castle Restaurant” adjacent to the fort. The restaurant serves a wide variety of Ghanaian cuisines that is very good and if you like seafood you will find it very tasty and from the restaurant you will have the most fantastic view of the ocean
- Labadi Beach
Labadi Beach is the most popular beach in Ghana and depending on the day of the week you go it may be quiet and peaceful or really buzzing with exciting activities. We may run across a Reggae DJ that plays on Wednesday nights near an open bar that is stocked with local and imported beers or we may catch a live band or some acrobatic entertainment. You will find tourists, international students, reggae lovers and locals having fun, mingling or just relaxing. There are food vendors and good restaurants up and down the shores and they will provide you with an opportunity to taste the Ghanaian cuisines.
- Accra Cooking Tutorial
Learn to cook a Ghanaian feast. You will get an opportunity to receive a personal cooking tutorial from a Ghanaian who does cooking for a living. Some of the many local dishes she teaches you how to prepare is Red-Red, Groundnut Soup with rice balls or Jollof rice. You will prepare during the cooking session under the instruction of the cook. This activity will provides the participants with an insight into the traditional Ghanaian way of preparing food; and you will also get to taste the dish after it has been prepared. So let’s go have lunch and get our meal on.
- Ghana Street Food Festival (Seasonal)
An annual food festival that brings all of the local street food vendors together in one place and where you will get an opportunity to taste many vendors’ specialty cuisines to include kababs, jollof rice, grilled fish, snake gourd with shrimp, and spicy dishes. Here the food will be good and the air will be filled with music, laugher and fun. You don’t want to miss this outdoor event.
- Guided Tour Highlights
- Welcome greetings, transfer from airport or terminal to hotel
- Brief orientation by tour guide
- Visits to Chop Bars
- Jamestown Lighthouse Tour
- Kumasi Food Tour
- Tour of Cape Coast Slave Castle & Forts
- Fisherman’s Village
- Visit local markets; taste the Ghanaian cuisines.
- Ghana Street Food Festival (Seasonal)
- Attend Accra Cooking Class
- Visit to Labadi Beach to have relaxing time.
- 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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