Ghana is a country on the West Coast of Africa and is one of the most thriving places on the Africa continent. You will be amazed by its rich traditions, diverse culture, and different ethnicities. This tour reveals the many aspects of a Ghanaian lifestyle. Engage with indigenes, they will teach you Ghanaian games such as “piloloo” the Ghanaian version of “hide and seek” and “chaskele”, our very own version of the popular baseball sport. Join us on the shores as we watch fishermen return from sea with heir bountiful catch. We will stop by Cape Coast castles and forts to see where the daunting slave trade past took place and is remembered. It was estimated over six million slaves were shipped to other countries and passed through the door of no return. You will be astonished by what you will see and the stories you will be told. We will later take off and visit an area in rainforest where you will be able to experience a tree-top view of the forest by crossing over a canopy walk bridge 40 meters (131 ft.) above the forest floor. There are countless places to go, things to do and people to meet that will leave a lasting impression on you. Come see the dance and drum; bask in the sun on the beach, walk the markets to bargain with the merchants, check out the craftsmanship skills of the people, learn the dos and don’ts of our cultures and tradition, and interact with elders who are well-versed in the traditional laws of Ghana. The elders are the custodians of our rich cultural heritage. You will experience what it’s like being a Ghanaian. Come along on this magnificent journey! We know you will love it!
- Independence Square
After touchdown and settling in at the place of lodging, join us on a drive to the cradle of Ghana’s history to the Independence Square, Independence Arch, and Black Star monuments. There you will see the exact spot Dr. Kwame Nkrumah stood and declared Ghana an independent country.
- Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Our next stop is to the resting place of Ghana’s first Prime Minister, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. This exhibition Museum houses the mortal remains of Kwame Nkrumah. There are many personal effects of the prime minister on exhibition including furniture, pictures and books of the man who helped Ghana to gain its independence. The tour guides will walk you through a trajectory of the life of the man who helped Ghana gain win its independence from her colonial masters.
- Cape Coast Slave Castle
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.
- Kakum National Park
Journey to the central region of Ghana to one of Ghana’s rain forests, the Kakum National Park. This natural forest habitat is one of Africa’s finest national parks. Kakum National Park is also in the Central parts of Ghana. It protects an area of rainforest, home to endangered mammals such as forest elephants, bongo antelopes and primates like the Diana monkey. The park is rich in butterflies and birds, including African grey parrots and hornbills. The highlight of the tour is the walk on the famous canopy in the forest reserve. The Canopy Walkway is suspended 30 meters above the ground and it provides treetop views of the forest.
- Hans Cottage Crocodile Feeding
The Hans Cottage, Botel is a restaurant on stilts in a large man-made pond that crocodiles and turtles inhabit together with a range of birds. The pond has about 12 crocodiles living there. We will have lunch at Hans Cottage. If you are brave enough you may get an opportunity to touch a live crocodile or maybe just watch the keepers feed them.
- Kumasi Craft Villages – Colorful Craftsmanship in Ghana
Our tour guides will treat you to a special visit to the three famous craft villages in the Ashanti Region: Ahwiaa (the wood carvers’ village), Ntonso, the home of the Adinkra symbols and Bonwire, the home of Kente, the pride of the people of Asante and Ghanaians. You will be enlightened to the history of our Adinkra symbols and how and when to use them. You will have the opportunity to see how Ghanaian crafts are made and get the chance to learn from the craftsmen how to make these beautiful crafts. You can buy directly from the artisans who make the products and have an opportunity to speak directly to them. They will teach you how to weave a basket from palm fronds and how to make them colorful and presentable. You will also get to see and experience all the traditional attire from all 10 regions. You will visit shops that specialize in traditional apparel and you will receive lessons on why the designs are made and what each of them mean.
- Kumasi Culinary Adventure
Get ready to be taken on a culinary adventure tour to taste some of Ghana’s favorite foods. We will get expert caterers to teach you the preparation of local delicacies relished across regions. You will go on a shopping adventure and tour our local markets to get the ingredients that you will need to prepare the foods of your choice. You will get a chance to put your bargaining skills to work as you trade with the merchants in the market place. You will be taught how to prepare palm nut soup, groundnut soup, abunuabunu or other dishes including Ghana’s famous jollof rice. You will savor these mouth-watering recipes that you can take home to share with your family and friends.
- Chop Bars
You will get the chance to wine and dine at the local popular eateries commonly called chop bars.Chop is a local slang for the words ‘to eat’ and bar meaning an area that is meant for gathering. It was initially used to serve as a place where bachelors could go to be assured of a good home cooked meal. We will go on a tasting spree as we hop from one chop bar to the other to taste locally-made Ghanaian dishes at some of the most popular chop bars in the country. Chop bars are becoming a Ghanaian cultural icon.
- 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. 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.
- Ghana Culture Awareness Adventure
African communities have always marked the stages of a person’s life cycle from the day they are born to the day they die. These important stages are marked by unique celebrations that are generally referred to as “rites of passage.” There are many ethnic groups in Ghana. The Ashanti people are the major group in the inland Ashanti region, and are centered on the trading town of Kumasi. On the coast, the Fante people are in the majority of the coastal towns of Elmina and Cape Coast. In the Accra area the Ga people dominates and the Ewe are to the East. This tour teaches you about the local Ghanaian culture and traditions. You will learn about ethnic practices dos and don’ts. We will learn about the types of family traditions and customs being practiced in the country and the rites of passage of major ethnic groups.
- Fantasy Coffin Work Shops
We will visit the Seth Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop studio and other workshops in the area located in Teshie, Ghana. Seth Kane workshop is known for its fantasy coffins that became symbolic of African artistic creativity. These unique crafts have been featured at exhibitions in the Centre Pompidou, the Grande Halle culture center in Paris, the New Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as exhibitions in Belgium and Spain. It is believed in Ghana that the coffins are what truly show the essence of the person to be buried. The coffins are supposed to show what the person did during his life, what his habits were and what he loved. Today there are more than a dozen workshops that manufacture fantasy coffins in Ghana.
- The Market Places
This tour will give you a first-hand feel of life in the central business districts of our major cities. You will become part of the hustle and bustle of activities that takes place at these trading markets. You will get a chance to interact with the market merchants and the head porters as they go about their daily activities of buying and selling. You will get a chance to be part of a community of local businessmen and women who use marketing skills and a wide array of marketing strategies that are not even taught in the best of universities. You will also see the main lorry stations and observe how goods are carted from the market squares to their final destinations. So bring your winning strategies and your bargaining skills and let’s go shopping to see some of the oldest market places in the country.
- Sounds and Movements of Ghana – Drum and Dance
Unlock the rhythm of your soul. Follow us on this amazing tour. We will take you on an educational journey to hear the sounds and dance of the various ethnic groups around the country. You will get the chance to see the National Dance Ensemble in action as they treat you to the indigenous drumming, dance and songs of the ethnic groups. They will showcase the traditional attire to express for each of the dances and provide us the significance of their movements as they dance to the pulsating beat of the drum. You will learn the names of the dances in addition to the names of the many drums that make up the traditional sounds of Ghana. You will watch how the drums are hand-carved and witness the process the villagers go through before the drum can give off its reverberating sounds. It is truly a work of art you don’t want to miss.
- Labadi Beach
One of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches is the famous Labadi Beach. People flock to Accra’s most popular beach to play ball games, sand arts, frolic in the surf, go horse-back riding along the beach or party to dance music in the bars and restaurants that line the shore or just relax and bask in the sun. The beach offers access to a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the shores.
- LaPalm Casino (Optional)
The LaPalm Casino located at the prestigious La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, in Accra, Ghana and has won numerous tourism awards as the best casino in West Africa. The Casino features seventy-two gaming machines and fifteen table and poker games including roulette and blackjack. The casino has two restaurants, one bar and a hotel. The hotel offers free drinks while you are playing and bets are all in USD. Good Luck!
- Bojo Beach Resort
It’s time to head over to the beach for some fun and relaxation. We will visit one of Ghana’s well maintained beaches. It is a great place to sneak away from the busy city of Accra. The beach is becoming a very poplar beach destination for many tourists visiting Ghana. Bask in the sun and get the best sun-tan available on the continent. During the week the beach is a wonderfully tranquil haven and lots of space. However, the weekend and holidays are bustling with locals and visitors alike having a festive time playing volleyball, jet skiing or just relax. You must visit this place if you are in Accra. Nice and picturesque beach you can only access by boat
- Tetteh Quarshie Art Market
Accra’s largest arts market. Here you will find prints, paintings, wood arts and much more. Have a chat with the artists! Enjoy a drink at the Drink Bar. Have a drink at the local “Spot” or enjoy freshly prepared Ghanaian food while listening to local drums! At the Centre Of National Culture or Arts Center, you will find a more varied selection of arts and crafts in wood, leather and metal and a huge textile market. You will see Antiques from Africa and West Africa. You may order your special wish directly from Craftsmen. Discover the richness of Ghanaian and African culture!
- Guided Tour Highlights
- Welcome greetings, transfer from airport or terminal to hotel, relax with leisure day.
- Brief orientation by tour guide.
- Volta Boat Cruise or Dodi Princess II Cruise.
- Tour of Cape Coast Slave Castle or Elmina Slave Castle.
- Experience the canopy walk at Kakum National Park.
- Meet Ashanti Chiefs and enjoy Ashanti village dance and drums and craft villages.
- Visit local markets; attend cooking class, or cooking tutorial.
- Visit to the LaPalm Casino and test your luck (optional)
- Visit to Labadi Beach to have fun.
- Visit Bojo Beach to bask in sun, enjoy peace away from hustle & bustle of the city.
- Shop at Mokola Market, Quarshie Market and.
- Visit Kumasi Markets & Craft Villages.
- Visit Shai Hill National Reserve.
- Farewell lunch and departure home.
- Arrival and Departure Locations
- Arrivals: You will be picked up at your first point of entry into Ghana from Tema Cruise Ship Terminal, or the Kotoka International Airport. 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/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 Levys
- 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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