Join our 9-days adventure to the heart of West Africa through an expedition-like journey across Ghana, a country which is incredibly rich in traditions and yet is experiencing ever increasing modernity.
A trip for travellers interested in the uniqueness of the Ashanti Golden Kingdom, as well as in love with African rhythms, rituals and dances, landscapes and tribes and local colourful markets rich in spices and smells.
The trip gives the chance to visit the castles which once served the slave trade.
In the north we will walk in one of the few National Parks in West Africa: Mole National Park, well worth a visit.
Special events: Afrochella music festival, started in 2017 it is becoming one of the major music events in West Africa.
Overall, a tour between peoples and nature, history and present, Accra, one of the most vibrant cities in Africa will show you how Africa is building up its own future.
Day 1: ACCRA
Arrival in Accra (Ghana) and transfer to the hotel.
DaysS 2 & 3: AFRICAN METROPOLIS & AFROCHELLA FESTIVAL
Accra,the capital of Ghana, has kept its unique identity despite the fast-paced development of the last decades with is modern buildings and large avenues. The luxuriant administrative area, punctuated with elegant villas built during the first half of the 19th century, reminds us that this was the most flourishing colony in Africa.
We explore James Town historic neighbourhood, inhabited by the Ga people. Facing the ocean, this is where the daily life of local people fully unfolds: a village surrounded by the city! Here economic activities follow very different rules from the ones governing the city, just a few hundred meters away.
We continue with the visit of a workshop that specializes in Fantasy Coffins. These unique handcrafted coffins can reflect any shape: fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes, etc., the only limit being imagination! Started in Accra, these flamboyant coffin designs are by now collected worldwide and showcased in museums.
Moreover, we focus on the very modern soul of Accra. We will visit some art galleries like Artists Alliance Gallery, Gallery 1957, etc. It won’t be surprising that Accra is the set of the show “An African City” the equivalent of “Sex and the City”, created by a Ghanaian woman. We will stroll around the design and cloths shops from the show, hopefully having the chance to meet some designers who could explain their works to us.
We enjoy music festival: more than 50 live music performances of World Music
“Afrochella is a celebration of Africa’s diverse culture and the vibrant work of African creatives & entrepreneurs. The festival is designed to elevate and highlight the thrilling and thriving millennial talent in Africa “
Day 4: SLAVE TRADE CASTLES
Drive to Elmina.
Visit of Elmina Castle, the oldest European building in Africa, erected by the Portuguese in the 15th century. At different times the castle has been used as a warehouse to trade gold, ivory, and eventually slaves. The castle we visit today is the result of successive extension works and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The old Dutch Cemetery in Elmina goes back to 1806. Outside the castle, a wonderful fishing village with lots of large colorful fishing boats – every day these canoes are guided by skilled fishermen across strong ocean waves and currents, “fighting” to earn a living. In the old town we will see the Posuban: the shrines of the old “Asafo companies”, the warriors who used to put their offerings on the large colorful statues. The alleys in the old town have a very lively atmosphere, bringing us back to a time when Elmina was a busy colonial town.
Day 5: CANOPY WALK
In the morning, we will experience the thrill of a “canopy walk” right in the deep forest of the Kakum National Park: one of the world highest suspended rope bridges held by steel cables. Perched 37 meters (120 feet) above the earth, you will enjoy a stunning view of the rainforest. Instead of unveiling their trunks, trees will reveal their tops!
Arrival in Kumasi, the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations in Africa until the end of the XIX century, when the British annexed Ashanti Country to their Gold Coast colony. The tribute paid today to the Asantehene (=King) is the best evidence of their past splendour and strength. With nearly three million inhabitants, Kumasi is a sprawling city with a fantastic central market, one of the biggest in Africa. Every type of Ashanti craft (leather goods, pottery, Kente cloth) is found here, along with just about every kind of tropical fruit and vegetable.
The program includes a visit to the Ashanti Cultural Centre: a rich collection of Ashanti artifacts housed in a wonderful reproduction of an Ashanti house.
Swinging Africa on End of the Year night: optional night city tour, live bands, high life, and local contemporary music.
Day 6: GOLDEN KINGDOM
We will visit the Royal Palace Museum, hosting a unique collection of gold jewels worn by the Ashanti court.
Meeting with a Traditional Paramount Chief introducing us into the splendour of Ashanti culture.
In the afternoon, visit to villages devoted to production of highly quality Ashanti handicraft as stools, fertility dolls, or weaving colourful Kente cloth.
Program to be adapted to First of January local festivities
Day 7: TO THE SAVANNAH
Morning domestic flight from Accra to Tamale
Transfer to Mole National Park and safari in the late afternoon.
Day 8: WILDLIFE
Mole: the largest, oldest, and most developed park in Ghana. It covers an area of 4,912 sq. km.
The vegetation is savannah woodland with gallery forest along watercourses. 734 species of flowering plants have been recorded in the park. 90 mammalian species including elephant, buffalo, roan, kob, hartebeest, water buck, reed buck and other antelopes. Because of the good protection given to animals in the Park, the elephant have generally become used to visitors and allow them to get close during the guided tours of the Park.
Day 9: ACCRA OUT
Transfer by car to Tamale and flight to Accra
Free time for last shopping
Transfer to the airport for the flight out
VISAS: Ghana – single entry visa, to be obtained prior the tour
VACCINATIONS: Yellow fever – compulsory; malaria prophylaxis – highly recommended.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Twin rooms (two beds apart) are very limited. Please check the availability with TransAfrica when booking
MEALS: lunch, picnic or at local restaurants (tourist menus); dinner at the hotel restaurant (tourist menu)
LUGGAGE: please contain the weight in 20 kg (45 lb), duffle bags are suggested.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Not included. Mandatory for medical assistance, repatriation, material, and physical damages.
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TRANSPORTS: microbus or minibus; 4WD in Mole National Park, domestic scheduled flights Kumasi – Tamale – Accra
All our trips are designed to be flexible so that we can adapt to weather conditions, focus on the group’s interests, and take advantage of opportunities that arise once there.
Considering the special nature of the journey, some parts may be modified due to unpredictable factors and are based on unarguable decisions of the local guide. Costs originating from such variations will be sole responsibility of the participants. Of course, the guide will do his/her utmost to adhere to the original program.
Prices could change in case of major changes in services costs, beyond the organizer’s will
- Assistance at airport upon arrival the first day and at the departure the last day of the tour
- Transfers and tour in microbus or minibus; 4WD in Mole; domestic scheduled flights Kumasi – Tamale – Accra
- Days 1 – 6; 9 (in Accra) : Local guide English speaking;
Days 7-9 game activities guided by professional English speaking rangers of the park – assistance at the lodge provided by local trained crews of Zaina
- Tours and visits as per the programme
- Accommodation in standard rooms, as per itinerary
- All meals as described: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
- One bottle of Mineral water in the bus/car each day during the visits (except in Mole)
- Entrance fees to parks, concessions, protected areas, and cultural sites
- 2 shared game drives per day: early in the morning and late in the afternoon
- Pass for Afrochella
- First Aid box
- All service charges and taxes
The price do not include:
- International flights
- Earlier (prior day 1) and/or later (after day 9) transfers from and to airport
- Bush breakfast;
- Night Safari.
- Selected Wildlife.
- SPA Massages
- Visa fees and any airport departure taxes
- Any meal or sightseeing tour other than those specified
- Mineral water and drinks at meals
- Fees for personal photos and videos
- Personal and holiday insurance (compulsory)
- Tips for drivers, guides, and hotel staff
- Costs relating to delayed or lost luggage
- Any item of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
- Whatever is not mentioned as included