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MILLET FESTIVAL BY KROBO TRIBE & AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL BY ASHANTI, 13 days: Ghana

MILLET FESTIVAL BY KROBO TRIBE & AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL BY ASHANTI, 13 days: Ghana

Days:
13
Tour Type:
Special Event
International group
Group size:
From 2 to 16 participants
PRICES per person:
- GROUP OF 6 OR MORE GUESTS: 2807 €
- Group of 4/5 guests: 3329 €
- Group of 3 guests: 3855 €
- Group of 2 guests: 4910 €
- Single room supplement: 497 €
GUIDE: English, French, Italian speaking
Deposit at the booking:

958,00

The deposit is intended as 30% of the total. For more information, you can view our information.

GHANA
The celebration of the Millet Festival (Millet Festival) done by the Krobo of Ghana is characterized by a profusion of colors and beads, is celebrated every year on the occasion of the end of the harvests. The itinerary will continue leading us to the most remote places, to discover a tribal world which is still ruled by the spirits of the ancestors…
DEPARTURE: 21 October 2021

 

PRICE FROM: 2807 €

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Dates Departure:
  • 21 October 2021 - 2 November 2021
Total: 958.00
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GHANA

The celebration of the Millet Festival, among the Krobo people, is an incredible feast, rich in colours and jewels, taking place every year during the harvest season.

By lucky calendar, we will attend also the Akwasidae Festival

In the Ashanti calendar certain days each year are set aside for a very special celebration at the Royal Palace. We will experience a great traditional ceremony in one of the last African Kingdoms which full practice its ancient rituals.

The tour will be accompanied by expert tour leader, assisted  by an African art expert

Great experience combined with the choice of comfortable accommodations.
For travellers who want to get acquainted with this unique region … and love Africa!

SPECIAL HOST (sharing some key-moments with the group) :
“When European powers in the late-19th century carved up Africa between them, the resulting flow of African masks and other objects to dealers and museums in London and Paris opened the eyes of artists such as André Derain and Pablo Picasso to the power of African creativity. And they had no doubt they were looking at “art”… Art is as natural as breathing to the peoples of Africa.” (The Guardian)

We will attend the festivals with an expert opening our eyes to the beauty of Africa art, expressed by glass beads, cavings, golden regalia, cloth, stools…

 

DAY 1: Accra, Gulf of Guinea
Arrival in Accra (Ghana) and transfer to the hotel.

DAY 2: Slave castles, from Accra to Elmina
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 3: Rainforest, from Elmina to Kumasi
Cape Coast castle was built by the Swedish in 1653. From 1657 to 1664 it changed hands many times as it was conquered by the Danes, the Dutch, the Fanti (a local tribe), the Swedes and finally the British. Today, it hosts a museum on the history of slave trade.
Then 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!. We cross a region of tropical forest.
Meeting with farmers producing cocoa, palm oil and distilling palm liquor…
Arrival in Kumasi .

DAY 4: to Savannah, from Kumasi to Mole
After a long transfer we reach Mole Reserve.
Stop to visit friendly villages  and colourful markets on the way

DAY 5: Wildlife ,Walking  and drive safari in Mole
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.
Among the estimated 500 elephants found at the Mole National Park are three relatively “tame” individuals.
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 6: Thatched roofs, from Mole to Yendi
Further to the North East, in the savannah, we meet the Dagomba, a tribe that represents one eighth of the entire Ghanaian population. They are mainly farmers and have always shared their territory with other tribes such as the Konkomba. They build round clay huts with thatched roof. The house of the village chief, where the council of the elders meets, is easily recognizable thanks to its larger size and style: it has a central pole supporting the roof and the entry is framed with pieces of burned clay.

DAY 7: Witches, from Yendi to Nkwanta
We meet a very large settlement of … witches! All exiled from their villages because found guilty of terrible events such as the death of a teenager, a mysterious disease or a bad harvest…they now live all together in a specific place. We will chat with them about their life and about the special shrine which protects them, “cleansing” their spirit from bad will. Their warm welcome is in dramatic contrasts with the gravity of the stories that forced them to come here.

DAY 8: Monkey Sanctuary, from Nkwanta to Akosombo
Volta Region: from Savannah to tropical forest. Visits of coffee and cocoa plantations in a luxuriant region; stops in small villages inhabited by a very friendly population, happy to welcome the rare visitors.
The Monkey Sanctuary of Tafi Atome was created in 1993 to protect a community of sacred monkeys living in the forest. According to century-old traditions, in this village monkeys and tortoises are considered sacred species thus demanding respect and protection. In particular monkeys are the “spokesman” of tortoises. We will take a lovely walk in the forest lead by a local guide to encounter this great community of Monas and Colobus monkeys.

DAY 9: MILLET FESTIVAL, Akosombo (transfers)
A day fully dedicated to enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the spectacular Millet Festival, a celebration full of colors and jewels.
The festival consists in seven days of religious and social celebration during which people renew their love, unity and solidarity and express their gratitude to God for all the blessings received (good harvests, abundance, good health and protection from enemy).
In the past there was the Ngmayem Festival celebrated only by priests however, in the 1940s, the late paramount king “Konor Oklemekuku nene Azu Mate Kole II” transformed this celebration into the communal festival we know today, to promote solidarity and development among people.
This festival also provides youth with the opportunity to learn their culture, make friends and choose spouses.
Traditional chiefs arrive with their entire court and are dressed in their most beautiful attires; an enthusiastic crowd surrounds them and the parade is accompanied by the rhythm of the drums.
The friendly behavior of the crowds will give us a unique opportunity to feel part of a real African ceremony.

DAY 10: Ashanti, from Akosombo to Kumasi
Kumasi is the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful Kingdoms in Africa until the end of the 19th 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 one million inhabitants, Kumasi is a sprawling town with a unique central market, one of the largest in Africa. Every kind 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 artefacts housed in a wonderful reproduction of an Ashanti house. In the afternoon we participate – if available – in a traditional Ashanti funeral, attended by mourners wearing beautifully red or black togas. We say “funerals” but it means a “festive” celebration: thanks to this ceremony the deceased return as an ancestor and will protect his family. Relatives and friends gather, socialize and celebrate his/her memory. The chief arrives surrounded by his court under the shade of large umbrellas while drums give rhythm to the dancers whose intricate moves are highly symbolic in war and erotic meanings.
Optional, live music in town if available

DAY 11 : Golden Kingdoms, Kumasi (transfers)
In the morning continuation of the tour of Kumasi, with the visit of the Royal Palace Museum hosting a unique collection of gold jewels worn by the Ashanti court. In the afternoon visit of Ashanti villages with traditional clothing and carving.
Late morning, we will attend the spectacular Akwasidae festival
In the Ashanti calendar certain days each year are set aside for a very special celebration at the Royal Palace. We will experience a great traditional ceremony in one of the last African Kingdoms which full practice its ancient rituals.
During the celebration, the King sits under a large colourful umbrella, adorned in vivid cloth and massive ancient jewellery, surrounded by dignitaries and elders, on the side of the King stays the Linguist holding the golden symbols of power. The position and distance from His Majesty represents all roles and positions of power in the royal court. The ceremony starts with a procession: attendants bringing gifts, story tellers reciting the deeds of the past Kings, drummers & ivory trumpets players, sword bearers, armed guards, carriers of ostrich feathers fans, high fetish priests, corpulent women dressed in vivid red performing dance with erotic symbolism. The queen mother joins the ceremony surrounded by her court. We will experience the splendour and intense atmosphere of one of last great African Monarchy of the forests.
(Note: Ashanti gold jewellery and are considered masterpieces of African art).

DAY 12: Metropolis, from Anomabu to Accra
Drive to Accra.
Accra, the capital of Ghana, has kept its unique identity despite the fast-paced development of the last decades with its 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  was the most flourishing colony in Africa.
We explore James Town historic neighbourhood, inhabited by Ga people. Facing the Ocean is where native people life fully unfolds: a village surrounded by the city! Here all economic activities follow very different rules from the ones governing “the city” (business area), just a few hundred meters away. We continue with the visit of a workshop specialized in “fantasy coffins”. These unique handcrafted coffins can reflect any shape: fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes…. the only limit being imagination! Started in Accra, these flamboyant coffin designs are by now collected worldwide and exposed in museums. Lunch in a restaurant specialised in Fusion cuisine.
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 form the show, hopefully having the chance to meet some designers who could explain us their works.

DAY 13: Accra out
We continue our city tour in Accra
End of tour 18h00
In the evening transfer to the airport for the flight out.

Twin rooms (two beds apart) are very limited. Please check the availability with TransAfrica when booking

  • VISAS: Ghana single entry visa
  • VACCINATIONS: Yellow fever – compulsory; malaria prophylaxis – highly recommended.
  • MEALS: lunch, picnic or at local restaurants (tourist menus); dinner at the hotel restaurant (tourist menu)
  • LUGGAGE: due to the itinerary please contain the weight in 20 kg ( 45 Lbs), preferable use duffle bags..
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Not included. Mandatory for medical assistance, repatriation, material and physical damages. We are not responsible for any material and physical damage during the tour
  • VEHICLE: microbus or minibus or 4×4 vehicles
  • 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

Included

  • Assistance at airport upon arrival (day 1) and departure (day 13)
  • Transfers and tours in minibuses/microbuses and/or 4WD vehicles
  • Local guide (languages spoken: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish)
  • Tours and visits as per the programme
  • Accommodation in standard rooms, as per itinerary
  • All meals as described: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
  • Mineral water in the bus/car during the visits
  • Entrance fees to parks, concessions, protected areas and cultural sites
  • First Aid box
  • All service charges and taxes

 

Not included

  • International flights
  • Earlier (prior day 1) and/or later (after day 13) transfers from and to airport
  • Visa fees and any airport departure taxes
  • Any meal or sightseeing tour other than those specified
  • Mineral water and drinks at meals
  • Porterage
  • Fees for personal photos and videos
  • Personal and holiday insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips for drivers, guides and hotel staff
  • Costs related to delayed or lost luggage
  • Any item of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Whatever is not mentioned as included

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