On arrival in Accra, you will be met by our representative, assisted and transferred to your hotel. After you are settled into your new homes, we will introduce you to the rest of your crew for the week; an intimate group of individuals from all over the world ready to experience Ghana culture and history. As a group, we will all head to our welcome dinner with dancing and drumming and kick off our new journey together.
Day 2 & 3
We visit Independence Square, Accra’s open-air ceremonial grounds where national celebrations are held. Continue to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Museum, a tribute to Ghana’s first president. This park, formally called the Polo grounds, is where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared the independence of Ghana. The remains of Dr Nkrumah as well as that of his wife rest on these premises. You will see various personal items used by Dr. Nkrumah, as well as books he authored. Visit the popular Arts and Crafts market where you can test your bargaining and trading skills against the vendors. Visit Makola market, Accra’s signature open-air market to experience a typical African Market atmosphere.
Day 4 & 5
We travel to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom of Gold. You will arrive in Kumasi in the mid-afternoon in time to visit Manhyia Palace, which was built in 1925 to receive Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Prempeh I when he returned from exile in the Seychelles to resume residence in Kumasi. Ashanti kings until 1974.The palace is now a museum, containing a range of items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom, particularly Prempeh I (ruled 1888-1931) and Prempeh II (ruled 1931-1970) used Manhyia Palace. Here you will obtain first-hand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts.
We will visit Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You will see the Kente weavers in process of creating Kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to try your hand at the ancient craft.
Day 6 & 7
This morning we travel to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa surviving tropical rain forests. Kakum is home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway, made up of eight bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor. We continue to Elmina, this is one of the most visited areas in Ghana and is a must-see for first time travelers to Ghana. We will visit Cape Coast Castle. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the holding dungeons and departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. (Beware; a visit to the dungeon is usually an emotional experience for people of African descent and for non-Africans). The castle is home to the infamous “Door of No Return”.
Day 8 & 9
Naming ceremony, a traditional ceremony performed to give you local Ghanaian names. ( its optional).
the rest of the time will be for leisure.
It is time to say goodbye. Use today to check off those final items on your list for the city before it is time to head home. The week may have flown by, but the memories and friendships you have made will last forever.