Backroads Of Ghana, 14-Days

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Backroads Of Ghana, 14-Days

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Day 1 Accra, Ghana

Arrive Accra; meet assist and transfer to your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: No

Overnight at Novotel Accra City Centre Hotel or Similar

Day 2 Accra

After breakfast, depart on a full day sightseeing tour of Accra and vicinity.

Visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan African Culture. See Independence Square and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial (the mausoleum of Ghana’s first President).

Continue to the National Theater to see a display of traditional instruments and carvings including “male” and “female” handcrafted drums. Visit the National Museum to observe the traditional crafts and ethnographic exhibits among other unique items.

Visit Makola Market and Calabash Ventures and purchase woodcarvings, jewelry, clothing, and other merchandise. Select traditional handcrafted fabrics for your own custom-made Ghanaian style garments (optional, at own expense).

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Novotel Accra City Centre Hotel or Similar

Day 3 Accra/Cape Coast

After breakfast, travel along the beautiful coastal road to historic Cape Coast. En route, pass through several fascinating villages. Winneba has a busy fishing harbor; Apam is vibarnt with its colorful fishing boats; Mankessim is known for its large posuban shrine; Saltpond is the site of Fort Amsterdam; where jazz musician, Louis Armstrong, traced his roots; Anomabu is home to several posuban shrines; and Biriwa is famous for its excellent beach.

Make several stops for photo opportunities, and relax at Biriwa Beach before continuing to Cape Coast.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

Day 4 Cape Coast

After breakfast,  visit the Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is a restored UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the departure points for Africans being sent to the Americas. The castle is home to the infamous “Door of No Return”.

Time permitting, have lunch at the Castle Restaurant (at own expense).

Tour Elmina Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1482. This castle was the first European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. Of special interest are the slave dungeons, the auction market and the Portuguese church. A visit to the Elmina fish market ends todays program.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

Day 5 Cape Coast/Kakum/Kumasi

Early morning, visit Kakum National Park. Kakum is one of Ghana’s most famous parks. Take a brief walking tour on the forest floor while learning how the ancestors lived in the forest.

Observe birds, butterflies, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forest’s over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Proceed to the canopy walkway.

Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, a 1000 foot long, seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground.

Before leaving Kakum, enjoy a refreshing drink from a fresh coconut opened just for you.

In the afternoon, visit Mesomagor village to see the Nyamebekyere Kukyekukyeku Orchestra play traditional music on handmade bamboo instruments.

Depart to Kumasi for overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Sir Max Hotel or Similar

Day 6 Kumasi

Visit Ashanti craft villages starting with the woodcarving village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood. You will have the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds.

Our next stop is the village of Ntonso where artisans hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make adinkra textiles. Learn how the black dye is made in the village from the bark of trees, and create your own adinkra sash to take home. You may also purchase large pieces of adinkra cloth handmade in the village.

Our final village is Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. Observe the kente weavers in the process of creating kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs or gifts.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Sir Max Hotel or Similar

Day 7 Kumasi

After breakfast, continue the tour of Kumasi with a tour of the former home of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary female general who led Ashanti Armies against British Forces in 1900.

Later in the afternoon, continue to see the Okomfo Anokye Sword, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the Golden Stool descended from the sky and has been in place for 300 years. Legend says the Ashanti Kingdom would collapse should the sword ever be removed. Visit Manhyia Palace, which remains in use by the Asantehene today and houses a small historical museum. Disputes are still settled in accordance with the centuries old customs, and the Asantehene (the Ashanti king) has the final word.

Next, tour of this historic city and visit the National Cultural Center which includes the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, named for the former Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Nana Osei Agyeman Prempreh II. Exhibits include what is said to be a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of the Ashanti people.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Sir Max Hotel or Similar

Day 8 Kumasi/Baobeng Fiema/Kintampo Falls/Mole

Today visit the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, where Colobus and Mona Monkeys, considered sacred, live in harmony with the community. See the monkeys hopping through the treetops, eating, feeding their young or just sitting and passing the time in the village.

Continue to Kintampo Falls, a spectacular 80 foot waterfall. Your guide will take you on a brief hike through the forest explaining the mystique of the falls. After walking down 152 steps to reach the base of the falls, you will get close enough to feel a light mist on your face.

After, drive through rough terrain for a visit to the largest Nature Park in Ghana, Mole National Park. Viewing en route the Savannah grassland with fascinating architecture sparsely dotted along the way. Observe the obvious contrast in cultures and lifestyles between the Southern and the Northern regions of Ghana.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

Day 9 Mole National Park

After breakfast, take a foot safari, accompanied by the park’s experienced guide in search of elephants, hippos, buffalo, crocodiles and other animals which you may see at surprisingly close proximity.

Visit the village of Larabanga to admire the ancient mosque and traditional architecture.

This afternoon relax on your veranda where you may observe antelopes, warthogs, baboons and birds drinking and bathing at the nearby water holes.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

Day 10 Mole National Park/Tamale

After breakfast, depart Mole National Park for Tamale. Visit the large central market of Tamale, and watch the Gonja cloth weavers at work. See the Grand Mosque, and visit the Zongo tannery where leather is made from sheep, goat, and cow hide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Mariam Hotel or Similar

Day 11 Tamale/Wli Falls/Tafi Atome/Ho

Depart Tamale for Wli Falls (also known as Agumatsa Falls), known as the highest waterfall in West Africa. A trail through the forest leads you the base of falls, where you will hear the chirping of dozens of fruit bats that call the falls home.

Continue to Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, where you will have the opportunity to observe Mona monkeys quite closely. Later, travel to Ho for overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Chances Hotel or Similar

Day 12 Ho/Ada Foah

Travel to the coastal area where the Volta river meets the sea at Ada Foah. You will pass through several villages of interest where we will make several brief stops. Villages include: Nkawkaw, Koforidua, Somanya, Afienya and Dawenya. Check into the hotel where you may enjoy water sports or just relax at the beach or poolside.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Volta Hotel or Similar

Day 13 Ada Foah

After breakfast, spend the day on Volta Lake in a small boat with stops at several small islands. The Volta Lake is the largest man-made lake in the world.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Volta Hotel or Similar

Day 14 Accra / Depart

After breakfast, return to Accra. Relax or do last minute souvenir shopping before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

Tour Info

 

Included

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated by  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Not included

  • Round trip International/Domestic flights
  •  Cost of visa
  •  Meals not listed
  •  Travel Insurance
  •  Gratuity to driver and guide

 

Pricing

 

January – December
Number
of travellers
Price per person in US $
Double Occupancy
Single Supplement*
1 If only one person travels, the price is $ 6950.00
2 $ 4490.00 $ 790.00