In the morning, depart Accra to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Visit Manhiya Palace, which remains in use by the Asantehene (the ruler of the Ashanti people) today and houses a small historical museum. At Manhyia Palace, disputes are still settled in accordance with centuries-old customs where the King has the final word.
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.
Meal(s) Included: No
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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. You will 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. You will see the kente weavers in process of creating kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs or gifts.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast