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Best of Ghana 12 days

Ghana ( Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Shai Hills Game Reserve, Aburi Gardens, Akosombo, Ho, Wli, Bongo, Paga, Mole National Park, Tamale)

Amazing 12 day Trip to Ghana. From the capital of Ghana Accra to the crocodile ponds of Paga. This is a trip of a lifetime!

Day 1 ACCRA, GHANA

Upon arrival in Accra – you will be met assisted and transferred to your hotel.

Other activities today will depend on your arrival time and preference.
Meal(s) Included: No
Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar

Day 2 ACCRA CITY TOUR

After breakfast go on a full day tour of Accra highlights will include:

  • Independence Square, see the enclosed flame of African liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961.
  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National cultural center, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.
  • James Town—one of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods, where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today.
  • “Brazil House” learn about the seven Afro-Brazilians families who returned to settle in Ghana in 1836. Familiar Brazilian/Portuguese last names such as De Souza,    Palmares,   Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros, and Olympio are abundant in this section of Accra.

Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar

Day 3 ACCRA/SHAI HILLS/ABURI/ACCRA

After breakfast, proceed to the Shai hills reserve for game viewing by driving through the reserve for about 5km to view various animals including antelopes, bushbucks, baboons, other animals and several bird species.  You will have the opportunity to learn about the various artefacts found in the reserve, which is the homeland of the Krobo ethnic group. You may also visit the caves, which is of historic importance to the Krobos and other tribes. There are three caves in all and depending on your energy you may visit all.
In the afternoon visit Aburi Botanical Gardens: Aburi Botanical Gardens was established as an agricultural research station and convalescent home for the British Colonial Administration. The garden overlooks the coastal plain at an elevation of 1,200 – 1,500 ft. above sea level. You will learn about the cultural and medicinal importance of the trees in these gardens. The serene environment leaves lasting memories.
Later you will proceed to the Akuapim hills and visit the Tetteh Quarshie farm where cocoa was first farmed in Ghana.
You will also visit the centre for Scientific Research into plant Medicine a before returning to Accra.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar

Day 4 ACCRA/AKOSOMBO/HO

After early breakfast depart to Akosombo. Enjoy the scenic view of the Volta lake and Akosombo Dam
Continue with a picturesque drive to the cradle of hydroelectricity in Ghana, the famous Akosombo Hydro-electric Dam which is located within the Akosombo gorge, on the Volta River. The construction of the dam resulted in the flooding of the Volta River Basin which resulted in the creation of Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world which covers about 3.6% of Ghana’s total land area.
Continue to the Volta region where you will visit the village of Tafi Atome including Tafi Monkey Sanctuary (a sacred grove). Tafi Atome is the home of Mona and Patas monkeys found mostly in a small patch of forests. This small forest has survived fire and human disturbance to thrive as a sanctuary for the monkeys which are regarded as sacred by the villagers and are protected.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Volta Hotel or Similar

Day 5 HO/WLI/TAMALE

After breakfast, depart Ho for Tamale in northern Ghana. We will stop at Wli Waterfalls, the largest and highest waterfall in Ghana. Wli Waterfalls is divided into two sections with ice cold water flowing from a height of about 80ft. On route to the waterfall, you will hike through the lush greenery of the Agumatsa Forest Reserve where you will cross the same river eleven times before reaching the breathtaking falls. Early afternoon continue to Tamale.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Mariam Hotel or Similar

Day 6 TAMALE/BONGO/PAGA/TAMALE/MOLE

After Breakfast Depart to Bolgatanga and stop en-route at Tongo, visit the chief’s palace where you will be afforded a traditional welcome.
Next stop shall be at Paga where you will have a rare experience of riding a crocodile. These crocodiles are totems or sacred animals that live right in the middle of the village and are harmless.
Return to Tamale later in the afternoon and visit the cultural centre and Tamale central market before proceeding to Mole National park.
Stop just before Mole at Larabanga and visit the Larabanga Mosque and mystery stone.
Continue to Mole National Park –
Enjoy an evening Safari trek at Mole National Park.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

Day 7 MOLE

Early Morning Game viewing at Mole National Park by trekking.
You may enjoy the swimming pool or relax at a view post overlooking the dam. Best time to view elephants.
Early afternoon visit the village of Morgounori and experience a typical village life in Northern Ghana. Here you may enjoy a sale in a canoe.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Mole Motel or Similar

Day 8 MOLE/KUMASI

Depart for Kumasi
Stop at Kintampo Water Falls
Arrive in Kumasi; visit the central Market which serves as a major marketing centre for a number of traders from all over the country.
Time permitting see the Okomfo Anokye Sword, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the Golden Stool is said to have 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: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Miklin Hotel Kumasi or Similar

Day 9 KUMASI

Visit Manhiya Palace, official residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. Tour the National Cultural Center, which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters and batik makers
You may also visit the craft villages in Ashanti – Ahwiaa (the wood carvers’ village) and Bonwire (the Kente weaving village). You will have the opportunity to see how African sculptures are carved, and how the famous Kente cloth is woven using an amazing local technology. You will have the opportunity to purchase directly from the artisans.
At night a cultural troop shall be invited to perform for two hours at the hotel for your enjoyment (guaranteed for minimum 8 travellers).
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Miklin Hotel Kumasi or Similar

Day 10 KUMASI/BUSUA

Depart to Elmina
En route stop at the Ashanti rich gold mine town of Obuasi.
Arrive at the Busua Beach resort in the afternoon.
Busua has one of the finest beaches in Ghana. The rest of the day is at your discretion.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Busua Beach Resort or Similar

Day 11 BUSUA/CAPE COAST

After breakfast, your journey takes you to Cape Coast Castle, a restored UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the seat of the British Colonial administration, this castle is home to the Door of No Return, one of the most vivid reminders of the colonists’ slave trade. In the afternoon tour Elmina Castle, also a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 1482. This castle was the first European structure in sub-Saharan Africa.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort or Similar

Day 12 CAPE COAST/RETURN TO ACCRA/DEPART

After breakfast, visit Kakum National Park. Kakum is one of Ghana’s most famous parks. Take a brief walking tour on the forest floor where you will learn how our ancestors lived in the forest. See birds, butterflies, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, a 1000 foot long and seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground.
This afternoon return to Accra. In Accra you may visit the markets for last minute bargains.
After dinner at one of Accra’s better restaurants, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Tour Dates 2018

  • February 11-22
  • March 4-15
  • July 14-25
  • October 7-18
  • November 4-15

Tour Dates 2019

  • February 10-21
  • March 3-14
  • July 13-24
  • October 6-17
  • November 3-14

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

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

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Flights
  •  Cost of visa
  •  Meals not listed
  •  Travel Insurance
  •  Gratuity to driver and guide
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