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Cultural Tour of Ghana & South Africa, 14 Days

Ghana (Accra, Kumasi, Elmina, Cape Coast) South Africa ( Johannesburg, Soweto, Cape Town, Robben Island)

Experience Ghana and South Africa on this all-inclusive 14 day tour which includes visits to the ancient Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi and to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Cape Coast. In South Africa tour Johannesburg, Soweto, Lesedi Cultural Village- and enjoy a game drive at Pilanesberg National Park. Continue to Cape Town for Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Winelands and Township tour.

Day 1: Wednesday, ARRIVE ACCRA

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

This evening attend a welcome dinner and an orientation session that will include a lecture on Ghanaian culture and history. Tailors and dressmakers will be in attendance to take orders for custom made traditional outfits.

Meal(s) Included: Dinner (local restaurant)

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 2:  Thursday,  ACCRA

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.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner ( local restaurant)

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 3: Friday, ACCRA/CAPE COAST

After breakfast, drive to Cape Coast; enroute tour of Mankessim, visit the Posuban Shrine and Fante Village. This evening go on a guided tour through the ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor see the colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This is a perfect opportunity for the photographers in the group.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Resort

 

Day 4: Saturday, CAPE COAST

After breakfast, visit Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. The castle is home to the infamous “Door of No Return This afternoon visit Elmina Slave Castle, another UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1482. This castle was the first European structure built in sub-Saharan Africa. This evening attend a “Return to the Homeland” ceremony called “fiankra”.  This ceremony illustrates how Africans were taken from the homeland without bidding goodbye to their family.  It is also an initiation rite for African returnees.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Coconut Grove Resort

 

Day 5: Sunday, CAPE COAST

After breakfast, drive to Cape Coast; stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. You will see the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Resort

 

Day 6: Monday, CAPE COAST / ACCRA

After breakfast return to Accra with a stop at the Village of Abandze, the Ancestral Home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz musician; in Accra those who ordered outfits will go for a fitting, farewell dinner.

Meal (s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 7: Tuesday, ACCRA/ JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Transfer to airport for flight to Johannesburg – meet assist and transfer to hotel – arrive Johannesburg; meet assist and transfer to the hotel.

Meal (s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

 

Day 8: Wednesday, JOHANNESBURG – SOWETO

Full day tour of Soweto, get an intimate understanding of South Africa’s history travel along the footpaths of the freedom fighters and experience the City of Johannesburg and Soweto through their eyes highlights will include:

  • The Hector Petersen Memorial, the spot where 12 year-old Hector was shot during the Soweto uprisings.
  • Regina Mundi Church. The church was a meeting place for activists deprived of any other place to meet. It played a role in Soweto’s most significant day, when students, revolting against the imposition of Afrikaans teaching by the apartheid government, ran into the church. They were followed by police, who shot and injured many; firing teargas and damaging the marble altar and the figure of Christ, the bullet holes are still visible in the ceiling.
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital the largest hospital in the world; named in honor of the African National Congress leader who was assassinated in 1993.
  • Mandela’s House comprising four inter-leading rooms, containing an assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family as well as a collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world.
  • Freedom Square, the place where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the government.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

 

Day 9: Thursday, JOHANNESBURG-PILANESBERG-LESEDI

Pickup from Hotel at 630a.m – drive to Pilanesberg Game Reserve the ideal destination for a day Safari, this is a reserve which boasts the “Big Five” and a host of other game species. The Pilanesberg lies in the crater of an ancient volcano and has some unique scenery and geology. The establishment of this reserve saw the biggest relocation project ever of wild animals and the reserve now boasts “The Big Five; lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to  Lesedi Cultural Village, a multicultural village set amongst rocky hills where the cultures, customs and traditions of four of South Africa’s tribes are brought to life.  Get a presentation on the history and origin of the different ethnic groups and given a guided tour the four homesteads – Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi. The tour is followed by a cultural performance by the four groups Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Pedi. The performance begins with a warm traditional African welcome. You will have the opportunity to join in the performances and display your talent. The tribal dance display is then followed by a Pan African Feast served in the Nyama Choma restaurant with delicacies from different regions of Southern Africa. (Long day back in hotel at 9pm)

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Rivonia Guest House

 

Day 10: Friday, JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN

Morning at leisure

Afternoon flight Transfer to airport for flight to Cape Town – meet assist and transfer to hotel

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

 

Day 11: Saturday, ROBBEN ISLAND/CAPE TOWNSHIPS

Take the Morning afternoon ferry to Robben Island – a former prison of Nelson Mandela – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In the afternoon go on a Cultural Tour of Cape Townships an opportunity to interact with different Communities – visit Langa Cape Town’s oldest formal township, gaining insights into the legacy of apartheid and the country’s struggle for democracy. In Gugulethu Township, visit a community‐driven project and observe crafters at work.   Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest informal settlement. This evening a special dinner will be in arranged in a home and accompanied with music and poetry. You will be invited to display your artistic and musical skills.

Meal(s) include: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

 

Day 12: Sunday, CAPE TOWN WINELANDS

Cape Town South Africa Wine Region Wine Winelands

After breakfast, tour the Cape Town Wine Lands. Visit Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. Enjoy wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area and witness the wine making process from the vineyard to the bottle.

Meal(s) include: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

 

Day 13: Monday, CAPE TOWN – TABLE MOUNTAIN

Early morning Tour of Table Mountain by cable car; the state‐of‐the‐art car rotates 360 degrees on its way to the top, offering a panoramic view of The City; at the summit take short walks enjoy the magnificent view of Cape Town. Continue on the City Centre, the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the Milnerton Lighthouse for a view Table Mountain

Rest of day at leisure shopping or relaxing by the water front.

Meal(s) include: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront

 

Day 14: Tuesday, CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG/DEPART

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg, make the connecting flight home.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

From $ 3295 per person

Tour Dates 2018

  • August 8-21
  • November 7-20

Tour Dates 2019

  • March 6-19
  • August 7-20
  • November 6-19

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival
  • Assistance at departure on final day
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties or similar
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Admission to all listed sites
  • Meals indicated

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Flights
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to drivers and guides
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