Discover Ghana, Togo & Benin - 19 Days

Discover Ghana, Togo & Benin – 19 Days

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Discover Ghana, Togo & Benin – 19 Days

Ghana (Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Tamale, Mole) Togo ( Kara) Benin (Natintingou, Abomey, Porto Novo, Ganvie, Cotonou)

Travel with us through Ghana, Togo and Benin as we explore the ancient history and cultural identity of these three countries. Explore Ghana- the former Gold Coast, famous for its friendly people, rich colorful history, numerous authentic cultural festivals, forts, castles and other UNESCO heritage sites. Touch the History of Cape Coast and Elmina, once centers of the slave trade. Encounter Ashanti royalty and learn about the regal history of the Ashanti people. Travel through the rural backroads where the real West Africa resides in every village; cross into Togo and Benin where the history and cultures are no less fascinating. Visit the Royal Palace of Abomey in Benin. Meet village chiefs, observe wildlife and see how local crafts are handmade in time honored traditions.

Day 1: ARRIVE ACCRA, GHANA

On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, our expert cultural tour guide will meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in our private air conditioned vehicle.

Once you have checked in, your guide, who will be with you throughout your stay, will brief you on what to expect during your time here in Ghana.

Overnight at Miklin Hotel

Day 2: 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
Overnight at Miklin Hotel

Day 3: ACCRA – AKOSOMBO – ACCRA

After breakfast depart to Akosombo in the Eastern region of Ghana to visit the Hydro-Electric Dam situated on the Volta lake. The Volta Lake is the largest man-made lake in Africa. Return to Accra via Shai Hills and Aburi Botanical Gardens. Aburi was established as an agricultural research station and convalescent home for the British Colonial Administration. The garden overlooks the coastal plains at an elevation of 1200 -1500 ft. above sea level. You will learn about the cultural and medicinal importance of the trees in these gardens. Shai Hills game reserves. The reserve consists of a very striking and attractive range of rocky hills set in the middle of expansive open and wooded grassland plains. There are several caves in the hills, some of which have played and continue to play an important role in local history, culture and tradition. Return to Accra arriving early evening.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Miklin Hotel

Day 4: ACCRA AND VICINITY

After breakfast travel to Teshie and visit the Traditional Casket Maker’s Shop. Here caskets are custom made to reflect the interest, hobbies and occupation of the deceased.
Drive through the University of Ghana, the premier and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian universities and tertiary institutions. It was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast.
Continue your drive through “28 February Crossroad “to Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christiansburg or simply the Castle, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf of Guinea. The first substantial fort was built by Denmark-Norway in the 1660s, though the castle has changed hands between Denmark-Norway, Portugal, the Akwamu, Britain, and finally post-Independence Ghana, and was rebuilt numerous times. For most of the castle’s history, it has been the seat of government in Ghana. It also serves as the place where the late president of Ghana John Atta Mills will be buried, in a bird sanctuary, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Visit old Accra to see the indigenous life style of the people of Accra.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Miklin Hotel

Day 5: ACCRA – CAPE COAST

After breakfast drive to Cape Coast, arrive in time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the Colonial Town of Elmina. Elmina’s rich history is captured in its buildings. Visit the colorful Asafo houses, which were used as a place for warriors to prepare mentally and spiritually before going to war. They are wonderful examples of how art is used in daily lives of Africans. This evening take a Tour of the Elmina Harbor observe the colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing – wonderful opportunity for the photographers in the group.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort

Day 6: CAPE COAST – KAKUM PARK – CAPE COAST

After breakfast, 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. 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. Before leaving Kakum, you can enjoy a refreshing drink from a fresh coconut opened just for you. After lunch visit Cape Coast Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is another 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”.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort

Day 7: CAPE COAST – KUMASI

After breakfast depart to Kumasi the realm of the Ashanti Kingdom. Arrive in Kumasi and visit Manhiya Palace, official residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. Next, tour of this historic city is to the National Cultural Center which includes the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, named after the former Asantehene Nana Osei Agyeman Prempeh II. Exhibits include 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 Noda Hotel or Similar

Day 8: KUMASI AND VICINITY

After breakfast, visit the nearby 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. Continue to Ejisu- Besease.Visit either Yaw Tano shrine or Ejisu-Besease shrine. Continue with visits to the Ashanti craft villages starting with the 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. The next stop is the village of Ntonso where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. Adinkra cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions. The final stop is 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. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Noda Hotel or Similar

Day 9: KUMASI – TAMALE

Depart Kumasi for Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana via Buabeng –Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in the Brong Ahafo Region. Buabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is Ghana’s most famous example of traditional African conservation. The sanctuary is nestled in between the two villages of Buabeng and Fiema; the sanctuary is home to over 200 Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus and 500 Campbell’s Mona Monkeys. For more than 150 years the people of Boabeng and Fiema have considered the monkeys sacred. The traditional beliefs in both communities prohibit physical harm to the monkeys. Additionally, the 2 communities came together in 1975 to pass a law prohibiting harm to the monkeys. Continue to Tamale for overnight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Mariam Hotel

Day 10: TAMALE – MOLE

After breakfast depart Tamale for the Mole National Park. Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge. The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park’s entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga. The Lovi and Mole Rivers flow through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Mole Motel

Day 11: MOLE – SIRIGU CULTURAL VILLAGE – TAMALE

Morning safari in Mole National Park. Then return to Tamale with a stop at Sirigu village near Navrongo. The village is renowned for its elaborately decorated adobe compounds painted by local women. The houses are covered in red, black and white geometric patterns as well as depictions of animals and people, most popular is “the man with two faces”, who holds a fowl in one hand and a cross in the other, symbolizing the coexistence of traditional beliefs and Christianity.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Mariam Hotel

Day 12: TAMALE – KARA, TOGO

Today we depart from Ghana. After crossing the border we will visit the Bassar village and interact with the local chief at his Palace. Continue to Kara to check into your hotel.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Kara

Day 13: KARA

After breakfast, we will visit the Kéran National Park in Lome. The Park is located in the north of Togo, in the Kara area. There іs only one road going through this area. After lunch we will continue to Fazao Mafakassa National Park. Fazao Mafakassa National Park is the largest National Park in Togo. It is situated between the Kara Region and Central Region in semi-mountainous wetland. The park has dramatic scenery with rocky hills and beautiful waterfalls. The Park is currently being considered for inclusion in the World Heritage list of sites with “outstanding universal value” to the world. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on January 8th, 2002 in the Mixed (Cultural + Natural) category. Visit Bandjeli village where Bassar iron is processed. The original inhabitants lived in the sacred forest of Kibre. Visit the Moba tribe, a warlike group that practices female circumcision.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Kara

Day 14: KARA – NATINTINGOU, BENIN

Today we cross the border to Benin. Visit the village of Koutammakou and others where the Taberma and Sombat tribes live in the Land of the Batammariba, a cultural landscape designated in 2004 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area features traditional mud tower-houses which remain the preferred style of living . These fortified houses are built very close together and in the 18th century they were built to protect villagers from slave hunters and Dahomey fighters. Continue to Natintingou for overnight. The rest of the day will be at leisure
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Tata Somba

Day 15: NATINTINGOU – ABOMEY

After breakfast, depart Natintingou to Abomey stopping at points of interest including Dankoli shrine, and Djougou the most populated Islamic town in Benin. You will visit the Djougou Market.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Sun City Hotel

Day 16: ABOMEY

This morning start the day with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum. Most of the buildings originally built in the mid 1600 were destroyed by fire in 1892, but the remaining structure is still spectacular. The museum features voodoo skulls, Portuguese artifacts and traditional housing. Taking photographs is strictly forbidden. Visit Musee Historique d’ Abomey(Historical Museum) see the throne of Ghezo exhibited, which was built on top of human skulls. Before returning to your hotel you may watch the craftsmen create works in iron, copper and bronze.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Sun City Hotel

Day 17: ABOMEY – PORTO NOVO – COTONOU

After breakfast, depart for Cotonou via Porto Novo where you will visit the Ethnographic Museum, the Brazilian Church and the 300 year old palace of King Toffa.Time permitting stop at the Songhai Center for a guided tour. Continue to Cotonou for overnight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Du Lac

Day 18: COTONOU – GANVIE – COTONOU

After breakfast, visit Abomey-Clavi- Ganvie, a 500-year old village on water generally called the ‘Venice of Africa’. Over 1,200 people live over lake Nokoue. It is worth the view to take canoe around the houses; most occupants extend noisy and friendly greetings. In the afternoon travel to Ouida, the former slave trading post and the birthplace of Voodoo. This unforgettable visit takes you to the voodoo museum, the Sacred Forest, the ‘Road of the Slaves ‘, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sacred Pythons. Continue to the place of the ‘Common Grave’, the Tree of Forgetfulness and the “Gate of No Return. (With special arrangements and extra cost you may arrange a welcome reception from Dagbo Honunon, high priest of the voodoo cult. Return to Cotonou for a short tour and overnight
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Du Lac

Day 19: COTONOU – DEPARTURE

Today’s activities will depend on your flight departure time. Transfer to airport for your onward flight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Tour Dates 2019

  • October 26 – November 13

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Airport to hotel transfer
  • Hotel accommodations in the properties listed
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guides
  • Admissions to listed sites and activities
  • Meals indicated

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Flights to/from Africa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed
  • Visas
  • Gratuity to drivers and guides
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