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Explore Senegal and Ghana, 11 Days

Day 1: ARRIVE IN DAKAR, SENEGAL

Arrive Dakar. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Le Ndiambour Or Similar

 

Day 2: DAKAR

After breakfast begin the city tour of Dakar and vicinity. Sites include: the Africa Renaissance Monument: a 164 Feet high monument unveiled in 2010, overlooking Dakar and is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The once controversial bronze statue is a popular attraction among locals as well as visitors. It features a man, woman and child pointing, a symbol of renewed African hope. The woman is now decently clothed, as conservative groups forced the government to lengthen her formerly short skirt, at a cost of more than US$ 10 million, to more modest length.

Independence Place, the heart of the city, you will pass by presidential palace and the main cathedral. Wander at the beach to see people doing different sport including wrestling.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Le Ndiambour Or Similar

 

Day 3: GOREE ISLAND

Depart on the 20 minutes ferry ride to visit the charming yet infamous Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the usually quiet Streets lined with mostly pastel colored colonial era buildings. Among the most famous buildings here is the House of Slaves which records the painful history of Goree’s past.

Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of Goree.

You may visit the Mariama Ba Elite high school for girls named after the famous Senegalese writer. This High School was founded in1977 by Leopold Sedar Senghor, first president of Senegal, and was named after Mariama Bâ, novelist, teacher, and feminist who struggled for women’s rights in Senegal. The school admits girls who obtained the highest scores during the national secondary school entrance exam. Each year, about 50 female students from the 11 regions of Senegal are given the opportunity to attend the school for the rest of their high school years.

Late afternoon return to Dakar and visit the handicraft village, the Ifan Museum and return to the hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Le Ndiambour Or Similar

 

Day 4: PINK LAKE

After breakfast travel to visit Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomena caused by a unique combination of micro-organism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its unique pink color. Interact with the women harvesting salt and visit the nearby Fulani village and Bambilore named tortoises’ village. Afternoon drive to visit the fisher village of Kayar and return to Dakar.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Le Ndiambour Or Similar

 

Day 5: ARRIVE IN ACCRA, GHANA

Morning at leisure before departure flight to Ghana. On arrival in Accra you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel for the next three nights

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Africa Royal Beach Hotel or similar

 

Day 6: ACCRA

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • W.E.B Dubois Centre
  • The Independence/Black Square
  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Jamestown Fishing Community

Experience the bustling city of Accra today which is a blend of modern building and old structures that exited during the colonial times. This 120 years old city has a number of historical things to offer as you set off after a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, passing through the economic and administrative districts.

The first visit will be to W.E.B Du Bois Centre honoring the life of the prominent Pan-Africanist who chose to live and work in Ghana.

We continue to Independence Square where you will 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 Centre, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.

Our day’s visit ends at Jamestown Community-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) 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.

You may visit “Brazil House” and learn about the seven Afro-Brazilian 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

Overnight at Africa Royal Beach Hotel or similar

 

Day 7: ACCRA / KUMASI

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Teshie Fancy Coffin Shop
  • Cedi Beads Factory

After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head further East to Akosombo. Enroute we will the Teshie Casket/Coffin Shop where uniquely designed caskets are made and this reflects the people’s belief in life after death.

The shop was started by Seth Kane Kwei in the 1950s, almost by accident. He made palanquins, also known as Litters or Sedan Chairs that are used to carry tribal chiefs at traditional festivals. One chief, who had ordered a palanquin shaped as a cocoa pod, died unexpectedly before the festival, so he was buried in the palanquin. Soon after that his grandmother who had planned her first overseas trip by flight died before the trip and she too was buried in a coffin shaped like an airplane. “The third fancy coffin was for a chief fisherman who was buried in a canoe.  Thus the fancy coffin industry was started.

We will have a scenic drive to the village of Krobo Odumase to witness firsthand experience of beads making from specially crafted glasses- Cedi Beads Factory. We will have the opportunity to design our own beads using the traditional Krobo technique. The bead-making craft has a long history in Ghana. Beads have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, or death for the past 400 years. You will watch and participate in the whole bead-making process from beginning to end.

Continue to Kumasi arriving early evening.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Noda Hotel or similar

 

Day 8: KUMASI

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 3 craft villages of Ashanti kingdom

We will drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today.

Upon reaching Ejisu, we will visit three craft villages of the surrounding lush countryside which is a sharp contrast to the modern day Kumasi city.

Adanwomase will be our first craft village where we’ll see how the famous Kente Cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. See the Kente styles and the opportunity to make purchases. We may pay a courtesy call to the paramount chief of this community amidst drumming and dancing or see their cocoa farms.

We will continue to the village of Ntonso where Artisans hand-stamp patterns on Cotton cloth to make Adinkra Textiles. Black-on-Black and Black-on-Red Adinkra Cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions; learn how the Black Dye is made in the village from the bark of trees and creates your own Adinkra sash to take home. You may also purchase large pieces of the Adinkra Cloth handmade in the village.

Our final village will be The Woodcarving Village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion Royal stools, walking sticks and Fertility Dolls from wood; with the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds.

Continue to Central Kumasi which has quite a collection of British colonial buildings and it is the heart of the Ashanti culture. We enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people on our way to visit the Okomfo Anokye sword site, 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.

Return to Kumasi early evening.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Noda Hotel or similar

 

Day 9: KUMASI – ASSIN MANSO – ELMINA

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Assin Manso Slave River
  • Elmina Township Walk

Today, we depart for yet another adventure of Coastal lands of Ghana- Elmina & Cape Coast. Enroute, we stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the USA and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration.  A visit to “the Slave River” or “Donkor Nsuo” offers the chance to see the place where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slaves Castles to await shipment to the Americas and Caribbean.

This evening enjoy the sights of the many colorful fishing boats bringing their daily catch into the harbor and take the opportunity to mix with the locals at the nearby market. A short distance from the market we visit the boat builders, still building colorful fishing boats using traditional tools and methods spanning centuries.

Continue to your hotel and check in. Prepare for dinner at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort or similar

 

Day 10: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cape Coast Castle
  • Elmina or St. George’s Castle

Today we will visit Cape Coast castle, a UNESCO world heritage site. The castle is a thought provoking monument to a harrowing period in the region’s history. You will take an emotional journey through the castle which held more enslaved Africans than any other in the region, viewing the dungeons and the infamous “Door of no return”. There is a significant historical museum inside, which explains the history of the castle and of Cape Coast itself. You can purchase literature on Ghana’s forts and castles, as well as the cultural history and traditions of Ghana. Next we visit Elmina Castle another World Heritage site.

Late afternoon you will go through the “Fihankra” Fihankra is a ceremony which seeks to reconnect people of African descent, who have been lost due to the transatlantic slave trade, to the motherland. This ceremony reconnects returnees with the cultural and spiritual ties that had been denied them for centuries. The final part of Fihankra includes a naming ceremony.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort or similar

 

Day 11:  ELMINA – KAKUM NATIONAL PARK- ACCRA-DEPART

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Kakum National Park
  • Abandze Town

 After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel for a visit to the Kakum National Park, 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, 1000 foot long and even-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights over 150 feet above the ground.

On the way, we will stop to visit the village of Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American Jazz Musician.

Arrive in Accra late afternoon in time to visit the popular Arts & Crafts Market if you like aggressive bartering or the African Market in Osu (Ghana’s Soho) if you prefer fixed prices.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

END OF SERVICE

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Flight from Senegal to Ghana
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Assistance with Ghana visa application
  • Meals indicated

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

 

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Flights to Africa (to be priced separate)
  • Cost of Ghana visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to drivers and guides
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