European settlers were initially lured here by the trade in Ivory and Gold. But sadly, this was soon to be replaced by the tragic trade in human cargo, bound for the rapidly increasing number of plantations in the Americas. Ghana was exporting enslaved Africans at a far greater rate than any other West African country; this is evident with over 20 castles and Fortifications still dotting the Coastline.
West Africans from Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso and other countries were transported through these Fortifications in Ghana, many African Americans and West Indians have traced their roots back to Ghana, and have made the emotional journey tracing the steps their ancestors were forced to make all those years ago. For many, this is an emotional, thought provoking experience and the majority have an overwhelming feeling that they have come home.
Day 1: Arrival. Arrival at Kotoka international airport and transferred to your hotel by the experienced guides who will be with you for the duration of your tour. You will be briefed on all aspects of your holiday over complementary drinks as you acclimatize yourself to Western Africa.
Day 2: Historical tour of Accra. This morning after a leisurely breakfast we set off for a historical tour of Accra, firstly we visit the Kwame Nkrumah memorial park which is the final resting place of Ghana’s founder.
After lunch we continue our tour to the Du Bois center, this is the final burial place and former home of the prominent American Pan-Africanist Dr. William W. Burghardt Du Bois, who lead the Pan-African congress between 1919 and 1927. In the late afternoon we will visit independence square to see the enclosed flame of African liberation, before returning to our hotel to relax.
Day 3: Colonial history tour. After breakfast we head west along the beautiful gold coast, our destination is Cape Coast. After lunch at our beautiful beach front hotel we set off for Cape Coast Castle a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will spend the afternoon on an emotional, thought provoking tour of Ghana’s tragic enslaved African trade era. In the evening we return to our hotel and reflect on an emotional day.
Day 4: Wildlife viewing and cultural excursions. The morning starts with a buzz as we set off for Kakum National Park and Africa’s only canopy walkway. Kakum is a beautiful tropical guinea rainforest and the canopy is an exciting excursion, set 40 meters above the rainforest floor and attached to 7 emerging trees, this is an excursion never forgotten. After lunch we visit the Castle of St. George, the oldest extant Colonial building in sub Saharan Africa, for an emotional journey through Ghana’s recent tragic enslaved African trade era.
Day 5: Cultural excursions. We start our journey to Kumasi, home of the Asantehene, King of the Ashanti’s. En route we will stop at Assin Manso, an important town along the enslaved African trade routes. Here enslaved Africans were bathed in a nearby river and checked for fitness before transportation to Cape Coast castle and shipment to the Americas. On arrival in Kumasi we will visit the National Cultural center which is where we find the Prempeh II Jubilee museum. The museum offers an excellent overview of Ashanti history that will benefit us during our time in the region.
Day 6: Historical tour of Kumasi. A morning visit to Kejetia market, which is the largest outdoor market in the whole of Western Africa. A labyrinth of stalls nestled closely together we experience everyday life for the people of this great city; during our time here we can pick up some bargain souvenirs at low prices. Found a short distance from Kejetia is the village of Bonwire, home of Kente. We will interact with the locals learning the history behind the many designs of cloth and witness skilled weavers outside their homes during our village tour.
A Coco farm is found a short distance away, Ghana is the worlds 2nd largest producer of Coco and a tour learning the process of producing quality Coco will give us an insight into the daily lives of many locals in Ghana. After lunch we visit the village of Ntunsu the home of traditional Adinkra cloth. The Adinkra cloth is adorned by beautiful symbols, each with its own meaning; during our time here we can produce our own strip of cloth with symbols of personal significance.
Day 7: Historical excursions. We leave for Accra after breakfast, en route we will visit the beautiful Boti waterfall for a refreshing break. After the falls we visit a small village that makes traditional Ghanaian glass beads. We will sit with Comfort and here wonderful family learning the history behind the beads and the skilled process of making them.
We continue our journey to Accra stopping at Aburi craft village, an excellent place to buy wooden carvings and see the skilled locals carving outside their workshops. A short distance from the village is Aburi Botanical Gardens a beautiful place to stop for lunch. We arrive in Accra early evening and relax at our hotel.
Day 8: Departure. Your final day with us in Ghana, after a leisurely breakfast you can relax around the pool of your hotel or visit the National Museum, a wonderful place where almost all the displays are ethnographic in nature. We enjoy an early evening meal before your departure after an unforgettable 8 day tour.
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