Ashanti’s Land of the Lobi’s 11 day Eco tour takes us to one of the remotest corners of the country to meet and spend quality time with the Lobi community of the Upper West region. We will be staying with the community near Wechiau hippo sanctuary which was voted the 3rd best conservation destination in the world by the independent newspaper in the UK 2000. The Lobi tribe originate from Burkina Faso, their migration to Ghana was mainly due to good trade at local markets and also tribal conflict. The Black Volta River acts as the boarder between Ghana and Burkina Faso and is found only 1 kilometre away from where we stay. This close proximity allows the locals from either side to travel to local markets selling their farm produce and wares, something which has not changed in centuries. Their culture and traditional values are still intact today as they remain virtually untouched by outside influence, the ladies can still be seen wearing traditional lip plugs which is thought to enhance their beauty. Obviously seeing the hippos and knowing our presence there is helping in their protection is a major highlight of this trip, however our Land of the Lobi’s tour has much more to offer besides. We travel through many regions during this tour that include Greater Accra, Eastern, Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper West and Central with our main emphasis being mixing with the locals. We experience the cultural traditions and values of all the tribal communities we come into contact with during our adventure. Our accommodation ranges from hotels, in the towns and cities, to small guesthouses and traditional tribal homesteads, in the more rural areas we visit. Our group sizes are small as we firmly believe low impact touring is the best way of preserving the beautiful places we visit. Our aim is to send you home having had a true Ghana experience and we are positive that your 11 days with us will be an unforgettable experience that will live in your memory forever.
Outline Itinerary: Akwaaba (Welcome)
Our experienced guides will meet with you at the Kotoka International airport Accra and transfer you to your hotel. After checking you in your cultural guides offer you Akwaaba (welcome) and brief you on all aspects of your trip. Includes: (D).
The beginning of an adventure that will live in the memory forever, we collect you from your hotel and set off for Kumasi passing through the Akwapim range en-route, offering outstanding views of Accra in the distance. We pass through Aburi craft village, Boti waterfalls (seasonal) and visit a family making traditional glass beads before reaching Kumasi capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana. Includes: (B), (D).
A morning dedicated to exploring the markets and city centre of this wonderful city. We spend quality time in Adum Kumasi’s commercial hub, before experiencing Kejetia West Africa’s largest outdoor market. In the afternoon we will be spending time in the ancient craft villages found within touching distance of the city centre. We meet the local communities of Ntunso renowned for Adinkra and Kente, during our time with the locals we learn about their cultural values and the history behind these traditional cloths. Includes: (B), (D).
After breakfast we learn the process of traditional brass casting with a visit to Sokoban Krofrom masters in this art. After seeing the skilled craftsman at work we set off on the beginning of our Northern adventure first stop first stop is Techiman and the sacred monkeys of Boebeng-Fiema. We spend the afternoon with the community walking trails into the forest to see the Mona and black and white colobus monkeys, whilst learning the history behind their protection and why they are perceived to be sacred. Includes: (B), (D).
The day starts with a buzz as we set of for the Wechiau community hippo sanctuary, stopping at a traditional Sudanese style mud and stick mosque en route. We arrive at Wechiau which was voted the 3rd best conservation destination by the Independent news paper (UK) in 2000. We spend the afternoon and evening with the local Lobi community, enjoying traditional music around our bonfire under the beautiful African night’s sky. Includes: (B), (D).
An early morning river safari in traditional dug out canoe viewing the endangered hippos being protected along the beautiful Black Volta River. We return to our lodge before setting off for an afternoon in Wechiau meeting and mixing with the locals, we visit the chief’s palace and have the option of sleeping at the hippo hide in the evening. Includes: (B), (D).
After a leisurely breakfast we bid farewell to our new friends in Wechiau before setting off for Mole National Park Ghana’s largest and best game viewing park. We stop at Larabanga mosque before arriving at our hotel where we relax and enjoy our evening meal whilst watching the sunset over the savannah woodland and enjoying the feeling of being so close to nature. Includes: (B), (D).
A morning foot safari around the watering holes with armed guide, getting extremely close to African elephants the worlds largest land mammal on foot. After a morning of wildlife viewing we set off for Kumasi stopping at the beautiful Kintampo waterfall en route. Includes: (B), (D).
A morning visit to the National cultural centre and Prempeh II Jubilee museum found in one of the oldest suburbs of Kumasi. We set off for Cape Coast passing through Obuasi en route, on our arrival we visit the Cape Coast Castle a UNESCO World heritage site, for a thought provoking journey through Ghana’s tragic enslaved African trade era. Includes: (B), (D).
A morning visit to the world famous Kakum Canopy walkway, found in Kakum National Park, a beautiful tropical Guinea rainforest which supports over 40 mammal species and 300 species of birds. Afterwards we visit a coco farm, palm nut plantation and traditional palm wine tapers. In the afternoon we enjoy some time in the fishing town of Elmina before a relaxing early evening at one of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches. Includes: (B), (D).
Sadly your final day with us in Ghana, after a leisurely breakfast we set off for Accra visiting the National Museum and Cultural Centre on our arrival. We enjoy an early evening meal before your transfer to the airport after a wonderful 11 days with Ashanti African Tours in Ghana. Includes: (B), (D).
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