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Duration: 10 days - Group Size: 6
Location: Ghana
Starting Price: $1,746
Single Supplement: $550
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About This Tour
Akwaaba, welcome to Ghana, The Gateway and Heart of West Africa”. In commemoration of 400 years since the slavery, Ghana has opened her arms for you to return home. An opportunity to recognize the past and celebrate the future. Join us on an unforgettable journey into learning about the history, tradition and culture of Ghana. Be ushered with a traditional naming ceremony with cultural drumming and dancing that will touch your very soul and you will be given your own traditional name and made a member of the traditional community. On this celebration, there will also be visits to Ghana’s infamous slave dungeons, Kakum National Park and a visit to the Ashanti Kingdom.
  • Traditional Ghanaian welcoming ceremony
  • Accra city tour
  • Traditional naming ceremony
  • Village Homestays
  • Family Engagements
  • Kumasi city tour
  • Visit to Manhyia Palace Museum
  • Visits to the Ashanti craft villages
  • Tour of Elmina Castle
  • Locale Cooking Class

Day 1

(June 3rd) Akwaaba - Arrival
You will be greeted at the airport by representatives of Landtours who will transfer you to your hotel. At your hotel, you will be served a chilled welcome drink as you are given a brief orientation. Overnight at your hotel. .

Day 2

(June 4th) Naming Ceremony, Pottery Making and
Village Homestay
This day will be spent in celebration by reclaiming your real and true African name. You will be led in a procession to the Paramount Chief’s Palace grounds where the whole village will have assembled. The Paramount Chief will perform the special naming ceremony after a round of hearty welcomes and speeches. No less than a few hundred locals will be present to participate.
The naming ceremony, a spiritual and memorable experience, begins with the drumming of the “frontomfrom” drums and dancing performed by local village dancers, who will also extend an invitation to the group to participate in the unique cultural dance. After the drumming and dancing, your family head and elders of your village will jointly select a name for you after a great personality in your family or community.
After receiving an African name and an official welcome into a clan, unite with your host family. In the evening, amidst traditional drumming and dancing, join other community members by the fireside to listen to folktales and stories of history and heroism. Overnight with your host family. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3

(June 5th) Family Engagement - Shai Hills
After breakfast, engage with your family and say your final goodbyes. After lunch on your own, continue your drive to the Shai Hills Game Reserve, which combines nature conservation, rich cultural interest and archaeological sites with splendid scenic beauty. Trek through the reserve and view some of West Africa’s notable game: antelope, bushbucks, kobs, baboons, monkeys and many bird species, including the crested eagle.  Visit the Obonu Tem and Se Yo caves which serve as home to many animals, notably insectivorous bats. Learn about the various artefacts that have been found on this site, the homeland of the Krobo people. Later depart for a drive back to Accra. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4

(June 6th) Accra – Kakum National Park and
Cape Coast Castle
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart early for a drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 100 feet above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway.
After lunch on your own, visit the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade which the impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. The Cape Coast Castle was built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Overnight at your hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5

(June 7th) Elmina Castle – Cooking Class
After breakfast, visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and is also known as St. George's Castle.  This castle was the first European structure built in Sub - Saharan Africa. The colourful harbour nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities.
After your tour get the opportunity to create several West African traditional dishes in Esi’s kitchen and then enjoy eating the feast you’ve helped prepare!  Overnight at your hotel. Meals Included:

Day 6

(June 8th) Elmina – Assin Manso - Kumasi
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive through the forest zone to Kumasi with a stop at Assin Manso. Visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo”, the former Slave River and market, the final transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans.  This is the final resting place for two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred there.  Overnight at your hotel. Meals Included: Breakfas

Day 7

(June 9th) Kumasi City Tour and Ashanti Craft Village
After breakfast, embark on a Kumasi city tour where you will visit Manhyia Palace Museum, to obtain first-hand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artefacts. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. End the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters and batik makers. After lunch on your own, visit the three famous Ashanti craft villages.
Depart for, Ntonso the home of Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 8

(June 10th) Kumasi – Accra (Day at Leisure)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Accra. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9

(June 11th) Accra City Tour
After breakfast, drive through the administrative and economic districts of Ghana’s city capital. Over 137 years-old, Accra has a blend of colonial and contemporary architecture that symbolize the cultural mix of the city. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, where Dr. Dubois (an academic and civil rights champion) spent two years working on a Pan African encyclopaedia under the invitation of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s first President). There you will be treated to a guided tour through Dr. DuBois’ research library. Make stops at Independence/Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The square marks the point where three ex-military men tried to present grievances to the colonial governor and were shot during a peaceful demonstration. Nkrumah Memorial Park was created to commemorate Ghana's founding father. To the east of the square you will also get a view of Osu (formerly Christiansborg) Castle, the previous seat of the Ghanaian Presidency.
After lunch on your own, visit the Arts Centre – a large arts and crafts market where you can find handicrafts from all over Ghana and West Africa. Be prepared to use your bargaining skills as you browse the many artisan stalls. Overnight at your hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10

(June 12th) Departure
Spend the day at leisure and last minute shopping. Check-out of your hotel and transfer to airport for check-in and departure.