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Duration: 16 days - Group Size: 6
Location: Ghana
Starting Price: $4,151.00
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About This Tour
This tour will awaken your senses to the slave routes of West Africa (Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Benin). Explore cities and villages and be introduced to the rich culture and history of these four West African countries. In Senegal, visit Goree Island which has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will discover the Museum Maison des Eclaves (Slaves’ House), which used to be a slaving station and was one of the first French settlements on the continent. Tour old Goree Island, home to slave houses, museums and architectural buildings that reflect the country’s colonial history. On your tour to Ghana, The Gateway and Heart of West Africa, join us on an unforgettable journey into land rich in history, tradition and culture. Revisit history by touring the slave dungeons and the Last Bath, to learn the story of the slave trade, of which its impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today.

Explore the legend of the famous Ashantis at the Manhyia Palace Museum and obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts. Reclaim your traditional name in an African naming ceremony amidst singing, drumming and dancing celebrated with the Chief, Elders and people of the entire village. Get the opportunity to engage with historians and returnees who have had successful businesses in Ghana.

As you move from Ghana to Togo and Benin, notice the differences in culture. On your visit to Togo, be stunned by the streets filled with vibrant markets, friendly people and good food. Visit the central Independence Monument, the Congressional Palace that houses the national museum that exhibits West African jewelry, masks, musical instruments and pottery. Be amazed by the largest voodoo market in Lomé which has a supply store for fetishes, charms and anything needed for traditional worship. Be startled by Vodoun tradition, a religion practiced by groups of people within the West African countries when you visit Ouidah, the heart of African traditional religion in Benin. This tour takes you to the temple of pythons, a place where snakes are worshipped and revered. These snakes are harmless and a major icon for followers of Vodoun. Tour Porto Novo, the capital of Benin which was established as a major slave-trading post by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Explore Ouidah, a place where slaves captured in Togo and Benin spent their final night before embarking on their trans-Atlantic journey.

  • Goree Island
  • Dakar City Tour
  • Museum of Black Civilization
  • Traditional Ghanaian welcome ceremony
  • Accra city tour
  • Traditional naming ceremony
  • Kumasi city tour
  • Visit to Manhyia Palace Museum
  • Visits to the Ashanti craft villages
  • Tour of Elmina Castle
  • Local Cooking Class
  • Meet and Greet with Returnees
  • Ouidah
  • Ganvie (Village on water)
Day 1 

(8TH December) Akwaaba – Welcome!
Arrive in Dakar, Senegal. Pick up and transfer from airport to your hotel. Check into your hotel and relax. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 2

(9th December) Goree Island – ‘Door of No Return’ & Dakar City Tour
After breakfast, we will transfer to the ferry terminal. Here we board a ferry to infamous Goree Island. This 20-minute ride takes us back in time over 200 years. GOREE Island was once the depot and departure point of millions and millions of Africans shipped into bondage to the Americas. At the slave house, we listen the curator narrate 3 to 4 centuries of black slave trade as it happened in West Africa. After, prayers and libation to the memories of our ancestors who perished in the door passage, we tour the island with stops at the Women's Museum. The tour shall include a lecture delivered by the curator on the theme ‘300 years of slave trading in West Africa’.
After lunch on the Island, depart the island to embark on a City Tour of Dakar. Visit the Independence Square, the presidential Palace, the Cathedral and the Grand Mosque. Continue to drive around the Corniche for scenic views of th erugged Atlantic costline. Return to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 3 

(10th December) Dakar – Museem of Black Civilization - Pink Lake
After breakfast, check out of your hotel. Visit the Museum of Black Civilizations, known in French as the Musée des Civilisations noires, is a 150,000-square-foot, circular structure, modelled after the traditional houses of Senegal’s Casamance region. Inside the Museum of Black Civilizations, find ambitious displays spanning both centuries and continents. The exhibition “Cradle of Humankind,” for instance, looks back to human origins in Africa and features early stone tools. “African Civilizations: Continuous Creation of Humanity” delves into the history of masks and the traditions of Sufism and Christianity in Africa. In another exhibition hall, “The Caravan and Caravel,” explores how African communities in the Americas grew out of the slave trade.
After lunch, continue your drive to the Pink Lake, we are going on the discovery of the phenomenal Pink Lake. Track the last lap of the famous rally Paris/Dakar by 4x4 buggies and stop to meet hundreds of men and women mining the salt from the rose coloured body of water. If time permits, we will visit a Fulani village and experience African life style at first hand. We take a ride up and down the sand dunes and discover the long stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Let the breech of such blue fill our spirits. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast
  

Day 4  

(11th December) Saint Luois -  Dakar – Accra (Ghana)
After breakfast, check out your hotel and depart for a flight to Accra. You will be met at the airport by a Landtours staff and taken to the hotel for check in. At night, prepare for a group dinner with drumming and dancing and a brief orientation about the rest of your tour. At the orientation, you will be handed a personalised itinerary. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5  

(12th December) Accra City Tour and James Town Exploration
After breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Accra. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 139-year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. This refers us to the Christiansburg Castle in Osu, which originally belonged to the Danish before been sold to the Dutch. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, Independence/ Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and the coffin makers. Later visit the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artefacts from Ghana and West Africa.  

After lunch on your own, drive to Osu and meet a representative of James Town Boutique. From the Fort to the prisons of James Town, you will encounter the Independence struggle of the first Black nation, Ghana. A visit to James Town Fort prison where the Big “6” of Gold Coast were in prison. The legal luminaries of British Accra Lawyer will take you to the Harward Mills (Agbado). Afloso chambers, Dantu Chambers and meet with the Law Lumineers and have Politics on a roundtable at the James Town Boutique with veteran politician.  Later on, you will be visiting the traditional leader of Jamestown community and exchange greetings with a welcome traditional prayer. Then continue to the kenkey factory, the main stipple of the local people. At the production site, we will interact with the locals and learn the process of the local dish. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6  

(13th December) Accra - Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle
After breakfast, drive to Cape Coast and devote this day to embark on a tour of 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. Visit the Cape Coast Castle 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.
After lunch on your home, 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. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

After dinner join a cocktail event with a historian from the University of Cape Coast to learn more about Ghanaian culture or simply talk to each other and share information about the experiences you are having on the tour.

 

Day 7  

(14th December) Kakum – Assin Manso – Kumasi
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.
On your way to Kumasi, visit Assin Manso, the site of “Donkor Nsuo”, the former Slave River and market, as well as 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 stop for lunch at a local restaurant on your own. Then drive through the forest zone to Kumasi. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 

(15th December) Kumasi City Tour and Military Museum
After breakfast, explore the Ashanti region. Make a scenic drive to the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the 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.  Afterwards visit the National Cultural Centre 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 Kumasi Fort and Military Museum. This is one of the few military museums in Africa. It is located in the Uaddara Barracks in Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The Kumasi Fort was built in 1820 by the Asantehene (the King of the Asante Kingdom), Osei Tutu Kwamina, to resemble the coastal forts which were built by European merchants. Kumasi Fort had to be rebuilt in 1897, after it was destroyed by British forces in 1874. The fort was built from granite and brown soil that was brought from Cape Coast to Kumasi by porters. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
Tonight we will have dinner with an Ashanti chief. After dinner have an opportunity to learn more about the Ashanti culture and their role in the fight for slavery or simply talk to each other and share information about the experiences you are having on the tour.

Day 9

(16th December) Kumasi City Tour - Accra
After breakfast, visit the three famous Ashanti craft villages; Ntonso the home of Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. You will have an opportunity to see how African crafts are made and to buy directly from the artisans who make them.
After lunch, depart for Accra. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10

(17th December) Village Naming Ceremony – The Returnee Dinner Forum 
After breakfast, depart for a scenic drive to a beautiful village located on the lower course of the splendid Volta River. You will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villages and also participate in a naming ceremony, where you will be given a traditional African name. Other activities include a demonstration of pottery making which is the main occupation of the women in the village.
After your tour, depart for Accra and spend the day at leisure. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to meet some renowned returnees in Accra at a dinner. You will have discussions about their experiences in Ghana, available opportunities and how to overcome challenges in Ghana. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 11

(18th December) Business Visits (Returnees with Businesses in Accra) and Arts Tour
After breakfast, depart for a visit to some successful businesses in Accra. Ghana has one of the best infrastructure and stable economy in West Africa. There are so many business opportunities and today, you will be visiting businesses such as restaurants, companies, fashion designers, amongst others owned by returnees in Accra.
After lunch on your own, visit Omanye art gallery, one of the most renowned art venues in Accra. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries established by artists such as Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes, whose paintings are reminiscent of Jean Michel Basquiat and Willem De Kooning, later visit Gallery 1957, named after the year Ghana gained independence, the gallery offers contemporary art with a focus on West Africa.  Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12  

(19th December) Accra – Lome – Cotonou
After breakfast, make an early morning drive to Lome from Accra (Drive Time – 4hrs). Upon arrival, make a city tour of Lome. Visit Grand Maye, Maye des Feticheurs, Musee National, as well as the Place de I’ Independence. Continue the journey northwards to Cotonou. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13      

(20th December) Cotonou – Ouidah
After breakfast, make a scenic drive to Ouidah the cradle of African Traditional Religion, en-route to Cotonou. Tour the temple dedicated to the sacred Python, which is believed to give vitality and protection; you will also pay a visit to the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various deities. Visit the historical Museum of Ouidah located in an Old Portuguese fort built in 1721. This Museum portrays Benin's role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Later, visit the Port of No Return; a monument built by the Benin Government to commemorate the Africans that were taken from the Dahomey Empire during the Slave Trade. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast   

Day 14      

(21st December) Cotonou - Ganvie
After breakfast, make a sensational visit to Ganvie (the village on water), commonly referred to as the Venice of West Africa. Witness first hand, the people of Ganvie carrying out their daily routine as vendors in dugout canoes pile high with wares, transacting commerce with one another and with tourists. You will enjoy shopping on the floating market and taking a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300-year-old village. After lunch on your own, drive through the multicoloured centre of the administrative and commercial capital of Benin to view its many statues and monuments. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast  

Day 15     

(22nd December) Cotonou – Day at Leisure
After breakfast, check out of hotel and depart for Accra. Upon arrival, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast   

Day 16     

(22nd December) Farewell/Departure
After breakfast, check out of hotel, transfer to Ouagadougou airport for check-in and final departure back home