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7 DAYS CULTURAL AND ADVENTURE DISCOVERY TOUR OF NORTHERN GHANA

7 DAYS CULTURAL AND ADVENTURE DISCOVERY TOUR OF NORTHERN GHANA

$1,406 (Per Adult)

$157 (Per Child)

$201 (Per Adult) / Day

$22 (Per Child) / Day

(Includes)

  • Transport
  • Accomodation
  • Sightseeing

Duration7 day(s)

LocationGhana

Start PointAccra

End PointAccra

AvailabilityAug 31 , 2017 to Dec 31 , 2026

Summary

To experience the Ghanaian hospitality in a legendary way, the Northern Region is no exception; you are welcome to enjoy the scenic natural features, exotic culture and the legacies of a history of the largest region in Ghana. Meet local people and discover lifestyles in general. Undertake a walking or driving safari at the Mole National park and a river safari in a canoe at the Mognori Eco-village. Take this tour with a friend or friends to share the cost This tour can be modified to suit your budget and travel wishes The cost of package is subject to change as a result of unexpected increment in hotel rates and gasoline prices prior to payment Spontaneous stops based on client's interests for photography or a quick scenic gaze during the tour is allowed. There is a possibility of witnessing a naming ceremony, festival, drumming and dancing, join a church service or witness a funeral ceremony while tour is in session.

Activities

  • Animal Tracking
  • Bird Photography
  • Game Walk
  • General Photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Scenic Drive
  • Township tour
  • Game drive
  • Bird Watching
  • Culture
  • Photo-safari

Places

  • Mole National Park, Ghana
  • Accra, Ghana

Physical Condition

  • Normal Physical Condition

Connectivity

  • WiFi and phone coverage at most lodges

Day-by-day Description

Day 1Arrival in Accra - Ghana

Arrive at the Kotoka International Airport, where our driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel for a welcome drink, trip briefing, acclimatization and relaxation

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Accra

Travel Time: 1 hrs

Day 2Accra – Tamale (Flight) – Bolgatanga

Activities Included

General Photography Landscape photography Scenic Drive Township tour Culture

The driver will meet you at your hotel after breakfast in the morning for a transfer to the Airport for your departure by flight to Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region, a fast-growing capital and the bustling center of the Northern Region. It’s a lively place where you find interesting mixture of inhabitants. Upon arrival, you will be picked at the Airport to begin your tour. First, take a stroll on the flamboyant central market, the neighborhoods around the Central Mosque and the township where leather goods are being made. Also, you can visit the craft market where you find nice souvenirs typical for the north of Ghana, such as leather goods, straw baskets and instruments. Take an early lunch break After lunch, continue your journey to Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. Along the way, visit the village of Karimenga where you meet Ibrahim, a passionate inhabitant of the village and proud founder of The Green House. The Green House is a lodge built in local style, offers basic accommodation but good services and interesting excursions through his village. For example, undertake herbal medicine tour, or embark on a ride on a biking trail or go for a village walk. In addition, there are hiking trails of 2-3 hours through the savannah woodlands. Optionally, visit the village of Gowrie to see the beautiful nature of the lake and its surrounding area that is situated next to Karimenga. Another interesting excursion is a visit the nearby Tongo, a small town known for its location in the extra-ordinary architecture and distinct landscape of the Tengzug Hills. The range of granite, known for its unique rock formations and during harmattan (from December to February). The winds make a whistling sound as it passes through cracks in the boulders of the rocks. Visit the community of Tongo and go for a hike around the hills. The Tengzug Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in the region and was once a hideout for slaves evading their captors. Currently it is used for traditional religious animal sacrifices. If you are interested to visit the shrine and witness a ceremony where birds and chickens are sacrificed, it is the custom to you disrobe completely from the waist upwards. No photography is permitted in and around the shrine. Arrive in Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper-East Region and has a laid-back atmosphere. The town founded in medieval times and has served an important route through which gold from the south, transported to Timbuktu in present-day Mali. Bolga is also the meeting point of the ancient trans-Saharan trade routes from Mali, which passed through Burkina Faso down to Tamale and southern Ghana. A second route, from northern Nigeria through Bawku, converges at Bolga and then joins the main route from the south. Visit the central market, if time permits or do that in the morning before your departure to Wa Check-in at your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Ghana

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Day 3Bolgatanga - Wa

Activities Included

General Photography Landscape photography Scenic Drive Township tour Culture

After breakfast, visit some of the highlights in and around the town, such as the Sirigu Women Art and Pottery (SWAP) project. Also, visit some of the traditionally painted houses by the women of the Gurunsi tribe. If desired, visit the cathedral known as Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Navrongo has a unique mud-decorated interior and the first large building in the 1920s. In addition, you could visit the relics of the Pikworo Slave Camp, a hidden northern slave market that fed the southern slave sales in the 19th century, and old chief palace at Paga. It is believed the slaves were well taken care off so the sellers would receive higher prices from the buyers. You can also visit the fascinating Paga Pia’s palace, which is more than a hundred years old; here, you also find the crocodile pond, which is also rewarding to visit. Take a lunch break and continue your journey to the Upper-West capital Wa, found in the 16th or 17th century and one of the oldest towns in Ghana. Arrive in Wa, check-in at your hotel for dinner and relaxation

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Wa

Travel Time: 5 hrs

Day 4Wa - Wechiau - Wa

Activities Included

Game Walk Hiking Scenic Drive Wildlife photograph Wildlife Photography Game drive Culture Photo-safari

After breakfast, take a scroll in and around the town. You still find some ancient building based on the West Sudanese mud-stick architecture, like the Nakore mosque, the Chief’s palace, which was originally constructed as a fortress-like building but later expanded in a mud-brick architectural style. Another nice experience is to take a stroll over the busy weekly market where agricultural products are mainly being traded, such as sorghum, millet and yams, livestock like goats and guinea fowls, and where you can try and sip some freshly produced millet beer from a calabash. Take a break for a refreshing lunch at a local restaurant After an early lunch, continue your journey to Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, a unique community-based tourist and wildlife conservation project. Arrive in Wechiau and go up to the river with a canoe to spot some of the 50 hippos the sanctuary is endowed with. The community sanctuary has much to offer in terms of the local culture, architecture and activities. For instance, you could go for some bird watching or get a tour around a Lobi compound. The Lobi people migrated from Burkina Faso, and are known for their animistic way of living and particular housing architecture. Return to your hotel in Wa for dinner and relaxation

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary, Ghana

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Day 5Wa – Mole National Park

Activities Included

Bird Photography Camping General Photography Hiking Landscape photography Scenic Drive Township tour Wildlife photograph Wildlife Photography Game drive Bird Watching Culture Photo-safari

After breakfast, descend down to Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest national wildlife reserve since the 70’s. It is one of the main attractions in the northern part of the country and known for its elephant population. The elephant population is estimated around 400 to 600 individuals. Besides the Elephants you can spot buffalos, warthogs, several types of antelopes and monkeys. Along the way, you could make a short stop at Bole, to visit the mosque built in 1421, which is claimed to be the oldest in Ghana. Also visit the Larabanga Mosque, constructed between 1643 – 1675, in the small town of Larabanga, Near to Mole Park, and is said to be Ghana's oldest mosque, and possibly oldest building still standing, possibly built well before white people visited the country. This whitewashed mud built Sahelian Mosque contains an ancient copy of the Qur'an and is said to date from near the same date and the structure is also said to be Sudanese architecture. Arrive at Mole National Park and check-in at your hotel for lunch After lunch, go for an afternoon driving or walking safari in the park. The park does have its charm. It is said to be one of the few places on the African continent where you can do a waking safari to spot elephants without the risk of being attacked by a more dangerous wildlife species such as lions. Retire to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Mole National Park

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Day 6Full day at Mole National Park

Activities Included

Animal Tracking Bird Photography Camping Canoeing Game Walk General Photography Hiking Landscape photography Wildlife photograph Wildlife Photography Game drive Bird Watching Culture Photo-safari

Spend the entire day in the Park and enjoy either a driving or walking safari in the morning. The walking safari takes place either early in the morning (usually leaving the lodge around 6am, just as the sun is rising) or around 3pm. You will cover a few kilometres during your walk on uneven, bushy terrain, so closed shoes are required. The Motel is built a little higher where you have panoramic views over the National Park. Another enjoyable activity is to spend some time watching the comings and goings of various animals at the waterhole, which is their primary drinking spot in the dry season. If you are lucky, you could see one of the crocodiles keeping an eye on some antelopes or elephant(s) drinking or playing around in the water. Optionally take the afternoon off from the animals and meet the friendly Gonja people of Mognori and learn about their distinctive culture. If desired, enjoy a canoe ride on the Mole River, which is especially, recommended during the rainy season. Return to your hotel in the Park for dinner and finish your day by relaxing at the pool.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Mole National Park

Travel Time: 1 hrs

Day 7Mole – Tamale – Accra (Flight)

Activities Included

Bird Photography General Photography Landscape photography Scenic Drive Township tour Wildlife photograph Wildlife Photography Game drive Bird Watching Culture Photo-safari

After breakfast, visit a traditional Dagomba village, where people live in round thatched-roofed houses built in circular compounds and where life is so different as compared to the south. It is a wonderful experience to learn about people with different religious backgrounds, who transformed from pure animism to Christianity or Islam, they are all living peacefully together. If desired, pass by the village of Daboya, the weaving village where the fugu is being made, worn by men in northern Ghana. The fugu is made from the hand-spun white and indigo dyed cloth and worn as a smock. In addition, visit one of the villages around Tamale, where shea butter is made. Learn about the shea butter process. If time permits, our driver will furthermore advise you of other interesting activities to undertake. Enjoy lunch and find your way to the Airport, where the driver will drop you off for your flight back to Accra to end your tour. Proceed to the International departures terminal of the Airport for check in and departure back home

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Tamale – Accra

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Offical Visa Regulations and Health Requirements

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VISA INFORMATION Visa for most West African Countries has to be applied for at the Consulate of the intended Country to be visited in your home country or in a neighboring Country if the Country to be visited does not have a consulate in your home Country, be it a multiple or single entry visa. Visas issued at the border or on arrival for some nationalities are twice the amount if applied at the embassy; and the process could be time consuming. Obtaining a Togo visa at the border is quite flexible as compared to border visa issuance of other West African Countries. Togo visa is valid for 7 days, and can also be used to re-enter the Country multiple times within that period. You could also apply for your Togo visa in advance in your home country. For the visas you apply in advance, once you have booked your trip with us, we will send you invitation letter(s) and contact details covering the countries to be visited to assist in your visa application. You will need to take two or three passport pictures, your yellow fever certificate and your passport which should be valid for at least 6 months after departure. You need a page in your passport that is blank on both sides for your visa. Your passport must be valid for the whole of your stay in the Country(ies) visited. When your visa(s) is issued, please cross check the visa stamps in your passport if it corresponds with your visa application submissions before your departure. Ghana visa fees • Single Entry Visa(must be used within 3 months from date of issue) $60.00 • Multiple Entry Visa $100.00 • Single Expedited $100.00 • Multiple Visa Expedited $200.00 Togo visa at the border: 10 000 - 15 000 CFA Togo visa in Accra: 25 000 - 30 000 CFA Benin visa in Accra: 15 000 - 20 000 CFA Burkina Faso visa in Accra 20 000 - 25 000 CFA Ivory Coast visa in Accra 35 000 - 40 000 CFA The above visa fees are subject to change as per Country regulations. MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS VACCINATIONS Yellow Fever vaccination is required for entry into Ghana and other West African Countries. You will be asked to show proof of immunization at the Airport of arrival or at the border. Other vaccinations are at your discretion. If your doctor cannot obtain one for you (generally cheaper), these vaccinations are readily available at any travel clinic. RECOMMENDED Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus A current DPT vaccination is a good idea. This is a common vaccination given to children, but you need a booster shot if it has been more than 10 years since your last DPT vaccination. Influenza A current flu vaccination is also a good idea. There will undoubtedly be people on your plane carrying this virus and you never know when a major flu season will occur. Hepatitis A This vaccine is strongly recommended. It is given in multiple doses to protect against this illness which is spread orally in conditions of poor sanitation. Typhus / Typhoid Fever While typhus is not a big problem in Ghana, this disease, spread by dirty food or water, can be fatal. This vaccination is recommended when traveling in remote or unsanitary areas or if you plan to be around animals. Meningitis (bacterial) Characterized by blinding headaches and fever, meningitis can be fatal. The vaccination against bacterial meningitis is especially recommended if you will be staying in close quarters with many people or children. Ideally get the vaccination containing strains A, C, W and Y, but if only the A+C is available, that is better than none at all. There is no vaccination against viral meningitis. AT YOUR DISCRETION Cholera The oral vaccine Dukoral immunizes against this nasty scourge of dirty water. More importantly though, there are reports that this vaccine also provides some protection against e.Coli, the main culprit in traveler's diarrhea. Rabies Another recommended vaccination when traveling to remote areas. Absolutely essential if you will be working with animals. Rabies is spread by any mammal via a bite, scratch or lick of an open wound by an infected animal and is 100% fatal without treatment. The multi-dose vaccination is the same as any other injected vaccination - quick and painless. Hepatitis B This illness is carried in bodily fluids. This multi-dose vaccination is strongly recommended for visitors who may be volunteering or visiting clinics and may come into contact with blood or semen. Note that there is no vaccine for the other virulent strains of Hepatitis (C,D,E), which are spread in the same way as Hepatitis B. Tuberculosis (TB) While of concern to those staying in close quarters with many people or children, there is debate over whether this vaccine is useful for adults. Discuss with your doctor or travel clinic. TRAVEL INSURANCE It is essential that you have travelers' insurance when on holiday in West Africa. WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR TRIP The following is a typical list of what might be required while embarking on your trip. If you are not traveling in a private car, then be certain to add a lighting object to your list. BAGS - Soft hold-all bag for excursions - Smaller travel/overnight bag or day pack for traveling - Lightweight backpack if traveling via public transport CLOTHING White clothing is not recommended because it is impossible to keep clean. - Smart-casual outfit - 1 set - Outdoor summer clothing in natural fibres - 3 sets - Light-weight cotton long pants - 2 pair: For cool evenings or to use as sun screen. - Comfortable walking shoes / sandals - 1 pair each - Undershirt / singlet - Not to keep you warm, but to keep the sweat from showing so much. - Underwear - 4 to 6 sets - Swimwear: Only wear this at beach or poolside. - Sarong or multi-purpose cotton wrap-around: Useful also as sun screen or dust cover for cameras. - Towel / face cloth / bandana / handkerchief - Hat in neutral tones - Sunglasses HARDWARE - Flash light or head lamp / 2 sets of batteries - Camera equipment / extra lithium batteries - Dust-free camera bag (Zip-lock bag is fine) - Extra battery, solar charger for phone TOILETRIES - Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant (not antiperspirant), shaver, brush & comb, moisturizing cream, decongestant, anti-fungal. - Sunscreen lotion/sun block, lip-aid and floss: These are particularly difficult to obtain in Ghana. - Prescription drugs/small private medical kit (pain killers, plasters, anti-septic spray) / contraceptives / tampons - Contact lenses / lens fluid / spare glasses - Malaria tablets - Insect repellent (containing DEET is best) PAPERS - Passport / visas / travel documents - Pen / notebook / travel diary - Books / reference books / magazines / games to use during long siesta hours or delays - Cash in Cedis/CFA for personal expenses, tips & gratuities. Travelers' cheque and credit cards are difficult to use. OPTIONAL - Pocket knife - Duct tape - highly versatile! - Plastic raincoat or poncho - Items for bartering at markets or tips for good service - Bandanas, hats, anything with a logo - T/shirts, old clothes or stationery - Mp3 players, cameras & flash drives have high value FOOD AND DRINKS GENERAL OBSERVATIONS The cost of eating in Ghana and West Africa differs greatly depending on whether you eat local Ghanaian or West African food; Chinese, Continental, Lebanese food, would be rather expensive, probably starting at around $10.00 per dish. Ghanaian or West African meals will be half that, unless served at a restaurant catering to tourists. It is essential that casual visitors to West Africa take proper precautions when eating. Keep your hands clean and try to ensure your food is prepared and stored in sanitary conditions. Foods tend to be fried, boiled or grilled. The one common ingredient is a hot pepper that is found in most dishes and makes Ghanaian and West African food spicy-hot. - Water Drinking water is easy to find in the main cities; basically there are two options for drinking water: bottled water and "pure" water. Bottled water is what you are accustomed to in the West, and we them in abundance to quench your thirst. Make sure the seal is intact when the bottle is served to you. - Other Beverages All types of other beverages are available, from Coca-Cola products, to juices, energy drinks, and soy beverages. Getting these served very cold becomes more difficult the farther you are from a city. Juices may be either fresh, bottled, in a can or in a carton. Pineapple juice, orange juice, mango and guava are the most prevalent fruit juices. Fresh coconut juice is sold anywhere you see a pile of coconuts. Tampico is a refreshing juice drink sold in plastic bottles, while Milo is a chocolate beverage served cold along the roadside or hot for morning breakfast. Unless at an upscale restaurant, you should avoid ice cubes. You do not know what water has been used to produce them.

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