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8 days Heritage, Historical and Cultural tour of Ghana

8 days Heritage, Historical and Cultural tour of Ghana

$1,646 (Per Adult)

$235 (Per Child)

$206 (Per Adult) / Day

$29 (Per Child) / Day

(Includes)

  • Transport
  • Accomodation
  • Sightseeing

Duration8 day(s)

LocationGhana

Start PointAccra

End PointAccra

AvailabilityAug 31 , 2017 to Dec 31 , 2027

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Summary

This tour takes you to locations in Accra, Cape Coast and Elmina, Kumasi and Akosmbo, based on heritage and historical sites on slavery, nature parks, Museums, art and craft, river cruise and a bit of local culture experience, The tour exposes you to the slave trail and monuments in Ghana, experiencing real time culture, meeting people and discovering new lifestyles and places. 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

  • Canoeing
  • General Photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Scenic Drive
  • Township tour
  • Culture

Places

  • Cape Coast Castle, 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

Activities Included

Culture Landscape photography General Photography Scenic Drive Canoeing Boat Cruise Bird Watching Hiking Township tour Dance Bird Photography

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 CITY TOUR

Activities Included

Culture Landscape photography General Photography Scenic Drive Canoeing Boat Cruise Bird Watching Hiking Township tour Dance Bird Photography

After breakfast, undertake a sightseeing city tour of Accra. Visit some of the highlights in Accra like the Osu Chief’s Palace for an insight on the history of the Ga people. Visit the Osu castle, Built by the Danes around 1659 and originally called Christiansburg Castle, Osu Castle was the seat of government until 2013, when the president and his office moved to Flagstaff House. It remains closed to visitors for the time being, and photographs are not allowed. Visit the old colonial neighbourhoods of James Town and Usher Town, an interesting area to explore on foot. Also, visit the old fishing harbour, climb to the Usher Lighthouse, stroll through the fishing communities and optionally wander around the Mokola Market. Continue your way to the Independence Square and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Mausoleum, the final resting place of the first president of Ghana. Visit the Artist Alliance Gallery and the Art Centre, where traditional arts craftworks among wooden sculptures and paintings, and Ghanaian fabrics are displayed. Take a break for a refreshing lunch at a local restaurant. Resume your tour to pay a visit to the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre. The Museum is dedicated to Mr. Du Bois, a prominent American pan-African of the 20th century. Visit the traditional smock weavers at Accra Girls Senior High School. During weekdays, you can visit the workshop of Trashy Bags, where they make different types of accessories out of plastic trash. Continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation

Location

ACCRA

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Day 3ACCRA - CAPE COAST AND ELMINA

Activities Included

Culture Landscape photography General Photography Scenic Drive Canoeing Boat Cruise Bird Watching Hiking Township tour Dance Bird Photography

Depart to the Central Region to visit the infamous forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana, where you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa to date. Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. The castle also holds the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the government of Ghana in 1994. Take a lunch at a local restaurant Visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. The Castle offers one of West Africa’s greatest spots for photography, especially at the peak of the sunset. Also visit the Java Museum Visit Fort St. Jago built by the Dutch in 1665 on St. George Hill. It is from this vantage point that the Dutch launched their successful land attack on Elmina Castle in 1637. The fort was built primarily to provide military protection to the Elmina Castle and to serve as a disciplinary institution for European convicts. Continue to your resort for dinner and relaxation. You could take a leisurely walk along the beach to see the fisher folks going about their fishing activities under the exit of the beautiful sunset. You could engage in some of the activities organized by the resort, like horse riding, drumming and dancing, batik designing, etc. Do not forget to take photos of the spectacular golden sunset.

Location

CAPE COAST AND ELMINA

Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 4IN AND AROUND ELMINA

After a hearty breakfast, depart to explore the historic Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests, spanning over 360sq km and filled with diverse and dense vegetation. A blend of true rainforest and semi deciduous forest, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals, 400 bird species and a breathtaking array of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction in the forest is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m and hanging 40m above the forest floor. Undertake a 2-kilometer nature walk through the forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a canopy walkway which hangs 100 feet above the forest floor or an over view of the rain forest while enjoying the tuning sounds of whispering birds. Take a lunch break Visit the Posuban Military Shrine, where the Asafo companies, (Fanti traditional soldiers), prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians. If desired, meet the Chief fisherman and his entourage in one of the fishing communities for a discussion on how they go about their fishing methods, sales and preservation of their catch. You could engage in some of the activities organized by the resort, like horse riding, drumming and dancing, batik designing, etc. Do not forget to take photos of the spectacular golden sunset. Continue to your resort for dinner and relaxation at the beach.

Location

ELMINA

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Day 5ELMINA - KUMASI

After breakfast, continue your journey through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the legendary Ashanti Kingdom. Along the way, visit the slavery monument and ancestral graveyard in Assin-Manso, which used to be the final stop on the slave trail where slaves were bathed and sold at the slave market before walked in heavy chains to the castles on the coast, and transported to 'The New World' under terrible circumstances. Arrive in Kumasi and after enjoying an early lunch: Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum, which offers a firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom. Proceed to the National Culture centre, which shares premises with the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, home to the dazzling studios of traditional potters, brass, wood carvers, bead makers and batik makers. If desired, also visit the Kejetia market, known as the biggest market stretch in West Africa. Continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation

Location

KUMASI

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Day 6KUMASI - AKOSOMBO

Activities Included

Culture Landscape photography General Photography Scenic Drive Canoeing Boat Cruise Bird Watching Hiking Township tour Dance Bird Photography

Today you will visit the three famous craft villages in the Ashanti Region: Ahwiaa - the woodcarvers’ village, Adawomase and Ntonso villages - the home of Adinkra and Bonwire - the Kente weaving village. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to see how African crafts are made and offers you the opportunity to buy directly from the artisans who make them. Take a lunch break Continue your journey through the tropical forest zone of the Akwapim range of mountains to Akosombo. Along the way, make a stop at the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa processing Institute for a cocoa processing and propagation tour. Arrive at Akosombo for dinner and relaxation at the hotel, while enjoying a whisked away serene atmosphere at the Volta Lake.

Location

AKOSOMBO

Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 7FULL DAY VOLTA RIVER BOAT CRUISE

Activities Included

Culture Landscape photography General Photography Scenic Drive Canoeing Boat Cruise Bird Watching Hiking Township tour Dance Bird Photography

After breakfast, depart to the Akosombo Port for a cruise on the largest man-made lake in the world, the Lake Volta. Get aboard the “Dodi Princess” yacht where you will dance to the sweet sounds of live highlife music played by the cruise boat resident band. Enjoy the calmness of the lake and bask in the beckoning beauty of the mountain scenery and surrounding. Enjoy lunch on board the yacht, return to the port and continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation. There are different water related activities available on request. For example, rent a canoe or go for some swimming in a nearby pool, or undertake a guided boat trip on the river. A boat excursion to one of the islands in the middle of river could be organised

Location

Akosombo, Eastern Region, Ghana

Travel Time: 1 hrs

Day 8NAMING CEREMONY AND VILLAGE TOUR

Activities Included

Culture Landscape photography General Photography Scenic Drive Canoeing Boat Cruise Bird Watching Hiking Township tour Dance Bird Photography

After breakfast, depart on a scenic drive to a beautiful to a village located on the Volta River to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers. You could optionally participate in a naming ceremony, where you will be given a traditional Ghanaian name. Other activities include a demonstration of pottery making which is the main occupation of the women in the village. Return to Accra and on arrival, optionally undertake a souvenir shopping. Visit Ghana’s unique shopping spots like the Artisans gallery, he Sun-Trade for crafts and the beautiful unisex African apparel shop of Mawuli Okudzeto, the Accra Shopping Mall, etc. Proceed to the Airport, where the driver will drop you off for check-in and departure.

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Akos

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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Flexible Cancelation Policy

A full refund is guaranteed until one day before the start of the tour (minus the 9% Safarisource commission and the banking and transaction costs, these estimated 3% but may be slightly higher). Full amount due on booking and will be held by Safarisource until tour commences and then transferred to tour operator.

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