8 Day Luxury Adventure in Ghana

DAY 1: ACCRA

Meet your professional driver for an airport transfer by private vehicle.

DAY 2: ACCRA

Depart for a half day city tour of Accra visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography with exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana throughout history to the present. This Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts. 

 

Drive through Old Accra. This is a contrast of Victorian, Dutch and post-colonial architectural. You will drive past James Fort built in 1673, Old Accra Square and the Post Office. Stop to visit the Ussher Fort, one of three European forts in Accra which have survived the times. 

 

Interact with the local people. For the adventurous, visit the Light House built to guide ships. Continue to visit Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, burial place of the first President of Ghana. This Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries. 

 

Your last stop for the tour will be at the Arts and Crafts market where you may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and to “shop till you drop”. Drive past the Independence Arch and the Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds, to visit the Arts and Crafts market. View from the distance, Christiansborg Castle, former office and residence of the President of Ghana.

 
DAY 3: ACCRA - ELMINA

Drive through Ghana's hilly countryside between Accra and Elmina. Take in the sights and sounds as you pass through small towns and villages. This drive takes approximately 3.5 hours.

Visit Elmina Castle. Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it is also known as St. George's Castle.  This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa.  The colorful harbor nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea, offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. Embark on a walking tour of Elmina, to experience for yourself the bustling fishing town.

 
DAY 4: ELMINA

Drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. 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 hanging 100 feet above the forest floor. 

 

Embark on a tour of Cape Coast Castle. Built by the Swedes in 1653, the castle was later taken over by the British. This is the largest castle to house slaves before they were shipped off to other parts of the world. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. This museum is filled with historical pictures, facts, stories and more. Afterward, check out the castle's local market.

 
DAY 5: ELMINA - KUMASI

Drive from Elmina to Kumasi. Drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today. En route visit Assin Manso, the site of the “last bath” where slaves were taken for bathing before being shipped to the new world. It is also the burial place of two former slaves whose remains were returned to Ghana from the US and Jamaica. Then continue on to Kumasi. This transfer takes approx. 5 hours. 

 

Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. 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.

 
DAY 6: KUMASI

After breakfast, take a scenic drive to participate in a Naming Ceremony. You will be led in a procession to the Paramount Chief’s Palace grounds where the whole village has already assembled with the Paramount Chief ready to perform the special naming ceremony which begins after a round of hearty welcome and speeches. Participating in the naming ceremony is no less than a few hundred locals. You will be given an African clan name.  The Naming Ceremony, a spiritual and memorable experience, begins with the beating of the “frontomfrom” drums and dancing performed by the local-village dancers who will also extend an invitation to the group to participate in the unique cultural dance.  After the wonderful encounter with Ashanti culture of drumming and dancing, visit the three famous craft villages in Ashanti. Ahwiaa, the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso, the home of Adinkra and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village.

 
DAY 7: KUMASI - ACCRA

Drive from Kumasi to Accra. En route stop at Besease to visit the traditional shrine of the Ashantis. Explore the beliefs, history and bravery of the Ashantis. You will be captivated by the Ashanti historic oral account as it is told by an old and knowledgeable Ashanti traditional linguist. From here, continue on to Accra. This transfer takes approx. 6 hours.

 

Accra has a little of everything. Enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own, sign up for tours, or simply relax. Visit Labadi Beach where you can relax on the beach, listen to local musicians, or visit a local beachside restaurant. Visit one of the many shops in town whether at one of the malls, local shops or markets - like the Arts Centre, Accra's largest open air market which has different sections for fabrics, clothing, wooden carvings, jewelery and more. If you like, you could even sign up for a Ghanaian dance lesson or we could arrange for you to enjoy a drumming and dancing ceremony!

 
DAY 8: ACCRA

Meet your professional driver for an airport transfer by private vehicle.


Starting from:

$4480

When To Go:

November to March

Currency:

Ghanaian cedi

Language:

English

Flight Time:

16 hours

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