Luxury Private Journeys - Ghana and Burkina Faso ULWA02

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Personal Highlights: The harbor view from the ramparts of Elmina Castle Traversing the canopy walkway in West Africa’s last rain forest Learning the painting techniques of wall design in Sirigu Discovering the markets in the old town area of Bobo Dioulasso Day 1 Depart USAYou board your
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Coastal Plains (Ghana), Accra (Ghana), Ghana
  • Group size: 6 persons
  • Duration: 14 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • The harbor view from the ramparts of Elmina Castle
  • Traversing the canopy walkway in West Africa’s last rain forest
  • Learning the painting techniques of wall design in Sirigu
  • Discovering the markets in the old town area of Bobo Dioulasso

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your aircraft for your overnight flight to Accra, the capital of Ghana, a coastal country located with the Gulf of Guinea to the south, Burkina Faso to its north, Ivory Coast on the west and Togo on the east.

Day 2 Welcome to Ghana

After connecting in Europe you arrive in Accra in the late afternoon or early evening. Upon arrival you are met by your guide who will take you to the car. You will be taken to your hotel where you have a chance to freshen up before having dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 A Private Tour of Accra

After breakfast your guide will meet you in the lobby to take you on a privately guided tour of this, the capital city of Ghana. Since it is the capital, this 128 year old city has a blend of colonial architecture from the time of the British colonial period combined with the modern structures of a thriving business community. On your initial part of the tour you will visit the W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park; Nkrumah was the first head of Ghana after its independence from Britain. After lunch at a local Ghanaian restaurant you will be taken to one of the city's best open-air markets where you can absorb the local culture and perhaps haggle for some handicrafts.

Day 4 Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons

This morning you will head along the coast to the Central Region city of Cape Coast. Here you will be exposed to the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. Your first stop will be Cape Coast Castle which was originally built by the Swedes in 1653 as headquarters of the Swedish Africa Company but was later taken over by the British and used as a base for the slave trade with the Americas. It is estimated that by 1700, over 70,000 slaves per year were shipped from the fort. After the British abolished slavery, the fort was converted into a castle and used for other enterprises. At one time in the 19th Century, it served as a training site for Jamaican soldiers who were used by the British to fight the Ashanti people in the interior of the country. The castle now houses the West Africa Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in 1994 in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government. After lunch you will visit nearby Elmina Castle, also known as St. George's Castle, and built by the Portuguese in 1482. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub-Saharan Africa and the colorful harbor beneath its ramparts, filled with native pirogues, offers a scenic finale to our day of history and exploration.

Day 5 Exploring the Kakum Rain Forest

Today you leave your beachfront hotel to head inland through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa's last surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 200 square miles, Kakum is home to over 40 mammals including the forest Buffalo, the Pygmy Elephant and the rare and endangered Mona Meerkat. There are also over 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies. The best way to experience the forest is on the canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges suspended 130 feet off the ground and stretching for over 1,000 feet. It is an excellent way to view the birds and certain tree dwelling animals. If you prefer things closer to the ground you can choose a nature walk through the forest with a trained guide who will introduce you to the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer. After lunch you visit the Posuban Military Shrine where the Asafo companies, the traditional soldiers of the Fanti people, spiritually prepare for war. These shrines are examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians. After your visit you return to the hotel for some beach time before enjoying dinner overlooking the ocean.

Day 6 Heart of the Ashanti Kingdom

After breakfast you leave with your guide for the inland region of the Ashanti or Asante as they are also known. To reach their capital of Kumasi you will drive north through the forested region which was the heart of the empire. The Ashanti territory was a source of Gold that gave the Asante people there wealth. What is little known is that while Europeans practiced the slave trade in taking slaves from Africa to the Americas, this trade actually started with Europeans and some African s selling slaves to the Ashanti who used the slaves to clear the forest to create farms. These slaves were imported from areas as diverse as Sao Tome and Nigeria. Because of the Gold in this region, the entire area became known as the Gold Coast. The Asante maintained their inland empire through the mid 19th Century but Kumasi was captured by the British in 1873 and became part of the country now known as Ghana. Upon arrival in Kumasi, you will have lunch and then tour the Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain a detailed history of the Empire as told with relics and artifacts. Unfortunately many of the relics relating to Gold now reside in the British Museum in London as a result of the victory in 1873.

Day 7 A Day in the Ashanti Craft Villages

This day is devoted to visiting three Ashanti villages, each known for a particular craft. An interesting fact of Ashanti culture is the strong role that women play in decision-making. After a meeting to discuss a key issue it always closes with the phrase " let the old woman decide" and while women were not warriors in past days they very often made the decision to go to war with a neighboring tribe. Today however we live in more peaceful times so we will look at more peaceful pursuits. Your first visit will be to Ahwiaa renowned for its wood carving, the next stop id Ntonso, the home of Adinkra and lastly Bonwire the Kente weaving village. In addition to seeing how the crafts are made you have the opportunity to purchase them directly from the artisans.

Day 8 Tamale and the Crafts of the Mossi People

After breakfast you will leave Kumasi and head north to Tamale the capital of the Dagomba State. In tamale you will visit the Center for National Culture to see how this culture evolved. Here you will find the traditional attire known as the "smock (or fugu)"being designed, dyed and sewed by hand. After lunch, you have the chance to visit the town market where you can shop for straw products, leather goods and carvings created by the Mossi people.

Day 9 Sirigu and the Tongo Hills

You have an early morning departure as we head north close to the border with Burkina Faso. Your first stop will be Sirigu the village of painted houses. You will be invited to visit the Chief's Palace and walk through maze-like passages to view painted Talensi houses. After refreshments at the visitor's center you will participate in a house painting workshop where you will learn the techniques of wall design. After the workshop you will leave for the Tongo Hills taking time for a picnic lunch on one of the rock shelters. After lunch take a short hike through the hills to visit Tengzug Shrine. Here you will learn the history of the Tengzug and Tonna'ab Shrines. You then cross the border into Burkina Faso and continue on to its capital, Ouagadougou.

Day 10 Highlights of Ouagadougou

Today your guide will take you on a tour of this, the traditional capital of the Mossi Empire. You will visit the Artisan Centre to shop for bronze castings, carvings, masks and jewelry which consists of desert crosses and terracotta beads as well as Tuareg leather boxes. Complete your day with a visit to the Musee National. The museum consists of ethnographic collections such as clay pots, basket making and weaving exhibits, regional costumes including a Mossi chief's regalia and ancestral statues of the Bobo, Mossi, Lobi and Gourounsi people.

Day 11 The Scenic Drive to Bobo Dioulasso

You have the morning free to explore this delightful town on your own or relax by the pool at your hotel. After lunch your guide will be waiting to take you on the scenic drive to Bobo Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso and also its cultural and musical centre.

Day 12 Exploring Bobo’s Old Town

The town's name actually means the Jula people who speak Bobo but the predominant language is Jula. Whatever the origin, the town provides an interesting contrast with its ancient trading town status and its more recent past as a French colonial administrative center. Today, with your guide you will concentrate on the old town in including the Marche de Poterie, the Musee de la Culture and the Grande Marche all located in the Kibidoue district. After your visit and lunch you depart for Ouagadougou for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 Return to Accra and the USA

After breakfast you have some free time before heading to the airport for the flight to Accra where you connect for your return flight to the USA.

Day 14 Arrival in USA

You arrive back in the USA either late morning or early afternoon.

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