Private Journeys - Cultural Highlights of Ghana ULWA01

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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 Discovering the history of the Ashanti people Mixing with the locals on a Volta Lake Cruise Day 1 Depart USAYou board your aircraft for your overnight
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Places Visited:Coastal Plains (Ghana), Accra (Ghana), Ghana
  • Group size: 6 persons
  • Duration: 11 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
  • Discovering the history of the Ashanti people
  • Mixing with the locals on a Volta Lake Cruise

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 Akosombo and Lake Volta

After a leisurely breakfast, you leave Kumasi with your guide and head east for a scenic drive to Akosombo. Upon arrival you check in to your hotel and have lunch. You then take tour of the Akosombo Dam which was built at the confluence of the White Volta and Black Volta Rivers as a means of generating electricity for most of the country. In building the dam Lake Volta was created which, at 3,275 square miles is the largest man-made lake in the world. After a tour you return to your hotel which overlooks the lake.

Day 9 A Party Cruise on the Lake

After breakfast you are driven to Akosombo Port where you board the Dodi Princess for a cruise on Lake Volta. This large vessel has its own resident band and offers a special barbecue lunch. It is popular with both tourists and locals and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the mountain and lake scenery along with friendly Ghanaians. When the ship returns to port, your car will be waiting to drive you back to Accra. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Accra's favorite restaurants.

Day 10 Day at Leisure and Return to USA

Today your driver is at your disposal for further sightseeing or last minute shopping. Later on the car will take you to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

Day 11 Arrival in USA

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


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