Private Sightseeing Tour - Ghana, Togo and Benin ULWA04

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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 Visiting Ouidah, the cradle of African Traditional Religion A peaceful canoe ride through Ganvie, a village on water commonly referred to as the “Venice of
  • 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: 13 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
  • Visiting Ouidah, the cradle of African Traditional Religion
  • A peaceful canoe ride through Ganvie, a village on water commonly referred to as the “Venice of West Africa”.
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 Driving to Togo


After breakfast the car will be waiting to take you from Ghana, a former British Colony to Togo, a former French one. You will be heading east following the coast and arriving in Lome, Togo's capital in time for lunch. After lunch you will tour the city including the Grand Marche, Marche des Feticheurs, Musee National and Place de l'Independence.

Day 9 The Cradle of African Traditional Religion

Today you will head further east to the country of Benin which up until 1975 was known as Dahomey and for the first half of the 20th Century a part of French West Africa. The original name was based on the Dahomey people who lived in the coastal region but other people in the interior wanted a more neutral name so the name Benin was selected since it is located on a body of water known as the Bight of Benin. Your first stop will be Ouidah, the cradle of African Traditional Religion. Your guide will take you on a tour of the temple dedicated to the sacred Python which is believed to give vitality and protection; you will also visit the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various deities. Your next visit will be to the Museum of Ouidah located in an old Portuguese fort built in 1721. The museum documents Benin's role in the Atlantic Slave Trade and later you will visit the Port of No Return; a monument built by the government to commemorate the Africans that were taken from the Dahomey Empire during that period. After your tour continue on to the coastal city of Cotonou where dinner and your hotel await.

Day 10 “The Venice of West Africa”

This morning you will head to Ganvie, a village on water commonly referred to as the "Venice of West Africa". With your guide at hand you will witness firsthand the people of Ganvie carrying out their daily routine as vendors in dugout canoes piled high with wares, transact with each other and shoppers. You will enjoy an opportunity to shop at the floating market and take a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300 year old village. After lunch you drive through the multicolored center of Cotonou, the administrative and commercial capital of Benin and view its many statues and monuments.

Day 11 From Benin to Ghana Via Togo.

After breakfast you will leave Cotonou for Accra stopping in Lome for Lunch before arriving back in Ghana.

Day 12 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 13 Arrival in USA

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


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