13 Days Festivals and Traditions in West Africa from US$4,169.-pp

A fantastic cultural odyssey to the most remote regions of Ghana, Togo and Benin to discover lost tribal worlds ruled by traditional chiefs and ancient spirits. Along the coast, in the heart of the voodoo original regions we encounter practitioners, watch trance-dances and learn about the great influence voodoo spirits still have on people. Heading inland from the forest and savannah, we discover the Taneka Tribe on a rocky mountain, then the Tamberma with their fairy tale clay adobe castles. And finally, we enter the Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi forests. We end our tour exploring the former Gold Coast, with the largest European castles in Africa, centuries remain of gold and slave trade. Indeed, the most complete and spectacular way to discover West Africa rich patrimony of Tribes, Kingdoms, festivals and ceremonies.

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Hotel SarakawaLomeB&B1x Standard Room1 Night
Hotel du LacCotonouFB+1x Standard Room1 Night
La Casa del PapaOuidahFB+1x Oceanfront Bungalow1 Night
Hotel JekoBeninFB+1x Standard Room1 Night
Hotel Tata SombaBeninFB+1x Standard Room1 Night
Hôtel DéfaléTogoFB+1x Standard Room1 Night
Nouvel Hotel CentralTogoFB+1x Standard Hotel1 Night
Jess Hotel KpalimeKpalimeFB+1x Standard Room1 Night
Capital View HotelKoforiduaFB+1x Standard Room1 Night
Miklin Hotel KumasiKumasiFB+1x Standard Room2 Nights
Anomabo BeachAnomaboB&L+1x Standard Room1 Night

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
B&L+: Breakfast and Lunch, activities
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$4,169.- if only 2-5 persons are on scheduled departure

US$3,287,- if 6 or more persons are on scheduled departure

Single supplement: US$582.-

Add on price of US$120pp applies to Egun Mask, Yam, Millet and Voodoo Festival departures.  

Included

Accommodation as per package, meals from pre-selected menus, Lome airport welcome and airport transfers, english speaking tour guide. Travel is in microbus or minibus 4×4 vehicles. Tours and activities as per the program, mineral water in the vehicle during tour, entrance fees to parks, concessions, protected areas and cultural sights,

Please limit your baggage to 45 pounds in duffel bags.

Excluded

International flight to Lome and from Accra, visas and airport departure tax, mandatory travel and evacuation insurance, any meal or sightseeing not specified in the itinerary, drinks/mineral water except when touring in the vehicle, baggage handler, fees for personal photos or videos,

This is small group tour (min 2 persons, maximum 16 persons) on scheduled departure dates that concur with festivals and traditions in West Africa.

All tour departures will attend the following events: interesting voodoo ceremony, spectacular fire dance, an “Ashanti funeral” which is a festive celebration that consecrates the return of the spirit of an ancestor.

DATES: (day you arrive in Africa and pick up at the airport):

Akwasidae Festival in Ghana:  Feb 11, 2021 with story teller*, March 25, 2021 with African photographer*, June 17, 2021; July 29 with musician*, Dec 2, 2021

*Special Hosts:

Storyteller  Feb 11 – The griots were the storytellers in the ancient kingdom of Ghana. After dinner, villagers might hear the sound of a drum or a rattle announcing a story was soon to be told. They got together around a bonfire and listened to the griot. Still nowadays, there are griots in African villages telling tales of Anansi the Spider and creating new stories about the marvelous people of Africa. We will be accompanied by a storyteller sharing stories and teaching us how to tell a story.

African Photographer March 25:

African photography is a contest where African artists have long expressed their personality since the 1940’s and today it is still a very established and dynamic form of art.

We travel with a local photographer, to look at the world out there sharing an African sight.

Musician June 29:

Number of local musicians are mixing songs in honour of the Divinities with the energetic Afro-funk, because of the similarities between voodoo drumming beats and Blues, Funk, as well as the Rhythm’s Blues of James Brown, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket…

We will be moving from traditional to modern rhythm. A musician will help to get the link between the two. From drums to world music!

Akwasidae:  Each year, in the Ashanti calendar certain days are dedicated to a very special celebration at the Royal Palace in Kumasi and this traditional ceremony takes place in one of the last African Kingdoms which has maintained its ancient rituals still alive.

During this celebration, the King sits under a spectacular colourful umbrella, is adorned in vivid cloth and massive centuries old jewellery (Ashanti gold jewellery and masks are considered masterpieces of African art) and he is surrounded by the Ashanti elders and advisors, all under the authority of the Royal Speaker who holds in his hands the symbols of power. In front of the King a narrow passage of dignitaries is also formed, representing all roles and positions of power within the kingdom: sword and knife bearers, armed guards, carriers of beautiful ostrich feathers fans etc. The ceremony is then made up of a procession of royal court attendants bringing gifts, storytellers reciting the history of the Ashanti Kings, drummers & trumpeters playing horns of ivory. Corpulent dancers dressed in vivid red costumes perform an erotic dance. The mother queen also joins the ceremony accompanied by her attendants. We will witness and experience the splendour, the flavour and the atmosphere of one of last great African monarchs.

Egun masks (Benin): departure Dec 27, 2021, add US$120pp to list price

The Egungun is a powerful mask secret society. Egun masks are the reincarnation of deceased people and feared for their aggressiveness unpredictable way of moving around. Intensively coloured, masks are covered with a multitude of pieces of cloth of many red shades. They emerge from the forest and form a procession moving down the streets of the village, leaping towards any foolish spectator who dares getting too close. And nobody wants to be touched by the Egun because any contacts carry the danger of contamination with the death. Better watch out! When masks arrive, they perform a kind of bull fight designed to scare the crowd but they are actually greeted with bursts of laughter!   

Voodoo Festival with fetish priest: January 8, 2021 departure, add US$120pp to list price; – January 10th is always a very special day in in Benin, a day for celebrating ancestral cults. In particular all the Voodoo’s adepts meet in Ouidah and then convey in a long procession to the Door of No Return, some on foot while others by motorbike or “taxi-brousse”. They are all dressed up in traditional costumes, white being the dominant colour. The Festival reaches its peak with the arrival of the Dagbo Houno, the chief “feticheur”. Dances, libations, masks and some official speeches are all part of the morning programme.

Yam (Potato) Festival with cooking class: August 11, 2021 departure, add US$120pp to list price

Millet Festival with African Art Expert: October 21, 2021 departure, add US$120pp to list price; The celebration of the Millet Festival done by the Krobo of Ghana is characterized by a profusion of colors and beads, is celebrated every year on the occasion of the end of the millet harvests.

Day 1:            Hotel Sarakawa, Lome    

Togo

Set along the magnificent Atlantic Coast in West Africa, the off-the-beaten-track country of Togo is known for its varied landscapes, pristine white-sand beaches, and diverse cultural heritage. Togo also offers a huge dose of tradition with almost 40 different ethnic groups celebrating their rich culture and traditions with an array of festivals held throughout the year. Visitors can laze on the palm-fringed beaches of Lome and Aneho, view the amazing 17th-century mud huts of Koutammakou, and explore the country’s spectacular interior, known for its cocoa and coffee plantations and undulating savannah-covered hills traversed by a network of scenic hiking trails. Other highlights include: visiting hilltop villages, browsing the fascinating fetish market, and soaking up Togo ’s beautiful wilderness at the national parks of Fazao and Keran.

Lome

Situated on Africa’s west coast fringing the Gulf of Guinea, the charming city of Lome serves as the capital and largest city of Togo in West Africa. Once known as ‘The Pearl of West Africa’, today it is a sprawling city boasting palm-lined boulevards edged by colonial buildings, a variety of street-side eateries and vibrant markets. Highlights include: the Akodessewa Fetish Market, selling voodoo items; the National Museum housed in the Congressional Palace, displaying an array of traditional West African masks, musical instruments and jewellery; as well as the UNESCO-listed traditional mud-tower settlements of the Batammariba in the Koutammakou. Visitors can also look forward to soaking up Lome’s rich cultural heritage featuring a mix of German, Portuguese and British influences, or relaxing at a beachside hotel after a long day of exploring the fascinating city streets.

Day Itinerary

LOME

Arrive in Lome and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Sarakawa  

Hotel Sarakawa is located near the beautiful beach of Lome where guests can enjoy swimming, fishing and walking. Guests are sure to enjoy comfortable, spacious rooms which feature Wi-Fi access, a television, air conditioning, a bathroom, mini bar and terrace overlooking the sea. After a good nights rest, guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet as well as enjoy delicious meals at the various on-site restaurants. Guests can enjoy a game of tennis, unwind with a refreshing drink at the bar or relax by the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lush garden, sunbeds and hammocks.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

No meals included today since you might not arrive until evening.

Day 2:            Hotel du Lac, Cotonou    

Cotonou

Cotonou is Benin’s biggest city and a key financial hub located on the country’s south coast – crowded, cosmopolitan and potently atmospheric. There is nowhere better to experience its essence than at Dantokpa Market – West Africa’s largest outdoor market, sprawling over 200 000 square metres. Vendors peddle a vast and eclectic assortment of spices, fresh produce, traditional African prints, religious ornaments, jewellery and more. The market’s sheer size is intimidating, not to mention the crowds and frenzy within, but its vibrant energy and excellent shopping opportunities make it well worth a visit. Other highlight attractions are the Cotonou Cathedral, with its candy-striped facade of wine-red and white tiles, the Fondation Zinsou, an art museum showcasing contemporary African art and cultural displays, and to the west of the city, lovely Obama Beach.

Day Itinerary

VOODOO

From Lome to  Agbodrafo about 3 hours driving time

We will visit: the central market with its famous “Nana Benz”, women who control the market of the expensive “pagne” (=cloths) sold all over West Africa; the colonial buildings of the administrative quarter where the reminiscent of colonial time is still very present.

We will stop at the fetish market where an eclectic assortment of all the necessary ingredients for love potions and magical concoctions are to be found.

In a remote village we will join a Voodoo ceremony: the frenetic rhythm of the drums and the chants of the adepts call in the voodoo spirits who then take possession of some of the dancers. They fall into a deep trance: eyes rolling back, grimaces, convulsions, insensitivity to fire or pain. Sakpata, Heviesso, Mami Water are just some of the voodoo divinities who can manifest. In this narrow village, surrounded by the magic atmosphere of the ceremony, we will finally understand what people mean when they say: “In your Churches you pray God; in our voodoo shrines we become Gods!”

Overnight: Hotel du Lac        

Hotel du Lac boasts an oceanfront location on Lake Nokoue in Cotonou, with easy access to the city centre.  Accommodation includes 40 air-conditioned rooms, equipped with an ensuite bathroom, satellite TV, a minibar, a telephone, and internet access. Some rooms have a balcony with ocean views. The on-site restaurant serves European, Lebanese and African specialities, as well as wood-fired pizzas. Other amenities offered are a bar, a gym, a swimming pool, and a large terrace.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 3:            La Casa del Papa, Ouidah           

Ouidah

Located on the infamous strip of West Africa’s shoreline known as the Slave Coast, Ouidah was once the capital of the country’s human trafficking trade. During the 18th and 19th century, slaves captured from all over the region were taken to the town to be shipped onwards to other parts of the world. Today, this tragic episode in history is commemorated with a memorial trail lined with monuments, including the Tree of Forgetfulness and the Door of No Return. Benin is the birthplace of the original form of voodoo – known here as Vodun – and one of Ouidah’s most intriguing and bizarre attractions is the Temple of Pythons, home to around 60 snakes that are held holy in this animist religion. Another must-see is the Sacred Forest – dotted with statues representing Vodun deities.

Day Itinerary

“Brazilian” City, from Agbodrafo to Ouidah about 2 hours driving time

Drive to Ouidah. Ouidah was conquered by the Dahomey Kingdom during the 18th century to become one of the main slave ports. Today Ouidah enjoys an Afro-Brazilian architecture with the python temple facing the Catholic Cathedral. The laid-back attitude of the locals blends in harmoniously with the thunder of the distant waves and the rhythm of the drums – a timeless atmosphere well described by Bruce Chatwin in his book “The Vice-Roy of Ouidah”. By foot we visit the Python Temple and the Portuguese Fort, now a small but interesting museum on the history of Ouidah and the transatlantic slave trade. We end the visit following the “slave road” to the beach, the point of “no return” where slaves were shipped to the “new world”.

Overnight: La Casa del Papa

Located in Benin, Ouidah, La Casa del Papa offers accommodation with spectacular river views. The establishment features comfortable and spacious rooms which come equipped with air-conditioning, TVs with satellite channels, safes, fridges, dressing tables and hair dryers. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the on-site restaurant and snacks are also available. The hotel also features a spa and a swimming pool. Activities available to guests include tennis, volleyball, mini-golf, canoeing, paddleboarding and ATV excursions.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 4:            Hotel Jeko, Benin

Benin

Situated in West Africa, Benin is known for its pristine beaches, bountiful wildlife and rich history. Benin features stilted villages, numerous national parks and a dark past linked to the slave trade. This French-speaking West African nation is also known as the birthplace of the Voodoo religion. Visitors can explore French colonial architecture in the laid-back capital of Porto Novo; discover the bustling commercial hub of Cotonou, home to an impressive cathedral and the vibrant Dantokpa Market; and spot aardvarks and cheetahs at W National Park. Other popular attractions include: the Royal Palaces of Abomey, the Ouidah Museum of History and the eerie Door of No Return.

Day Itinerary

ROYAL PALACE, from Ouidah to Dassa, driving time approximately 5 hours

Today is Sunday. Meeting with Celestial Church: interesting example of religious syncretism mixing voodoo and Christianity.  We will meet the people, the priests, attending exorcism, prophesies and trances.

We cross Lake Nokwe with a motorized boat to reach Ganvié, the largest and most beautiful African village on stilts. The approximately 25,000 inhabitants of the Tofinou ethnic group build their wooden huts on teak stilts. Fishing is their main activity. Ganvié has managed to preserve its traditions and environment despite the long-lasting human presence in a closed setting; and the lake is not over-fished. Daily life unfolds in the dugout canoes that adults and children row with ease using brightly coloured paddles. Aboard these canoes men fish, women expose goods at the “floating market”, children go to school and play.

Once returned to the mainland we drive to Abomey where we visit the Royal Palace. The walls of the palace are decorated with bas-reliefs representing symbols of the ancient Dahomey kings. At the height of power the King has up to 4.000 wives living in the harem. Nowadays the royal palace is a museum, listed in the

UNESCO World Heritage, it displays items belonging to the ancient kings: thrones, cult altars, statues, costumes and weapons. A Kingdom whose economy was for a long time based on the slave trade: a permanent state of war made it possible for the kings to capture thousands of prisoners whom then they sold as slaves. The royal army included a female battalion feared for its boldness and cruel war behaviour. In the centre of the royal courtyard we discover a temple built with a mixture of clay, gold dust kneaded with the blood of thousands human sacrifices.

We attend Egun dancing masks if travel is during Egun Festival 

Overnight: Hotel Jeko           

Jeko Hotel is an architectural jewel nestled in the heart of 41 hills. The hotel has spacious presidential suites, all air-conditioned rooms that meet international standards for a comfortable stay. There’s also a bar and 2 restaurants, a swimming pool and wireless internet for guests’ convenience.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:            Hotel Tata Somba, Benin           

Day Itinerary

FETISH HILLS, from Dassa to Natitingou, about 8 hours driving time

Today is a long but intense day. First stop will be at Dankoli Fetish, a unique shrine for ancient animistic cults still practiced. Thousands of short sticks are pushed in and all around the fetish as testimony of the countless prayers for a good harvest, a happy wedding, an easy delivery, success at school etc. Once the prayers are answered, people come back to sacrifice what they had promised. Fresh traces of sacrifice, palm alcohol and oil on the fetish are witnesses of the many prayers and requests been fulfilled.

In the afternoon we discover a few old Taneka villages located on a mountain with the same name. The villages are made up of round adobe huts covered with a conical roof protected on the top by a terra cotta pot. The upper part of the village is inhabited by the young initiated and by the fetish priests who only cover themselves with a goat skin and always carry a long pipe. This ethnic group has been living on an archaeological site for centuries and it looks as if the first inhabitants (from Kabye tribe origins) moved to the mountain during the IXth century. Since then, other ethnic groups have joined thus forming melting-pot where despite the fact that each group kept its own cults and initiation rites, common religious and political institutions were defined.

As we wander around the villages along alleys bordered by rocks with ancient and mysterious carved marks, only witnesses of populations who in the past have lived in these places.

We may come across young initiated, wearing only with a cover sex and magical amulets, or elders fetiche priest wearing a skin. Taneka believe that in order to “become” a man, it is necessary to combine time, patience and many sacrifices. Initiation is a lifetime process until life itself becomes a rite of passage, therefore life should not be conditioned by a “before” and an “after” but rather as following a continuous path. 

Overnight: Hotel Tata Somba           

Hotel Tata Somba is situated near Tchirimina Mountain in Natitingou. The rooms at the hotel come equipped with air-conditioning, TVs, and telephones. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, a bar, a shaded terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, a guest laundry service, and Wi-Fi. Guests may spend the day relaxing by the pool or exploring the nature of the surrounding area.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:            Hôtel Défalé, Togo           

ADOBE CASTLES, from Natitingou to Defale about 3 hours

We enter the land of Somba & Tamberma who live in adobe fortified dwellings. The shape is like small medieval castles, they are one of the most beautiful examples of traditional African architecture. Their style impressed Le Corbusier vanguard architect that describe it as «sculptural architecture». In fact, the houses are built by hand, layer of clay after layer, adding round mud balls and shaping them as per the plan of the house. A kind of sensual gesture mixing strength, care and beauty. Large shrines- of phallic form – at the entrance of their homes show their animistic believes. With the permission granted to us by the elders we enter their homes to better understand their way of life. Actually their houses are  projections of their cosmology – the ground floor, with its darkness, represents death and is the place of the ancestors; the second floor, open to the sky, represents life and is the place where grandmothers keep babies until they “find out” which ancestor has come back as the new life – only then the baby will be allowed to come down from the terrace.

All – family, food supplies and stock – are kept inside the fortified house, for safety reasons in case of attack by enemies. For centuries these populations have been seeking refuge on the Atakora Mountains to escape Muslim slave traders coming from the north.

Togo border

Overnight: Hôtel Défalé        

Located in Defale, Togo, Hôtel Défalé is an ideal option for leisure travellers looking for a comfortable and relaxing stay during their time in the area. The hotel offers a selection of comfortable rooms and suites. During their stay, guests can enjoy delicious meals and refreshing drinks at the on-site restaurant and bar. The swimming pool is the perfect spot for guests to relax after a busy day of exploring the surrounding area.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 7:            Nouvel Hotel Central, Togo       

Day Itinerary

FIRE DANCE, from Defale to Sokode, about 3 hours driving

Half a day easy walking to discover Kabye and Moba villages living on Defale mountains to experience a spontaneous and friendly welcome.

Drive in the mountains will bring us to encounter the Kabye ethnic group. Kabye dwellings called «Soukala» are composed by several adobe huts joined by a wall – each dwelling is the domain of a patriarchal family. In the villages located at the top of the mountains, women are potters using an ancestral technique without the wheel while men are blacksmiths still working iron with heavy stones instead of hammers and anvil as in the early down of Iron Age. We follow the process of shaping a hoe.

In the evening, we arrive at the villages of Tem tribe to discover the fire dance. At the centre of the village a large fire lights up the silhouette of the participants. They dance to the hypnotic beat of the drums eventually leaping into the glowing embers, picking up burning coals, passing them over their bodies and even putting them in their mouths and swallowing them. all this without hurting themselves or showing any sign of pain. It’s difficult to explain such a performance. Is it matter of courage? Self-suggestion? Magic? Maybe it really is the fetishes that protect them from the fire.

Overnight: Nouvel Hotel Central      

The Nouvel Hotel Central is located in Sokode, Togo. Accommodation consists of rooms and spacious bungalows with modern bathrooms. The hotel also features a palapa bar, a craft shop and a small museum that is home to a small collection of traditional items.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:            Jess Hotel Kpalime, Kpalime     

Kpalime

Kpalime is a city located in Togo and is within close proximity to Mount Agou and Mount Kloto. Hidden among the forest hills of the cocoa and coffee plantations, Kpalime offers some of Togo’s best scenery and hiking as well as bird and butterfly watching. In the surrounding countryside, travellers can enjoy exquisite waterfalls at Tomegbe, Kpoeta and Amegape. Travellers can enjoy local specialities such as grilled chicken or fish served with fufu or visit the craft centre in Kloto featuring traditional crafts such as wood sculpting, batiks and decorated calabashes. The city also offers various accommodation facilities, restaurants, cyber cafes and pubs.

Day Itinerary

RAINFOREST, from Sokode to Kpalime, about 5 hours driving time

We will head southwards, with a stop on the way in Atakpame, a typical African small town built on hills where all the products coming from the nearby forests can be found. Through their skilled work on small weaving looms, men of the region make the large brightly coloured fabric called “Kente”.

From Atakpame we move to the tropical forests surrounding Kpalime, a town with a rich colonial past which is now an important cocoa and coffee trading market. Walk in the forest to discover the mysterious world of the tropical forest and so meet with the majesty profile of tropical trees and the sounds of tam. Under the guidance of a local entomologist, we will learn about butterflies and colourful insects.

Overnight: Jess Hotel Kpalime          

Ideally located close to Kpalimé’s famous touristic attractions, Jess Hotel Kpalimé is 120 km from Lome International Airport. Each guestroom has internet access, cable TV, air conditioning, a refrigerator and a mini bar. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, a spa, a nightclub, and a gym. Guests can enjoy must-see attractions including a visit to the Waterfall of Womé and its cave, Kpimé Waterfall and The Bat Valley in Kuma-tsamé.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:            Capital View Hotel, Koforidua  

Ghana

Ghana is often referred to as ‘Africa for beginners’ and for good reason. It is a friendly and largely safe country with locals who typically speak excellent English and are usually eager to help first time foreigners find their feet on African soil. This spectacularly scenic nation boasts an exquisite tropical coastline and some exceptional national parks providing a haven for some unusual flora and fauna. The capital, Accra is a thriving metropolis complete with bustling markets, luxury hotels and a lively nightlife scene. Pack your itinerary with visits to gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, ancient forts, historical castles, and quaint fishing villages. Whether you are seeking a relaxing beach vacation or are keen to immerse yourself in the fascinating ancient cultures of this nation’s diverse ethnic groups, Ghana offers a unique and compelling African experience.

Koforidua

Koforidua is the capital city of southern Ghana’s Eastern region and a bustling economic hub that is home to many of the country’s most prominent businesses. You can while away many hours in the town centre perusing the various shops and markets – but the true attraction here is the array of outlying natural attractions, including Obuo Tabri Mountain – believed to be magical by the locals. Two beautiful waterfalls – Boti and Akaa falls – are nestled in the city’s lush tropical surrounds. At Boti Falls you will also find Umbrella Rock – an interesting rock formation composed of a large rock overhang on a slim base.

Day Itinerary

GLASS BEADS,  from Kpalime to Koforidua, about 5 hours driving time

Ghana border crossing and continuation to the Volta Region.

Krobo tribe is known for its glass beads. Krobo people produce and wear glass beads for ceremonies and aesthetic purposes. We will visit an artisan community of beads producers and even experience the process of making our own bead. The craftsmen have been producing beads following the same long-lasting traditional technique for centuries. They use scrap glass that is grounded into a fine powder. The glass powder is then meticulously made into patterns and placed into hand-made clay moulds covered in kaolin. The beads are cooked then decorated, washed and eventually strung.

Overnight: Capital View Hotel          

Capital View Hotel is located in Koforidua, Ghana, surrounded by tropical gardens. The hotel’s rooms are equipped with a TV, telephone and seating area. For guests enjoyment, there is an on-site restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and garden. For daily activities, guests can explore the area’s shops, restaurants and entertainment areas.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 10:         Miklin Hotel Kumasi, Kumasi   

Kumasi

Renowned for its cultural heritage the city of Kumasi serves as an important Ashanti cultural centre of the Ashanti Region in Ghana.The ancient capital of the Ashanti Kingdom features a fascinating blend of modern and historical treasures. Visitors can look forward to exploring many interesting sites and enjoy a host of wonderful activities including: browsing the fascinating open-air Kejetia Market, offering locally made goods; visiting the Jubilee Museum, which displays ceremonial garments and jewellery of the 20th-century Ashanti King; and learning more about Ashanti traditions at the popular National Cultural Centre.

Day Itinerary

ASHANTI, from Koforidua to Kumasi, about 5 hours

Kumasi is the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful Kingdoms in Africa until the end of the 19th century, when the British annexed Ashanti Country to their Gold Coast colony. The tribute paid today to the Asantehene (=King) is the best evidence of their past splendour and strength. With nearly one million inhabitants, Kumasi is a sprawling town with a unique central market, one of the largest in Africa. Every kind of Ashanti craft (leather goods, pottery, Kente cloth) is found here, along with just about every kind of tropical fruit and vegetable.

The program includes a visit to the Ashanti Cultural Centre: a rich collection of Ashanti artefacts housed in a wonderful reproduction of an Ashanti house. In the afternoon we participate – if available – in a traditional Ashanti funeral, attended by mourners wearing beautifully red or black togas. We say “funerals” but it means a “festive” celebration: thanks to this ceremony the deceased return as an ancestor and will protect his family. Relatives and friends gather, socialize and celebrate his/her memory. The chief arrives surrounded by his court under the shade of large umbrellas while drums give rhythm to the dancers whose intricate moves are highly symbolic in war and erotic meanings.

Overnight: Miklin Hotel Kumasi       

Miklin Hotel, Kumasi brings to the Ashanti region unequalled customer service. This 3 star hotel has 4 full suites and 60 spacious fully airconditioned rooms. Miklin Hotel is in the heart of Kumasi, close to all the local attractions and main transport links.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 11:         Miklin Hotel Kumasi, Kumasi   

Day Itinerary

GOLDEN KINGDOMS,  Kumasi

In the morning continuation of the tour of Kumasi, with the visit to the Royal Palace Museum hosting a unique collection of gold jewels worn by the Ashanti court. In the afternoon visit to a few Ashanti villages with traditional clothing and carving.

If the date coincides, the program will be modified to participate at the great event: Akwasidae Festival

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 12:         Anomabo Beach, Anomabo      

Anomabo

Situated just north of on Ghana’s scenic Cape Coast, Anomabo is a small village dotting the seaside. The palm-fringed streets and beach are definitely worth a wander. Visitors can look forward to learning about some local history by visiting Fort Amsterdam which is located just 5 kilometres up the coast, sampling traditional Ghanaian cuisine, and enjoying beautiful coast views while lounging on a deck chair with your feet in the sand sipping on a fresh coconut. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay in a beachside bungalow and fall asleep to the sound of the waves of the Atlantic. Other highlights include the impressive Fort William and watching the fishermen navigate the waves in their traditional boats.

Day Itinerary

SLAVES CASTLES, from Kumasi to Anomabu about 4 hours time

Drive to the coast.

Elmina Castle, the oldest European building in Africa, erected by the Portuguese in the 15th century. At different times the castle has been used as a warehouse to trade gold, ivory, and eventually slaves. The castle we visit today is the result of successive extension works and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The old Dutch Cemetery in Elmina goes back to 1806. Outside the castle, there is a spectacular fishing village with lots of large colourful fishing boats – every day these wooden large pirogues conducted by skilled fishermen across strong ocean waves and currents, “fighting” to earn a living. In the old town we will see the Posuban, the shrines of the ancient “Asafo companies” – the warriors who used to put their offerings on the large colourful statues. The alleys in the old town have a very lively atmosphere, bringing us back to a time when Elmina was a busy colonial town.

Overnight: Anomabo Beach

Anomabo Beach is located in Central Ghana. The beach is a popular spot for body-surfing and visitors have the opportunity to go out on the water with the local fisherman in canoes. Visitors can also enjoy swimming, sunbathing or taking a stroll along the beach. After a fun-filled day, visitors can dine at the Anomabo Beach Resort.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 13:         Accra and Departure in evening          

Day Itinerary

METROPOLIS, from Anomabu to Accra, about 3 hours time

Drive to Accra.

Accra, the capital of Ghana, has maintained its unique identity despite the fast-paced development currently underway in this intriguing African city. We explore the old quarter of James Town, inhabited by the local population known as the Ga. Our tour ends with the visit of a workshop where they are specialized in building fantasy coffins. These special handcrafted coffins can reflect any shape: fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes…. the only limit being imagination! Started in Africa, these flamboyant coffin designs are by now collected worldwide and exposed in museums.

End of tour 18h00

In the evening transfer to the airport for the flight out.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Activities, Day room use until 6pm.

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NOTES:

Travel is in microbus or minibus 4×4 vehicles. Most rooms have double beds, twin beds are very limited in supply, please inquire early. Hotels as per package or similar due to local circumstances. Driving times are approximate and depend upon local conditions.

Considering the special nature of the journey, some parts may be modified due to unpredictable factors and are based on unarguable decisions of the local guide. Costs originating from such variations will be sole responsibility of the participants. Of course, the guide will do his/her utmost to adhere to the original program.

Special Covid 19 Terms: 30%  deposit required to book the journey. Rest payment due 45 days prior departure. Should you wish to cancel your journey  46 days prior of departure, your deposit will be refunded.

Cancellation fee:

46 days to 18 days prior departure 30% of tour cost

17 to 10 days prior departure 50% of tour cost

9-0 days prior departure 100% of tour cost

Deposit payment by credit card accepted, and rest payment reflecting discount of 3% to be paid by check or bank wire shown in list price already. If rest payment is being paid by credit card the 3% discount is not available.

All reservations/quotes are subject to our Terms and Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ with COVID 19 terms applied -See under notes above. All participants required to sign liability release form. Images are for reference only. Price discounted for deposit payment by credit card with final payment wire or check only. Travel and evacuation insurance is highly recommended.  No reservations have been made and quote subject to availability. Find more country information from the State Department here.

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