OVERVIEW:

As we celebrate Black History month we take a look at Pan-Africanists who have contributed to the struggle of Ghana’s independence. Also a visit to the shrine of the legendary female General who led the Ashanti Armies against the British Forces in 1900, to the burial site of 2 former slaves from the U.S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during the 1st Emancipation Day Celebration. Experience the slave dungeons and beautiful tropical forests.


DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Arrive at Accra Airport Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel.
Brief orientation by Sunseekers Tours Staff Dinner included
Lodging: hotel in Accra
Meals:D


DAY 2: ACCRA CITY TOUR

Breakfast
Depart for full day Accra city tour visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography; this Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts. Tour and have lecture on Pan-Africanism at W.E.B Dubois Center.
Lunch at a local restaurant (on own account).
After lunch, drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds.  View from a distance the Christiansborg Castle until recently the official residence of the President of Ghana.
Continue to the arts and crafts market at the Arts Centre and savor the various collections of Ghanaian hand-crafted items on sale. Try out your bargaining skills with the local vendors.
Meet tailors and dressmakers showcasing casual and formal garments made from authentic local fabric and textiles at your hotel to make purchase ready-made clothes or place an order for a custom-made outfit. See hair stylists at work with various intricate styles expertly and speedily done. Make a date to have yours braided so you go back sporting authentic African hair craft to the admiration of all.
Lodging: hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D


DAY 3: ACCRA – VOLTA REGION

Breakfast
Depart after breakfast for Hohoe in the Volta Region. Drive past several rustic farming communities. Continue to visit Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary where the endangered but playful true Mona monkeys are carefully protected because they are considered sacred. Walk on well-worn trails and interact with the monkeys in their natural habitat.
Lunch at a Wli Water Heights Resort.
Visit the Wli waterfalls – reputed to be the highest waterfalls in Ghana. Put on your trekking shoes and enjoy a walk through a dense tropical forest. Cross the meandering Agumatse River at eleven different places before you arrive at the waterfall.
Return to Akosombo
Lodging:  hotel in Akosombo
Meals: B, D


DAY 4: AKOSOMBO – KUMASI

Breakfast
Depart Akosombo to Kumasi. En route stop and visit  the Akosombo Dam for a guided tour of the hydro-electric dam which is situated on the 400km-long lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world covering an area of 8502km2. The hydro-electric dam supplies electricity to Ghana and other neighboring countries. Pass by Cedi Beads Factory to observe the intriguing centuries old bead-making process from start to finish, using local materials like crushed glass, sand and stones in a variety of designs.
Lunch at a local restaurant (on own account)
Continue to Kumasi, the hub of the Ashanti Region— the ancient kingdom of gold, history and authentic Asante culture.
Drive past several cocoa and oil palm plantations in the rain forest belt. Check in to your hotel
Lodging: hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D


DAY 5: KUMSAI CITY TOUR

Breakfast
Depart after breakfast for a city tour of Kumasi visiting the Manhyia Palace, the residence of the Ashanti King and the Palace Museum; the National Cultural Centre; Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Proceed after lunch to visit a few Ashanti craft villages to see the skill and ingenuity of local craftsmen using simple tools and traditional technology to produce breathtaking artifacts and designs from which you may pick souvenirs for family and friends back home.
Visit Anhwiaa – the woodcarvers’ village where they specialize in woodcarving of items like stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks. Proceed to Ntonso – home of indigenous textile printing. The artists use traditional Adinkra symbols which are expertly crafted to express the spiritual, moral, political and socio-cultural philosophies of the Akan people. You will have an opportunity to create your own designs. Go on to and Bonwire to see firsthand, the weaving of the world-famous kente cloth.
Return to the hotel
Lodging: hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D


DAY 6: A VISIT TO THE SHRINE

Breakfast
Depart after breakfast to visit Ejisu Besease Shrine which Yaa Asantewaa, the courageous female war general consulted before leading the Ashanti army to war. In 1900, during the war with the British when the menfolk quaked with fear, Yaa Asantewaa led her army into battle. The building, an authentic Ashanti traditional architecture which houses the shrine is now a UNESCO-designated world heritage site.
Lunch at a local restaurant
For the adventure lovers venture into the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa. Interact with the market mummies and learn to haggle with them over souvenirs you may want to buy.
Return to your hotel
Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D


DAY 7: KUMASI – CENTRAL REGION

Breakfast
Depart Kumasi after breakfast to the Central Region. Note the change in vegetation from forest to coastal shrub as you journey southwards across the River Prah.  Stop en route to visit Assin Manso, burial site of the remains of two former slaves exhumed from New York’s Wall Street and re-interred on Emancipation Day 1998. Visit the “Slave River” in this town which was the last rest stop for slaves on their one-way trek to the Coast for shipment into slavery.
Continue and arrive in Elmina and proceed to visit Elmina Castle, the first and oldest European structure built of any substance on African soil. This was built by the Portuguese in1482 and later used as an auction market.
See the slave dungeons and condemned cells where slaves who attempted to escape were incarcerated.
Check into your hotel.
Lodging: hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D


DAY 8: CANOPY WALKWAY/CASTLE TOUR

Breakfast
Depart for a visit to Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the Kuntan Trail and see countless trees with medicinal properties. For the young at heart experience the Canopy Walkway suspended 100 feet from the forest floor for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest.
Lunch (on own account).
After lunch visit the Cape Coast Castle which was originally started by the Swedes in 1652. It served as the headquarters and seat of the British colonial government until 1877. Go on a comprehensive tour of the Castle, the Slave Dungeons and the West African Heritage Museum. The guide will lead you to the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where our ancestors were bargained for and sold into slavery.
Return to your hotel
Rest of day free to relax at the beach resorts and watch the sunset.
Lodging: hotel in Elmina
Meals:  B/D


DAY 9: NAMING CEREMONY
Breakfast
Morning at leisure at your hotel
Lunch
Participate in traditional Ghanaian naming ceremony. Participants will be given Ghanaian names with attributes. It will be interesting to compare your attributes with who you are today.
Return to your hotel
Dinner at One Africa, a restaurant owned by African American families who have relocated to Ghana. After dinner, visit the family’s Historical Diaspora Museum to experience a display of African people in the diaspora and on the continent.
Enjoy a selection of poetry by “The Last Poets”, the original rappers; re-visit the horrific period of Italy’s war crimes against Ethiopia— the only Africa nation that was never colonized; witness firsthand the truth of the African presence in the Bible.
Return to your hotel.
Lodging: hotel in Elmina.
Meals: B, D


DAY 10: FAREWELL DINNER

Breakfast and check-out
Drive along the beautiful coastal roads back to Accra. From the road to your right at Biriwa get a panoramic view of the canoes bobbing on the sea bringing in the catch; pass the historic town of Anomabo (home of that great African, Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey); see stretches of pineapple plantations; pass Mankessim, the historic capital of the Fante  people, a bustling trading center; arrive in Accra.
Lunch
Day at leisure for last minute shopping or pursue individual activities.
Transfer to a Ghanaian home for farewell dinner with traditional entertainment
Lodging: hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D


DAY 11: DEPARTURE

Breakfast 
Morning at leisure for shopping and packing
Hotel check-out is at 12.00 noon
Transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.
Meals: B 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel with welcome dinner on arrival
  • Full day Accra city tour. Meet tailors and dress makers to buy ready-made dresses or order for a custom made outfit.
  • Depart to the Volta Region. Visit Tafi Atome Monkey sanctuary and Wli waterfalls.
  • Depart Akosombo to Kumasi. Enroute at Akosombo Dam and Cedi Beads Factory.
  • Full day Kumasi city tour with visits to the craft villages.
  • A visit to the famous shrine used by the courageous female war general of the Ashantis and the largest open-air market in West Africa.
  • Depart Kumasi to Central Region. Enroute at Assin Manso-Slave River and visit the Elmina Castle.
  • Experience the suspended 100ft Canopy walkway in Kakum National Park and a visit to the Cape Coast Castle.
  • Receive your Ghanaian names and enjoy a selection of poetry by “The Last Poets”.
  • Enjoy farewell dinner with entertainment at a Ghanaian home.

 

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