11 Days


Join this fantastic eight-day tour to Ghana and be filled with intense emotions: discover how the Krobo people make their worldwide famous glass beads, attend an Ashanti Funeral, wander around the stalls of the largest open market in Africa, experience the emotional visit of the castles


Day 1


Depart from Washington Dulles on your South African Airways flight.

Day 2


On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3


Accra, the capital of Ghana, has maintained its unique identity despite the fast paced development currently underway in this intriguing African city. The luxuriant administrative area, punctuated with elegant villas built during the first half of the 19th century, reminds us that Ghana was one of the most flourishing British colonies in West Africa.

The itinerary includes a visit to the National Museum (if open, presently under renovation), one of the first works of independent Ghana - the idea inspiring the Museum is to relate Ghanaian art to the rest of the continent and to prove the existence of an African history as part of the general history of humanity. You explore the old quarter of James Town, inhabited by the local population known as the Ga. On the Oceanshore is where local native peoples life fully unfolds: a village surrounded by the city! Here all economic activities follow very different rules from the ones governing “the city” (business area), just a few hundred meters away. The tour continues with the visit of a workshop where they specialize 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.

Drive to Sogakope.

Overnight on a full board basis at Sogakope Beach Resort or similar.

Day 4


You are in the land which is the cradle of voodoo. In a remote hidden village you will join a voodoo ceremony: the frenetic rhythm of the drums and the chants of the adepts help calling in the voodoo spirit who then takes 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 show up. In this narrow village, surrounded by the magic atmosphere of the ceremony, you will finally understand what people mean when they say: “In your Churches you pray to God; in our voodoo shrine we become God!”

Continue to the region of the Krobo people, famous for their glass beads. They produce them here and they use them for their cults and for aesthetic purposes.

Overnight on a full board basis at Afrikiko Resort Hotel or similar.

Day 5


After breakfast, depart towards Kumasi, with a stop near Ejisu to visit the Temple of Besease, an important place of worshiping for the Ashanti people for over three centuries. Recently restored with the help of the French Cooperation, it represents a particularly beautiful example of traditional Ashanti architecture.

Kumasi is the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. A city proud of its past as much as it is of its present: a flourishing economy thanks to the exploitation of its gold mines and its forests. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations 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 city with a fantastic central market - one of the biggest in Africa. Every type of Ashanti craft (leather goods, pottery, Kente cloth) is found here, along with just about every kind of tropical fruit and vegetable.

The itinerary includes a visit of the Ashanti Cultural Centre: a rich collection of Ashanti artefacts housed in a wonderful reproduction of an Ashanti house. In the afternoon you will 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: the deceased in fact is believed to be still with his/her family and through this ceremony he/she becomes an ancestor. 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.

Overnight on a full board basis at Miklin Hotel or similar.

Day 6


An Ashanti chief, wrapped in traditional cloth, will welcome you in his courtyard for an interesting chat about the customs and traditions of his people.

You will also visit the Royal Palace Museum - hosting a unique collection of gold jewels worn by the Ashanti court – and a few nearby villages specialised in weaving the traditional Kente cloth, praised by the socially important people and used to make special ceremonial stools.

Overnight on a full board basis at Miklin Hotel or similar.

Day 7


After breakfast, drive back to the coast. Cape Coast Castle was built by the Swedes in 1653 but from 1657 to 1664 it changed hands many times, as it was conquered by the Danes, the Dutch, the Fanti (a local tribe), again the Swedes and finally the British. Today, it hosts a museum on slave trade history.

Overnight on a full board basis at Anomabu Beach Resort or similar.

Day 8


After breakfast, you will experience the thrill of a “canopy walk” right in the deep forest of the Kakum National Park: one of the worlds highest suspended rope bridges held by steel cables. Perched 37 meters (120 feet) above the earth, you will enjoy a stunning view of the rainforest - instead of unveiling their trunks, trees will reveal their tops!

In the afternoon visit 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 you visit today is the result of successive extension works and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Outside the castle, a wonderful village with lots of large colorful fishing boats - every day these canoes are guided by skilled fishermen across strong ocean waves and currents, “fighting” to earn a living. In the old town you will see the Posuban, the shrines of the old “Asafo companies” - the warriors who used to put their offerings on the large colorful statues. The alleys in the old town have a very lively atmosphere, bringing you back to a time when Elmina was a busy colonial town.

Overnight on a full board basis at Anomabu Beach Resort or similar.

Day 9


Enjoy breakfast and free time to relax on the beach or go for walks to explore villages and meet fishermen.

In the late morning drive to Accra and in the evening transfer to the airport for your flight to the United States.

Day 11


Arrival in the United States at Washington Dulles airport.


Round trip coach air on South African Airways from Washington Dulles airport to Kotoka International Airport; Assistance at airport upon arrival and departure; Accommodations as per the itinerary; Experienced tour guide; Tours and visits as per the itinerary; Most meals as per the itinerary; Entrance fees to parks, concessions, protected areas and cultural sites; All transfers as per the itinerary; All service charges and taxes


Add on air from other US cities; Earlier and/or later transfers from and to airport; Visa fees and any airport departure taxes; Any meal or sightseeing tour other than those specified in itinerary; Any items of personal expense - i.e. mineral water and drinks at meals, telephone calls, laundry, personal photos and videos etc; Personal and holiday insurance (compulsory); Gratuities for drivers, guides and hotel staff; Porterage; Costs relating to delayed or lost luggage