G H A N A :  A D V E N T U R E   o n  t h e  G O L D  C O A S T

 

Day 1: Arrival at Accra Kotoka Airport Meet and greet with your tour leader at the airport and transfer to the hotel. (32 km). (-/-),  Overnight at Accra, Axim Accra Lodge or similar  Day 2: Accra - Winneba After breakfast we explore Ghana's vibrant capital city. Our city tour includes Independence Square, dominated by the impressive Independence Arch with a black star on the top symbolising freedom and justice. We’ll see Kwame Nkrumah Memorial, Ussher Fort where Kwame Nkrumah was imprisoned and James Town, the old part of Accra, characterised by many colonial-era buildings and colourful markets. We should have time to visit the National Museum and the Art Centre Market. This afternoon, we will drive to Winneba. (60 km) . (B/D), Overnight at Winneba, Lagoon Lodge or similar Day 3: Winneba Today we have free time on the beach in Winneba. You have the chance for a swim or a walk on the beach and to enjoy the ocean.  (B/D), Overnight at Winneba, Lagoon Lodge or similar Day 4: Winneba - Biriwa Continuing west we finally arrive at Elmina. (100 km). From a bridge over the Benya River you can enjoy a stunning view of the busy life in the harbour of Elmina. Here we’ll visit Elmina Castle, founded in1482 by the Portuguese to protect their merchants and the gold-rich lands they had discovered. Along with Cape Coast Castle and Fort St. Jago, Elmina Castle was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1972.   This afternoon, we’ll leave the coast heading inland to visit Kakum National Park. There is a canopy walkway some 45 m high consisting of seven narrow bridges suspended between seven huge trees. Here those with a good head for heights have the rare opportunity to see the lush rainforest at the canopy level. You can also take a guided nature walk to see the fascinating rain forest and learn more about the tropical plants and trees and their use in traditional medicine. Later this afternoon we arrive back on the Atlantic coast at Biriwa. (B/D), Overnight at Biriwa Beach Hotel or similar Day 5: Biriwa - Excursion to Mesomagor Our exploration continues as we turn inland some 50 km, to visit the village of Mesomagor, situated on the eastern border of Kakum National Park. We’ll spend the day meeting the local people of Mesomagor and visiting the village with its cocoa and oil palm plantations, cassava and yam fields to learn more about their farming processes. This afternoon we will see the Mesomagor Bamboo Orchestra at their musical best. They perform war dances, story dances, modern and creative dances. Later this afternoon we return to our beach hotel. (B/D), Overnight at Biriwa Beach Hotel or similar Day 6: Biriwa - Lake Bosumtwi Leaving the coast we continue north through a lush forested landscape to the crater Lake Bosumtwi (190 km) which was created as a result of a meteorite impact. The scenery is fantastic: thickly wooded mountains encircle the lake.The lake is held sacred by the Ashanti people. According to traditional belief, the souls of the dead come here to bid farewell to the god Twi, living in this lake. The next three nights we will spend in a guesthouse situated right on the shore of Lake Bosumtwi.  (B/D), Overnight at Abono, Lake Bosumtwi Paradise Resort  or similar Day 7: Lake Bosumtwi: Excursion to Bonwire This morning we’ll make an excursion to the village of Bonwire, famous for its traditional Kente cloth. The craftsmen use ancient hand looms producing long cloth strips of various patterns which are sewn together to make the final product. Kente cloth is mainly made by Ashanti and Ewe people in the center and south of Ghana. Initially, kente was the cloth of kings but now it is worn by many different people in Ghana and other West African countries. Later today we’ll visit an Ashanti shrine where we’ll learn more about the traditional Ashanti architecture. (UNESCO World Heritage Site). (100 km) (B/D), Overnight at Abono, Lake Bosumtwi Paradise Resort  or similar
Day 8: Lake Bosumtwi: Excursion to Kumasi This morning we will drive to Kumasi, and explore Ghana's second largest city. Founded in 1695, Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Here King Osei Tutu I received the Golden Stool, sent to him from heaven. The Golden Stool is believed to embody the spirit and the unity of the Ashanti nation. We’ll explore Kejetia, the largest open air market in West Africa and the Cultural Centre which houses an excellent crafts market and the Prempeh II Jubilee museum with a good collection of historical treasures including the fake Golden Stool (100 km). (B/D), Overnight at Abono, Lake Bosumtwi Paradise Resort  or similar Day 9: Lake Bosumtwi - Axim/Ankobra Today our journey takes us through the gold towns of Obuasi and Tarkwa where some of the world’s largest gold mines are found. In the afternoon we reach Ankobra Beach and make ourselves comfortable in our charming hotel. (B/D), Overnight at Ankobra Beach Resort or similar Day 10: Axim - Excursion to Nzulezo Stilt Village An excursion takes us to the stilt village of Nzulezo, situated on the freshwater Lake Amansule. It can only be reached by canoe from Beyin. The village, supporting a population of 500 people is entirely constructed of wood and raffia palms. We explore Nzulezo walking on a central walkway and meeting the local people, learn more about the history of the village. (100 km) (B/D), Overnight at Ankobra Beach Resort or similar Day 11: Axim: Excursion to Busua, Butre and Dixcove Today sees us making a day trip to the dreamy villages of Busua, Butre and Dixcove, where we find some of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches. We’ll visit the small fishing village of Butre. The main point of historical interest is Fort Battensteyn, the ruin of an old Dutch fortress. Climbing the steep hill to the castle is rewarding: the views from the fortifications are stunning. Later today we take a boat ride on Butre River through mangrove forests. Continuing to Busua there is the opportunity to walk to the close-by fishing community of Dixcove with Fort Metal Cross overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour. The former British castle, built in 1696, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Later this afternoon we’ll return to Ankobra. (120 km) (B/D), Overnight at Axim, Ankobra Beach Resort or similar Day 12: Axim - Winneba Heading east via Takoradi we reach Cape Coast, the former commercial and administrative capital of Britain’s Gold Coast colony and the place where most of the slaves were held before being shipped mainly to the New World. We’ll visit Cape Coast Castle and its museum giving a good overview of the history of slave trade. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive at Winneba. (240 km) (B/D), Overnight at Winneba, Lagoon Lodge or similar Day 13: Winneba Today we have free time on the beach, where you can swim and enjoy the ocean. (B/D), Overnight at Winneba, Lagoon Lodge or similar Day 14: Winneba - end of tour Before lunch time we drive back to Accra where you have a last chance for shopping at the Art Centre Market. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon. Our tour ends at the airport (70 km) (B) Please note that from time to time our itineraries may be amended.
Accra: Independence Square, National Museum Elmina: Castle and fishing port Cape Coast: Slave fortress Mesomagor: Typical village life and bamboo           orchestra Kakum: Canopy Walkway Lake Bosumtwi: Sacred lake of the Ashanti Kumasi: Culture of the Ashanti Bonwire: Kente-weaving village Nzulezo stilt village Butre: Mangrove boat trip Ghana’s most beautiful beaches
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On   this   14-day-journey   across   Ghana   we   discover   the   great   diversity   of   its   coastal   regions.   We   visit   the   impressive   Gold   Coast   castles and   the   still   powerful Ashanti   kingdom   to   learn   more   about   the   history   of   slavery   and   gold   trade.   In   the   little   developped   hinterland   we experience   the   traditional   village   life   of   farmers,   artisans   and   fishermen.   We   explore   the   lush   rainforest   of   Kakum   National   Park, picturesque   lagoons,   mangrove   swamps,   fertile   cocoa   plantations   and   palm-fringed   sandy   beaches.   This   trip   takes   us   on   a   journey through the natural beauty, rich culture and varied history of one of Africa’s most hospitable countries.
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