Tour Rates based on Single Occupancy ($5,800) and Double Occupancy ($5,500)
9 Days & 8 Nights Tour Itinerary
Day 1 – (August 2019)
Day 2 – (August 2019)
ACCRA CITY TOUR
Early morning after breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing city tour of Accra! You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 137-year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, Independence/ Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Our last stop will be to the Niche Cocoa Factory Gourmet Chocolate Tour.
You will end your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts and souvenirs from Ghana and West Africa.
Day 3 – (August 2019)
ELMINA CASTLE & ELMINA FISHING VILLAGE DAY TOUR
Early morning after breakfast, depart Accra and visit Elmina Castle, also known as St. George’s Castle, which was built by the Portuguese in 1482. Here, learn about the relationship between the western slave traders and the African tribes that participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Here participants will witness the dark and stuffy dungeons local people were forced to endure before being sent on a long and perilous passage across the Atlantic. To see the truth of these conditions in person is a powerful reminder of the inhumanity of the slave trade.
Afterward, journey along the scenic coast (approx. 1.5 hours) toward Elmina, a fishing village that’s both picturesque and gritty, charming and though-provoking. What better way to appreciate it than to immerse yourself in the unforgettable glimpse of its main industry – fishing! Meet with local fishermen to learn the intricacies of their trade and the challenges they face in the day-to-day work. Next, meet the fish mongers in the village who will demonstrate the various stages of smoking the fish in earthenware ovens. This tour is a unique way to experience one of Ghana’s oldest and important trades.
Day 4 – (August 2019)
KAKUM RAIN FOREST & CAPE COAST CASTLE DAY TOUR
Early morning after breakfast, depart Accra for a drive to Kakum National Park, West Africa’s most noted tropical rain forest. Experience the soothing effects of being in a tropical rain forest environment. Choose between EITHER a nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway, 100 feet above the forest floor.
Afterward, embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade which the impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.
Day 5 – (August 2019)
SHAI HILLS AND ABURI BOTANICAL GARDENS
Shai Hills Reserve, which is an hour’s drive from Accra, combines nature conservation, rich cultural interest and archaeological sites. It is home for antelopes, baboons, reptiles, primates and about 89 species of birds.
The Aburi Botanical Gardens was created in 1890 for pleasure and scientific research; the Aburi Botanic Garden is a habitat for plants and butterflies from all around the world.
Day 6 – (August 2019)
TORGOME NAMING CEREMONY AND AKOSOMBO DAM
Depart after breakfast for a scenic drive to a beautiful village located on the lower course of the splendid Volta River. You will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villages and also participate in a naming ceremony, where you will be given a traditional African name. Other activities include a demonstration of pottery making which is the main occupation of the women in the village.
After lunch, continue to Akosombo to tour the famous Akosombo Dam, a hydroelectric dam in southeastern Ghana. The dam is located at the Akosombo gorge on the Volta River. Its construction resulted in the flooding of the Volta River Basin, which subsequently created Lake Volta. Lake Volta is the world’s largest manmade lake and covers approximately 3.6 percent of Ghana’s total land area. You will have the rare opportunity of visiting the engine and control of the dam, which is not open to the general public
Day 7 – (August 2019)
FLIGHT FROM ACCRA TO TAMALE (Flight Time: 1hr)
Depart from the airport for a flight from Accra to Tamale in the morning. Upon arrival at Tamale airport, transfer to Mole National park. (Tamale to Mole drive time – 3 hour’s)
MOLE AFTERNOON SAFARI DRIVE (Based on flight)
Upon arrival in Mole, check in at hotel and to embark on an afternoon Safari drive to view West Africa’s big game: elephants, antelopes, waterbucks, warthog’s baboons, monkeys, and more. Return to your hotel and prepare for dinner.
ZAINA LODGE (2 nights)
Zaina Lodge looks over seemingly endless savannah and two busy waterholes frequented by many of the aforementioned animals. Take a guided walking tour or vehicle Safari just steps from your front doors. Relax at the infinity pool, outdoor bar fire pit, or restaurant and take in the sights. All 25 rooms are individual luxury tented chalets, complete with private balconies and indoor and outdoor showers for those who like to bathe under the stars.
Day 8 – (August 2019)
MORNING MOLE SAFARI DRIVE
Depart for an early morning safari drive through the Mole National Park to view West Africa’s big game: elephants, antelopes, waterbucks, warthog’s baboons, monkeys, and more. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
AFTERNOON MOLE SAFARI DRIVE
Later in the afternoon, return to Mole National Park to embark on an afternoon trek to view the rest of West Africa’s big game that were not viewed earlier.
Day 9 – (August 2019)
FLIGHT FROM TAMALE TO ACCRA (Flight Time: 1hr)
After breakfast, depart Mole to Tamale airport (drive time: 3 hrs). Fly back to Accra.
Additional Info: Our tours are fully equipped with air-conditioned vehicle transportation and services of a trained licensed driver and a experienced tour guide.