Footstep & Handshakes

Ghana Tour

15 February-06 March 2024

Price 1.970 Euro 

Guided by Afrocentric principles, this tour takes you across the country of Ghana, through the different ecological, ethnic, and political zones.

Encounters with lives and livelihoods of locals will present Ghana in historical and contemporary contexts through perspectives, oral traditions and oral histories of the people of Ghana themselves. This stands as an authentic counter narrative to Western-based written images of what is Ghanaian and African that usually contain significant distortions. Whether your first or further visit to Ghana, you will encounter new lives, nerves, and narratives for firsthand experiences you will cherish and be enriched by.

Encountering Ghana from the inside

In this explorative tour through Ghana will take you through five regions of the country. It will introduce you to events, peoples, landscapes, and cultures, that make Ghana the choice for those who seek for a combination of exploring local culture, traditions, history, society, and nature, and spending an enriching yet recreative holiday. We will explore social and cultural relations, religion, and traditional leadership (chieftaincy) as unifying factors of people of different ethnicities in Ghana which is a unique phenomena across Africa. The wealth of traditional history of different ethnic societies in Ghana will offer you new insights into cultures in Ghana and Africa.

The 21-day explorations will begin from the capital region of the country, Greater Accra Region, adorned with cultural, social, political, and economic history such as the forts and castles, on to the Volta, Northern, Ashanti and Central Regions where rich ecology and culture welcome us.

The Volta Region, hosts beautiful sceneries such as the Mount Afada (the highest Mountain in Ghana), Lake Volta (the largest man-made lake worldwide), Mount Adaklu and Mount Gemi, and Wli Waterfalls (the higest waterfall in West Africa). We will visit the Amedzofe village in the Volta Region, which is considered the higest settlement in Ghana.

We will then proceed to the Northern Region which is endowed with warm-hearted people, unique architectures, traditional crafts, and wildlife. We will explore the evidence of the peaceful co-existence of various religions that is well represented in the Northern Region, where people of different religious beliefs such as Islam, Christianity and Tradtional beliefs live peacefully with one another. We will also visit the famous city of Tamale, observe the process of Shea Butter production and visit Mole National park.

The tour’s next highlight will be the Ashanti Region, where we will immerse into the rich culture and the dominance of Ghanaian royalty. Starting from the Palace of the King of the Asante Kingdom; Manhyia Palace Museum, which is located at the heart of the beautiful city of Kumasi, we also be introduced to the production of the traditional fabric in Ghana called Kente during a visit to the Bonwire Kente Village. A stroll through West Africa’s largest open market will let us experience Ghana’s busy market traditions and give us plenty of opportunities for shopping.

A ‚must‘ stop for a tour through Ghana is the Central Region where we will visit two of the forty castles built by Europeans in Ghana during the Transatlantic Slave Trade – Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle. We will learn about and reflect on this painful chapter of history. A visit to Kakum National Park will enable us to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The last two days of the tour will be spent in Accra and will mostly be free for individual activities. On our last evening before departure, we will enjoy night life in the famous Osu district of Accra.

Route

Begin                               Accra Region

Finish                              Osu District

Duration                        21 Days

Transport                       Tour Bus

Accommodation           Local Modest Hotels And Guest Houses

Language   
                    English

Tour schedule

Arrival in Accra and transfer from the airport

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Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary

This sanctuary has been inhabited by the swift and beautiful Mona Monkeys for over 200 years. Traditionally, these monkeys are believed to be messengers between the people of Tafi Atome and the gods. As such, they are seen not just as mere alternative life form (wildlife), thus they have been protected and their numbers have grown significantly. The Monkeys co-habit the protected forest with colorful butterflies and birds of various species.

Northern smock markets

Textile in Ghana is adorned with designs and symbols and expresses Ghanaian aesthetics and creativity. The colourful fabrics are produced and worn by local people or factories and worn on all occasions including daily wears. The smock common produced in northern Ghana but worn across the country is uniquely royal and elegant for all occasions, for both men and women. The visitor would learn and appreciate the hard yet creative handwork of weavers and factory producers.

Services

Included services

  • Transfer from and to Kotoka International Airport in Accra
  • 20 nights in local modest hotels and guesthouses in double room
  • Breakfast and dinner for 20 days, in addition to that lunch during organized activities
  • Drinking water during the whole tour (we recommend you bring a reusable drinking bottle)
  • Local tour guides throughout the whole tour (language: English)
  • Transportation throughout the whole tour by private vans, local buses, and motorbikes (optional)
  • Entrance fees and guided tours according to the program

Excluded services/additional costs

  • Flight to and from home country
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Single room
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal health certificates and prophylaxis
  • Expenditures for activities that are not part of the organized program

Optional extension/addition

  • Arrangements of stay of extended days
  • Guide for extended days and places
  • Family stays during extended days
  • Internship and business partnerships during extended days
  • Volunteering with social non-profit institutions
  • Assistance with organising research in any part of the country