Awakaaba to Ghana!! It means Welcome, a Twi word, spoken by the Akan tribe of Ghana. Ghana is a rich destination, full of color, vibrancy, culture and history. There are over 100 ethnic groups living in Ghana. The largest are Akan, Moshi-Dagbani, Ewe, and Ga. The Ashanti tribe of the Akan are the largest tribe and one of the few societies in West Africa where lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors.
Depart from the US for Accra Ghana
Transfer to hotel
Travel from Accra to Kumasi
Group Tours includes; Visits to the Ashanti Craft Villages- woodworking village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashioned royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood; opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds. The next stop is the village of Ntonso where Artisans hand stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. Black on black and black on red Adinkra cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions. Learn how the black dye is made in the village. The final village stop is Bonwire where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time honored tradition passed down through generations. We”ll even see Kente weavers in the process of creating Kente cloth in various styles. This evening you will visit the Kumasis Central Market, the largest open air market in West Africa, where more 10,000 vendors are selling their wares
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel from Kumasi to Cape Coast
After breakfast, drive to Cape Coast and make a stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the Americas and Jamaica, and the Slave River, where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. Then later, the group will take a guided tour through the town of Elmina. At the harbor view, you will see the colorful fishing canoes as the fisherman prepare to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing.
Tour of Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum, Cape Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the departure points for the African who were sold into slavery in America. The castle is the home of the infamous “door of no return” Here there will be a naming ceremony, will participants will receive their new African name. Participants are asked to dress in white.
After breakfast, the group will visit Kakum National Park, Ghana’s most famous park. Take a brief walking tour on the forest floor where you will learn how the Ancestors lived in the forest. See birds, butterflies and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests that has over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, a 1000 feet long and seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above the ground.
Stop at the village of Abandze, the Ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz musician. Those who ordered their traditional outfits will go for fitting and adjustments.
Breakfast and Group Dinner
Morning Educational and Service Project
Participants will take part in a variety of activities and will assist the teachers with a project at the local village school. They will have the opportunity to interact with members of the community and learn about the day activities of the village as well as their challenges and milestones
Afternoon City Tour
After lunch the group will pay a visit to W.E.B. DuBois Centre, honoring the life of one of the most prominent Pan Africans, who chose to settle in Ghana. The group will also visit Independence Square – Accra’s open air ceremonial ground where national celebrations which is also home to the Kwame Nkurumah Mausoleum and Museum, a tribute to Ghana’s first President. Later the group will enjoy dinner and a night on the town at the 233 Jazz Bar & Grill
Late check out. Complete Ghana city tour as well as a shopping trip to the famous Ghana Crafts Market. Late evening departure flight to the US