Highlights of Ghana

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Trip code: 
AQX
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
4–16
Min age:
16

Discover Ghana's colonial castles, Ashanti culture and wonderful wildlife

One of Africa’s most underrated travel destinations, Ghana is a country rich in culture and natural wonders. Sometimes called ‘Africa for beginners’, it boasts affable inhabitants and is arguably the continent’s great success story. On this itinerary we explore its colonial castles, bustling markets and welcoming beaches as well as attend the Ashanti Kingdom’s most celebrated event - the Akwasidae Festival. Travelling north is like arriving in a different country. Here we meet the people of the Tongo Hills, visit the mud mosque at Larabanga and search for elephants in Mole National Park.

Highlights

Celebrate Akwasidae Festival with the Ashanti people

St. George’s Castle in Elmina & Nzulezo Stilt Village

Search for elephants in Mole N.P.

Explore the remote villages of the Tongo Hills 

Key information

  • 14 night standard hotels, all en suite
  • Travel by private bus
  • Some long drives

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Accra.

    The group flight usually arrives in Accra this evening. The welcome briefing will either take place this evening or tomorrow morning.

    Hotel Alisa or similar

  • Day 2

    To Kumasi.

    We depart Accra at around 7.30am this morning as we have a long drive to Kumasi in the heart of the Ashanti region. The Ashanti (or Asante) people make up about a quarter of the Ghanaian population and once controlled a strong empire which stood up to European colonisation right up to the dying years of the 19th century. They still have a strong cultural tradition and are ruled by a king. The current king, who rules from Kumasi, is Otumfour Osei Tutu II.

    On arrival we visit the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum which gives us a fascinating introduction to Ashanti culture and history.

    Sir Max Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Tamale via Kintampo waterfalls.

    After breakfast we drive north to Kintampo Falls for a refreshing dip and some lunch. In the afternoon we continue our drive north up to Tamale, the capital of the Norther Region, where we spend the night.

    Gariba Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Tongo Hills.

    This morning we visit a nearby village that is a major exporter of raw and processed shea (a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree) before heading into the Tongo Hills where we enjoy a picnic lunch and take in the scenery. Here we meet the Tallensi people and have the option of visiting the Tengzug Shrine - please note that if you wish to visit the shrine, it is necessary for everyone to remove all clothing above the waist. We then continue a short distance to Bolgatanga, our base for the next two nights.

    Comme Ci Comme Ca or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Visit Sirigu.

    Today we visit the Sirigu Women’s Project (SWOPA) and learn about the support provided to local women in creating traditional art and crafts. Sirigu village boasts the most unique wall paintings found in the region, and arguably the country. There is also a fantastic local market where we have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs.

    Comme Ci Comme Ca or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    To Mole N.P. via Larabanga Mosque.

    Leaving the Tongo Hills behind, we have a long drive south to Larabanga Mosque. The mosque is one of the oldest in West Africa and with its wooden support beams and use of mudbricks, a classic example of Sudano-Sahelian architecture. This afternoon we enter Mole N.P. and go on a guided walking safari before it gets dark.

    Mole Motel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Morning game drive at Mole N.P.; to N’Koranza.

    Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest national park and one of the best game reserves in West Africa. Renowned for its elephant population, the park is also home to baboons, monkeys and various antelopes. Predators such as lions and leopards are also amongst the 90 mammal species found here though they are much less frequently seen. In addition there are 340 species of birds, some resident and some migratory.

    To maximise our chances of great wildlife sightings, we have an early morning game drive to see the animals at their most active. We leave the park in the late morning and drive south via the Techiman market.  We should reach N’Koranza in the late afternoon and have some time to relax before dinner.

    Mike Sap Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Visit Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary; transfer to Kumasi.

    Our destination for the morning is the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary where we have the opportunity to see Black & White colobus monkeys as well as a variety of bird species. After lunch we travel a few hours south, returning to Kumasi in time for the evening.

    Sir Max Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Akwasidae Festival.

    Every 42 days (one month in the Ashanti calendar) the Ashanti celebrate the Akwasidae Festival. This is the time for the chiefs to pay respect to their ancestors and for the current king to take stock. The first part of the festival is a private affair where the king and high dignitaries make offerings to their ancestors.  The second part is open to everyone however and is the festival’s culmination. It is an event full of pageantry with ritual sword bearers and dignitaries paying their respect to the Asantehene (king). We join local Ghanaians wearing their best Kente at the king’s court in the Manhyia Pace for this colourful ceremony involving dancing and drumming and even a court jester.

    Sir Max Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Drive to the Atlantic Coast.

    After breakfast we have a full day’s journey down to the Atlantic coast. On the way we have a number of stops including a picnic lunch and a visit to a cocoa plantation. We should arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon and have the chance for a swim before dinner.

    Axim Beach Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Nzulezo Stilt Village.

    Today we travel close to the border with Ivory Coast to Nzulezo, a village built entirely on stilts on Lake Amansuri. To reach the village, we are taken 5km into the lake by canoe. While here we have lunch at a local restaurant and the chance to explore this unusual settlement.

    Axim Beach Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 12

    Explore St. George’s Castle in Elmina.

    Travelling east along the coast we continue to Elmina, a picturesque fishing village and the site of St. George’s Castle, the oldest European structure still standing in sub-Saharan Africa. Built by the Portuguese, this castle became one of the most important stops on the slave route between Africa and the Americas. This dark history is epitomised by the Door of No Return which slaves would walk through on their way to board ships hearing across the Atlantic. This afternoon there is the opportunity to do an optional walking tour of Elmina Township.

    Brenu Beach Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 13

    Visit Kakum N.P.; free afternoon.

    We spend this morning at Kakum National Park, a 375 square km park comprised of the best preserved primary forest in Ghana. It is home to a variety of animals including a number of globally endangered species. We spend some time exploring the rainforest at canopy level along 300m of canopy walkways. The afternoon is free to relax on the beach or do an optional tour of Cape Coast Castle. Dinner this evening is a buffet at the hotel with traditional music and dancing.

    Brenu Beach Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 14

    Return to Accra; city tour including Jamestown.

    This morning we return to Accra via a carpenters that makes the most unusual coffins in the world. Traditionally the Ga people who inhabit the coast have buried their dead in coffins made to represent the deceased’s life. These extraordinary colourful coffins are shaped as fish, shoes, cars, planes, fruit and various other objects making for a very unusual site. Afterwards we explore Jamestown, the oldest district in Accra and one of the liveliest. Taking a walking tour through this working class neighbourhood gives us a glimpse into the life of many Ghanaians today as well as into the city’s colonial past. We finish our day we visit to the Kwame Nkkrumah Memorial Park, the nearby market and Independence Square. Depending on the time of the group flight tomorrow, parts of the Accra tour may change days.

    Hotel Alisa or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Morning city tour; depart Accra.

    For our final day we have a morning tour of Accra that includes the National Museum and the bustling Makola Market. Our trip comes to an end in the afternoon where we bid Ghana and out group goodbye. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for the flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Ghana

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Ghana, including nationals from the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and European countries. For UK nationals this visa must be obtained beforehand and it generally takes 7-10 working days to process the visa. For further information contact the Ghanaian High Commission in London.

Vaccinations

Ghana

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary for this trip, and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Yellow Fever.

Other vaccines to consider: Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies; Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Meals will either be at local restaurants or at the hotel.  As with many African countries, the food isn't the real reason to visit.  However, in Ghana there are some tasty local dishes that are worth trying.  Most dishes are based around meat or fish and rice such as Jollof rice.

Vegetarians can be catered for on this trip though sometimes options might be more limited.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). In order to see as much of the country as possible and within a relatively short time frame, there are some early starts and long drives. For the days that we travel, the average drive time is typically between 3-5 hours. The maximum drive time is approximately 6 hours but this can vary depending on road conditions and the number of stops we make. In less developed parts of the country (particularly the north), road conditions can be bumpy.

There is the opportunity for some short walks, including the game walk at Mole N.P., but these are fairly leisurely. The climate is tropical and whilst our trip coincides with the cooler dry-season, temperatures can commonly reach the mid 30s and it can get quite humid.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You will spend 14 nights in standard hotels with en-suite facilities. Hotels on this trip are generally of a good standard, most with swimming pools and other facilities. The standards and styles of the hotels do vary however and some of our selections are based on location and what is available in the area. Wi-Fi is available at some of the hotels, either from the rooms or in the reception areas.

The hotels that we typically use on the south coast have good beach locations where it is possible to swim in the sea most of the time. At the Axim Beach Resort, some of the rooms have ocean views; however, the rooms used for the single supplement generally do not.

Single accommodation (available on request).

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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