Day 1 – Accra
Arrive in Accra and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, there may be time to explore this vibrant African capital. Overnight Afia Beach Hotel or similar.
Day 2 - The Shai Hills, from Accra to Aksombo
(90 km – approx. 2 hr driving)
Walking today is approximately 2 hours; altitude: from 120 m to 189 m; level of difficulty: easy.
Today we travel to the eastern side of the country and the Shai Reserve. A comparatively small, 52-square-kilometre fenced wildlife park, Shai comprises savannah covered plains interspersed by forested hills, and intervening canyons filled by thicket, grassland and low, dry forest. We will walk accompanied by a guide well-versed on flora and fauna, and the history of the Shai tribes. Later, we drive to Odumase, an area of Krobo famous for its beads, and we visit a factory specialising in their production. Overnight Hotel Aylo’s Bay or similar. (BLD)
Day 3 – Voodoo, Akosombo
(200km, approx. 4 hr driving)
Walking today is approximately 2 hours; altitude: flat; level of difficulty: easy.
At a remote hidden village, we join a Voodoo ceremony. Frenetic drumming combines with the chants of priests calling upon spirits to take possession of the dancers. Some fall into a deep trance, their eyes rolling back, faces grimacing, their bodies wracked by convulsions. It’s a fascinating, if unsettling experience. Later, we continue to Volta Lake and take a walk around the shore. Overnight Hotel Aylo’s Bay or similar. (BLD)
Day 4 - Akosombo to Liati
(150 km – approx. 4 hr driving)
Walking today: approximately 2 hours; a;titude: flat; level of difficulty: easy.
Today we drive to the Volta Region, taking a guided walk in primary forest, on the lookout for interesting wildlife. Our route continues across a luxuriant forest region, offering views of mountains and waterfalls. On the slopes of Mt. Afadjato we visit Amedjope, Ghana’s highest village. Overnight at Mountain Vista Lodge or similar. (BLD)
Day 5 - The highest peak, from Liati to Wli
(50 km – approx. 1 hr driving)
Walking today: approximately 2 hours; altitude: from 248 m to 885 m; level of difficulty: moderate.
Today we climb Mt Afadjato, 885m, the highest mountain in Ghana and part of the Agumatsa Range that runs along the Ghana-Togo border. From summit we enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding communities, forests, mountains, deep valleys, and in the distance, Lake Volta. The path is quite steep but the rewards are great. During the hike we stop at Tagbo Waterfall which flows from an almost circular cliff into a refreshing plunge pool. The forefathers of the current villagers considered the river sacred and even today taboos endure. No fishing is allowed in the pool since the spirit of the people is thought inhabit it, and no washing in the stream on Fridays as the spirit of the river and his children bathe on this day. Overnight Wli Water Heights or similar. (BLD)
Day 6 - Waterfalls, Wli
Walking today: approximately 4 hours; altitude: from 254 m to 798 m; level of difficulty: moderate.
Today we walk through forest to the 80m Wli Waterfalls, the highest in West Africa. Along the way we hope to see just some of the 200 bird species and 400 species of butterflies identified in the region. Overnight Wli Water Heights or similar. (BLD)
Day 7 - Savannah, from Wli to Yendi
(320 km – approx. 6 hr driving)
Driving northwards, we leave the forest behind and enter savannah. We traverse a seldom visited region, home to the Dagomba people. Overnight Kamil Legacy Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Day 8 - Yendi to Mole – ‘Witches’
(290 km – approx. 5 hr driving)
Taking a rough track that leads to Tamale, along the way we stop at a large settlement of ‘witches’. These unfortunate women have been exiled from their villages having been found guilty of causing terrible events such as death, disease or a bad harvest. There’s time to talk to the ‘witches’, learn about their lives, and the special shrine which protects them, cleansing their spirit of ill will. Their warm welcome contrasts with the gravity of events leading to their banishment. Later, we travel to Tamale. Overnight Mole Motel or similar. (BLD)
Day 9 - Mole National Park
Walking today: 2 walking safaris of approximately 2 hours each; altitude: from 150 m to 258 m; level of difficulty: easy.
Today we enjoy two guided walking safaris, early in the morning and late in the afternoon when animals are more active. Overnight Mole Motel or similar (BLD)
Day 10 – Back into the Forest, from Mole to Techiman
(300 km – approx. 6 hr driving)
Walking today: approximately 1 hour; altitude: flat at approximately 366m level of difficulty: easy.
Travelling south, we visit Kintampo Waterfalls and admire the waters of the Pumpu River as they tumble from 70m down natural, rocky steps before flowing onwards to join the Black Volta River. Continue to the Brong Afo region, we leave the main road and follow a track to a sacred forest. Local villagers consider monas and colobus monkeys as their totems. As result, during walks in the deep forest we encounter some of the world’s largest troops of these sacred primates. Overnight Encom Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Day 11 - Techiman - Kumasi
(130 km – approx. 3 hr driving)
Today we travel to Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti region. If the opportunity arises, we participate in a traditional Ashanti funeral attended by mourners wearing beautiful red and black togas. In practice this is a celebration, the ceremony marking the deceased’s transition to becoming an ancestor. Relatives and friends gather, socialise and celebrate his/her memory. Part way, the chief arrives under the shade of large umbrella and surrounded by his court. Drummers provide rhythms for dancers whose intricate moves are highly symbolic. Overnight Royal Lamerta Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Day 12 - Kumasi - Royal Festival
This morning we continue our tour of Kumasi by visiting the Royal Palace Museum, home to a unique collection of gold and jewels worn by the Ashanti court. Later, we visit the Ashanti Cultural Centre, housing a rich collection of Ashanti artefacts displayed in a reproduction of an Ashanti house. Overnight Royal Lamerta Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Day 13 - Kakum National Park, from Kumasi to Kakum
(260 km – approx. 5 hr driving)
Walking today: approximately 1 hour; altitude: from 135 m to 256 m; level of difficulty: easy.
Today we head to Kakum National Park for a fascinating immersion in the forest. After a guided walk in the park we take an early dinner and then return to our accommodation – a tree house. Here, we spend the night accompanied by the sounds of the forest. The treehouse is open to the forest. Mattresses are provided on the floor, and there are shared facilities. It may be basic, but this is a unique experience. (BLD)
Day 14 – Kumasi - Elmina – Anomabu – Castles
(110 km – approx. 2 hr driving)
Walking today: Morning – approximately 1 hour; altitude: from 135 m to 277 m; level of difficulty: easy
Afternoon – approximately 2 hours; altitude: flat; level of difficulty: easy.
This morning, deep in the forest, we visit a remarkable canopy walk, one of the world’s highest suspended rope bridges. From a height of 37m, enjoy stunning views of the rainforest and its wildlife. Later, we travel to Elmina and visit the UNESCO site of St Georges Castle, built in 1482 by the Portuguese and serving as a transhipment point in the West African slave trade. Exploring the town, we’ll see the large and colourful Posuban shrines of the ‘asafo’ warriors once responsible for local security. The Old Town’s alleys maintain a very lively atmosphere, harking back to when Elmina was a busy colonial town. We continue to Anomabu where we overnight. Overnight Anomabu Beach Resort or similar. (BLD)
Day 15 – African City, from Anomabu to Accra
(150 km – approx. 3 hr driving)
Morning – approximately 1 hour; altitude: flat; level of difficulty: easy.
Afternoon – approximately 2 hours; altitude: flat; level of difficulty: easy.
Today we travel to Accra, arriving in time to visit the National Museum, one of the first civic works of an independent Ghana. The goal of the museum was to relate Ghanaian art to the continent and to prove the existence of an African history as part of the general history of humanity. Afterwards there’s time to wander among the streets of Jamestown, an historic old quarter of Accra known as a centre for the Ga ethnic group. Later, day use hotel rooms are available to freshen up until 6pm, prior to airport transfers for onward flights. (B)
- Arrival and departure transfers provided on a shared or private basis depending on location. On occasions the transfer will be operated by a hotel shuttle bus (*please see notes below)
- All accommodation
- Services of English speaking guide / tour leader (there may be more than one guide with the group and the explanations may be in additional languages)
- Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
- Visa support (letter of invitation)
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Visa (single entry Ghana)
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips (discretionary)
Please note that airport transfers will be provided on the advertised start and end dates of the tour. In addition arrival and/or departure transfers will be provided in conjunction with any pre and/or post tour accommodation that has been booked and paid for through Undiscovered Destinations. In all other cases charges may apply for airport transfers.