Ghana - Kingdoms of Gold

Ghana - Kingdoms of Gold

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 12 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers


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 at Accra City Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Accra – Sogakope (120km – 3 hours travelling approx.)

Explore Accra, taking in its main sights including the atmospheric old quarter of Jamestown, the National Museum and something unique to Ghana – the coffin makers. These craftsmen build elaborate coffins in many weird and wonderful shapes including fish, cars, animals and aeroplanes! We will then head towards the Volta region to attend a Voodoo ceremony at the heart of a remote village. During the ceremony some of the adepts may become possessed giving rise to amazing trances. Overnight at Cisneros Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 3 – Sogakope – Wli (180km – 4 hours travelling approx.)

The Monkey sanctuary of Tafi Atome was created in 1993 in order to protect the community of sacred monkeys living in the bordering forest. We will also visit the Wli waterfalls, the most amazing in the area, located on the border between Togo and Ghana. Overnight at Wli Water Highs Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 4 – Wli – Nkwanta (150km – 4 hours travelling approx.)

Today we travel from the tropical forest to the Northern Savannas, stopping off along the way and passing by the numerous coffee and cocoa plantations. Overnight at Gateway Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 5 – Nkwanta – Yendi (180km – 4 hours travelling approx.)

Today we will visit the Dagomba villages, a tribe that represents one eighth of the Ghanaian population. Their villages are made of round huts covered with high thatch roofs. We also have a stop in a Kokomba village where we will be welcomed by women who bear the burden of being considered ‘witches’. Overnight at Kamil Legacy Hotel or similar (basic standard). (BLD)

Day 6 – Yendi – Bolgatanga (230km – 5 hours travelling approx.)

We take a walk to a sacred hill, and in this mysterious place we will find pinnacles made of huge stones, stacked up in a chaotic way. Local people consider these vestiges as the former homes of the gods. Inside a deep crack on the higher side of the mountain is found the cave of the oracle. It is a place of pilgrimage but to be allowed inside, one has to be accompanied by adepts who go there to practice their rituals and make sacrifices. Overnight Crystal Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 7 –Bolgatanga – Wa (320km 6 hours travelling approx.)

We take a morning trip to see the painted houses of the Gurunsi culture. The geometrical designs of the frescoes blend in perfectly with the round and rectangular shapes of the building. We then continue along the savannah to Wa. Overnight at Upland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 –Wa

A day to explore Wa, home of the Lobi. The town of Wa is also the seat of the kingdom of Wa where, up until recently, the ‘Wa Na’, or king, held court in his Sudanese styled palace. Since the Wa Na’s death, pretenders have quibbled endlessly over the succession and no one currently has the authority to rule. It is possible to visit his palace (although you probably won’t be allowed inside), and outside you can find the graves of the former Wa Nas. Tucked away in the backstreets are also a couple of Sudanese style mud and stick built mosques which are of interest. Overnight at Upland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 9 – Wa – Techiman (330km 6 hours travelling approx.)

We start our journey South passing through a landscape that slowly changes from the colours of the Savannah to those of the forest. The dust road follows the tracks left by the former caravan trails that used to connect the biggest trading centres of the Sudanese kingdom such as Djenné or Timbuktu, to the area of Kumasi, a great producer of gold and the famous Kola nut. Overnight at Encom Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 10 – Techiman – Kumasi (130km 2 hours travelling approx.)

We travel to the centre of the Ashanti kingdom, Kumasi. We visit traditional Ashanti houses, recently renovated and famous for their unique decorations. We may also be lucky enough to witness an Ashanti funeral – a colourful and exuberant affair which gives a great insight into the complex culture of this once powerful kingdom. Overnight at Hotel Miklin or similar. (BLD)

Day 11 – Kumasi – Anomabu (230km 5 hours travelling approx.)

Continue our exploration of Kumasi by visiting the Royal Palace Museum, with its unique collection of golden jewellery. A highlight of the trip this morning will also be to experience the traditional Akwasidae Festival, a special celebration on the Ashanti calendar.  From here we drive to Anomabu on the coast. Overnight at Anomabu Beach Resort or similar. (BLD)

Day 12 – Elmina (170km 3 hours travelling approx.)

We visit the fishing town of Elmina, best known for St George’s Castle, the oldest European building in Africa and once used as a holding centre for slaves. We explore the old quarter with its unique Posuban shrines, made by the traditional ‘asafo’ societies which were once responsible for local defence. From here we drive back to Accra, where day use rooms are available to freshen up before your flight. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BL)

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