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Ghana July 2024

$1900 / per person
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Are you keen to experience authentic Ghanaian culture and heritage? Then join us in the month of July, as we embark on a cultural and heritage tour also featuring the Edina Bakatue Festival, the festival of the people of Elmina, Ghana’s top most historical town. This is a historical event with origins dating back to the 18th century.

There will be a royal procession made up of gorgeously dressed chiefs and stool bearers, some of them riding in beautifully decorated palanquin. Fetish Priests and Priestesses, Herbalist, Supis, Asafohenfo and concerned citizens. The King of the traditional area appears last in the procession dressed in white cloth with “Nyinya Necklace“, He wears a straw hat (Birifikyew) and hold his scepter all of which are symbolic of his high place and command. The attire sets him apart from all the other chiefs who wear gold ornaments.

 

 

   

The King of the traditional area appears last in the procession dressed in white cloth with “Nyinya Necklace“, He wears a straw hat (Birifikyew) and hold his scepter all of which are symbolic of his high place and command. The attire sets him apart from all the other chiefs who wear gold ornaments.

                           

You can’t miss this awesome and wonderful cultural and heritage event.

Ghanaian festivals are a colorful and a vibrant part of the culture. Each year festivals and durbars are held in various parts of the country to celebrate the heritage of the people. Festivals in Ghana are celebrated for many reasons pertaining to a particular tribe or culture, usually having backgrounds relating to an occurrence in the history of that culture

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ghana

Once you have arrived at the Kotoka International airport, you will go through all formalities and after you have come out from the immigration you will be met by your guide from Freelancenana Travels. Should it be that your flight arrives at night there will be snacks awaiting to fill any stomach which is empty. We will get on our bus and drive straight to our hotel for the night. We would not spend much time on briefings and allow you to check in and settle in for the night. We will have welcome ceremony with drinks and dinner in the evening where we get to meet our incountry trip leaders as well as everyone on this trip with us.

Day 2: Explore Accra.

We will spend the entire day exploring Accra. We will visit the Independence Square and the Black Star Arch. We will also visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum which is the final resting place of the first president of Ghana. We will proceed on to the national museum from here. We will have lunch and the Makola market. Our last activity for the day will be a visit to the W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Centre which is a Pan-African Culture is a memorial place, a research facility. We will also learn about the American sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor Du Bois. We will drive to our accommodation where we have some downtime. In the evening, after dinner, we will experience nightlife in Accra.

 

 

Day 3: Drive to Elmina. Witness the Elmina Bakatue Festival.

Today we will be exposed to authentic culture, traditions and true heritage. We will witness the beginning of the Bakatue festival of the people of Elmina. “Bakatue” translated means “the opening of the lagoon” or the “Draining of the Lagoon”. It is celebrated to commemorate the founding of the town, Elmina by the Europeans. It is also celebrated to invoke the deity, Nana Benya’s continuous protection of the state and its people. The festival also marks the beginning of a new fishing season. Arriving in Elmina, we will visit the chief palace to witness the grand procession of the chiefs. Today will be awesome because we will witness a lot of culture and tradition of the people of Elmina, Ghana’s top historical town. In the evening we will have dinner and based on how we feeling we will witness night life in Elmina.

 

Day 4: Visit Kakum National Park and Elmina & Cape Coast Castle(Slave Dungeon)

Shortly after breakfast, we will go on the next step of our journey. Today we will visit the Kakum rainforest and canopy walkway, one of the few existing canopy walkways in the world. We will have lunch and visit the Elmina castle which is the oldest and the largest slave dungeon below the sub Sahara. From here, we will have an immersive walking tour and visit the Cape Coast Castle where we visit the Door of No Return.

 

 

Day 5: Traditional Cooking Class and Naming Ceremony.

Today, we will have a traditional cooking class where we experience cooking two different Ghanaian cuisines. In the evening, we will visit the chief palace where we will experience a traditional naming ceremony. This is another very important highlight on our cultural and heritage trip.

 

Day 6: Rest & Relaxation

 

 

Day 7: Drive to Kumasi via Assin Manso Slave River and Market

We will depart shortly after breakfast and head north of Elmina. We will drive to Kumasi today. Enroute, we will visit Assin Manso slave river and  market today. This is the final and the last point the slaves had their last bath before taken to the castles and were shipped to the unknown world. Over here, we will experience the reverential walk of return where we go through the process of reconnecting back to the motherland. We will walk on the very soil to the slave river bare footed which signifies connecting ourselves to the motherland and paying respect to the lives who took that epic journey and all lost souls. We will also visit the memorial wall of return.

 

Day 8: Kumasi Cultural & Heritage Tour

We will explore garden city of Ghana today. We will visit the Manhyia Palace which is the seat of King of the Ashanti Empire where we will be portrayed to the rich culture of this powerful kingdom and its people. We will also visit the cultural center and the sword monument of Okomfo Anokye. We will have lunch and visit the Kejetia Market, the largest and busiest open air market in West Africa. Kumasi is a vibrant city and we will experience nightlife in Kumasi.

 

Day 9: Drive to Accra via Bonwire Kente Village and Cocoa Farm

We will depart from Kumasi and drive to Accra shortly after breakfast. Enroute, we will visit the Bonwire kente village and cocoa farm. We will learn about the different type of Kente cloths and its significance to the Ghanaian culture. In the evening, we will have a farewell buffet dinner to congratulate ourselves for taking this trip and sharing our experience and how this trip is made an impact on us. We will also give you gift and thank you for booking this tour with us.

 

Day 10: Depart.

Based on your departure time, we will drop you off in time so you can catch your flight without much stress. Cut off time & Drop off shuttle time to be negotiated with the hotel.

 

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10 Days

  • Single Occupancy: $2460
  • Double Occupancy:$1900

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star rating  Nana and Michael and our driver Mr Ibrahim were amazing. We felt safe and connected to the country. They are so knowledgeable and taught us many things. They were adaptive... read more

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star rating  The whole trip was amazing. Nana and Malik made the tour very special and exciting. A great experience and would 100% recommend

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star rating  Great Experience ❤️ with the best Tour Guide in the region ☺️. Contact Mr Noisty on +233 558722206 he was very knowledgeable and had the experience to take us around and create more memories

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10 Days
  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Breakfast
    Entrance to all destinations
    Lunch
    Personal Guide
    Snacks and Water
    Transportation
  • Not Included
    Dinner

Tour Location

Ghana - Accra, Cape Coast, Elmina, Assin Manso, Kumasi

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