Day 1 – Arrival at Kotoka international airport in Accra, Ghana, transfer to Mensvic Grand Hotel (transfer included) in East Legon.
East Legon is an upscale suburb of Accra and only a quick 15-minute ride from the airport. It is home to many restaurants, shops and a great late-night atmosphere.
Late night snack included.
Day 2 – Breakfast at the hotel, morning walking tour of Jamestown, one of the oldest settlements in Ghana with a rich history of European influence. Dominated by Usher Fort and Jamestown Lighthouse (1871), this area boasts a lively fishing industry together with the bustle of urban life.
Lunch in Osu area.
Afternoon visit to Osu Children’s Library, opportunity to volunteer to read with local children.
Dinner and sleep at Mensvic Grand Hotel.
Day 3 – Breakfast at hotel, morning departure for the town of Odumase to visit Cedi Bead Factory. You will learn how to make your own glass beads, using traditional methods. Beads are an important part of traditional Ghanaian culture, they have been used in various ceremonies for over 400 years. Lunch on site.
Afternoon tour of Akosombo dam, the largest source of electricity in Ghana, on the shores of Lake Volta – one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
Dinner and sleep at Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort in Akosombo, on the banks of the Volta River.
Day 4 – Breakfast at hotel. Early morning departure for Wli Falls, the highest in Ghana, and one of the highest waterfalls in West Africa. A peaceful 30 minute walk through the forest, over 9 bridges which cross the Agumatsa river led by a local guide, opportunities to see numerous species of birds, butterflies, antelope and fruit bats. Swimming is an option. Picnic lunch at falls.
Visit to Tafe Atome Monkey Sanctuary. A walk through the forest will enable you to see several different families of Mona monkeys. The guide will entice them to come close to eat bananas or peanuts right out of your hand.
Dinner and sleep at Volta Serene Hotel in Ho.
Day 5 – Breakfast at hotel and drive to town of Dzodje to witness traditional drum and dance ceremony of the Ewe Brekete society. This is not a ceremony that is normally shown to tourists. This spiritual music and dance connects the participants to their ancestors. The society members are always happy to answer questions our tour participants may have.
Lunch at Sogakope and return to Mensvic Hotel in Accra.
Day 6 – Breakfast at hotel, catch a flight (1 hour) to Tamale in Northern Ghana.
Lunch at Woodin Café then drive to Mole National Park.
Dinner and sleep at Zaina Lodge.
Day 7 – Early morning safari (walk or drive) to view elephants, monkeys, deer and warthogs, plus birds and butterflies.
Lunch at lodge then drive to village of Nanton to watch traditional drum and dance of the Dagbamba people, meeting with the village chief. Mud houses with thatched rooves make Nanton and intriguing place to visit, again, not normally visited by foreign tourists.
Return to African Dream Hotel in Tamale for dinner and sleep.
Day 8 – Visit to Tamale Art market then flight back to Accra (1 hour), drive West from Accra to Elmina Beach Resort on the Atlantic coast. Dinner and sleep at resort.
Day 9 – Breakfast at hotel, morning tour of Elmina Slave Castle. Built by the Portuguese over 500 years ago, it played an important role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Afternoon options: A) visit to longest canopy walkway in West Africa at the top of the rainforest in beautiful Kakum Nature Park, B) leisure time at resort or in Elmina town.
Day 10 – Breakfast at hotel, drive to town of Axim. Lunch in Takoradi. Afternoon at leisure at resort – enjoy the private bay for swimming, walk down the beach to meet the local fishermen or get a rejuvenating massage at the lodge. Gourmet dinner and sleep at Lou Moon Lodge in Axim.
Day 11 – Breakfast at Lodge, drive to Nzulezu – Ghana’s only town on stilts. With a population of around 500, this entire village is built on stilted houses above the Amansuri Lake. A 45-minute canoe ride through lush canals that open up to beautiful lake is an experience in itself.
Visit the birthplace of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, in Nkroful and see the mystical river Subre.
Return to Lou Moon Lodge for dinner and sleep.
Day 12 – Breakfast at Lodge, begin the return drive to Accra, stop for lunch at an open-air restaurant outside of Cape Coast Castle overlooking the ocean.
Final night’s stay at Mensvic Grand Hotel.
Day 13 – Breakfast at Hotel, attend morning performance of Ghana’s National Dance Ensemble, afternoon at leisure in Accra.
Evening flight home.