16+
Age
Dec-Mar
Dates
10 Days GH/05Days IC
Duration
Ghana – Ivory Coast
Location
4/10
Physicality

Welcome to the most English-speaking country for tourism in the Gulf of Guinea! Whether you want to open up your taste buds to African flavours, discover crafts or immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of warm evenings, Ghana has a lot of surprises in store for you. You can relax on the beaches of the ocean or discover the tropical forest, the sub-Saharan steppe or the gigantic delta of the Volta River.

  • Discover the showcase of West Africa
  • Taste the pleasures of the beaches and the ocean
  • Explore African nature in national parks
  • Wander through huge markets
  • Remember the traces of the slave deportation

DEPARTURE LOCATION Accra – Kotoka International Airport
RETURN LOCATION Abidjan – Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME 2 hours after the flight.
INCLUDED
Meet & greet and airport transfer Double accommodation in BB
Land transportation all inclusive English-speaking professional guide
All visits, entries and activities as mentioned in the program Entry and exit formalities at the boarders
NOT INCLUDED
Meals and beverage
Visa, flight and travel insurance
Needs not mentioned as included
Unforeseen circumstances and force majeure
Others
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Day 1 – Accra Labadi Beach Hotel or Swiss Spirit and Suites Alisa Hotel

You are met by our representatives at the Kotoka International airport upon arrival and provided with airport assistance if need be – and immediately ushered to the coach for the hotel transfer. Subject to traffic jam and time of arrival, it might take 25 – 45 min to attain the hotel where a buffet dinner is ready after check-in. Before we separate this day, we have a briefing to fine-tune the next day program.
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Day 2 – Accra Labadi Beach Hotel or Swiss Spirit and Suites Alisa Hotel

After breakfast, we embark on an “Accra city tour” to become acquainted with our host country and catch a first glimpse of what makes Accra one of the most appealing cities in West Africa. Our sightseeing trip takes us to the emblematic Independence Arch and Black Star Square, the National Museum of history, where we stop for a guided tour, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, and the numerous colonial relics across the city including the Post Office. We have a stop at the very unique casket-making shops, the fishing village of Jamestown and its lighthouse and forts. From here we drive to La Chaumière Restaurant for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Makola Market and end our day tour at the Christ Mission Orphanage and Charity Home.
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Day 3 - Accra – Tetteh Quarshie – Aburi - Accra Labadi Beach Hotel or Swiss Spirit and Suites Alisa Hotel

This morning we leave the hotel and drive past Accra and the district of Aburi as we head eastward to the pioneer cocoa plantation of Tetteh Quarchie. The 1,5hrs ride to this first plantation of Ghana is scenic and offers a picturesque view over the capital. The first highlight of the day is an excursion to the first cocoa farm in Ghana followed by a lecture about the history behind the introduction of the first cocoa seeds by Tetteh Quarshie from his last trip from Equatorial Guinea. Later on, we leave the plantation and drive to the Lansdown Hotel for a buffet lunch after which we go for a visit to the famous Aburi Botanical Garden. From here, we drive back to Accra with a stop (if time does allow) at the handicraft market.
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Day 4 – Accra – Shai Hills – Akossombo - Accra Labadi Beach Hotel or Swiss Spirit and Suites Alisa Hotel

Early this morning we leave the hotel after breakfast for Doryumu, to experience the wildlife of the Shai Hills Reserve. The 1hour drive to the Shai Hills is a breath-taking ride, with wide wooded grassland teeming with antelopes, bushbucks, kobs, baboons, monkeys and various avian fauna including the Senegal Parrot, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, and Vieillot’s Barbet, Piapiac, Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike and more. Later on, we leave for the Akosombo Dam, known to be the second largest artificial lake in the world after the Three Gorges Dam in China. We have a buffet lunch at the Volta Hotel and immediately embark on a guided tour of the Dam; we will be given an extensive lecture on the power supply of the country as well as a whole load of historical facts surrounding the construction of the Dam. On route for Accra, we may have a detour at Koforidua to visit a bead factory, to understand something of the Krobo people’s cultural identity.
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Day 5 – Accra – Cape Coast - Elmina Coconut Grove Beach Resort

En route for Elmina this morning, we stop at the ancient Swedish – built Castle of Cape Coast and the nearby West African Heritage Museum. We later on proceed to Elmina where we have a buffet lunch in our hotel. In the afternoon, we go for an excursion into the Kakum NP, well known for its number of canopies, consisting of rope-style bridges from which you can view the forest from above, a treat normally reserved for climbers and flyers. With luck you may be able to spot some monkeys and numerous species of birds. We end our outing with a stop at the Elmina Castle, the first and oldest European structure built on African soil. Dinner at the Coconut Grove Beach Resort.
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Day 6 – Elmina – Assin Manso – Palm Wine Tappers Hut - Kumasi Golden Tulip Hotel

It will take approximately 5hrs to reach Kumasi, so we will depart early. Enroute we stop at Assin Manso to visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo”, a former Slave River; the final transit point for slaves. This is also the site of a memorial to two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and finally buried in this sacred place.
We may have a second stop to experience palm wine tapping before continuing to Kumasi which we attain in the late afternoon. We may opt for dinner at the View Bar & Grill Restaurant or simply have dinner at the hotel.
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Day 7 Kumasi – Ashanti Craft Villages Golden Tulip Hotel

This morning we visit the various nearby Ashanti villages encompassing Ahwiaa the woodcarvers’ village, Adanwomase (chieftaincy, traditional doctor, forest shrine), Ntonso the home to the Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire famous for the Kente cloth.
In the afternoon, we go for a city tour of Kumasi, visiting the Manhyia Palace, Palace Museum, the National Cultural Centre, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, the Okomfo Anokye Sword, the College of Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa.
Overnight: Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi
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Day 8 – Kumasi – Mole Mole Motel

We leave Kumasi this morning after breakfast for Mole which we attain after 5hours drive excluding the stop to the Larabanga ancient mosque. In the afternoon after lunch we go for an afternoon game drive. Mole National Park is the largest game park in Ghana and is home to around 600 elephants, as well as baboons, monkeys, monitor lizards, bush-bucks, antelopes and several other wild animals, living in their natural habitat. Our stay in the area gives us the opportunity to experience a wide range of community activities adjacent to the park, including a canoe ride on the Mole River en route for Mognori village, a walking safari, and an afternoon and/or morning game drive.
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Day 9 – Mole Motel

Our visit in Mole is filled up with varied activities including morning and/or pm game drive, walking safari and canoeing to Magnori village. Again, the aim is to experience the best of Mole NP, home to a wide variety of wildlife mentioned earlier. Lunch & dinner will be taken in the Mole Motel.
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Day 10 – Mole - Bole – Chache – Bouna – Bondoukou Hotel Thomson

We leave the Lodge early this morning driving south and eastward to Bole (where we stop for exit formalities) then Cache, the small land border crossing towards Ivory Coast. After undergoing exit formalities in Bole, we drive up to Cache (Ghana side), then cross the Black Volta Riva through a small ferry that leads us to Bouna then further to Bondoukou which we attain in the evening. The trip to Bondoukou consists of a scenic drive across long stretches of greenery, picturesque habitats and villages along a total distance of approximately 400km attainable after about seven hours’ drive or so.
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Day 11 – Bondoukou – Abengourou Hotel Marhaba

Today we leave Bondoukou for Abengourou located 200 km in the south-eastern part of the country. Early in the morning we visit some of the landmarks of Bondoukou including El Hadj Kudu, the Museum, the Binger House, Samory Toure’s Residence and the early Zanzan royal buildings. In the late morning, we leave Bondoukou and embark on a 3h drive for Agengourou the adjacent city to the Ghanaian boarder. From Abidjan, the road to this kingdom offers interesting highlights including the Komian people and their wizard priest, the kingdom of Aniassue where it is possible to witness a couple of imposing traditional dances, varied landscape and picturesque drive across rustic habitats and culture. We expect to reach Abengourou in the early afternoon and embark on a day trip to the kingdom of Niablé where we have an audience with the chief as well as a stroll to the nearby cocoa plantation before returning to Abengourou for dinner and night.
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Day 12 – Abengourou – Yamoussoukro Hotel President

It takes a 4 – 5 hrs’ to cover a total distance of 250k to reach Yamoussoukro, the light capital of Ivory Coast, with its thirty-five thousand lighting points permanently lit. Our point of interest today is a city tour of the political capital of the country, where we visit the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the Grand Mosque, the presidential palace, and, if time permits, we may stop at the Lac des Caimans before sundown. Dinner and night in our hotel.
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Day 13 – Yamoussoukro – Abidjan Sofitel Abidjan

In the early morning we visit the Abokouamekro game reserve located 1h away from the hotel. In the early afternoon, we leave Yamoussoukro and embark on a 220km 4h drive for Abidjan that we reach in the afternoon. The rest of the day is spent at leisure in the hotel.
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Day 14 – Abidjan – Grand Bassam – Assinie Eholite Lodge

This morning we go out for a city tour of Abidjan, a steamy port city with many nice places to visit. The city itself is large with a population of more than 6 million inhabitants (2nd largest city in West Africa after Lagos) and being a typical West African Port City, demographic pressure and poor administration are somehow the main issues that make-up the character of this very lively city: traffic jams, overcrowded markets and hawking are some of the features of Abidjan’s daily life; it is a city that never sleeps. Our city tour takes us to the National Museum (with an art collection of more than 20,000 pieces: statues, masks, pottery, Ivory, Bronze etc…), the St Paul’s Cathedral, buildings of modern architecture, Adjamé colourful market, the Grand Mosque, the Bingerville wild Garden (56ha of various tropical and endemic plant species), the lively business centre of Plateau, the Trechville market , the Centre Artisanal de la Ville d’Abidjan (CAVA) market and much more.
In the early afternoon we drive to the Art Deco city of Grand Bassam, a former colonial suburb dotted with numerous relics of the French colonial time. Here, we will also visit the National Museum of Costume and the Cathedral before heading to the beach locality of Assinie.
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Day 15 – Assinie – Abidjan - Return Flight

We spend the day relaxing in the lodge. We can optionally go for a day trip to the Assinie Island NP before heading to Abidjan International airport for the onward flight back home. Tour ends.

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