12+
Age
Sept-Dec
Dates
11 Days
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/RETURN LOCATION Accra – Liabadi Beach Hotel
DEPARTURE TIME 09h AM. Please be prepared for departure at 1 hour before.
INCLUDED
Meet & greet and airport transfer Double accommodation in BB
Land transportation all inclusive English-speaking guide
All visits, entries and activities as mentioned in the program Entry and exit formalities at the borders
NOT INCLUDED
Meals and beverage
Visa, flight and travel insurance
Needs not mentioned as included
Laundry
Unforeseen circumstances and force majeure
Others

 

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Day 1 - Ghana: Accra Labadi Beach

On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, you will be met by your guide and taken for a leisurely welcome breakfast. Full of modern and traditional contrasts, Accra is a great introduction to Ghana. It is a low-key capital city, which originated as a scattering of villages. In the afternoon, the colourful central market, Makola, is sure to indulge the senses. From locally crafted jewellery to land snails, admire the wide range of items sold by primarily women traders. Overnight at the Labadi Beach Hotel (or similar).
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Day 2 - Cape Coast – Elmina Coconut Groove Beach Resort

Enjoy breakfast and depart for a half day city tour of Accra, including a visit to the National Museum of History and Ethnography showcasing exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana throughout history. This museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artefacts. Later, visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, final resting place for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. This mausoleum has been frequented by many world dignitaries. Continue to the unique casket making shops, where caskets are designed to reflect the earthly profession of the deceased so that they may continue practicing in the afterword. For example, a bus driver will be buried in a bus or a teacher in a book. Later, drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds, to visit the Arts and Crafts market. View from a distance Christianborg Castle, former office and residence of the President of Ghana. Continue with a 3-4-hour ride to the Cape Coast. Visit the Cape Coast Castle which was originally founded by the Swedes in 1652. It served as the headquarters and seat of the British colonial government until 1877. Take a comprehensive tour of the castle, the slave dungeons, and the West African Heritage Museum. Observe the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where slaves were bargained for and sold. Proceed to Elmina for the evening.
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Day 3 – Elmina – Kakum - Kumasi Golden Tulip Hotel

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elmina Castle, the first and oldest European structure built of any substance on African soil. This was built by the Portuguese in1482 and was used for the gold and ivory trade. Later it was taken over by the Dutch who continued to use it for trade, but also a slave market. For a comprehensive guided tour, we will view the slave dungeons and condemned cells where slaves who attempted to escape were incarcerated. Then, for a stark change of scenery, depart for Kakum National Park, which lies approximately one hour north of Elmina. The park is home to many endangered mammals such as forest elephants, bongo antelopes and various monkeys. Take a morning walk on the “Kuntan Trail”, with its countless trees with medicinal properties. Learn how locals use these medicinal plants to cure common ailments. For the young at heart, experience the “Canopy Walkway” suspended 100 feet from the forest ground for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest. Make the 4-hour drive to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region, arriving in the late afternoon.
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Day 4 - Kumasi and Ashanti craft village – Mole National Park Mole Motel

Visit the National Cultural Centre, where you can learn about brassworking, woodcarving, pottery making, batik cloth dyeing and kente cloth weaving. Then, continue on to visit a few Ashanti craft villages to witness the skill and imagination of local craftsmen, utilizing simple tools and traditional technology to produce breath-taking artefacts and designs, from which you may select souvenirs. Approximately forty minutes from the centre of Kumasi, proceed to Ahwiaa, the woodcarvers’ village specializing in woodcarving such as the Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks. Then drive another forty minutes to Ntonso, Adinkra cloth processing village, where you will have an opportunity to create your own designs. Then, embark on a 6-hour journey to Mole National Park.
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Day 5 – Mole National Park Mole Motel

Go for a morning game drive in Mole National Park, the largest wildlife park in Ghana, home to around 600 elephants, baboons, monkeys, monitor lizards, bush – bucks, antelopes and several wild animals living in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, a wide selection of other attractions are on offer and mostly involve groups of local communities living adjacent to the park; this include a pirogue ride over the Mole River on the way to Mognori village, walking safari, afternoon game drive and a whole lot of cultural performances.
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Day 6 – Mole National Park - Bole – Chache – Bouna – Bondoukou Marhaba Hotel

Depart the Lodge early this morning and drive southward then eastward to Bole, where you stop for Ghana exit formalities. Proceed further to Cache, the last territory of Ghana at the frontier with Ivory Coast from where you board a small ferry over the Black Volta Lake, crossing for the Ivory Coast Republic. Our first stop in Ivory Coast is in Bouna, a small land border territory where we have another stop to clear customs and immigration as we enter Ivory Coast. From here, we drive southward through the scenically diverse countryside, crossing picturesque habitats and villages over an approximate distance of 400km until we attain Bondoukou in the evening.
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Day 7 – Bondoukou – Abengourou Newman Hotel

Early wakeup today to 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. Proceed towards Abengourou that lies 200 km in the south-eastern part of the country and attainable after approximately three hours of scenic drive. Agengourou is an adjacent city to the Ghanaian border. Towards Abidjan, the road to this kingdom offers many attractions that are well worth a detour; this includes the Komian people and their wizard priest, the kingdom of Aniassue where it is possible to witness a couple of imposing traditional dances, varied landscapes and a picturesque drive across rustic habitats and culture. Upon arrival at Abengourou in the early afternoon, we may fill up our day on a day trip to the kingdom of Niablé where we’re granted an audience with the chief as well as enjoying a stroll to the nearby cocoa plantation. We return to Abengourou in the late afternoon for dinner and night.
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Day 8 – Abengourou – Yamoussoukro Hotel President

In the morning we enjoy a 4 – 5 hrs’ scenic drive to Yamoussoukro that lies approximately 250k westwards. Yamoussoukro is often referred to as the “light capital of Ivory Coast”, boasting thirty-five thousand lighting points permanently lit. In the afternoon after lunch, we embark on a city tour to the political capital of the country and visit the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the Grand Mosque, a sightsee to the presidential palace, and if time permits, a stop at the Lac des Caimans. Dinner and night in our hotel.
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Day 9 – Yamoussoukro – Abidjan Sofitel Abidjan

In the early morning we visit the Abokouamekro game reserve located about 1h/ 50km away from the hotel. Listed among one of the very few accessible game reserves in the country, this 35-year old wildlife park is replete with animals from both other Ivory Coast game parks and wildlife from South Africa. Breeding of wild animals is still practiced here, and the park is home to a wide selection of antelopes like the Bubal, the Cobs as well as buffaloes, and birds, just to name few. After this morning safari, we leave the park and drive past Yamoussoukro, heading to Abidjan that is attainable after approximately 4h drive/ 220km. The rest of the evening is spent at leisure in the hotel.
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Day 10 – Abidjan – Grand Bassam – Assinie Eholite Lodge

Embark on an Abidjan city tour this morning before leaving for Grand Bassam, then Assinie. Abidjan is 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 also, because it is too hot during the day. Overall, Abidjan is a contrast of modernity and tradition, boasting a popular suburb and a very posh uptown area. Our city tour drives us to the National Museum (more than 20’000 art collection made-up of statues, masks, pottery, Ivory, Bronze etc…), the St Paul’s Cathedral, state building 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. After a hectic exploration of Abidjan, take a scenic drive to Assinie, past Grand Bassam.
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Day 11 – Assinie – Grand Bassam - Abidjan - Return Flight

We spend the morning relaxing in the private beach of our lodge. In the early afternoon, we leave the Lodge and drive for Abidjan with a stop at Grand Bassam, the Art Deco city of Grand Bassam, a formal colonial suburb dotted with numerous relics dating from the French colonial era. Most-see in Grand Bassam includes the National Museum of Costume, series of French colonial architecture and the Cathedral. We then depart Grand Bassam heading to Abidjan International airport for the onward flight back home. Tour ends.

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