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14 Days Eco-Responsible Tour

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Akwaaba to Ghana, land of rich diverse culture, pristine and expansive coastline and variegated species of flora and fauna. Hike through thick forests and meandering rivers and experience a nature in its entirety. Enjoy a scenic view of local villages, visit local arts and craft centres as well as various national parks. Be treated to a wide array of local cuisine and “meet the people”.


Arrival in Accra
Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel.
Orientation by Sunseekers Tours staff
Dinner at your hotel. (on own account).
Overnight: Hotel in Accra

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum           Jamestown Light house

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast
Depart for a city tour of Accra visiting the Casket making shop where various designs of caskets are produced based on the African belief of life after death. Therefore, caskets are designed to reflect the earthly profession of the deceased with the belief that they can continue to practice this profession in the other world. Hence a bus driver will be buried in a bus, a teacher in a book, a doctor in a syringe etc. Continue to the Artists Alliance Gallery with over three floors of art, sculpture, carvings and artifacts is a gem of a gallery full to the brim with artistic expression.
National Museum of History and Ethnography; proceed to the Makola Market - Accra’s most vibrant open-air market which is dominated by women traders who sell fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, pots and pans etc.
Lunch (on own account).
Continue to Old Accra, this is a contrast of Victorian Dutch and post-colonial architectural. You will drive past James Fort built in 1673, Old Accra Square and the Post Office. Stop to visit the Ussher Fort, one of three European forts in Accra which have survived the times. Interact with the local people. The old light House built by the British to guide commercial ships into the Accra Harbour.
Continue to visit Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, burial place of the first President of Ghana. This Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries. Your last stop for the tour will be at the Arts and Crafts market where you may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and to “shop till you drop”. Drive past the Independence Arch and the Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds, to visit the Arts and Crafts market. View from the distance, Christiansborg Castle, former office and residence of the President of Ghana.
Rest of day at leisure
Dinner (on own account).
Overnight: Hotel in Accra

 Shai Hills                       Cedi Beads

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast and Hotel check-out
Depart Accra to Akosombo. Stop en route at Shai Game Reserve, home to several animals such as antelopes, green monkeys and baboons. Savor the expansive savannah grassland and woodland and have a memorable experience bird watching the Senegal parrot, swallow-tailed bee-eater, Vieillot’s barbet, piapiac and the red-shouldered cuckoo shrike. Trek for two hours and explore the ancient caves that provided sanctuary for the ancestors of the inhabitants, the Shai people. Stop en route at Somanya and visit Cedi Beads Factory to observe the bead-making process. Watch the centuries old process of bead making from start to finish. Learn, and discover the art of bead making
Lunch (on own account).
Continue to Akosombo to visit the Akosombo Dam for a guided tour of the hydro-electric Dam
Check into hotel
Dinner (on own account).
Overnight: Hotel in Akosombo

Wli Waterfalls            Tafi Monkeys

 

 

 

 

 

Morning: Depart Akosombo to Hohoe in the Volta Region. Drive past several rustic farming communities. Visit the Wli Waterfalls- reputed to be the highest waterfalls in Ghana. Put on your trekking shoes and enjoy a walk through a dense tropical forest. Cross the 11 (eleven) stream of the meandering Agumatse River.
Lunch at a local restaurant (on own account)
After lunch visit Tafi –Atome Monkey Sanctuary near Nyagbo. This unique Monkey Sanctuary lies in a beautiful peaceful village whose inhabitants believe the rare True Mona Monkeys to be sacred and are messengers of the gods and their protectors. Marvel at this natural wonder of man and monkey living together in harmony. Interact with the village folks of Tafi -Atome.
Return to your hotel
Overnight: Hotel in Akosombo

Cocoa beans drying

 

The trip to Kumasi has a number of interesting stops (especially for chocolate lovers). West Africa (and especially Ivory Coast and Ghana) now accounts for almost ⅔ of the total world production of cocoa beans. In Akuapem Mampong you visit the Tetteh Quarshie cocoa farm. It is the first cocoa farm in the country, started in 1876 and introduced by Tetteh Quarshie. From here the cocoa production has spread throughout Ghana. You also visit the CRIG, founded in 1938, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, and a cocoa plantation, where you can see the production of cocoa.
Then you continue to Koforidua, a busy town with an important regional market. Here you can have lunch before traveling to Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
Overnight: Hotel in Kumasi

Mona Monkey            Colobus Monkey

 

 

 

 

 

You leave Kumasi and drive to the northern part of Ghana. The ride takes you past rural villages where food is produced. You see the vegetation and architecture gradually change. In the twin village of Boabeng-Fiema the population lives together with a large monkey colony. The apes are supposed to be representatives of the god of the river. Both the monkeys and their natural habitat (the tropical forest surrounding the villages) are therefore protected. You take a walk through the village. There are two types of monkeys. The small, green-brown Mona monkeys show themselves frequently. They literally live together with the population. The black and white Colobus monkeys are shy and keep themselves in the trees around the village. It is a beautiful sight how these elegant animals jump from tree to tree.
Lunch
Continue to Mole Park. After arrival at the Mole National Park , the largest nature reserve in Ghana, you make an afternoon game drive off-road vehicle. It is a sloping area, with a somewhat steeper slope here and there. Just too wet to be a real savannah, but much drier than the tropical south coast of Ghana. Chances are that your wildlife such as elephants, baboons, lizards, warthogs and various types of antelope spot.
Overnight: Hotel in Mole

Mole National Park     Mognori Eco Village

 

 

 

 

 

Depart for an early morning drive safari of Mole National Park and it surroundings. Take your time watch the elephants, baboons, monkeys, monitor lizards, bush- bucks, antelopes and several wild animals. Watch different kinds of animals in their natural habitat.
Breakfast
After breakfast visit the Mognori Eco Village, located 15 km from the main entrance of Mole National Park it is the closest community to the park. Take a tour of the village to gain insight into the culture of people living in such close proximity to nature while maintaining their rich cultural heritage. The tour will offer you the opportunity to see how the villagers organize their households, process shea butter, and prepare their staple foods.
Return to Mole National Park for an afternoon trek to view the rest of West Africa’s big game that were not viewed earlier.
Dinner (on own account).
Overnight: Hotel in Mole

Larabanga Mosque      Kintampo Waterfalls

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast you leave Mole and drive a scenic rural route to the Ashanti region, southwards. The somewhat dry landscape of the Sahel makes way for a more lusher tropical vegetation.
En route stop at Larabanga, known for its mosque. Lovers can pay a short visit to the beautiful mud mosque, it is said to be the oldest in Ghana (more than 500 years old). During a walk through the village you sometimes see how local products such as cassava and shea butter are processed in a traditional way.
Continue your visit to the waterfall at Kintampo, one of the most impressive in Ghana (especially in the rainy season).
Once in Kumasi you are free to share the day according to your own wishes. In size, the city is the second of the country. Kumasi is known for its Kejetia open-air market , the largest in West Africa. You can wander around here and be amazed about all the possible products that are being sold. In one of the many food stalls you can indulge in the local delicacies: banku , fufu and kenkey('flour balls') with deliciously seasoned ' soups ' of, for example, peanuts or tomatoes. Or have your hair braided at one of the hairdressers on the street.
Overnight: Hotel in Kumasi

Manhyia Palace              Adinkra

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast
After breakfast, depart for Kumasi City Tour visiting Okomfo Anokye Sword, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum. Your last stop is the Manhyia Palace Museum.
Lunch (on own account).
After lunch visit a few local craft village to participate in using simple tools and traditional technology to produce breath taking artifacts and designs from which you can send as souvenirs for friends and family back home.
Visit Ahwiaa – the woodcarver’s village specializing in woodcarving such as the Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks.
Proceed to visit Ntonso – Adinkra cloth and tie-and-dye process where you will have an opportunity to create your own designs and Adanwomanse for the famous Kente cloth.
Dinner at your hotel. (on own account).
Overnight: Hotel in Kumasi

Elmina Castle


Breakfast
Depart Kumasi after breakfast to the Central Region, drive past by scenic villages and charming towns through the evergreen forests, banana and cocoa plantations and gin distilleries where palm wine is distilled into a good with an alcohol percentage of about 90%.
Lunch (on your own)
Arrive and continue on a tour of The Elmina Castle (Saint George) was built in 1482 by the Portuguese and later conquered by Michel de Ruyter. For years the headquarters of the Dutch West India Company was before the trade in slaves took the upper hand. More than 200 years slaves were 'stored' and resold by the Dutch. A tour of the fort is very impressive.
From the fort you have a magnificent view of the harbor and the colorfully painted fishing boats arriving from the sea on the beach. Unloading the boats is a wonderful spectacle. Fish in all shapes and sizes are sorted on the beach and carried in bowls and baskets by the women on their heads home.
Check into your hotel
Rest of day is free to relax
Dinner (on your own)
Overnight: Hotel in Elmina / Cape Coast


Breakfast
Day at leisure to explore Cape Coast or Elmina on your own
Lunch (on your own)
Rest of day is free to relax at the beach
Dinner (on your own)
Overnight: Hotel in Elmina / Cape Coast


Kakum Canopy Walkway


Breakfast
Depart for a visit to Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the “Kuntan Trail” with its countless trees with medicinal properties. 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.
Lunch at Hans Cottage Botel (on own account).
View the resident crocodile as you enjoy your meals.
After lunch depart for Accra driving along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut lined beaches.
Arrive in Accra by late afternoon and check into your hotel.
Dinner (on your own)
Overnight: Hotel in Accra



Day off. The most famous market of Accra is the busy Makola Market (closed on Sunday). Here is really everything for sale and you can also spend a lot of hours there. Negotiation is ' part of the game '. The Kaneshie Market is less known, so the pressure to buy something from the vendors is not great. You need to go here for the typical African beads. For a Ghanaian meal you can go to the various restaurants. A Ghanaian Gulder, ABC or a lager beer make the meal complete. Labadi Beach is the ideal place to dodge the hustle and bustle of Accra, to enjoy the beach and the sea and the pleasant African life.
Overnight: Hotel in Accra



Breakfast
Morning at leisure for last minute shopping and packing
Lunch (on your own)
Check out of your hotel
Transfer to the airport for check in and departure


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