Let’s Tour Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Aburi, Tamale Together In 13 Days

INTRODUCTION

This tour covers some of the regions in Ghana where adventure, nature tour, and history is well dominated. The regions are; Greater Accra Region, North Region, Central Region, Western Region, Eastern Region, and Ashanti Region. This tour will also give the tourist a complete experience and a nostalgic feel of the rich Ghanaian lifestyle, culture, and History.

Tour Plan

DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN ACCRA

Upon arriving at the Kotoka International Airport, an LMP Prestige Travel and Tours personnel will be at the airport to welcome you and to grant you the necessary assistance needed.  Then you would be taken to your hotel where you will also be assisted with your check-in and preparations for the next day. Hotel Check-in begins at 2:00 pm.

DAY 2 KUMASI

After Breakfast, we take a long drive to the most respected Ashanti Region, where we get to explore the beautiful palaces and the rich history of the Ashanti people.

Places to Visit

MANHIYA PALACE

The Manhiya palace is the official residence of the Ashanti kings (Asantehene) until 1974. It is now a museum containing treasured items related to the Ashanti kingdom. You will also see the Okomfo Sword, the ultimate symbol of Ashanti unity. It marks where the golden stool ‘descended from the sky.’ It has been there for 300 years, and legend has it said the Ashanti kingdom would collapse once the sword was removed.

Dinner and overnight in Kumasi

DAY 3 KUMASI

Tour of the Ashanti Kingdom

Places to visit

We visit the Ashanti craft villages such as the woodcarving village of Ahwiaa:

  • Well known for artisans who fashion high stools, walking sticks, and fertility dolls from wood. You can purchase carved items of all kinds.
  • In the village of Ntonso where artisans hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. Black-on-black and blank-on-red Adinkra cloth is worn on funerals and solemn occasions. You will have an opportunity to learn how to make black dye from the bark of trees. You can make your Adinkra sash to take home.
  • Village of Bonwire, the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in the time-honored tradition passed down through generations. In creating Kente cloth in various styles, you will see Kente weavers. You can purchase souvenirs or gifts.
  • Kumasi Central Market, also known as Kejetia Market. It is the largest open-air market in West Africa where more than 10000 vendors sell their wares.
  • Okomfo Anokye Sword Site

Dinner and overnight in Kumasi

DAY 4 TAMALE

Depart Kumasi for Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana via Buabeng –Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in the Brong Ahafo Region. Buabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is Ghana’s most famous example of traditional African conservation.

The sanctuary is nestled in between the two villages of Buabeng and Fiema; the sanctuary is home to over 200 Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus and 500 Campbell’s Mona Monkeys. For more than 150 years the people of Boabeng and Fiema have considered the monkeys sacred. The traditional beliefs in both communities prohibit physical harm to the monkeys. Additionally, the 2 communities came together in 1975 to pass a law prohibiting harm to the monkeys.

Continue to Tamale. Dinner and Overnight stay

DAY 5 MOLE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast depart Tamale for the Mole National Park.

Mole National Park:

Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge. The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park’s entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga. The Lovi and Mole Rivers flow through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season.

Larabanga Mosque:

According to legend, the Larabanga Mosque is Ghana’s and West Africa’s oldest mosque. It is known as the “Mecca of West Africa” because of its rich historical and architectural traits. The mosque measures around 8 meters by 8 meters. The mosque is thought to have been built in 1421 by Ayuba, an Islamic businessman. The Sudanese-style mosque is composed of mud and sticks.

The Mosque is one of the best places to visit among all tourist sites in the Northern Region of Ghana.

The Mystic Stone

The Mystic Stone is located in Damongo municipality in the West Gonja District, approximately 6 kilometers from the famed Mole National Park and 21 kilometers from Damongo. The stone initially achieved notoriety in the 1950s, when the British colonial administration began construction on a road in the Damongo area, where it was discovered. A path on which the stone was lying was cleaned as part of the activities to make room for the road project.

According to legend, the contractors returned the next day to find the stone had inexplicably returned to the precise spot where it had been cleaned. The contractors cleared the stone from the pathway once more, but when they returned the next day, they discovered the stone had returned to the position where it had been moved the first time. The officials opted to leave the stone where it was and find a new path to build the road, and the Stone has remained in the same position ever since.

Mognori Eco-Village

The Mognori Eco-village, located near Mole National Park, is known for its colorful culture and customs. In this village, you may go on exciting canoe excursions to see animals such as crocodiles, monkeys, and birds. You can also tour the town to learn about the people’s history and traditional medicines. In this village, you will also be entertained by dances and drumming. It might be popular but it’s one of the best tourist sites in the Northern Region.

Dinner and Overnight at Tamale

DAY 6 MARKET TOUR

After breakfast in the morning, we tour the beautiful sights and sounds in the northern region of Ghana furnished with a very rich cultural heritage. It is market day. We take a tour into some of Tamale’s busiest markets

Places to Visit

Tamale Central Market

The Tamale Central Market is a large and bustling market in Tamale, Ghana. It is the largest market in the Northern Region of Ghana and one of the largest markets in West Africa.

The market is located in the heart of Tamale and is open from dawn until dusk. It is a major trading center for a wide variety of goods, including food, clothing, electronics, and handicrafts.

The market is divided into several sections, each of which specializes in a different type of goods. For example, there is a section for food, a section for clothing, a section for electronics, and a section for handicrafts.

The market is a hive of activity and is always crowded with people. It is a great place to experience the hustle and bustle of Ghanaian life and to find some unique souvenirs.

 Aboabo Market

One of the largest and most popular markets in Ghana. It is located in the heart of Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region.

The market is a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to electronics to traditional handicrafts. It is a great place to experience the hustle and bustle of Ghanaian life and to find some unique souvenirs.

The market is open from dawn until dusk, and it is always crowded with people. It is a great place to haggle for the best prices, and you are sure to find some bargains.

Drive back to the hotel for Dinner and Overnight Stay

DAY 7 TAMALE/CAPECOAST

At Dawn, we leave Tamale for Cape Coast because of the distance.  When we arrive at Cape Coast, We eat dinner and enjoy a good night’s sleep after such a long distance.

DAY 8 CAPECOAST

A Brief History About Cape Coast

Cape Coast is a city in the Central Region of Ghana. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of the capital, Accra. Cape Coast is a popular tourist destination, known for its historical sites, Cape Coast is a city in the Central Region of Ghana. Cape Coast is a vibrant city with a rich history. It is a great place to learn about Ghana’s past, and it is also a great place to relax and enjoy the beach

PLACES TO VISIT

THE FAMOUS HANGING BRIDGE (KAKUM NATIONAL PARK)

Kakum National Park is a national park in Ghana, located in the Central Region.

It is home to a variety of plant and animal life, including forest elephants, monkeys, and birds.

The park is also home to the Kakum Canopy Walkway, which is a 350-meter-long (1,150 ft) treetop walkway that offers stunning views of the forest.

The walkway is made up of seven bridges that are suspended between 130 and 50 meters (430 and 164 ft) above the ground.

Visitors to the park can walk on the walkway and enjoy the views of the forest, as well as the opportunity to see some of the animals that live in the park.

The Kakum Canopy Walkway is a popular tourist destination, and it is a great way to experience the beauty of the Ghanaian rainforest.

Here are some interesting facts about the Kakum Canopy Walkway:

It was opened in 1995, and it is the first canopy walkway in Africa.

The walkway is made of wire rope, aluminum, and wooden planks.

There are safety nets on both sides of the walkway to prevent people from falling.

The walkway is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and open to tourists for a fee.

CAPE COAST CASTLE

Cape Coast Castle is a 17th-century fort located in Cape Coast, Ghana. It is also known as Fort Christiansburg

The fort was built by the Swedes in 1653 as a trading post for gold and ivory. It later became an important center for the Atlantic slave trade, and it is estimated that over 1 million slaves were exported from the castle during the 17th and 18th centuries. The castle was captured by the British in 1664, and it remained under British rule until 1957 when Ghana gained independence.

Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ghana. The castle is a complex of buildings, including a chapel, a dungeon, and a number of rooms that were used for storage and administration.

The castle is a powerful reminder of the history of the Atlantic slave trade, and it is a place where visitors can learn about the horrors of this trade.

The castle is also a symbol of Ghanaian resilience and strength. It is a reminder that the Ghanaian people have overcome significant adversity and built a strong and prosperous nation.

Some interesting facts about Cape Coast Castle include:

The castle was originally named Carolusburg by the Swedes.

The castle was the site of the first school for Africans in Ghana.

The castle was used as a prison for political prisoners during the colonial era.

The castle is home to a number of dungeons where slaves were held before being shipped to the Americas.

The castle is a popular tourist destination, and it is estimated that over 1 million people visit the castle each year.

OGUAA PALACE

The palace is located in Cape Coast, Ghana, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The palace was built in 1875 by Nana Kwamina Gyan III, the 24th Omanhene of Oguaa. The palace is a two-story building with traditional Ghanaian architecture.

The palace is decorated with intricate wood carvings and murals. The palace is a symbol of the history and culture of the Oguaa people. The palace is open to the public for tours.

The Oguaa Palace is a beautiful historic building and a must-see for anyone visiting Cape Coast. The palace is a reminder of the rich history and culture of the Oguaa people, and it is a testament to the craftsmanship of the Ghanaian people.

Here are some interesting facts about Oguaa Palace:

  1. The name “Oguaa” means “sand” in the local language, Twi.
  2. The palace is made of coral stone and wood.
  3. The palace has 12 rooms, including a throne room, a reception room, and a library.
  4. The palace is surrounded by a wall, which was built to protect the palace from invaders.
  5. The palace is home to a number of artifacts, including traditional Ghanaian clothing, jewelry, and weapons.
DAY 9 TOUR OF ELMINA

After breakfast, we will tour the beautiful historic town of Elmina

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF ELMINA

Elmina is a town in the Central Region of Ghana, located about 90 miles west of the country’s capital Accra. It is the oldest European settlement in sub-Saharan Africa and was founded in 1482 by the Portuguese.

The town was initially called São Jorge da Mina, which means “Saint George of the Mine” in Portuguese. This is because the Portuguese were interested in the gold trade in the area, and they built the castle as a trading post.

Elmina soon became an important center for the slave trade, and it is estimated that over 1 million slaves were exported from the town during the 16th and 17th centuries.

The town was captured by the Dutch in 1637, and it remained under Dutch rule until 1872 when it was sold to the British.

Elmina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Ghana’s most popular tourist destinations. The town is home to a number of historical buildings.

Elmina is also a center for traditional Ghanaian culture, and it is home to a number of festivals, including the Elmina Traditional Festival and the Elmina Homowo Festival.

Here are some interesting facts about Elmina:

The name “Elmina” is believed to come from the Akan word “Anomansa”, which means “inexhaustible supply of water”.

The Elmina Castle is the oldest European building south of the Sahara. Elmina was the capital of the Portuguese Gold Coast from 1482 to 1637.

The slave trade was abolished in Elmina in 1807.

Elmina was the site of the first British colony in Ghana.

Some Sites to visit at Elmina

ELMINA CASTLE

Elmina Castle (also known as St. George’s Castle) is a 15th-century European fort built by the Portuguese in Elmina, Ghana. It is the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara.

The castle was built in 1482 as a trading post for gold and ivory. It later became an important center for the Atlantic slave trade, and it is estimated that over 1 million slaves were exported from the castle during the 16th and 17th centuries.

The castle was captured by the Dutch in 1637, and it remained under Dutch rule until 1872 when it was sold to the British.

Elmina Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ghana. The castle is a complex of buildings, including a chapel, a dungeon, and a number of rooms that were used for storage and administration.

The castle is a powerful reminder of the history of the Atlantic slave trade, and it is a place where visitors can learn about the horrors of this trade.

The castle is also a symbol of Ghanaian resilience and strength. It is a reminder that the Ghanaian people have overcome great adversity and that they have built a strong and prosperous nation.

FORT JAGO-ELMINA

Fort Jago is a 17th-century fort located in Elmina, Ghana. It is also known as Fort Coenraadsburg.

The fort was built by the Dutch in 1652 as a defensive measure against the Portuguese, who had built Elmina Castle in 1482. Fort Jago is situated on a hill opposite Elmina Castle, and it offers a commanding view of the town.

The fort is a square structure with four bastions. It has a moat and a drawbridge, and it was originally equipped with cannons. The fort was used for military purposes until the 19th century when it was converted into a prison.

Fort Jago is now a museum, and it is open to the public. The museum exhibits artifacts from the fort’s history, including weapons, uniforms, and photographs. The fort is also a popular tourist destination, and it offers stunning views of Elmina and the Atlantic Ocean.

Here are some interesting facts about Fort Jago:

  1. The fort was named after Coenraad van Beuningen, who was the Governor of the Dutch Gold Coast at the time of its construction.
  2. The fort was used as a prison for European convicts and malcontents.
  3. The fort was the site of a number of battles between the Dutch and the Portuguese.
  4. The fort was damaged in an earthquake in 1755, but it was later repaired.
  5. Fort Jago is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

19TH CENTURY DUTCH CEMETARY-ELMINA

The Dutch Cemetery of Elmina was constructed on the order of Governor of the Dutch Gold Coast Johannes Petrus Hoogenboom in 1806.

The Dutch Cemetery of Elmina is a historic cemetery located in Elmina, Ghana

It was established in 1806 by Governor Johannes Petrus Hoogenboom.

The cemetery is the final resting place of many prominent Dutch, Ghanaian, and African-American figures, including:

Herman Willem Daendels, Governor-General of the Dutch Gold Coast from 1814 to 1818. Carel Hendrik Bartels was a Dutch merchant and trader who was active in Ghana in the 19th century. R. P. Baffour was a Ghanaian chief who was a leading figure in the anti-colonial movement in Ghana. Chief Kweku Andoh, a Ghanaian chief who was a close advisor to King Nana Kobina Gyan of Elmina.

The cemetery is a popular tourist destination and is a reminder of the rich history of Elmina. The cemetery is well-maintained and is a peaceful place to visit. The graves are marked with simple headstones, many of which are in Dutch. There are also a few trees and bushes growing in the cemetery, which provide some shade.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of Elmina, the Dutch Cemetery is a great place to start. It is a reminder of the city’s rich history and of the many people who have made Elmina what it is today.

The cemetery is a popular tourist destination, and it is a great place to learn about Ghanaian history and culture. The cemetery is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dinner and Overnight Stay in Elmina

DAY 10 ABURI ADVENTURE

After Breakfast, We take a drive to the beautiful historic town of Aburi where you will visit some very historic and cultural sites which hold rich history for the people.

Places to Visit

A Brief History About Aburi

Aburi is a town in the Eastern Region of Ghana, about 30 kilometers north of Accra. It is known for its cool climate, lush vegetation, and its many attractions, including the Aburi Botanical Gardens, the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, and the Odwira Festival.

The town is also home to a number of traditional craft villages, where you can see artisans at work making wood carvings, kente cloth, and other Ghanaian handicrafts.

Aburi is a popular destination for day trips from Accra, but it is also a great place to stay for a few days or even a week. There are a number of hotels and guesthouses in the town, as well as a few restaurants serving Ghanaian and international cuisine.

If you are looking for a relaxing and scenic getaway in Ghana, Aburi is a great option.

PLACES TO VISIT

Aburi Botanical Garden

The Aburi Botanical Gardens are located in Aburi, Ghana, about 30 kilometers north of Accra. They were founded in 1890 and are the oldest and largest botanical gardens in Ghana. The gardens cover an area of 64.8 hectares and are home to a wide variety of plants, including over 1,500 species of trees and shrubs.

The gardens are divided into several sections, including the Economic Section, which contains plants that are used for commercial purposes, such as cocoa, rubber, and coffee. The Botanical Specimen Section contains plants from all over the world, including some rare and endangered species. The Decorative Section contains plants that are grown for their beauty, such as orchids, roses, and hibiscus.

The Aburi Botanical Gardens are a popular tourist destination and a great place to learn about the plants and flowers of Ghana. They are also a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Take a walk or hike through the gardens and admire the plants and flowers

Visit the orchidarium, which is home to a collection of orchids from all over the world

Visit the waterfall, which is located in the gardens.

Visit the museum, which exhibits information about the history of the gardens and the plants that are grown there.

BOTI FALLS

Boti Falls is a twin waterfall located at Boti in the Yilo Krobo District in the Eastern Region of Ghana. These twin falls, which come from two rivers, are referred to as female and male; according to local myth, a rainbow is formed when they merge.

The falls are a popular tourist destination and are located about 17 kilometers northeast of Koforidua, the eastern regional capital. The falls are best visited during the rainy season when the water levels are high and the falls are at their most impressive.

There are a few things to keep in mind when visiting Boti Falls:

  • The falls can be slippery, so it is important to wear shoes with good traction.
  • There are no facilities at the falls, so be sure to bring your own water and snacks.
  • The falls can be crowded, so it is best to visit during the week or early in the morning.

Overall, Boti Falls is a beautiful and impressive natural wonder that is a must-see for any visitor to Ghana.

Here are some other interesting facts about Boti Falls:

  • The falls are about 30 meters (98 feet) high.
  • The water from the falls is used to irrigate local farms.
  • The falls are a popular spot for swimming and picnicking.

ABURI CRAFT VILLAGE

Aburi Craft Village is a market in Aburi, Ghana, that sells a variety of Ghanaian handicrafts, including wood carvings, textiles, jewelry, and pottery. The village was founded in 1992 by the Ghanaian government as a way to promote traditional Ghanaian arts and crafts.

The village is located on Aburi Mountain, about 30 kilometers from Accra. It is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is 2 Ghanaian cedis (about $0.30).

The village is home to over 100 shops, each selling a variety of handcrafted goods. The shops are owned by local artisans, who use traditional methods to create their products.

Some of the most popular items sold at Aburi Craft Village include:

Wood carvings: These carvings are made from a variety of Ghanaian woods, including mahogany, ebony, and teak. They depict a variety of Ghanaian animals, people, and objects.

Textiles: These textiles are made from traditional Ghanaian fabrics, such as kente and adinkra. They are often decorated with colorful patterns and symbols

Jewelry: This jewelry is made from a variety of materials, including gold, silver, and beads. It often features traditional Ghanaian motifs.

Pottery: This pottery is made from clay that is found in the Aburi area. It is often decorated with colorful patterns and designs.

In addition to shopping, visitors to Aburi Craft Village can also watch artisans at work, learn about traditional Ghanaian crafts, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Aburi Mountain.

LUNCH AT EITHER THE EXQUISITE PEDUASE VALLEY RESORT OR THE HILLBURI OR THE CACTUS CREEK GHANA, SERENE ENVIRONMENTS, GOOD FOOD, AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Today you will embark on a long drive back to Accra.

Dinner and overnight in Accra

DAY 11 ACCRA

Morning Activities

After Breakfast, We take a drive back to Accra. We could visit some beaches, restaurants, and even markets in Accra

Head back to the hotel for Dinner and an overnight stay

DAY 12 ACCRA CITY ADVENTURE

After breakfast, it will be a full-day tour of the city of Accra.

Places to visit include:

Unique Coffin Makers-Teshie, Nungua Aka Fantasy Coffins

Fantasy coffins, also known as abebuu adekai (Ga for “proverb boxes”) are made by specialized carpenters in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. They are colorful, elaborate coffins that are often shaped like objects that were important to the deceased person in their lifetime. For example, a fisherman might be buried in a coffin shaped like a fish, a farmer might be buried in a coffin shaped like a cocoa pod, and a musician might be buried in a coffin shaped like a guitar.

Fantasy coffins are a way for the Ga people to celebrate the life of the deceased and to send them off in a way that is meaningful to them. They are also a form of art, and they have become popular tourist attractions in Ghana.

The tradition of making fantasy coffins is said to have originated in the 1950s with a carpenter named Kane Kwei. Kwei was inspired by the traditional Ga practice of using palanquins to carry the deceased to their funeral. Palanquins were often decorated with symbols that represented the deceased person’s life, and Kwei began to make coffins that were similarly decorated.

Kwei’s work was well-received, and he soon began to receive commissions from people all over Ghana. Today, there are a number of carpenters who specialize in making fantasy coffins, and they have become a popular export from Ghana.

Fantasy coffins are a unique and fascinating tradition that is a testament to the creativity and artistry of the Ga people. They are a reminder that death is not the end, but rather a beginning of a new journey.

W.E DUBOIS CENTER

The W.E.B. Du Bois Centre for Pan African Culture is a memorial place, research facility, and tourist attraction in the Cantonments area of Accra, Ghana, that was opened to the public in 1985.

It is named in dedication to W. E. B. Du Bois was an African-American historian and pan-Africanist who became a citizen of Ghana in the early 1960s. He lived there in his last few years at the invitation of President Kwame Nkrumah, while compiling the Encyclopedia Africana.

The Du Bois Centre is located at No. 22 First Circular Road, in Cantonments, Accra, Ghana, the former residence of W. E. B. Du Bois. He died there on 27 August 1963. It was opened to the public on 22 June 1985 and was named a national memorial in November of that year. The Centre houses a small museum with part of Du Bois’s personal library and a collection of his works, which are made available to researchers. An adjacent shrine shelters his grave and the ashes of his second wife, Shirley Graham Du Bois.

The Centre also hosts a number of events, including conferences, workshops, and cultural performances. It is a popular destination for scholars, tourists, and anyone interested in the history and culture of Africa.

Here are some interesting facts about the W.E.B. Du Bois Center:

The Centre was designed by Ghanaian architect, Samuel Adjaye.

The museum houses a collection of Du Bois’s personal belongings, including his books, papers, and photographs.

The shrine is a traditional Ghanaian structure made of wood and clay.

The Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

Independence Square is a popular tourist destination and is a reminder of Ghana’s rich history and culture.

Independence Square is a large and impressive square, and it is a must-see for anyone visiting Accra. The square is a symbol of Ghana’s independence and its unity as a nation. The place where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah lighted the touch of independence

KWAME NKRUMAH MAUSOLEUM

The place where the first president of Ghana was laid to rest. The place is set in attractive gardens joined by the museum which has photos, artifacts, and insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. There is a National Culture Centre as well. It is the largest outdoor art and craft market in West Africa selling traditional crafts.

 ACCRA ARTS CENTRE

In this place, you see creativity at its best. Ghana is well known for its arts and crafts, which reflect our traditions and cultures. Art can be identified with all tribes and regions. This may also be an opportunity for guests to get gifts or souvenirs for family and friends back home

Back to the Hotel for Dinner and overnight

DAY 13 OPEN DAY

Not much activity since it is departure day, if there is time we can relax, go to the spa and spot some more interesting places.

Back to the hotel to prepare for departure. Like the Arrival, personnel of LMP PRESTIGE TRAVEL AND TOURS will definitely accompany the guests to the airport to help them with checking in and baggage weighing. He or she will only leave when the guests have been fully checked in. Then we can say our work is done.

END OF TOUR

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