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Ghana with Afrochella Festival

8 Days

Overview

Ghana during December is Really The only spot you need to be for New Year’s, as it is both eagerly awaited and frequently requested. Get ready for nonstop turnup, afrobeats, culture, a moving trip to the slave castles, stunning beaches, and much more. You will have unrestricted access to Afrochella with your VIP tickets. You’re in for a full day of famous people, music, culture, and positive vibes. AfroChella is a cultural festival that aims to promote and spotlight the burgeoning millennial talent from Africa and beyond. During the festival, African creatives, musicians, and fashion enthusiasts are celebrated. Since its start, this festival has survived thanks to the growing popularity of African art, food, Afro-beats music, and business leaders among consumers outside of Africa.

Highlights

  • Take a breathtaking stroll along the "Canopy Walkway"
  • Explore Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Accra has a plethora of options
  • Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built in 1667 by the Swedes and was later taken over by the British
  • The goal of Afrochella is to introduce you to the best of African culture in an exciting, entertaining, and engaging way
  • Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which the British eventually took over after the Swedes built it in 1667

Itinerary

Arrive at Kotoka Airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a welcome drink and check-in.

The big day awaits us! This morning, take a tour of the century-old capital of Ghana, Accra. Start the day with a visit to the DuBois Centre for Pan-African culture, a house where Dr. Dubois lived and died. Then take a drive/walking tour of the colonial section of Accra (Jamestown). Drive through the main street of the colonial section of the city and view the Ussher and James Forts were built by the Dutch (1650) and British (1673) respectively and also the Light House which used to guide ships to the Accra Harbour in colonial days. Visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and museum, a monument dedicated to Ghana’s first post-independence President. Visit the Independence Arch and then continue to visit Osu Christiansborg Castle. After this visit, the intriguing craftsmen at Nungua make fantasy coffins in the shape of vegetables, fruits, cars, etc. usually depicting the profession of the deceased. For example, a fisherman might be buried in a coffin in the shape of a giant fish. The excitement builds as we enjoy our lunch prior to heading to Afrochella.

The lineup has not yet been published, however, if it is half as good as the previous lineups, we are in for a real treat. The El Wak Stadium in Accra will be buzzing and a hive of activity as we Afrochella Time to party and enjoy the exceptional musical talent in Africa enjoy Ghana’s best artists from a wide range of music that includes Highlife. Hiplife, Ragga, and many more. Our best DJs from all over the country and continent will also be on hand to ensure we keep moving to the beat. A captivating experience in the heart of West Africa, we can also enjoy the many artists, fashion outlets, and traditional cuisine all around us during an epic day in Ghana’s capital. Our night is not over as the festival draws to a close as we are just starting, we can choose to head into Osu to continue our celebrations long into the night.

Depart Accra via the forest belt to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire, which was built on a similar basis as the Dahomey Empire, i.e., through wars. Upon arrival visit the Cultural A center that features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of brass makers, potters, drum carvers, and batik makers. Then take a tour of the Ashanti craft villages to observe craftsmen at work and purchase souvenir gift items. These villages are Ahwiaa, where woodcarvers produce Ashanti stools, fertility dolls & walking sticks, etc. Ntonso, where Adinkra cloth is processed, and Bonwire, where kente cloth is woven. Kente, a very colorful fabric is usually worn on festive and very important occasions like marriage ceremonies, child naming, etc.

Today take a tour of Kumasi, Visit the Royal Manhyia Palace Museum, the home and office of former Ashanti Kings. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. After, we will cross over to the courtyard of the Manhyia Palace to witness the Akwasidae festival. This festival takes place every six weeks. Witness the Ashanti King, Nana Osei-Tutu II, who presides over the Ashanti Kingdom, arrive in his palanquin and then later be seated in the state whilst all his subchiefs come and reaffirm their oath of allegiance to him. The King and all his sub-chiefs come dressed in all their traditional regalia whilst the general public attending the festival wears black and white. The King also uses this day to receive very important guests and gifts. There will be lots of traditional drumming and dancing to grace the occasion.

Depart Kumasi to Elmina.

Arrive in Elmina and check in to your hotel. Later visit Global Mamas, an organization that helps women in different economic ventures to make a living so they can provide for their families, educate their children, improve their health, and save for the future. Join the women in Cape Coast to learn how to prepare some rich traditional Ghanaian foods. After which, we will taste our handiwork.

Breakfast
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This morning drives further north of Cape Coast to the Kakum National Park a tropical rainforest in the heart of the Attandaso reserve for an adventurous and breathes taking walk on the ‘Canopy Walkway. It is composed of 350 meters of the suspended bridge and six platforms at a height of 60 meters (100ft). After lunch visits the Cape Coast Castle, and take a tour of the infamous slave dungeons, built-in 1653 by the Swedes and later taken over by the Britishers. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum. The guide will take you through the governor’s quarters, condemned cells, and the ‘Door of Return. We will also have a traditional naming ceremony at a village.

Breakfast

Breakfast and check out, then visit the Elmina Castle, the oldest European monument in Ghana built in 1482 by the Portuguese. First established as a trade settlement, the castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese in 1637 and took over all of the Portuguese Gold Coast in 1642. The slave trade continued under the Dutch until 1814. In 1871, the fort became a possession of the British Empire. Both the Elmina and Cape Coast Castles have been designated as UNESCO Heritage Sites. After this tour, take a short walk around the colorful fishing harbor to see the fish market and traditional dugout canoes the local people use for their livelihoods. We take a return trip back to Accra.

Breakfast

Spend the day at leisure, packing, or doing your last-minute shopping for a late evening departure from Accra back home.

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • 3 Nights’ accommodation in Accra
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Kumasi
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Elmina
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Entry Fees to tour attractions
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking Guide Services

The Cost Excludes

  • No International Airfares
  • Entry visa to Ghana
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccination - Yellow Fever
  • Beverages/drinks at meals
  • Non-included meals
  • Tips to guide, drivers, and other service providers
  • Items of personal nature

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do U.S. citizens need a passport to travel? Any other ID or documents needed to travel from the USA besides a passport?

Yes, the passport is always required to travel for US Citizens. Your passport should be valid for 6 months after your departure. You will also need a visa.

What type of Visa is required to travel?

In most cases, U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Ghana. You can apply for a visa online or at a Ghanaian embassy or consulate. Visa requirements can vary depending on the length and purpose of your stay, so it’s important to check with the Ghanaian embassy or consulate for the latest information.

  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers over nine months of age entering Ghana. This vaccination must be administered at least ten days before your arrival.
  • You may also need to show proof of onward or return travel tickets and sufficient funds for your stay.

Will an Idaru Travel Group Leader accompany this trip?

This is an Independent Tour Group that offers flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and exploring at your own pace. You will interact with a diverse group of travelers and make new connections. Our local destination staff will be there welcome you and handle every detail of your personalized service.

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