Wildlife, safari & Culture tour of Ghana

Wildlife, safari & Culture tour of Ghana


Tour Duration: 7 to 14 days Tour Customizable: Yes Group Size: 1 - 100 people What’s Included • Vehicle, driver, and fuel for the entirety of the trip • Entrance fees • All activities mentioned in this itinerary • Breakfast, lunch and dinner • Airport pickup and drop-off • Star Tours Ghana t-shirt • Unlimited purified water • All taxes and handling charges Any profit that is made through our trips goes directly to support the 170 orphans we take care of at our child care center (Future Stars Ghana), our charitable organization. Check us out at futurestarsghana.com. Ghana is a land of immense natural beauty. You will experience the rich cultures, vibrant markets, villages, and the chance to observe monkeys and track wild elephants, baboons, antelope different species of birds etc. Kakum National park - A walk in the lush rainforest and the option to join an exhilarating canopy tour Bolgatanga and the Far North - Lobi Vilages, distinctive local architecture and painted houses in the Wa region Gold Coast Castles - The impressive 18th Century castle of Elmina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Day 1: Accra We will meet you in Accra (Kotoka International Airport) with a complimentary airport pickup and transfer you to your hotel. There will be no activities plan for the day so you are free to arrive at any time. A briefing will be done on a welcoming lunch/dinner. Day 2 – Accra city tour You will explore the city of Accra with your tour guide. Accra date back to the 15th century, the capital of Ghana is a modern city with independence monuments and countless back streets. We will begin by exploring Jamestown. We’ll pause at Fort Ussher where Kwame Nkrumah was imprisoned before continuing to Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Independence Square. After a break for lunch, we will head north to Koforidua. The drive will take most of the afternoon, dependent on traffic. Day 3 Morning tour of Bunso Arboretum and a visit to a UNESCO Ashanti Shrine; Drive to Techiman At around 8am, we will depart on a short drive to Bunso arboretum. This area of indigenous forest has over 110 species of bird, 30 species of butterflies and a herb garden. We will learn about the flora's medicinal properties as well a chance to spot resident bird life. After the tour we’ll continue for around three hours to Besease where we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage traditional Ashanti shrines; the last remaining testimony of the great Ashanti civilisation. The Besease site has been restored allowing us the opportunity to see the traditional Ashanti architecture at the same spot that Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa visited to consult the gods before going into battle with the British. After time to explore the shrines, we will continue on the long drive to Techiman expecting to arrive in the early evening. Day 4: Guided visit of Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary before afternoon drive to Mole National Park we’ll start early with an hour's drive to a monkey sanctuary that sits between the villages of Boabeng and Fiema. Home to several families of Colobus and Mona monkeys, the sanctuary was developed in 1974 to protect the sacred monkey population in the area. We’ll meet our local guide who will spend an hour leading us along the trails and telling us more about the superstitions that led to the protection of these primates, as well as how the estimated 600 monkeys play an important role in village life. As al of the monkeys are sacred, they received a proper burial when they pass and we may have the chance to see the monkey cemetery. Later this morning we will continue our journey for another 4 hours to Mole National Park. It’s home to elephants, leopards and rare birds such as the white-backed vulture and other wild animals. We will stop along the way to visit the Larabanga mosque. The mosque is reputedly the oldest building in Ghana, but no-one can quite agree on its age! Some sources date it to the 13th century, which is highly improbable since Islam had barely reached the region at that time. Day 5: Full day drive to Bolgatanga Today is a long day traveling north to Bolgatanga, with a stop along the way in the vilage of Tongo. Here we will stretch our legs and take a short walk to the high-plateau of Tongo. Along the road you will see hundreds of pinnacles made by huge rocks stacked, local people consider these vestiges the old houses of their gods. You can also see the deep fissure on the side of the highest mountain that hosts an oracle. Under the spiritual protection of the oracle, the Talensi live there as a united clan: Their typical fortified houses can host up to 60 people and are made of mud and wood. They look like mazes surrounded by walls which can be entered through only one door. Narrow corridors, small stairways, covered hallways, oval rooms and their terraces al make a harmonious dwelling of great beauty. Later today, we'll arrive in Bolgatanga, where the surrounding hills are widely respected for the many sacred ancestral shrines. Day 6-7: Bolgatanga to Wa Today we depart Bolgantanga on the long journey to Wa, the capital of the Upper West region. Our journey takes us through the rustic town of Navrongo. We will visit the Wechiau hippotamus Sanctuary. While all our visitors love to see the hippos and the birdlife at Wechiau hippotamus Sanctuary, for many it is the combination of the wildlife and the immersion in local community life that make a visit to the community a truly memorable experience. We will be Visiting a Lobi compound to learn about fascinating traditional practices and way of life, including distinct architecture, marriage systems and funeral rites, drinking the local beer, pito, with the local communities, and listening to old stories from the headmen. Enjoying local music, including amazing displays of talent on the xylophone. We will depart on the seventh day Day 8 full day drive to Lake Bosomtwe Today we depart from Wa to the village of Bosomtwe. We will make many stops along the way to stretch our legs. First, we stop at Okomfo Anokye Sword Site. At the site, we will learn the history about Okomfo Anokye and the role he played in the Ashanti kingdom. It is believed the Okomfo planted a sword in the ground and pronounced that no one would be able to remove the sword, and so it has remained in spite of attempts. The Ashanti state, it is believed, would collapse should the sword ever be pulled out of the ground. We will also visit the Manhyia Palace museum and Prempeh II Jubilee Museum. Our final destination will be Lake Bosomtwe. The Bosomtwe lake was formed by an ancient meteorite strike in the Ashanti Region centuries ago. Day 9 – 10: Bosomtwe to Cape Caost Today, we will have a long drive from Bosomtwe to Cape Coast. We will stop at the Assin Manso slave river to learn about the history of the place. From there, we spend two days in Cape Coast and Elmina learning the history about the slave dungeons and castles. We will end Cape Coast city tour by visiting the Kakum National Forest and experiencing the exhilarating 40meter suspending canopy walk in the forest. The park is also a home to many mammals, birds and other wild animals. We will also make a stop at Hans Cottageto get some lunch and to pet their friendly crocodiles. Day 11: Cape Coast to Accra Today we will set off to the capital of Ghana. Our focus will be driving to Legon Botanical Gardens to explore the beautiful garden on a canoe ride and bird watching. We will rest at the Labadi beach and prepare for the next day adventure Day 12 – 13: Accra – Hohoe We will spend today exploring Shai Hills Resource Reserve. The reserve is a fenced area, about 48km2 and made up largely of savanna covered plains, A mosaic of forest covers the 5 separate hills in the reserve. To date 31 mammals, 13 reptiles and 175 bird species have been identified in the reserve. The baboon troop at the front gate can be very amusing, but be warned these are dangerous animals and they love to snatch your unattended personal belongings! We will visit the town of Tafe to pet some monkeys and take a guided tour of the forest. From there we will visit and explore of the ancient caves of Lipke. The next day, your hiking skills will be put to the test! We will wake up early in order to attempt the climb to Wli Falls, the highest waterfall in Western Africa. Day 14: Hohoe to Accra Today, we will visit the highest point of Ghana – mountain Afajato. The summit is located in the Volta Region, near the border with Togo. It is 885 meters in height and close to it is Tagbo falls. After testing our hiking skills, we will swim in the falls to wash of the sweat before traveling back to Accra.

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