Glimpse of Ghana
|Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
||Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
See the sights of the once powerful Ashanti Kingdom and be humbled at the former ‘slave castle’ at Elmina, before soaking up the relaxed beach vibe at Axim. This is a great holiday mix of culture, history and downtime.
Why we love it:
- A truly relaxing way to end your African adventure and reflect on your travels before you head home
- Dine on the breezy rooftop of our charming beachside guest house
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Accra
- On arrival you will transferred to your hotel - Accra the capital of Ghana you will enjoy exploring the city which includes the National Museum and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, dedicated to the founder of modern Ghana.
- Extending from the beach, the guesthouse’s lush landscaped garden is brimming with tropical plants and palms. Your meals can be enjoyed on a breezy rooftop terrace and rooms are decorated with a distinctly African flavour.
- All rooms have private facilities, ceiling fans, TV, radio, fridge and complimentary tea and coffee.
- Our guesthouse is situated on Beach Road and there are several other hotels along this strip, some with swimming pools. If you wish to use a pool, you can simply stop in to one of the hotels and pay a small fee to use their pool. Many of these hotels also have live entertainment in the evenings.
Day 2-3: Kumasi
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Today we head to Kumasi (approx. 4 hours), the one-time capital of the powerful Ashanti kingdom. Today, this hilly city is home to over one million people and enjoys quite a cosmopolitan ambience. We’ll take in a tour of Kumasi that includes the Manhyia Palace Museum, built in 1925 by the British and home to the Ashanti kings until 1974.
- We’ll also visit the Armed Forces Museum which tells the story of the many conflicts that have taken place particularly in the 20th century.
- We end our day with a visit to a nearby village known for its talented artisans who weave Ghana's beautiful kente cloth.
Day 4 -5: Axim Beach
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- Wetravel south to Axim and enroute visit a Cocoa plantation tonight we stay a night at Ghana’s most isolated and luxurious beach resorts. Two kilometres from the hotel is historic Axim town. With a population of about 20,000, fishing is the main occupation here. The town also has several historic places of interest nearby the hotel including Fort St Anthony, built by the Portuguese in 1515 when they were settling the town as a trading port. Perched on top of a hill in nearby Princess Town is Fort Princess Town, originally known as Gross Friedrichsburg and built by the Prussians in 1683.
- With two days to spend in this relaxing coastal haven, you’ll also have the opportunity to go forest trekking or whale watching (seasonal).
Day 6: Elmina
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Today we drive to Elmina, where we visit St George's Castle. Formerly known as one of the 'slave castles', it’s one of more then 20 such castles built along the shoreline of the Gold Coast - the former name of modern-day Ghana.
- We’ll also visit a fishing village and the Pursubans animist shrines, then take a short 10-kilometre drive to Cape Coast, the centre of the British administration and capital of the Gold Coast between 1700 until 1877, and home to its own notorious 'slave castle'.
- At end of the day we’ll return to Elmina for the final night of our adventure.
Day 7: Accra
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- Today we head towards the city of Accra, the rest of the day is spent at your leisure. For those of us who are flying out this evening, day rooms have been booked for our use at our Accra hotel where we can freshen up prior to our flight home. An evening transfer is included to Accra's Kotoka International Airport, where our African expedition comes to an end. (Fri)
- Return transfers from Accra
- Private vehicle
- Explore the town of Kumasi visit the Manhyia Palace.
Most meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- International flights
- Airport taxes or any other departure taxes
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Any optional tours or activities during free time
- Tips and items of a personal nature.
- This extension in not escorted by a tour leader.
- Daily budget
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Visas need to be obtained before arriving, these allow for a stay of up to 60 days and can be a single or multiple entry. A Yellow Fever certificate may be required for the application. Visas must be used within three months of the date of issue.
There is a Ghana consulate in Australia, and visas can be purchased through Visalink. For Australians it will take 10 business days and cost AUD 140.00. Form attached - 4 copies and 4 passport photos needed.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
Forts & Castles of Ghana by Albert van Dantzig.
Asante: The making of a Nation by Nana Otamakuro Adubofour.
Two hearts of Kwasi Boachi by Arthur Japin.
This is the Gulf of Guinea which is part of the Atlantic Ocean, so swimming is limited due to the strong currents.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
18 October 2012
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