Days
7
Price from
$3,115NZD

From the museums of Accra to the pristine shores of Axim, this snapshot of Ghana is as humbling as it is relaxing. Meet talented local artisans, discover the country’s stately former palaces and visit one of the many ‘slave castles’ that line the coast – a window to a darker era.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
From 1st March 2017 this itinerary will be called Glimpse of Togo & Ghana, and will be 2 days longer. It start in Lome (Togo) and will include a visit to Lake Togo & Togoville, and a Lome city tour.


Start
Accra, Ghana
Finish
Accra, Ghana
Country
Ghana
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFGL
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 15

Why we love this trip

  • Discover Ghana - with its ancient to modern history - in the capital of Accra.

  • Rub shoulders with the chiefs of Kumasi and the King of Ashanti at the Akwasidae Festival at Manhyia Palace.

  • Unwind on the Ghanaian coast at the beautifully remote Axim Beach.

  • Visit the atmospheric St George’s Castle and unearth the nation’s haunting history of slavery.

Is this trip right for you?

  • On the longer driving days toilet stops will be at basic facilities or ‘bush toilets’.

  • Please be aware that due to local custom it is not uncommon to see animal sacrifices in these areas.

  • Unfortunately vegetarian dishes are not common in Ghana. Vegetarians can expect vegetables with French fries and/or rice.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 28 February 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 March 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to Accra, the Ghanaian capital. On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel (approximately 30-45 minutes). There will be a meeting sometime this evening, or first thing tomorrow morning (depending on what time the group arrives), where you’ll meet your Peregrine tour leader and your fellow travelling companions. If you arrive with time to spare, then perhaps visit the National Museum here in Accra, filled with fascinating displays on the country’s history and culture – indigenous arts and crafts, musical instruments, Stone Age artefacts, and an exhibition about the slave trade. Also worth a visit is the site where Ghana’s first president and one of its founding fathers declared independence in 1957. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was erected in memory of both. In the evening you can sample Accra's lively night life, heading out to one of the many bars and restaurants that can be found all over this surprising city.
Accommodation
  • Coconut Grove Regency Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Leave Accra and drive inland (approximately 6 hours) to the ‘Garden City’ of Kumasi. This one-time capital of a powerful kingdom is nicknamed for its beautiful flora. The city is the beating heart of Ashanti history and is seen as the home of Ghanaian culture. It’s also a busy, cosmopolitan city, a place where traditions mix with the urbanity of the developing world. According to legend it was in Kumasi that, in order to gain Ashanti independence from a rival state, the Priest Okomfo Anokye called down a Golden Stool (containing the spirit of the people) from Heaven and then drove an irremovable sword into the ground as a symbol of Ashanti unity. On arrival you will visit the Armed Forces Museum in a former fort, built by the British on the ruins of the Asante Fort they had destroyed. The museum tells the story of the many conflicts that have taken place in Ghana, particularly the British-Ashanti wars of the 19th and 20th centuries. The last of these took place because the British Governor of the Gold Coast demanded that he be given the sacred Golden Stool to sit on. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure. The city has the largest market in the whole of West Africa, well worth exploring if you have the time.
Accommodation
  • Sir Max Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kumasi - City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Kumasi is a royal city, home to the Ashanti King, who resides at the new Manhyia Palace. Today you will visit the museum of the palace, which sits close to the current royal residence. It was built by the British in 1925 and was home to the Ashanti Kings until 1974. In the museum you will learn about the functions of each room and see artefacts belonging to the kings. Today you'll also experience the unique atmosphere of the Akwasidae Festival. Celebrated every 42 days at the palace, the festival is held to honour Ashanti ancestors, the king, and the Golden Stool. Ashanti chiefs from all over the kingdom, dressed in traditional kente cloth, come to pay their respects. The king attends the festival, meeting his subjects and sub-chiefs in the palace courtyard, and is paraded on an elaborately decorated palanquin accompanied drummers, dancers, and horn blowers. You will then continue your tour of the Kumasi area with a visit to a nearby village, where you’ll meet talented artisans who weave Ghana’s beautiful kente cloth, an icon of African cultural heritage around the world.
Accommodation
  • Sir Max Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Leave the Ashanti Kingdom behind and travel south to Axim. En route, you will visit a cocoa plantation. Ghana is the second largest exporter of cocoa in the world, and their beans are held up at the best around. At the plantation you’ll find out more about the history of the bean and its many uses. You’ll then continue on to the coastal town of Axim (total driving time today of approximately 7 hours). You will spend tonight at Ghana’s most isolated and luxurious beach resort. Stay on a palm-covered tropical hillside with kilometres of deserted beaches spread out before you. Close to the accommodation is historic Axim town, where fishing is the main occupation for the 20,000 residents. The town also has several historic places of interest near to the hotel, including Fort St Anthony, built by the Portuguese in 1515 when they were settling the town as a trading port. Also near by, perched on top of a hill in Princess Town is Fort Princess, originally known as Gross Friedrichsburg and built by the Prussians in 1683.
Accommodation
  • Axim Beach Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Axim Beach - Cocoa Plantation Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take the day to soak up the utterly relaxed atmosphere of the beach and simply sit back, relax, or stroll the quiet shores. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more energetic then you can take part in one of the many activities that Axim Beach offers. If the waves are right then paddle a board out to surf, or go underneath the water instead with some snorkelling. There’s also fishing for a more relaxed activity. Otherwise, head into the forest for some hiking or bird watching.
Accommodation
  • Axim Beach Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning you’ll get on the road back towards the end of your adventure, with today’s destination as Elmina (approximately 3 hours). In the city you’ll discover the dark history of the slave trade at St George’s Castle. The fortification is one of 20 or so ‘slave castles’ that were built along the shoreline of the Gold Coast – the former name of modern-day Ghana. Built between the 15th and 18th centuries by European trading powers, these castles became the point from which an estimated 12 million Africans were shipped to the Americas. Walk the atmospheric grounds of the castle, past the oppressive dungeons where thousands of slaves were kept while officers lived in light and spacious quarters above, and through to a small door – the ‘Door of No Return’. Here slaves left the fort and were put on to ships; for many the sight across the sea was their final image of home. Continue to explore this busy little fishing town situated on a narrow peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. On the final night of your Ghana journey, take a walking tour and discover the Pursubans animist (the traditional religion of Ghana) shrines.
Accommodation
  • Coconut Grove Beach Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Elmina - St George's Castle
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today return to the capital city of Accra, stopping en-route for a short walk in the township of Cape Coast (total driving time 3 hours). Here, in what was the centre of British administration and capital of the Gold Cost between 1700 and 1877, see the colonial architecture of an easy-going fishing town that is still haunted by the ghosts of the brutal slave trade. When you return to Accra, the rest of the day is free. For those flying out this evening, day rooms have been booked for use at our Accra hotel, where you can freshen up prior to your flight home. An evening transfer is included to Accra's Kotoka International Airport, where your African expedition comes to an end. Please ensure you do not book flights out of Accra prior to 6.00pm this evening.
Included Activities
  • Elmina - Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Beach resort (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Kumasi - City Tour
  • Axim Beach - Cocoa Plantation Visit
  • Elmina - St George's Castle
  • Elmina - Walking Tour

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please contact your booking agent for further information.

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