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Discover Senegal and Ghana, 11 Days

Embark on a fascinating adventure into the West Coast visiting Senegal & Ghana. Not only will you take in the vibrant atmosphere of all two countries capital cities but you will also see the natural wonders of the rare phenomenon known as Pink Lake in Senegal and enjoy the intriguing history of Senegal as you visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Goree Island.

From the fantasy coffin shops of Teshie to the ornamental bead makers of Krobo Odumase to the bold patterns of the beautifully crafted Kente cloth in Bonwire to the intricate designs of Ntonso Adinkra cloth of the Ashanti people, see the best of Ghana’s craftsmen and artisans.

Walk through ancient monuments as you check into the iconic heritage Castles of Elmina and Cape Coast; a journey into the heart of slave history of the country. Climax your experience with the incredible views of one of the surviving tropical Rain forests of West Africa on a visit to the Kakum National park.

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$4,273

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Duration

11 days

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  • What's included :
    • 8x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 10 nights
    • • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
    • • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
    • • 8 nights hotel accommodation
    • • Flight from Senegal to Ghana
    • • Transportation in private vehicle
    • • Experienced tour guides
    • • Admission to listed sites
    • • Assistance with Ghana visa application
    • • Meals indicated
    • Entry/Admission - Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine
    • Entry/Admission - Island of Goree
    • Entry/Admission - Bc92 Cité Akys Bambilor
    • Entry/Admission - W.E.B. DuBois Center
    • Entry/Admission - Ntonso Adinkra Craftsmen
    • Entry/Admission - Ancestral Slave River Park
    • Entry/Admission - Cape Coast Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Kakum National Park
    What's excluded :
    • • Flights to Africa (to be priced separate)
    • • Cost of Ghana visa
    • • Meals not listed
    • • Travel Insurance
    • • Gratuity to drivers and guides
    • Entry/Admission - Fort William

  • Day 1: ARRIVE IN DAKAR, SENEGAL

    Pass By: Blaise Diagne International Airport, Ndiass, Senegal
    Arrive Dakar. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Le Ndiambour

    Day 2: DAKAR

    Stop At: Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, Rte de la Corniche Ouest Ouakam, Dakar Senegal
    Highlights:
    • Renaissance Monument
    After breakfast begin the city tour of Dakar and vicinity. Sites include: the Africa Renaissance Monument: a 164 Feet high monument unveiled in 2010, overlooking Dakar and is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The once controversial bronze statue is a popular attraction among locals as well as visitors. It features a man, woman and child pointing, a symbol of renewed African hope. The woman is now decently clothed, as conservative groups forced the government to lengthen her formerly short skirt, at a cost of more than US$ 10 million, to more modest length.
    Independence Place, the heart of the city, you will pass by presidential palace and the main cathedral. Wander at the beach to see people doing different sport including wrestling.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Le Ndiambour

    Day 3: GOREE ISLAND

    Stop At: Island of Goree, Dakar Senegal
    Highlights:
    • Goree Island
    • Door of No Return

    Depart on the 20 minutes ferry ride to visit the charming yet infamous Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the usually quiet Streets lined with mostly pastel colored colonial era buildings. Among the most famous buildings here is the House of Slaves which records the painful history of Goree’s past.
    Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of Goree.
    You may visit the MariamaBâ, Elite high school for girls named after the famous Senegalese writer. This High School was founded in1977 by Leopold Sedar Senghor, first president of Senegal, and was named after MariamaBâ, novelist, teacher, and feminist who struggled for women’s rights in Senegal. The school admits girls who obtained the highest scores during the national secondary school entrance exam. Each year, about 50 female students from the 11 regions of Senegal are given the opportunity to attend the school for the rest of their high school years.
    Late afternoon, return to Dakar and visit the handicraft village, the Ifan Museum and return to the hotel.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast


    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Le Ndiambour.

    Day 4: PINK LAKE

    Stop At: Bc92 Cité Akys Bambilor, 14.800183296203613, -17.190811157226563, Senegal
    After breakfast travel to visit Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of micro-organism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its unique pink color. Interact with the women harvesting salt and visit the nearby Fulani village and Bambilore named tortoises’ village. Afternoon drive to visit the fisher village of Kayar and return to Dakar.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Le Ndiambour

    Day 5: ARRIVE IN ACCRA, GHANA

    Pass By: Kotoka International Airport, Airport Rd, Accra, Ghana
    Morning at leisure before departure flight to Ghana. On arrival in Accra you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel for the next three nights.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast


    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel or Similar

    Day 6: ACCRA

    Stop At: W.E.B. DuBois Center, 1 Circular Road, Cantonments just few meters from the US Embassy and close to Ghana International School, Accra Ghana
    Highlights:
    • W.E.B Dubois Centre
    • The Independence/Black Square
    • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
    • Jamestown Fishing Community
    Experience the bustling city of Accra today which is a blend of modern building and old structures that exited during the colonial times. This 120-year-old city has a number of historical things to offer as you set off after a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, passing through the economic and administrative districts.
    The first visit will be to W.E.B Du Bois Centre honoring the life of the prominent Pan-Africanist who chose to live and work in Ghana.
    We continue to Independence Square where you will see the enclosed flame of African Liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National Cultural Centre, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.
    Our day’s visit ends at Jamestown Community-One of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today.
    You may visit “Brazil House” and learn about the seven Afro-Brazilian families who returned to settle in Ghana in 1836. Familiar Brazilian/Portuguese last names such as De Souza, Palmares, Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros and Olympio are abundant in this section of Accra
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel or Similar

    Day 7: ACCRA-KUMASI

    Stop At: Fort William, Anomabo Ghana
    Highlights:
    • Teshie Fancy Coffin Shop
    After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head further East to Akosombo. Enroute we will the Teshie Casket/Coffin Shop where uniquely designed caskets are made and this reflects the people’s belief in life after death.
    The shop was started by Seth Kane Kwei in the 1950s, almost by accident. He made palanquins, also known as Litters or Sedan Chairs that are used to carry tribal chiefs at traditional festivals. One chief, who had ordered a palanquin shaped as a cocoa pod, died unexpectedly before the festival, so he was buried in the palanquin. Soon after that his grandmother who had planned her first overseas trip by flight died before the trip and she too was buried in a coffin shaped like an airplane. “The third fancy coffin was for a chief fisherman who was buried in a canoe. Thus, the fancy coffin industry was started.
    Continue to Kumasi arriving late afternoon; transfer to the hotel and check in.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Noda Hotel or Similar

    Day 8: KUMASI

    Stop At: Ntonso Adinkra Craftsmen, Ntonso Road Ntonso, Kumasi Ghana
    Highlights:
    • 3 craft villages of Ashanti kingdom
    Today, enjoy a scenic drive through several villages with Ashanti cultural styled houses at the surrounding lush countryside which is a sharp contrast to the modern-day Kumasi city.
    Drive through Ejisu, the home of Nana Yaa Asantewaa the Queen mother of Ejisu who led Ashanti women warriors in a battle against the British in 1900. Continue your drive to visit the three craft villages.
    Adanwomase will be our first craft village where we’ll see how the famous Kente Cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. See the Kente patterns with each having a meaning. You will have the opportunity to make purchases. We may pay a courtesy call to the chief of this community amidst drumming and dancing or see their cocoa farms (must be prearranged).
    We will continue to the village of Ntonso where Artisans hand-stamp patterns on Cotton cloth to make Adinkra Textiles. Black-on-Black and Black-on-Red Adinkra Cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions; learn how the Black Dye is made in the village from the bark of trees and creates your own Adinkra sash to take home. You may also purchase large pieces of the Adinkra Cloth handmade in the village.
    Our final village will be the Woodcarving Village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion Royal stools, walking sticks and Fertility Dolls from wood; with the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds.
    Continue to Central Kumasi which has quite a collection of British colonial buildings and it is the heart of the Ashanti culture. We enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people on our way to visit the Okomfo Anokye sword site, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the golden stool “descended from the sky” and has been in place for over 300 years. Legend says the Ashanti kingdom would collapse should the sword ever be removed.
    Return to your hotel early evening.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Noda Hotel or Similar

    Day 9: CAPE COAST

    Stop At: Ancestral Slave River Park, Assin Manso Ghana
    Highlights:
    • Assin Manso Slave River
    • Elmina Township Walk
    Today, we depart for yet another adventure of Coastal lands of Ghana- Elmina & Cape Coast. Enroute, we stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the USA and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. A visit to “the Slave River” or “Donkor Nsuo” offers the chance to see the place where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slaves Castles to await shipment to the Americas and Caribbean.
    This evening, enjoy the sights of the many colorful fishing boats bringing their daily catch into the harbor and take the opportunity to mix with the locals at the nearby market. A short distance from the market we visit the boat builders, still building colorful fishing boats using traditional tools and methods spanning centuries.
    Continue to your hotel and check in. Prepare for dinner at your hotel.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Ridge Royal Hotel or similar

    Day 10: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES

    Stop At: Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast Ghana
    ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Cape Coast Castle
    • Elmina or St. George’s Castle
    Today, we will visit Cape Coast castle, a UNESCO world heritage site. The castle is a thought-provoking monument to a harrowing period in the region’s history. You will take an emotional journey through the castle which held more enslaved Africans than any other in the region, viewing the dungeons and the infamous “Door of no return”. There is a significant historical museum inside, which explains the history of the castle and of Cape Coast itself. You can purchase literature on Ghana’s forts and castles, as well as the cultural history and traditions of Ghana. Next, we visit Elmina Castle another World Heritage site.
    Late afternoon you will go through the “Fihankra” Fihankra is a ceremony which seeks to reconnect people of African descent, who have been lost due to the transatlantic slave trade, to the motherland. This ceremony reconnects returnees with the cultural and spiritual ties that had been denied them for centuries. The final part of Fihankra includes a naming ceremony
    relax before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Ridge Royal Hotel or similar

    Day 11: ELMINA-KAKUM-ACCRA-DEPART

    Stop At: Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Ghana
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Kakum National Park
    • Abandze Town
    After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel for a visit to the Kakum National Park, Ghana’s most famous parks. Take a brief walking tour on the forest floor where you will learn how our ancestors lived in the forest. See birds, butterflies and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, 1000-foot-long and even-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights over 150 feet above the ground.
    On the way, we will stop to visit the village of Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American Jazz Musician.
    Arrive in Accra late afternoon in time to visit the popular Arts & Crafts Market if you like aggressive bartering or the African Market in Osu (Ghana’s Soho) if you prefer fixed prices.
    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Duration: 2 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Dakar, Senegal
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our our tour guide will be met, assisted at the exit point of the arrival hall and transferred to your hotel.Airports
    • Blaise Diagne Intl. Airport, Dakar Senegal
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Accra, Ghana
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Continent Tours

Activity ID: V-167419P10

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