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After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for a scenic drive to a beautiful village located in the Volta Region. You will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers and also participate in a naming ceremony, where you will be given a traditional African name. Engage in pottery making with the locals where you will learn how to mould pots.
In order to offer a richer and authentic experience, we propose for tonight the overnight arranged in a local home to share the everyday life with a local families. In case, you prefer to have this night arranged to a regular hotel accommodation, please just let us know! We are always happy to offer the most suitable option for our clients.
Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from airport to your hotel. Check into your hotel.
Overnight at your chosen hotel: African Regent Hotel or similar Meals Included: Dinner.
After early morning breakfast, depart your hotel for a sightseeing tour of Accra. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 137-year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, Independence/ Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. End your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artefacts from Ghana and West Africa.
After lunch on your own, take a drive through the city to the Afrochella Festival. Afrochella is a festival designed to highlight & elevate thrilling and thriving millennial talent from and within Africa. The festival is an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores culture with a pioneering approach. This day features a festive celebration of our culture in the form of: Art & Fashion Installations, Live painting, The Best of African Cuisine and Live performances. The festival’s purpose is to tell the New Africa story from a native’s perspective. All aspects of the festival from the theme to the production are an ode to the ingenuity and available services in Africa.
Overnight at African Regent Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 100 feet above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway.
Afterwards, embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade which the impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.
Overnight at your chosen hotel: Coconut Grove Beach Resort or similar Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
After breakfast, check out of hotel and visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub - Saharan Africa. The colourful harbour nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. Here at the Castle, time will be left for personal reflection while we will see the signs of one of the biggest shame for the humanity engraved in the old walls of the castle. How could the world apologize for slavery?
PAs Britain marks the bicentenary of its abolition of the slave trade on March 25, Ghanaians are still coming to terms with slavery’s impact on their country’s development and the role Africans played in the capture and sale of fellow Africans.The view from Elmina, built by the Portuguese in 1482 and later held by the Dutch and the British, is picturesque with fishing boats bobbing in the sea off a white sand beach lined with palm trees
But Elmina has a brutal history -- shared with other slave forts on West Africa’scoast, ports in Western Europe and what was then known as the New World, the Americas -- in a triangular trade that fueled Europe’s colonial empires.
Sometimes sold into slavery by rival tribes, or captured during communal conflicts, African slaves could face a long forced trek to the coast or weeks in a coastal dungeon before a lengthy sea voyage packed in the hold of a European ship.
Afterwards, depart to Accra. En route, stop at Assin Manso. Visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo”, the former Slave River and market, the final transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans. This is the final resting place for two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred there. Continue your drive to Accra.
Overnight at African Regent Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
After breakfast, we will visit the typical cedi bead factory. Beads play a very important role especially in the life and culture of the Krobo people of Ghana. They are used to mark family status, special occasions and the important rites of passage of girls to puberty called the “Dipo”.
Participants will be shown around the factory and participate in the making of beads by hand in batches in a traditional manner. Depart to Accra afterwards.
(Cedi Beads Market is opened on Wednesdays and Saturdays only)
Overnight at African Regent Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast, spend the remainder of the day packing and doing last minute shopping. Transfer to airport for check-in and departure for the capital of Senegal: Dakar.
Arrival in Dakar (Senegal) and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Djolof ensuite rooms boutique hotel /Novotel Dakar or similar 3 nights (see below the hotel choices)
Meal plan: dinner
After breakfast, we depart the hotel to the Gare Maritime Port where we go on a 20 minutes sail on a ferry to Goree Island. The tour includes a visit infamous slave house, the ethnographic museum and a briefing by the curator on the history of the Goree, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the narrow streets to explore this historical island.
In the afternoon, we cruise back to Dakar and go on a short city tour including the Renaissance Monument and the Museum of Black civilization.
We return to the hotel. This evening, dinner in a local restaurant for a taste of authentic Senegalese cuisine.
Meal: breakfast – lunch - dinner
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After a well deserved breakfast, check out and depart to Bandia game reserve.
We stop to visit Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its unique pink color. Interact with the salt harvesters.
Get on quad bikes and enjoy adventures in the sand dunes.
After lunch we continue to Bandia National Park, an ecological jewel not far from Dakar. Bandia Game Reserve is located in a 3500- hectare wide conservation area. Embark on an unforgettable Safari where you will see numerous animal species native to Senegal including: buffalos, antelopes, impala gazelles, monkeys, tortoises and crocodile in addition to white rhinoceros, kudu, elands, cape moose, giraffes, ostriches, zebras. Stop by the crocodile pool where animals come to drink and buffalos wallow in the mud. You will see numerous bird species including the small hornbills, grey heron, eagles, blackbirds and king fisher’s. Continue to Samone for overnight.
Samone at Royal Horizon Baobab or similar for the next 3 nights Meal plan: breakfast – lunch - dinner
Following a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit surrounding villages and see the splendid and peaceful nature and Visit a local school and see village life up close.
Lunch with locals prepared with them following the tradition. Late afternoon visit the fishing port of Mbour, where you’ll see the fishermen returning from sea after their usual fishing excursion. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Meal plan: breakfast – lunch - dinner
After breakfast, we depart to Joal, famous partly because it is the birth place of Senegal’s first President Leopold Senghor. Visit Senghor Museum before continuing to the traditional Serere village of Fadiouth where you will see the cathedral, the sacred Baobab tree and the famous cemetery where Muslims, Christians and Animists are buried side by side.
After lunch, return to Saly and enjoy a scenic cruise on the Someone Lagoon as you spot exotic birds and enjoy the splendid nature and serenity.
Meal plan: breakfast – lunch - dinner
Transfer to Saint Louis. Saint Louis is a charming old town which was the first capital of West Africa French colonies. It has been the former base of the “Aeropostale” airmail pioneer operation between Europe, Africa and South America. Saint Exupéry the famous writer author of “The Little Prince” was one of Aeropostale pilotes following this route.
Night in Saint Louis AT Hotel de la Poste or similar Cooking class followed by a dinner
Meal plan: breakfast - dinner
Early in the morning departure northwards to discover Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (Parc National des Oiseaux du Djoudj), a natural oasis formed by hundreds of miles of partially flooded lands
which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This “humid paradise” – the best habitat and nesting site for over a million of migratory and resident birds – lies on the southeastern bank of the Senegal River and offers a range of wetland habitats that are very popular with migrating birds, many of which get here after crossing the Sahara.
In the afternoon continuation to the Ferlo Desert to discover the arid region where nomadic Fulani tribes herds large droves of zebu. The Fulani (also called Peul) are the largest tribe roaming West African savannahs, living in a wide area from Senegal to Chad.
Overnight at Ecolodge de Koba, Camp made up of simple grass huts, managed by a local entrepreneur (all rooms with beds, mosquito nets are en-suite).
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
The rarely visited holly town of Tuba (Touba) is the right place to appreciate the hospitality of an African brotherhood. During the annual festival the town is visited by four million pilgrims.
Overnight at Kabacoto Safari Hotel or similar (air conditioned, en-suite rooms).
Meal plan: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Tuba Dakar with private coach and departure