Join us in the ‘Land of Smile’- Ghana, West Africa, lets have fun filled tours as we enjoy the sun, a taste of Ghanaian dishes, music, dance, cooking, nightlife, making new friends and seeing/learning new things. A community cultural holiday tour that showcase a genuine experience of the other side of the world. All proceeds go to support JayNii StreetWise Organisation not-for-profit project.
Visit to the paramount King of Jamestown-Nii Kojo Ababio, Jamestown Beach, James and Usser Fort, Brazil House, Salaga Market, Kwame Nkrumah Mauseleum, National Museum
There will be tours to Cape Coast/Elmina slave museums, Elmina fishing port, Kakum National Park and village markets.
Entertainment on the Volta Lake
Cruise on board the Dodi Princess on the volta lake and see the world’s largest man-made dam, the huge and beautiful Akosombo Dam and the fishing villages along its water banks.
A visit to the Kumasi Museum, palace, and the markets.
One can choose to have a ride at the back of a crocodile at the Paga pond
Alokoto Cultural Festival
Participate and enjoy the annual Alokoto Cultural Festival in Chorkor, Accra, Ghana, every first weekend of November
Tour packages can be a day, two or three depending upon time available for students / volunteers
PROPOSED THREE DAYS ITINERARY ALONG THE COAST DAY 1
Depart Accra for Cape Coast. Arrive and visit Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1652 and later taken over by the British, for a conducted tour. This Castle served as the seat of the former colonial administration of the then Gold Coast (Ghana’s former name) till 1877 when it was relocated to Accra. The Castle also houses the West African Historical Museum.
The guide will conduct you to the slave quarters and Palaver Hall where slaves were bargained for and sold.
Lunch (on your own)
After lunch, continue to visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482, for a comprehensive guided tour. The Castle is the first European structure built in Sub- Saharan Africa. View its architecture and distinct features.
Check into your hotel
Rest of day is free for leisure
Dinner (on your own) Overnight: Beach Resort B/L
Breakfast check out
Depart from your hotel for Beyin. Your first challenge is a visit by foot and by hand- paddled canoe to the village on stilts, Nzulezo.
This village is built entirely on the Amansure Lake. Interact with the villagers who live on this large lake. Return to the mainland for lunch.
Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at the beach. Dinner (on your own)
Optional:Proceed on a turtle watching experience after dinner (extra cost) Overnight: Beach ResortB/L
DAY 3 Breakfast
Depart Beyin for Kakum National Park.
Go on a walk of the ‘Kuntan Trail” with its countless trees with medicinal properties. For the young at heart experience the “Canopy Walkway” suspended 100 feet from the forest ground for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest.
Lunch in hotel.
View the resident crocodile as you enjoy your meals.
After lunch continue to Accra. Drive along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut tree lined beaches.
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PROPOSED SAME DAY TOUR TO CAPE COAST
Depart Accra for a 3 hour journey to Cape Coast in the Central Region. Drive along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut tree lined beaches.
Arrive in Cape Coast and continue to visit Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the “Kuntan Trail” with its countless trees with medicinal properties. For the young at heart experience the “Canopy Walkway” suspended 100 feet from the forest ground for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest. Continue stop en route at a palm wine tappers hut. Palm Wine is a local beverage with natural sweetness and very low alcohol content freshly tapped from the trunk of a felled palm tree. The expert palm wine tapper using age long practices carefully makes a rectangular incising on the top trunk and bores a pencil hole at the bottom this is fitted with a bamboo stick, the liquid drips through the bamboo and collected in a clay pot or a container. However when palm wine is not consumed within 2 days it become fermented. The fermented palm wine is further distilled to obtain a very high alcohol beverage locally called “Akpeteshi” with more than 70% alcohol content.
Lunch at hotel (Extra cost). View the resident crocodiles as you enjoy your meals. After lunch, proceed to visit the Elmina Castle, the first and oldest European structure built of any substance on African soil. Originally built by the Portuguese in1482 it was later used as an auction market. Go for a comprehensive guided tour. See the slave dungeons and condemn cells where slave who attempted to escape were incarcerated. View its utterly distinct architecture
Return to Accra
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PROPOSED DAY TRIP TO BEYIN IN THE WESTERN REGION (ESPECIALLY FOR STUDENTS)
The Western Region of Ghana, formerly part of the Western Province, has the longest stretch of coastline in the country, historic European forts and water-to villages. It also borders the Ivory Coast to the west. Though Sekondi and Takoradi are close enough to be mistaken for a single city, they are in fact two separate towns with a combined population of about 500,000. Founded by the Ahantas as tiny fishing villages, the arrival of the Europeans along with the lucrative trade brought rapid growth to the local settlements. The Western Region like all coastal areas in Ghana has a remarkable collection of Forts built by Dutch, German and Portuguese merchants.
These are Fort Orange at Secondi, Fort St. Sebastian at Shama, Fort Mental Cross at Dixcove, Fort Anthony at Axim, Fort Appolonia at Beyin, Fort Gross Fredericksburg at Princes town and Fort Batenstein at Butre. The best protect rain forest can also be found in this Region. The Ankasa National Park near Elubo, a border town to Cote d’lvoire, is the most biologically diverse rainforest in Ghana. Home to animal species like forest elephants, leopard, civets, bongo antelopes, chimpanzees, hornbills, parrots and the rare white-breasted guinea fowl are some of the critical endangered species supported by the vegetation of the park.
Agro- forestry is another area where the region plays a leading role, seen in the large plantations of rubber, palm oil and coconuts as well as processing industries. The region has large rivers such as Ankobra, Tano and Pra for boating.
The Western Region of Ghana also has several mines for example Nsuta Manganese Mine and Prestea Goldmines that can be visited by prior arrangement. Another town of importance to the history of Western Region of Ghana is Nkroful, the hometown of Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. His original grave can be found here.
The tour offers the students the opportunity of learning from first-hand the history, culture and the unique surviving ways of the people of Nzulezo.
The visit to the family house of Dr Kwame Nkrumah would help students to appreciate and understand the values he stood for as well as the economic value of coconut copra to the people of Nzima
Learn about the central role the Western Region is playing in the drilling of oil, the West African Gas pipeline as well as the opportunities and challenges of infraustructual and super-structural development in the region.
Depart Accra for Beyin in the Western Region, the region of ancient forts, splendid beaches, Coconut Plantation, Oil Palm, Rubber plantations, Petroleum oil and the West Africa Gas pipe Line.
Arrive in Beyin and your first challenge is a visit by foot and by hand-paddled canoe to the village on stilts known as Nzulezo. This village is built entirely on the Amansure Lake known as Tandane several years ago by inhabitants to escape slave raiders and warfare. Interact with the villagers who live on this large lake. Return to the mainland for lunch at the Beach Resort.
Depart after lunch to visit Fort Apollonian a Dutch lodge in 1660, became a British fort between 1750 and 1770. Fort Apollonian was reconstructed between 1962 and 1968. Now turn into museum of history and culture of the Nzima people. Continue to Nkroful, the birthplace of the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Visit the family house where Kwame Nkrumah was born and originally buried in 1972. Depart the Western Region for Accra after the tour of Nkroful.
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PROPOSED FULL DAY TOUR OF ACCRA
Depart for a city tour of Accra visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana visited by many world dignitaries. Continue to the National Museum of History and Ethnography. This Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artefacts. Drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square – Accra’s ceremonial grounds. View from a distance the Christianburg Castle the former official residence of the President of Ghana. Continue to The Artists Alliance Gallery and the unique Casket Making Shops. Various designs of caskets are produced based on the lifestyle of the deceased. Caskets are designed to reflect the earthly profession of the deceased. Hence a bus driver will be buried in a bus, a teacher in a book, a doctor in a syringe etc.
Lunch (extra cost)
Continue to the National Arts and Cultural Centre for shopping and to view a varied collection of Ghanaian hand-crafted items on sale. You may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and “shop till you drop”. Continue to drive through Old Accra. This is a contrast of Victorian, Dutch and post-colonial architectures. You will drive past the Usher and James Town Forts, Old Accra Square and the Post Office. In the night depart your hotel visiting the Osu Oxford Street with Ghana’s finest nightlife expert and back to the JayNii Happy Hour with Live band as you enjoy your meal.
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SAME DAY TOUR TO AKOSOMBO AND SOMANYA
Depart after breakfast for a 2 hour journey to Akosombo, go on a tour of the Akosombo hydro-electric Dam which is about 400km long covering an area of 8502km2,generating hydroelectric electricity for Ghana and other neighbouring countries such as Togo and Benin.
Continue to Somanya to visit Cedi’s Beads Factory to observe the intriguing bead making process. Watch the centuries old process of bead making from start to finish.
Lunch (extra cost)
Proceed after lunch to visit Aburi Botanical Gardens established in 1890 as a convalescent for the British Colonial officers governing the then Gold Coast now Ghana and relax under the shade of huge trees, some of which are over hundred years old. The Aburi Botanical Gardens was designed for Scientific Research and Pleasure. It is a habitat for plants from all over the world. Over the years, the Garden has cultured a variety of tropical plants, which attract many birds and butterflies. Go on a conducted tour of its many herb lawns and well-manicured gardens.
Return to Accra
In the night, the JayNii Happy Hour with Live band as you enjoy your meal.
SAME DAY TOUR TO ADA
Depart after breakfast to Ada. Drive past Tema Township – Ghana’s second port city. Arrive at Ada and go on a boat ride along the Volta River. Sail to the estuary and see the Volta River crash into the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the many islands on the estuary. Stop to see local people use simple methods to distill ethanol and alcohol.
Lunch (extra cost)
Return to the mainland and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure on the beach. In the night, JayNii Happy Hour with Live band as you enjoy your meal.
PROPOSED TWO DAYS ITINERARY FOR CAPE COAST AND KUMASI DAY 1.
Depart Accra after breakfast for the Central Region. Arrive and visit the Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the “Kuntan Trail” with its countless trees with medicinal properties. For the young at heart experience the “Canopy Walkway” suspended 100 feet from the forest ground for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest.
Lunch (on your own)
After lunch drive through the Elmina Township. Visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and later used as an auction market for slaves for a comprehensive guided tour. See the Slave dungeons and the condemned cell where slaves who attempted to escape were incarcerated.
Depart the Central region later afternoon to Kumasi drive through Cape Coast Town for panoramic view of t the Cape Coast Castle which also house the West African Historical Museum.
Arrive Kumasi and have Dinner (on your own) Overnight: Hotel B
Depart after breakfast for a city tour of Kumasi visiting the National Cultural Centre, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, Kumasi Central Market- the largest open-air market in West Africa and Manhyia Palace for the Akwasidae Festival which takes place every 42 days. It is a ritual union between the king Asantehene and the aristocrats of his kingdom. This is a celebration full of sound, colour and millenary of culture. Have lunch (on your own)
After lunch, continue to visit a few Ashanti craft villages to observe craftsmen at work and to purchase souvenir gift items from the wide assortment of handicrafts on sale. Visit Ahwiaa- specialising in wood carvings such as stools and fertility dolls; Ntonso, where the primary activity is the Adinkra mourning cloth, tie-and-dye and finally to Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time- honoured tradition passed down through generations. You will see the Kente weavers in process of creating Kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.
Depart Kumasi for Accra in the late afternoon.
Proposed Three Days tour of the Northern Region of Ghana (Tamale & Mole) Day 1:
Breakfast and depart.
Transfer to the airport for departure to Temale, assisted by your tour guide. Proceed for a city tour of Tamale, the Capital of Dakota State. Visit the centre for National Culture to see how the Northern Region Culture evolved. Here smocks(Fugu) are designed, dyed and sewed by hand. You may shop at the Handicraft Market.
Dinner(on your own)
Overnight: Ghana hotels
Depart Tamale for scenic ride to the Mole National Park. It is the largest of Ghana National Parks and is situated in the heart of the Guinea savannah woodland ecosystem; It is home to about 93 mammalian species, 33reptiles, nine amphibians and an estimated 300birds species. Arrive in Mole and have lunch.
After lunch, go on a late afternoon game viewing of Mole National Park which is the office about 600 elephants, baboons, monkeys, monitor lizards, Bush- bucks, antelopes and several wild animals. Watch different kinds of animals in their natural habitat.
Check into your motel
Dinner (on your own) Overnight Mole Park Motel.
Breakfast and hotel check out. Depart Mole for
Arrive and transfer to the Tamale airport for your flight back to Accra.
Options Two Day 1:
Breakfast and depart.
Transfer to the airport for departure to Kumasi assisted by your tour guide. Continue from Kumasi to Boabeng – Firma Sanctuary, Ghana most famous example of traditional African conservation and home to more than 200 Geoffrey’s Piedmont Colobus and 500 Campbell Monaco Monkeys.
For more than 150 years these primates have been protected by the local community and so Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is the only place in Africa where one easily view these species in their numbers. Walk along well cleared trails and view the monkeys on the ground and in the canopy of trees.
Dinner (own your own)
Proceed for a city tour of Tamale, the Capital of Dakota State. Visit the centre for National Culture to see how the Northern Region Culture evolved. Here smocks(Fugu) are designed, dyed and sewed by hand. You may shop at the Handicraft Market.
Dinner(on your own) Overnight: Ghana hotels
Breakfast and hotel check out. Depart Tamale for Accra. Transfer to the Tamale airport for your flight back to Accra.
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