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Experiencing Ghana Summer 2010
The experience and transformation of Hudson & Holland Scholars and Groups students, as a result of the service-learning course, has ignited such an interest and desire to experience Ghana, West Africa, that arrangements have been made with a sister tour company there to create a mini-excursion. The quote below does not include airfare; nevertheless, the opportunity is ridiculously affordable for individuals desiring to make the trek. Those interested may contact Mr. Stephen Kpogoh with Japo Tours directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLDEN GHANA IN 14 DAYS
Day 1: Arrive in Ghana and check into your hotel in Accra. Orientation on Ghana. Overnight in Accra hotel.
Day 2: Enjoy a morning tour of Accra, Ghana's capital city and commercial heart, and discover the attraction of this bustling town. Visit Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, The National Museum, Du Bois Center, and Makola Market. Overnight in Accra.
Day 3: Depart Accra for Cape Coast, visiting several interesting coastal towns and villages. Visit Coast Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Ghana and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also explore the 15th century Elmina Castle. Spend the night in Coconut Grove beach hotel Elmina.
Day 4: Elmina is an excellent town to explore on foot and not to be missed is the fishing harbor and Dutch cemetery. A short distance away is Kakum National Park, canopy walkway through tropical rain forest, and home to rare indigenous animal and birds. Spend the afternoon on an interesting forest walk. Overnight in Coconut Grove Elmina
Day 5: Depart from the coast for the Kingdom of the Asante, take the opportunity to visit Assin Manso to see the two slaves mummies brought from the Diaspora to create the door of return. Visit Obuasi, the largest single gold mine in the world. A surface visit to the mines is a popular highlight (optional), before moving to Kumasi. Overnight in Kumasi.
Day 6: Kumasi is the heartland of the Ashantis; the town has so much to explore. The Manhyia Palace museum, Prempeh ll museum, and Okomfo Anokye sword are the highlights. You will also want to spend some time in Kumasi Culture Centre with its wide range of displays of local art and crafts. Overnight in Kumasi.
Day 7: Depart Kumasi for the northern Ghana, passing through Brong Ahafo which is referred to as food basket of Ghana. Stop at Kintampo with its waterfalls hidden nearby in the forest. Late in the afternoon arrive at Mole National Park. Overnight in Mole National Park.
Day 8: Mole National Park is the largest in Ghana and home to herds of buck, elephants, and monkeys. Around the water holes the bird life is prolific. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to view the game. Overnight in Mole National Park.
Day 9: Depart Mole to Larabanga and the mystery stone and make a stop at Bono Manso to visit the Marcus Gave Center. The roads from northern Ghana cross many small rivers running into Lake Volta; several of them becomes dry river beds in the dry season. The changing landscape and the style of the villages and towns passed reflect the transition from northen to central Ghana. Overnight in Kumasi
Day 10: Depart Kumasi to Akosombo through eastern region with spectacular landscape. The Volta Lake is the largest manmade lake in the world. Overnight in Chances Hotel.
Day 11: Cruise on the largest manmade lake in the world with live band. Overnight in Chances Hotel.
Day 12: Depart hotel to Wli waterfalls, the highest in West Africa. Visit Tafi Atome monkey village and visit Japo Farms to taste fresh pineapples with herbal Moringa tea. Overnight in Chances hotel.
Day 13: Depart Chances hotel to Accra. Visit Artist Alliance Gallery. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Accra.
Day14: Last minute shopping before returning to the airport and a flight home.
Breakdown of Cost of the Tour Package*
Minimum number of 10 people
Revised: March 9, 2010
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