On this cultural and wildlife exploration, you'll encounter breathtaking scenery and wildlife as we pass through rustic traditional villages mixing with the locals learning their history and traditions. The tour starts in the Volta region of Ghana where you'll marvel at the beauty of West Africa’s highest waterfall in the spectacular Agumatsa sanctuary. Then you'll explore Kumasi, the cultural heart of Ghana and the capital of the Ashanti region where Ghana's iconic Kente cloth was born.
Pricing: From $1,195 per person sharing, based on group size.
Single supplement is $175. 20% non-refundable deposit required to confirm space.
Day 1: Volta Region
Your experienced guides will meet with you at your hotel in Accra and after breakfast we depart Accra and start our journey towards the Volta region of Ghana, passing over the magnificent Lake Volta en route. Before crossing the lake we visit the Shai Hills Reserve, an expanse of Savannah grassland and woodland with large numbers of olive baboons, antelopes, green and spot nosed monkeys. Formerly the home of the Shai people who were ejected by the British in 1892, Granite inselbergs dominate the landscape and house many active traditional shrines. We collect an armed guide and hike to the Obonu Tem caves searching for wildlife during our walk. We continue our journey towards the Volta region stopping at a hotel in Akosombo for our lunch. The hotel is situated in a perfect location on the banks of the Volta overlooking this spectacular lake. After lunch we will embark on a tour of the Akosombo dam, an amazing piece of engineering producing power for the majority of the country. We then transfer to our hotel in Ho, capital of the Volta region of Ghana.
Days 2: Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary
We set off after breakfast for the Wli (Agumatsa) Falls found in the Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary in the Volta region of Ghana. The Wli Falls are believed to be the highest in the whole of Western Africa, set in a beautiful location the surrounding flora and fauna make this an idyllic setting. On our arrival we will trek through the thick semi deciduous forest leading to the falls from Wli village. As we near the falls we can hear the sound of the enormous
colony of bats found on the adjacent cliffs mixed with the powerful flow of the river. We can relax and enjoy a paddle in the pool beneath the waterfall before setting off to the town of HoHoe for our lunch.
The afternoon is spent with the locals from the village of Tafi Atome, a wonderful community protecting a population of endangered true mona monkeys. The community here perceives the mona monkeys to be sacred messengers from the gods and have been protecting the monkeys and their habitat for over 200 years. We learn more about the history behind their protection from the local traditionalists during our time in the village. We venture into the surrounding forests to see the endangered true mona monkeys that live here, during the walk our guide will identify the many medicinal plants which grow here and explain how the locals use them to make traditional herbal remedies. The local ethnic groups here are the Ewe’s, after an afternoon mixing with the villagers we transfer to our hotel, the evening is free leisure time.
Day 3: Kumasi and the Ashanti Kingdom
After breakfast we depart Ho, our destination is Kumasi capital of the Ashanti region and home to the Asantehene, king of the powerful Ashanti Empire and its people. Our journey takes us through the beautiful Akwapim range, which offers outstanding panoramic views of Tema and Accra in the distance. At the top of the range we find the Aburi botanical gardens, set in a beautiful location and founded by the British in 1890. The gardens are home to a wide variety of indigenous and exotic flora, offering outstanding views to Accra on a clear day. As we walk around the gardens our guide will identify the many trees and plants found here, some with medicinal properties and explain how they benefit the locals. A short distance from the gardens we find the relaxed and friendly Aburi craft village, where traditional African drums and crafts have been carved for generations. As we watch the skilled craftsmen at work it is worth noting that prices here are amongst the lowest in Ghana, making Aburi an ideal place to pick up some souvenirs. We enjoy our lunch in Koforidua, capital of the Eastern region of Ghana before setting off on the final leg of our journey to Kumasi. On our arrival we check into our hotel and eat our evening meal around the pool, the rest of the evening is free leisure time.
Day 4: Kumasi and the Ashanti Kingdom
Kumasi is widely regarded as the cultural centre of Ghana, with its many ancient craft villages within touching distance of the city centre. Today is dedicated to visiting these ancient traditional villages, our first stop after breakfast is Bonwire famous for being the birth place of Kente cloth. Bonwire produces some of Ghana’s finest Kente cloths, many designs of cloth are woven here and some are exclusive only to this region. We will spend time in the village interacting with the community, learning about the history behind the many designs. As we walk through the village, we see highly skilled locals weaving outside their homes, the machines the weavers use have not changed in design for centuries. The ancient village of Ntunso, is where adinkra cloth and symbols originate. These traditional symbols all have meanings and are carved from calabash shells. The adinkra symbols are then printed onto traditional cloth using natural dyes made from the bark of certain local trees. Adinkra cloth has been adorned by the Ashanti’s for more than 4 centuries and pre-dates kente cloth. Even today most Ashanti’s will wear adinkra cloth for funerals, festivals and other important occasions. During our time here we have the opportunity to make our own strip of adinkra cloth using symbols with personal significance. After lunch we visit the village of Sokoban Krofrom where traditional brass casting has been the main source of income for the community for generations. A wide selection of items ranging from beads and jewelery to traditional statues are made here. The methods used to produce these wonderful brass works has not changed and during our time here we see a demonstration of the skilled process. After visiting some of the stores selling a wonderful selection in the village we return to our hotel for our meal and to relax the remainder of the evening is free leisure time.
Day 5: Kejetia market and departure
We begin the day with a visit to Kejetia market. Found in the heart of the city, Kejetia is the largest outdoor market in the whole of Western Africa. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience everyday life for the people in this great city and pick up a few bargain souvenirs. The market is a labyrinth of stalls nestled closely together, and a hive of activity. Some stall holders sleep here in the evenings as trade rarely stops. After testing your bargaining skills we set off for Accra. We then enjoy an early evening meal before your transfer to the airport and departure after an unforgettable 5 day tour.