Tour to Ghana: the Africa beyond the time Come and live twelve-day adventure in a spirit of an “expedition” that will take you to the heart of West Africa through Ghana, a country incredibly rich in traditions and increasing modernity.This trip is perfect for all those in love with this timeless Africa, beautifully colored, where local markets release the nice smell of spices.Especially for those who admire the frenetic but delicate rhythms and steps of the ritual dancers or are amazed by the abundance of gold of the Ashanti traditional ceremonies.Or, again, for those who are moved by the slave trade castles and for all of us who want to satisfy their endless curiosity by meeting witches that we will eventually meet after crossing the charming Volta region. Even witches have pure kind eyes!
Day 1 : ACCRA | GHANA IN THE GULF OF GUINEA, Arrival in Accra Upon arrival at the Accra airport in Ghana, you will be assisted with your baggage and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 : ACCRA | ACCRA CITY TOUR | AFRICAN METROPOLIS Accra, the capital of Ghana, is an interesting city that, although is quickly evolving, has kept its own identity, reflected in both modern and old areas where traditional activities continue to hold sway. Day 3 : CAPE COAST | HISTORIC SLAVE TRADE CASTLES In the morning visit of Elmina Castle, the oldest European building in Africa, erected by the Portuguese in the XV century. At different times the castle has been used as a warehouse to trade gold, ivory and, eventually, slaves. Day 4 : KUMASI | ASHANTI Late morning arrival in Kumasi, the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations in Africa until the end of the XIX century, when the British annexed Ashanti Country to their Gold Coast colony. Day 5 : KUMASI | GOLDEN KINGDOM We also will visit the Royal Palace Museum – hosting a unique collection of gold jewels worn by the Ashanti court – and a few nearby villages specialised in weaving the traditional Kente cloth, praised by the socially important people and used to make special ceremonial stools. Day 6 : TAMALE | ADOBE MOSQUES We start our journey Northwards, leaving the dry savannah backdrop to enter the livelier and more colored forest landscape. Our dusty road follows the tracks of the former caravan road that used to connect the main trading centres of the Sudanese kingdoms. Day 7 : NORTHERN GHANA | FORTIFIED VILLAGES In the Lobi society, the chief of the family represents the only authority. In charge of everything and everyone before the elders’ council or the government, he is responsible for sacrificial shrines and organizing the field labour. Day 8 : AFRICAN FRESCOES Drive and in the afternoon we meet with the Gurunsi tribe living in adobe fortified buildings decorated with black, red and white African frescoes. Day 9 : SACRED HILLS We take an interesting walk to discover a sacred hill. Locals believe that this mysterious place – where many high stone pinnacles are stacked up in an unbelievably irregular way – is the former home of the Gods. Day 10 : THE GAMBAGA WITCHES We meet a very large settlement of … witches! All exiled from their villages because found guilty of terrible events such as the death of a teenager, a mysterious disease or a bad harvest. Day 11 : VOLTA REGION | WLI WATERFALLS We will discover the beautiful Wli Waterfalls, on the border with Togo. Day 12 : CHANTS OF THE ADEPTS (VOODOO)They fall into a deep trance: eyes rolling back, grimaces, convulsions, insensitivity to fire or pain.