Welcome to Kumasi
Once the capital of the rich and powerful Ashanti kingdom, Ghana's second city is still dripping with Ashanti traditions. Its heart, the huge Kejetia market, throbs like a traditional talking drum and its wares spill into the city so that no matter where you are in Kumasi, it sometimes feels like one enormous marketplace.Kumasi has some interesting sights, and in comparison to Accra or Tamale, you'll likely feel a... Read More
Top experiences in Kumasi
8-Day Guided Safari of Ghana from Accra
Day 1: Accra You are met at the Kotoka International airport and transferred to your Accra accommodation. Day 2: Accra - Tamale Depart from Accra to the domestic airport at Kotoka International Airport for your domestic flight to Tamale Airport. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Mole National Park. You arrive at Mole motel, a stunning location situated on the escarpment overlooking the watering holes with a pleasant pool. The motel offers a great base to explore the park.Day 3: Tamale After a restful night, you will wake up in the African jungle for your morning foot safari, accompanied by your guide in the park with the possibility of viewing many different animals. After the morning foot safari you return back to base. You will depart 15kms on a dirt road from Mole Motel to Mognori Eco Village. In the late afternoon accompanied by your guide you will take your last game drive. Day 4: Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary You will head to the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary. Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary is a protected area consisting of a 40 km stretch down the length of the Black Volta River. The Wechiau Sanctuary is home to hippos, bats, chameleons, hedgehogs and many different types of lizards and snakes.Day 5: Lake Bosumtwe - Boabeng Fiema You will head to the south of Ghana from Mole to Lake Bosumtwe the largest natural lake in Ghana with deep cultural resonance of the Ashanti’s. During the drive you will see great diversity to the landscapes which will change from savannah to tropical forest. En route you stop at the Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary to see the Mona and Colobus monkeys.Day 6: Kumasi Market - AdanwomaseToday you will relax and take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful and peaceful serene lake area . It is a free day but you will have optional free excursions to the Kumasi market, the biggest open market in west Africa and to the cultural center or visit Adanwomase kente weaving village and Adinkra cloth printing village.Day 7: Tafi Atome You will depart from lake Bosumtwe to the Volta region. Upon arrival you will visit the Tafi Atome monkey Sanctuary at a small village. You take a short hike to Wli Water falls for one hour walk on foot bridges passing through thick and semi deciduous forest. Take a dip in a refreshing shallow pool at end of the walk. In the evening you will be entertained with cultural dance and drumming. Day 8: Wli - Accra In the morning you leave Wli village behind to Accra. On the way you stop at the Shai Hills Resource Reserve for a 2 hour walking safari. You will see troops of olive bamboos. You continue to Accra to the Kotoka International Airport for your onward flight.
Kejetia Market Walking Tour in Kumasi
Meet your guide near Kumasi Cultural Centre, and start by listening to an introduction to the markets in the city. Hear advice on how to make the most of your market experience, and learn how to spot bargains and hone your market etiquette.Take a public bus with your guide to famous Kejetia Market, and then head inside to walk among the many market stalls, stopping to soak up a little of the atmosphere. Occupying a 30-acre (12-hectare) site with some 10,000 traders, Kejetia is widely considered as West Africa’s largest market and is home to a range of goods from across the country. Watch people bartering and buying everything from fabrics and clothing to jewelry, food items and herbal remedies; the list is seemingly endless.As you continue to tour the market, look out for the scrap metal traders, who form a vital part of the local economy in Kumasi. Watch as they take scrap metals and recyclable materials and turn them into jewelry, arts and crafts and other useful and attractive items. Reusing scrap metal and keeping discarded items out of landfill sites is big business in Kumasi, and watching these talented craftspeople going about their work is sure to be a real highlight of the market.Explore the stalls, and keep your camera handy to capture the excitement. The vibrant colors, flowing fabrics and interesting produce on sale offer some compelling photo opportunities. Stop whenever something catches your eye and feel free to chat with the many market vendors — asking your guide to translate if necessary — and remember the tips on market etiquette that your guide gave at the start of the tour.No visit to Kejetia Market is complete without exploring its enticing food stalls. With such an enormous range of fresh produce on sale it’s sure to be a far cry from your local supermarket. Carts full of bananas, yams, fresh meat and aromatic herbs and spices are all on show.After four hours at the market, stroll with your guide to the nearby district of Adum Kumasi where your tour finishes.
Kumasi Food Tour: Market Visit and Cooking Class
Start your tour by meeting your guide and hopping in a shared taxi to one of Kumasi’s bustling food markets. Listen carefully as your guide explains the basics of bartering for your produce, and discover all manner of herbs, spices and other produce on sale in the market as well as their use in local and national dishes.The market plays an important role in daily life for Kumasi locals, and so your walk around it is the perfect way to experience daily life up close. Soak up the vibrant market atmosphere and wander the aisles with your guide, learning about the produce and putting your new-found bartering skills to the test. All ingredients for your cooking class are included, but additional items are at your own expense.After checking off the items on your shopping list, visit the home of a local cook to learn how to prepare and cook traditional Ghanaian meals. Ghana is a country where many different communities coexist together, and they each influence the national cuisine in their own way. Enjoy learning more about this colorful and vibrant part of the world through its cuisine.Learn how to cook one of Ghana’s staple dishes, wakye. This simple yet satisfying dish of rice and beans is popular throughout Ghana and beyond. Roll your sleeves up and master the delicate blend of spices that has helped make it popular with so many people. Another dish on your list is koose, a popular street-food snack that’s common in Kumasi. Of course, the fun part of the experience is the tasting, so sit down after the class finishes and enjoy the efforts of your labor.With your hunger sated and a greater understanding of the ingredients and recipes popular in Kumasi, your tour finishes outside the cook’s home in the Adum district of Kumasi.
Voodoo Experience in Kumasi
Meet your guide in central Kumasi and travel in a tro-tro (shared taxi) to the city’s outskirts for your spellbinding voodoo encounter!After about a 1-hour ride, arrive at the site of a voodoo shrine where you meet your guide, a voodoo priest. You might buy a shot of schnapps (own expense) to calm your nerves as the priest begins with a fascinating introduction to this ancient religion. For centuries, many Ghanaians have participated in ritualistic ceremonies incorporating music, dance, and spells.Listen as the priest recounts the history of voodoo and strange tales about the dances, herbs, plants and objects used in its many spells for peace and protection. Hear how nature is central to these invocations — rivers, trees and rocks hold special powers — and how voodoo priests use holistic medicines to relieve everything from headaches to serious illnesses. Ask as many questions as you like and, if you wish, enjoy a personal consultation with the priest. Don’t be shy: It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!As a finale, sit down to a colorful voodoo dance ceremony involving masked and costumed dancers. Watch as they attempt to conjure spirits in a deeply religious ritual performed right in front of you. Your head will surely be spinning with voodoo teachings and tips for soothing minor ailments when you get in your tro-tro for the journey back to central Kumasi.
Kumasi Nightlife Tour
The party starts when you meet your friendly local guide in central Kumasi. Jump into your shared taxi and head out into the night to catch some live music and enjoy a little of the local hiplife, an African fusion of rap, dance hall, reggae and hip-hop that the locals go wild for!With your guide at your side, visit some of Kumasi’s bustling bars and pubs. In each venue, enjoy time to relax, soak up the atmosphere and let your hair down! Enjoy a drink and chat with the locals, perhaps sharing a story or two yourself — your guide can translate if needed. Any food and drinks in the bars are at your own expense.After experiencing the bars, follow your guide to the next stop on your tour, a local sports club, and enjoy some more live entertainment. Music is a huge part of the culture in West Africa, and the Kumasi locals just love to dance. Hit the dance floor, if you wish, before your tour ends and enjoy mixing with the other revelers.Your tour finishes at the start point in the early hours of the morning, by which point it might be time for bed!