The Year of the Return, Ghana 2019
In Washington DC, on September 2018 President Nana Akufo-Addo launched, “The Year of the Return, Ghana 2019”. The purpose is to unite Africans with brothers and sisters in the diaspora.
My first passport stamp was from Ghana West Africa. In 2007, I studied abroad for 6 weeks in Ghana. I went on that trip with strangers and came home with life long friends. During that time I fell in love with the country and have been back at least 5 times. I’m excited that I have the opportunity to bring you to my favorite African country. I hope that you feel welcome and will come to love the country as much as I do.
Guest will arrive in Accra at the Kotoka International Airport (ACC)
You have safely arrived to Ghana. In the evening we will enjoy welcome dinner that will include orientation and entertainment.
Day 2 -Afrochella
Afrochella is an outdoor event featuring music artist, food stands, and various vendors. Afrochella is from 12-8pm and is located at El Wak Stadium in Accra.
Start the day with an Accra city tour through the streets of Accra. The tour will take us through the Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, George Padmore Library on African Affairs and W.E.B Dubois Centre to meet with historians for debate and discussions.
Day 4- Kumasi
We will go to the Kumasi Central Market, the largest outdoor shopping in West Africa. Here you will be able to purchase material for clothes, jewelry, shea butter, etc. Experience the art of bargaining with street vendors.
Dancing and drumming class- You will have the opportunity to learn a traditional African dance routine as well as learn the meaning and purpose of the drum. Get ready to have sweat, learn and have fun.
Day 5- Kumasi
We will visit the National Cultural Center and have a guided visit of the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum to see the replica of the golden stool, a sacred object to the Ashanti people.
Next, we will go to the Manhyia Palace home to King of the Ashanti Kingdom.
We will go out on NYE to celebrate the New Year
Day 6- Kumasi
Traditional Naming Ceremony
A naming ceremony normally occurs when a baby is born. You will have the privilege of having a naming ceremony as you are returning home to the motherland. You will also receive a certificate with your Ghanian name.
The afternoon will be at your leisure, feel free to relax or go sightseeing in the city
Day 7-Cape coast
Early morning departure for a drive to the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park. The most popular attraction is the Canopy Walkway made up of 7 bridges extending high above the forest floor.
Next, we will head to Wli Waterfalls located in the Volta Region. Bring swimwear and experience the cascading waterfalls.
Day 8- Cape Coast
Depart for a drive to the Central region to tour the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons. Visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. Later visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1842.
Day 9- Cape Coast
While in Cape coast you will have the opportunity to stay with a host family so that you will be immersed in the Ghanian culture.
During the day you will have the option to hang out at the beach, shop, volunteer or hang out with host family
Day 10- Kumasi
We will have our final lunch in Kumasi as we say goodbye to the motherland.
**Itinerary is subject to change**
Date of Trip
If you are interested in going to Ghana, we will be going on December 27, 2019 -January 5, 2019
The price is $2750 and is based on double occupancy. Price includes accommodation, transportation, excursions and Food (Breakfast, snacks,(lunch and dinner will be specified),
Things not included:
Ghanian Visa– Single Entry is good for 90 days is $60 or Multiple Entry is $100
Flights– You can use websites such as Priceline, Google flights, Sky Scanner, and Hopper. Also, sign up for Air Affordable a black-owned company that purchases your flight and allows you to make payments until your flight is paid for.
Travel Insurance– You can purchase insurance from anywhere but I suggest Allianz, World Nomads, etc
Spending money- for additional activities not included in the itinerary
Private Facebook Group
Once you have paid your deposit of $300 you will be invited to the private facebook where would discuss all things related to Ghana and the trip.