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Ghana Adventure: Accra to Cape Coast

12 days
Group size1222 travelers
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Discover one of the African continent’s most dynamic countries.

History, culture, the arts, and adventure await on this sweeping tour of Ghana. When you journey to this coastal West African country, you’ll uncover its poignant past as a major center of the British slave trade, retrace its path to independence, and see modern-day social enterprises and creative communities at work. You’ll also get a bird’s-eye view of Ghana as you walk through treetops at Kakum National Park, meeting stingless bees and fluttering butterflies along the way.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 food tastings
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Included highlights

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Center
  • Trashy Bags Africa
  • Jamestown
  • Cacao farm visit
  • Manhyia Palace
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Accra today.

Accra3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Accra
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Ghana! Settle in to your hotel and enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Accra, Trashy Bags Africa & Jamestown
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Dinner

Get to know Ghana’s capital city alongside a local guide, and learn about the country’s path to independence.

  • Take a guided tour of the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre’s museum, which is housed in Du Bois’ former residence
  • Hear about Du Bois’ life and work to promote Pan-Africanism
  • Visit Black Star Square, which is often referred to as Independence Square because of Ghana’s role in starting a wave of independence efforts across Africa
  • Stop at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum, the final resting place of Ghana’s first president

Get to know your Tour Director and fellow group members during a welcome lunch, then continue exploring Accra.

  • Visit Trashy Bags Africa, a social enterprise that makes upcycled, eco-friendly bags and other items from plastic waste
  • Learn how the organization offers employment and skill-building opportunities to locals, and shop for upcycled items
  • Head to Jamestown, one of Accra’s oldest districts, which is filled with unique, historic architectural styles
  • Step inside Fort James, originally a slave fort, now dedicated to educating visitors about the colonial slave trade
  • Stop at a local boxing gym to learn about boxing’s significance in Accra and the gym’s role in supporting local youth

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 4: Free day in Accra
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Accra or add an excursion.

Shai Hills Game Drive & Hike

From $99 per person

Kumasi3 nights
Day 5: Kumasi via Koforidua & sightseeing tour of cacao farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting, Dinner

En route to Kumasi, stop in Koforidua for an included lunch at a local restaurant. Then, tour a sustainable cacao plantation.

  • Learn how Ghana became the world’s leader in cacao production
  • See what it takes to grow and harvest cacao beans followed by a tasting of the beans

Continue on to Kumasi and enjoy an included dinner.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Kumasi & Adanwomase
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Explore Kumasi, a city known as a center of Ghanaian culture and tradition, with your Tour Director.

  • Tour the Manhyia Palace, which is the seat of the Asantehene, or Ashanti king
  • Browse exhibits that detail the Ashanti Empire’s legacy and its resistance to British colonialism
  • Walk through the Kumasi Central Market, West Africa’s largest open-air market
  • Enjoy a tasting at one of the stalls as you peruse the enormous market

Make your way to two traditional Ashanti craft villages and meet with artisans who specialize in traditional textiles during a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Set off on a walking tour of Adanwomase, known for its colorful, hand-woven Kente cloth
  • Learn about the history and uses of these colorful Ghanaian textiles, and watch weavers work on new pieces
  • Head to the nearby town of Ntonso and participate in an Adinkra-making workshop
  • Try your hand at crafting Adinkra, or mourning cloth, which the Ashanti have used for more than four centuries

Return to Kumasi and enjoy a free evening, or add an excursion.

Ghana Fashion Show & Dinner

From $215 per person

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Ghana Armed Forces Museum
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Ghana Armed Forces Museum, which is housed inside Kumasi Fort.

  • Learn about the country’s wartime history ranging from the Anglo-Ashanti wars of the 19th century to colonial Ghana’s contribution to the Allies during World War II
  • Explore the exhibits, which include military equipment and artifacts

Spend a free afternoon in Kumasi or add an excursion.

Ashanti Heritage & Lake Bosomtwe Dinner

From $85 per person

Cape Coast3 nights
Day 8: Cape Coast via sightseeing tour of Assin Manso Slave Camp
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel south to Cape Coast, stopping along the way at the Assin Manso Slave Camp. Here, join your Tour Director to learn about the Gold Coast’s central role in the British slave trade.

  • Stop at Assin Manso River Park, where slave traders assessed enslaved Africans’ fitness levels, and where the enslaved bathed before being transported to Cape Coast and shipped to the Americas
  • See the Door of No Return, through which slaves were marched before being shipped overseas, to a life of slavery in destinations such as Brazil, the Caribbean, and America
  • View the Memorial Wall of Return, where travelers of African descent can write their names
  • Gather for an included lunch in the town of Assin Manso before continuing on to Cape Coast

This evening, enjoy an included dinner with your group.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Cape Coast Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Pay a sobering visit to the UNESCO-listed Cape Coast Castle, the European-built fortress that served as the “grand emporium” of British slave trade. Thousands of Africans were brought here to be sold.

  • View the castle’s own Door of No Return, through which enslaved Africans were led to dungeons and, ultimately, slave ships
  • Make your way through the historical museum, which details the story of the castle and Cape Coast

On your way back to the hotel, stop for lunch at a local restaurant with staff trained by the Baobab Children’s Organization. The social enterprise is dedicated to teaching trades and traditional arts, and to promoting healthy living and eating, to local youth, many of whom are impaired or have dropped out of school.

Spend a free afternoon in Cape Coast or add an excursion.

Elmina Castle, Dinner & Drum Lesson

From $129 per person

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Kakum National Park & Stingless Bee Center
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Immerse yourself in nature as you explore Kakum National Park on a guided walking tour.

  • Traverse the platforms and elevated bridges of Kakum National Park’s canopy, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including monkeys and birds

Afterward, enjoy a unique experience during a guided tour of the International Stingless Bee Centre.

  • Learn about the bees’ unique medicinal qualities and significance for Ghana’s ecosystem
  • Visit the hives and the stingless bee walkway
  • Enjoy a tasting of honey

Then, head back to Cape Coast and sit down for an included dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Accra, sightseeing tour of Global Mamas & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell lunch

Make your way back to Accra and celebrate your trip with your group over a farewell lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit Global Mamas for a tour. The fair-trade organization helps female artisans sell their traditional, hand-crafted products in global markets, in turn creating a life of economic independence for the women and their families.

Transfer to the airport for your overnight or early morning flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive at home today.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Accra Marriott Hotel
Accra Marriott Hotel

This modern hotel is located in Accra just outside of the city center. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site coffee house. Nearby...

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Golden Tulip Kumasi City
Golden Tulip Kumasi City

This contemporary hotel is located in the historic Ashanti part of Kumasi. Guests enjoy the on-site restaurant, outdoor pool, and wellness center. Nea...

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Coconut Grove Beach Resort
Coconut Grove Beach Resort

This seaside hotel is located in the historic town of Elmina. Guests enjoy an on-site animal sanctuary, beach access, and a variety of recreational ac...

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Flights

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  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Kumasi, Ghana
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Accra, Ghana
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Manso, Ghana
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Ghana Nyive, Ghana
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Cape Coast, Ghana
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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Ghana, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Ghana. You may choose to apply online via the Ghanaian embassy, or to use a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You will be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching for the code GHN.
Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, dirt paths, and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Accra. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on safari vehicles.
  • One small carry-on bag is also permitted (which can double as your overnight bag).
  • Make sure to label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • The total weight cannot exceed 44 pounds (including your camera equipment and carry-on bag).
Health
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • You will be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
  • We recommend that travelers consult their doctor or healthcare provider about prescription medicine to prevent Malaria.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on luggage.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching for the code GHN.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • You may want supportive walking sandals to keep cool during city sightseeing tours. Comfortable, closed-toed shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for activities in the desert.
  • Pack a swimsuit, as many of the hotels have pools that you are free to use at your leisure.
  • Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
  • Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
Cuisine
  • Traditional Ghanaian foods vary by region. In the north, you’ll find dishes featuring starchy vegetables and fruits, such as cassava and plantains. In the south, dishes often feature grains such as millet and sorghum. Across the country, you’ll also find that yams, maize, beans, and sweet potatoes are widely used. Popular dishes include Jollof rice, a rice dish made with tomato sauce and meat, as well as Red Red, a filling and hearty dish made of cowpea beans (black-eyed peas) and served with fried plantains.
Electricity & air-conditioning
  • Ghana operates on the standard 230 volts and uses a Type D plug, with two small, round pins and one larger round pin, and a G plug, with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan to use your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air-conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in some hotels, though charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or safari vehicles.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information about roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Ghana is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). During Daylight Savings Time in the U.S., Ghana is four hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour. During Daylight Savings Time, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 4pm on tour.
Currency
  • The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Ghanaian cedi.
  • The Ghanaian cedi is a closed currency. This means North American banks cannot exchange for it and you can only obtain it once you arrive in Ghana.
  • You can exchange your dollars for cedis at any bureau de change, as well as at some commercial banks; banks and foreign exchange facilities are available at the airport and in all major towns.
  • All currency must be declared at customs with a BOG Foreign Exchange Declaration Form, which can be downloaded from the Bank of Ghana’s website prior to departure.
  • ATMs are most readily available in larger towns.
  • While major North American credit cards are accepted in larger towns, hotels, guesthouses, and some shops, you might find that some businesses will only accept Visa credit cards due to widespread credit card fraud.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your driver/guide a gratuity in USD. We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day.
  • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
  • You can also expect to be solicited for tips from the hospitality and restaurant staff that you encounter. Leaving as little as the equivalent of $1USD is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.
Shopping
  • You will have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, such as wood carvings and textiles, at outdoor markets and roadside stalls.
  • Prices at some markets are negotiable, so don’t be afraid to bargain—it’s a great way to strike up a conversation with a local.