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Ghana Optional Tour:

If you are considering going on a life-changing opportunity to volunteer in the village of Dekpor, consider adding a tour of the country’s key sites to your Ghana experience!  From the vibrant city of Accra, the historic slave castle in Cape Coast, to the little-known elephant reserve of Mole National Park, Ghana is full of wonderful surprises!

Day 01
You will be met at Katoka International Airport.  After a brief orientation, you will be transported to the hotel in Accra for the night.
Day 02
Drive to Cape Coast. Visit Elmina Slave Castle—a thought-provoking and often emotional experience for many visitors. Cape Coast was settled by Europeans due to its proximity to the ocean and its beautiful environment.  Elmina Slave Castle is one of several fortified compounds built by Europeans to house African slaves before transporting them to the western world. The hotel in Cape Coast boasts crocodiles in their pond. You can even touch them when they come out to sun themselves!  Be awestruck by the hundreds of weaver birds busy in the trees building their nests.  This is a truly beautiful place to relax.

Day 03

Visit Kakum National Forest and brave the breath-taking canopy walk through the treetops!  What a thrill!

Drive to Kumasi.

Day 04

Visit Ashanti Palace.  Kumasi is the capital of the powerful Ashanti kingdom.  While in this beautiful city, you will visit the ancient palace of the Ashanti king and have a local guide giving you the incredible history of the Ashanti kingdom.

Drive to Kintampo

Day 05

Drive to Mole Park Animal Preserve. Stay overnight at a local hotel. Mole Park is a large animal preserve in the northern region of Ghana. It is home to many animals including: elephants, water buffalo, baboons, monkeys, a variety of deer, warthogs, and many colourful birds and insects. Much to tourists’ delight, many of these animals are often seen very close to the hotel...sometimes right outside the doors! Walking tour of the park. This tour will take you down the rift valley into the animals’ habitat. A local guide will accompany you, point out all sorts of interesting wildlife, and answer your questions.

Day 06

Mole Park Safari.  The early morning safari tour will take you, by 4-wheel drive vehicle, deeper into the park to witness even more animals in their natural surroundings.  You will have the chance to sit on top of the vehicle for a spectacular view and wonderful photo opportunities. Canoe tour. The flat-bottomed canoes give the mesmerizing effect of being part of the water as you meander down the slow-moving river that cuts through the lush rainforest! Visit an ancient local mosque in Larabanga.  Although the date of construction is unknown, it is considered the oldest mosque in all of West Africa.  Built of mud, the Larabanga mosque has been in continuous use for several centuries.  Even though tourists are not permitted to enter, it is truly a sight worth seeing!  

The people of Larabanga are famous for their shea butter—an indulgence that can be purchased at extremely reasonable prices. Stay overnight at local hotel in Mole Park.

Day 07
Drive to Kumasi. Visit the Arts Centre. The Kumasi Arts Centre has many artisans immersed in their creations as you stroll by. The sheer variety of items available will make your choice-making a fun challenge! Souvenirs are reasonably priced. An optional museum visit may be of interest to the history buffs. Stay overnight in a local hotel.
Day 08
Drive to Accra. Experience a traditional bead factory en route to Accra. Recycled glass is pounded, put into molds, fired, and made into beautiful handmade beads by talented artisans. Stay overnight in a local hotel.
Day 09

In Accra, shop at various small shops to get the best bargains possible. Typical local handicrafts include: wooden carvings and masks, kente and batik cloth, clothing, glass bead jewellery, and other surprises, all at incredibly low prices. Shopping here is an adventure in itself! Drop off at Katoka International Airport if you have joined us only for the tour.

Overnight stay if you are continuing with us to volunteer in Dekpor.

Private Transport

English Speaking Local Guide

Hotels

Daily Breakfast

Entrance fees

• Elmina Slave Castle

• Kakum National Forest and canopy walk

• Ashanti Palace

• Mole Park Animal Preserve, safari and canoe tour

• Larabanga Mosque

• Kumasi Arts Centre

• Traditional glass bead artisans’ factory

Short walks and hikes. Not physically demanding. 

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