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I am planning a trip to Ghana next year. There will be 12 people (10 students + 2 chaperons) in the group. We will be arriving in Accra on Feb 25th at ~8:00am and would like a tour of the city before going to Cape Coast . I noticed a trip itinerary on the internet that I think would be great if we could incorporate these elements into the trip. See below. We would need to go back to Accra on Saturday, Feb 27th after this trip to meet up with the people from our program. Alternatively, if you could arrange for us to go from Cape Coast/Elmina to Hohoe on Saturday, Feb 27 that would be even better. If you can provide as many details as possible, including costs, name of lodging, specific activities, meals, transportation, etc. that would be great.
Accra City Tour
A sightseeing city tour of Accra . You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra , the capital of Ghana . This 128 year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park . After lunch in a local Ghanaian restaurant, you will end your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa . Continue the drive to Elmina Lodging: Hotel in Elmina. Includes: (B).
Kakum National Park
Early morning departure for a drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park , one of West Africa ’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy Walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 40m (120 feet) above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 Km Nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway. Lodging: Hotel in Elmina. Includes: (B).
The Door of No Return at Cape Coast Castle
After breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on an emotional boat trip to the Cape Coast Castle . This trip will mark as a return trip for the one made 200 years ago when Africans were transported via slave ships to the Americas . On landing on the shore make your way to the castle and enter through the door that was the last door African ancestors passed through on their way to board the ships to the new world. At that time it was a symbol of hopelessness and was known as the Door of No Return. But to modern pilgrims it is a Door of Return, of hope and healing.
Explore the grounds of this infamous castle with its slave dungeons. Every part of the castle has historical significance. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. History will unfold the story of the slave trade whose impact is still being felt today, beyond the shores of Africa . Watch the film ‘Crossroads of People, Crossroads of Trade’. Lodging: Hotel in Elmina.
After dinner participate in Kasa (Talk Time) - This event offers the opportunity to learn more about Ghanaian culture or simply talk to each other and share information about the experiences you are having on the tour. Your tour leader and tour guide leads Kasa discussions. (This activity is optional). Includes: (B).
Yudi: 4 times a year my husband and I take groups of around 30 people to know other cultures.
Our project is called “Viajes de la Diversidad” (Diversity Trips).
Every February we travel alone (just my Husband and me) to a new destiny, with the idea to incorporate it in the future journeys.
This year we choose “Senegal”. We think people will love to experience African Music, Dances, culture, and enjoy the beaches.
However, before we take them, we need to search and “feel” the place by ourselves.
I wonder if you can you offer us an itinerary that includes:
- An English or Spanish spoken guide (we are Argentinean), with a private car (air conditioning)
- Stay at Not Crowdie Beaches
- Visit to local villages and ethnic groups, to know their culture
- Local markets
- Typical Fishing Villages
- National park with wild animals (And to live inside the park if it is possible)
- Animal rides (elephant, camel)
- Most important: every day we want to receive in each place a class of Djembe and a class of Africans songs with local people.
We are arriving on February the 1st to Dakar (9:35 pm) and leaving from Dakar, February the 23th (11:55 pm).
The nights February the 1st 2nd 3rd our idea is to Stay at Dakar, and to return to Dakar February the 22nd to the same Hotel (A lodge at the beach or a 5 Stars Hotel).
For February 23rd we need a late check out, because our flight is at 11:55 pm
We prefer Lodges (5 stars) or Boutique Hotels, instead of big Hotels. (At the beach, inside the park, etc), and only breakfast (no lunch or dinner)
Please when you prepare me the budget, give me different lodging/hotels options at each place.
Simrana: Hi there,
I am researching a series for the BBC about five young men who will experience nature at its most powerful with the help of experienced mentors who have had a lifetime of experience in their respective fields. We hope that this journey will not only take these young men around the world but will also take them on a road to manhood. Hopefully that got your attention!
I thought you may be able to help us in our quest to make a programme about our young guys learning the skills of a desert camel salt trader. We are thinking of throwing our young men into the deep end where they have to learn the toughest parts of this job and also live like them for a week.
We would need to bring a small crew, (5 young men and about 5 crew - so 10 people in total) in Mali for filming for a few weeks.
And do you know of an experienced guide who could act as a mentor to our five young guys? He would need to put them on a tough, fast track to learning how to navigate in the desert and mine salt. We'd hope that he would also pass on some of his wisdom and perhaps any traditions or initiations into manhood.
If you can't help could you be so kind as to suggest a contact that could?
Are there many tourists doing the Timbuktu - Taoudenni trip?
Any information you can supply would be much appreciated.
Gordon: Dear Sirs,
I am looking at coming to Mali for the last two weeks of October - dates are not yet fixed. I am an architect writing and filming about nomad and natural buildings. I am interested in the Tuareg and also the Dogon, and also interested in meeting with any charities and NGO's working with these people. I am less interested in the 'tourist' scene and want to record whether people are still living a traditional way of life, and how the traditions have changes as the modern world arrives.
I am prepared to travel hard, do not need fancy hotels or camel rides, unless necessary to get to the places we need to go. I may come with my 15 year old daughter, Nadia. She is an experienced traveller and has been with me in the Sahara and Sinai deserts with Berber and Bedouin tribes.
Can you assist? What would you suggest as an itinery, and what sort of cost would we be looking at? Is this a sensible time of year to do this. Are there any nomad gatherings that would provide a good opportunity to see people erecting and taking down their homes, or do you know of a family that would do this in front of a camera (and be paid)?
I need to sort this out quite quickly if I am to book flights for October, but if it needs more time, then we can find another slot.