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West African Wanderings

Glorious Ghana 15 to 29 August, 2020

Ghana, was once home to the mighty Warrior Nations and fought over by Colonial Powers for its many riches is now a shining light in Africa; a stable nation moving forward in the modern world.

Ghana is home to a thriving craft based economy textile, basket weaving and bead-making traditions that still prosper to this very day.

We’ll travel this fascinating country from the dry grasslands of the north down to the tropical beaches of the south observing traditional methods in textiles and bead making as well as participating in workshops to make treasures to take home.

Weaving, Batik, Indigo, Beads…there are many small artisan workshops to visit [in the West we would name these Fair-trade type ventures– dealing directly with the makers at reasonable prices]
Enlarge your stash for back home projects and take time to learn how it is done [bring an apron you will be getting your hands dirty!]
Warning: Ghanaian fabric from handmade batik to African wax print is completely addictive.
It is hard to plan because dates are set last minute but if it lines up we will offer an add on to Togo and experience its New Year’s Festivals– Voodoo, wild beats, much dancing and rejoicing.

All Creative Arts Safaris Tours are fully escorted, small group tours focusing on textiles, arts and culture and yummy local cuisine. We like to get our hands dirty doing things, taking workshops and exploring locations and culture, getting off the beaten track. Our friendly groups welcome women and men to join us and are good for solo travellers who do not want to go it alone

Group size 8 to 14 people.

Cost twin share US$4390

single supplement US$790

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Glorious Ghana

15-29 August 2020

NOTE Yellow Fever Vaccination Mandatory 

Cost twin share US$4390

single supplement US$790

Want to know about our next outing? Send us a note.

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 Day Itinerary Activity Meals
Day 1

Saturday

15.8.20

Accra Arrivals to Kotaka International Airport in Accra, where you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel.

 

Day 2

Sunday

16.8.20

Accra Bring your apron, we are straight into a batik workshop with Esther. Batik; rich, multi-layered batik is a highly desired dress material in Ghana and our teacher’s business produces some of the best around.

By the end of the day you’ll have worked up 2 metres to take home with you and had a wonderful home cooked lunch.  Artisan’s Alliance and coffin viewing in the afternoon– these are not just any coffins but works of art!

Welcome Dinner tonight

B, L, D
Day 3

Monday

17.8.20

Koforidua - Atimpoku This morning we are heading to the Koforidua bead market. Held weekly it is a treasure trove for the bead addicted and the centre of the bead trade in West Africa and increasingly international clients as well.

In the afternoon we are heading to Atimpoku and a beautiful spot on the Volta River for the evening.

B, L, D
Day 4 Tuesday

18.8.20

Atimpoku - Atsiekpoe - Atimpoku A bit of an adventure today- crossing the Volta River to the small village of Atsiekpoe to poke around and experience village life in this remote village.

 

B, L, D
Day 5

Wednesday

19.8.20

Atimpoku - Accra Back to Accra this morning and the afternoon will find us wandering around to see what’s on at the Chale Wote Street Arts Festival. We are trying to pin down the exact date of the festival so fingers crossed- will keep you updated, if it isn’t on don’t worry there is plenty to see in Accra B, L
Day 6

Thursday

20.8.20

Accra - Tamale - Karimenga After an early start and short flight, we are heading to the far north of Ghana and the evocative painted village of Sirigu, then check out the Navrongo Cathedral, on the UNESCO tentative list. This area is renowned for its arts, crafts and traditional architecture.

Smock market and Basket makers to visit along the way and then we are staying in a beautiful eco-tourism grass hut style guesthouse tonight– we’ll book the whole place and have a range of rooms or the option to sleep on the roof, local style. Village homestay, comfortable but simple.

B, L, D
Day 7

Friday

21.8.20

Karimenga - Tamale Working with local women we will start the day learning how to make shea butter- a fabulous moisturizer it literally grows on trees in this area.

This community has also pooled their resources to make a village library– if you have a spare spot in your bag you might like to bring a children’s book to donate. In the afternoon we are heading south to Tamale for the night.

B, L, D
Day 8

Saturday

22.8.20

Tamale - Daboya - Tamale Today is a real adventure: we’ll visit the isolated village of

Daboya, west of Tamale, after we cross the White Volta River by dug-out canoe. We’ll need dash to gift the chief

and then wander the village to view strip weaving and indigo dyeing. “Daboya strips” are used throughout northern Ghana to make the distinctive smock worn by the men of the region. Definitely off the tourist trail, Daboya feels like we are stepping into the past as we cross savannah where the shea trees grow.

B, L, D
Day 9

Sunday

23.8.20

Tamale - Kumasi Starting south today we go to Kumasi, a big drive watching the scenery change from the semi-arid north to the more fertile Kumasi region and a lovely waterfall along the way. B, L. D
Day 10

Monday

24.8.20

Kumasi Kumasi, home to the legendary Ashanti kingdom and heart of traditional crafts and culture of Ghana. This is a base for a few days to explore the region.

An early visit to a weaving village to see Ashanti Kente weaving– this village is special also for the responsible approach to tourism– a well-informed info centre and a village that believes tourists should be able to wander around in peace and appreciate their village.

In the afternoon- Adinkra Printing with Gabriel [Gabriel says Adinkra means talking and each symbol associated with this style has a clear meaning, so your choice of symbols imparts a lot of information]. Gabriel and his family still source bark from up towards the Sahara to make the traditional inks.

B, L
Day 11

Tuesday

25.8.20

Kumasi Today is all about Ashanti culture and history, crafts and stories as well.

 

B, L
Day 12

Wednesday

26.8.20

Kumasi - Cape Coast Major Market Meander Day this morning ...delve into the enormous Central Market at the heart of Kumasi [it boasts to be biggest in West Africa!]….it seems literally anything is possible in this market even things you never dreamed could be there...textiles, food, second hand goods, the odd fetish item or 100– parrot wings, dried bats, vulture heads all those things to stock the cupboard back home!

A guided tour of the market in the morning then we head off to Cape Coast today.

B, L, D
Day 13

Thursday

27.8.20

Kumasi - Cape Coast Today is about African time…taking it easy at a beach side resort, we will check out the history of the area, this coast was once the centre of the nefarious slave trade. Cape Coast and its castle has been possessed by many European nations in its history and is a now a world Heritage site- lots to explore.

This area is famous for its Fante Flags- appliqued flags of various warrior groups, last visit we were lucky enough to be invited to a flag viewing and hope we can repeat it, it depends on the honourable, elderly gentleman responsible for his troupes’ flags- we will try.

Afternoon visit to the beauty parlour and learning how to put on the amazing headwraps all women wear

B, L, D
Day 14

Friday

28.8.20

Cape Coast - Accra Picturesque Elmina today just down the coast and then up to Accra for last minute shopping and a farewell dinner B, L, D
Day 15

Saturday

29.8.20

Accra - Departure B
  • pick up from and dropping to airport ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT for the trip
  • accommodation on twin share basis [or choose single supplement]
  • group transport during trip in AC bus, dug out canoe
  • all sightseeing and workshops listed in itinerary
  • breakfast and meals mentioned in itinerary

Shopping!!

-airfares

-visa

-travel insurance

-laundry

– meals not mentioned in itinerary

-drinks and bottled water

-gratuities/ tips