Chale Wote Festival 2022

Thurs. 18th Aug. 2022 (Day 1)

Arrival – Accra

Upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport, a representative from Blastours will meet group for a transfer to the lodging. Depending on the time of arrival, we can experience a live band performance at a local Bar & Grill. Overnight stay at a boutique hotel in Accra

Fri. 19th Aug. (Day 2)

Accra

This morning, we will begin with an Accra city tour. Visit the Artists Alliance Art Gallery, a gallery of painting and sculpture, where works of up-and-coming Ghanaian artists are on display. Continue to the Fantasy coffin makers, who make coffins to reflect a person’s affiliation. Drive by the Osu Castle (Christiansborg), which was originally built by the Danes. Stopover at the Independence square. Continue the day with a visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (the final resting place of Ghana’s first President) and the Arts Centre for National Culture. In the evening, we can walk through the fishing village of James Town, with a great chance of witnessing a live band performance. Overnight stay at a boutique hotel in Accra (B/L)

Sat. 20th Aug. (Day 3)

Accra – Kumasi

Set off for the Ashanti Region with a visit to a cocoa farming community en route. On arrival, we visit the Kejetia Market, the largest open air market in West Africa. There is a great chance to witness an Ashanti traditional funeral. Continue to the village of Ampabame Krofrom, where bronze smiths still create works of art using the lost wax method. Overnight stay at the Boutique hotel in Kumasi (B/L)

Sun. 21st Aug. (Day 4)

Kumasi

Visit the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom. Witness the Akwasidae celebration, a grand durbar of Chiefs & Elders paying homage to the Asantehene. After lunch, we visit the craft villages of Ntonso, a village famous for adinkra design and Ahwiaa for carving. Also visit the village of Adanwomase (Kente) to interact with locals and to learn the art and history of the craft. End the day at the Kumasi Cultural Centre, which offers a good account of the rich Ghanaian culture, provides evidence of the Ashanti Kingdom’s eminent past. It houses the Prempeh II Jubilee museum, which provides a fascinating collection of Asante’s history. Overnight stay at the Boutique hotel in Kumasi (B)

Mon. 22nd Aug. (Day 5)

Kumasi – Elmina (Slave River)

Depart for the Central Region with a visit to Assin Manso, the location of a Slave River. On arrival, we visit the Cape Coast Castle, one of the best preserved castles and also declared as UNESCO World heritage site. After lunch we take a walk through the township. End the day with a drum & dance session. Overnight stay at the Boutique hotel in Cape Coast (B/L)

Tues. 23rd Aug. (Day 6)

Cape Coast – Sekondi/Takoradi

After breakfast, we set off on a day trip to the Western Region along a coastline marked with forts and castles including Fort St. Sebastian, a prime example of both Portuguese and Dutch influences. Also visit the Bisa Aberwa Museum, dedicated to promoting African values and celebrating Pan-African heroes. Continue trip to the Western region. Overnight stay at a beach resort in Axim (B/L)

Wed. 24th Aug. (Day 7)

Axim

Experience a boatride to the Nzulezo village on stilts, meet with elders and visit a school in the village. Continue to Fort Apollonia. Visit the Paramount Chief of Eikwe for a discussion on Nzema Language. Overnight stay at a beach resort in Axim (or similar) in Axim (B/L)

Thurs. 25th Aug. (Day 8)

Axim -Elmina

Start the day with a trip to Kakum National Park, which comprises of undisturbed virgin rainforest to experience a walking tour on the longest and highest canopy walkway in West Africa. We will visit the Elmina Castle, for an insight into the history of slavery. Take a walk through the Elmina township and fish market to view some homes built in colonial style and also to experience the lifestyle of the Fantis. Also experience a guided tour through the ancient town of Elmina, which includes a visit to the Asafo Shrines, where warriors prepared mentally and spiritually before going to war. Overnight stay at the Boutique hotel in Cape Coast

Fri. 26th Aug. (Day 9)

Elmina

Start the day with cooking lesson’s to learn how to prepare a local dish. Overnight stay at the Boutique hotel in Cape Coast

Sat. 27th Aug. (Day 10)

Elmina – Accra

Return to Accra with a stopover at Saltpond to witness the Odambea Festival, an annual festival celebrated by the chiefs and people of Nkusukum traditional area in Saltpond. Return to Accra with a stopover at the Westhills Mall. On arrival, we visit the Osu Night Market a hidden gem offering everything from local grocery to food stalls selling local street food from Kenkey and Fish, spicy fried plantain (kelewele) to kebabs. This vibrant market is open around the clock with a different set of vendors for both day and night shifts. Witness the creative use of space that helps generate income for a whole lot of sellers. Here we can stroll through the stalls and taste some street food with chilled local drinks. Overnight stay at the Urbano Hotel (or similar) in Accra (B/L)

Sun. 28th Aug. (Day 11)

Accra

Start the day with a walk through Jamestown, the ‘original Accra’ with its old streets. It happens to be one of the oldest settlements full of beautifully disheveled colonial buildings and yet remains one of the most vibrant districts. Witness the traditional way of cooking some meals indigenous to West Africa including the art of molding and cooking of Ga kenkey, a skill that has been handed down by generations. Also join in the festivities of the Chale Wote festival, an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performances out into the streets. Overnight stay at a boutique hotel in Accra (B/L)

Mon. 29th Aug. (Day 12)

Accra – Departure

Spend the rest of the morning free exploring Osu’s Oxford streets before departure.

Tour Highlights

  • Evenings out with traditional live music and band performance
  • Accra arts tour
  • Accra walking tour
  • Cocoa farm visit
  • Crafts village visits
  • Kente weaving workshop
  • Forts and Castles
  • Participate in a traditional funeral
  • Boatride to the Nzulezu village on stilts
  • Local dish cooking class
  • Odeambea festival
  • Chale Wote festival
  • Akwasidae Festival
  • Street food tasting
  • Homowo festival
  • Meet a traditional Chief and Elders
  • Accra Arts Tour
  • Drum & Dance session

Tour Dates

Start Date:

18/08/2022

End Date:

29/08/2022

Duration:

12 days/ 11 nights

Group Size:

2 – 20 adults

Tour Cost:

Customised

Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle by a professionally licensed driver
  • WIFI on board vehicle
  • Lodging in boutique hotes and resorts
  • Breakfast and other meals at local restaurants
  • Bottled water on vehicle daily
  • Entrance fees to all listed activities
  • Presentation to Traditional Chiefs

 

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