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Come and join in an unforgettable journey to experience the real Ghana. You will discover the best of Ghana's wildlife and nature, whilst living their traditions and culture in the same breath. This safari will give take you to Ghana's best national parks and villages to give you an up-close experience and immerse yourself in authentic Ghana's cultures. This is the right safari if you want to get a different perspective of the African safari in the western side of the continent.
You will be accommodated at La Villa Boutique Hotel (or similar) in Accra, Big Foot Safari Lodge in Hohoe, Royal Senchi (or similar) in Senchi, Lake Bosomtwi Hotel in Abonu, Zaina Lodge in Damongo, Falls Executive Lodge in Kintampo, Four Villages Inn (or similar) in Kumasi, Axim Beach Resort in Axim, Coconut Grove Beach Resort (or similar) in Elmina.
The highlight of this trip will be your stay at the Zaina Lodge, West Africa’s first luxury safari lodge. Located in Mole National Park, the Lodge elegantly blends a safari sensibility with modern amenities and combines a luxurious visitor experience with sustainable business practices. Exterior surfaces are faced in native stone harvested from the Lodge site and roofs are covered with woven thatch grass harvested in Northern Ghana. Their infinity pool, restaurant, and bar overlook two waterholes frequented by elephants, antelope, and are inhabited by crocodiles.
25 individual tented chalets are arrayed to capture spectacular views over the woodland savannah of Mole National Park. Each suite includes a private bath with indoor and outdoor showers and is fully air-conditioned. The hand-carved bed, personal refreshments chest (replenished with ice and drinks daily by Zaina family members) and other furnishings reflect the craftsmanship of local and regional artisans. A hand-constructed thatched roof, framed with sustainably raised plantation teak, overarches each suite.
They have a 200-degree view of nothing but unending woodland savannah from their ridge-top location. The view is breathtaking, especially at sunset. The two water holes, located just below the lodge, are frequently visited by elephants, antelope, warthogs, baboons, and other wildlife. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of one of the crocodiles that are lying in wait for an unsuspecting antelope. But most important, is the feeling of being totally enveloped by the sights, sounds, and calming effect of nature. Enjoy it from your room deck, or while enjoying a sunset drink from the deck of the main lodge.
Zaina Lodge aims to spoil their guests and despite all there is to eat, drink, see, and do at Zaina Lodge, you will not want to get out of their super comfortable American-Queen sized beds. Guests have told them it was their best sleep in Ghana. The rooms are well appointed with locally crafted furniture, an array of complimentary beverages, a roomy in-door shower, and a romantic outdoor shower, both with hot water. If you choose, you can have fresh Ethiopian coffee or a range of hot teas delivered to your room in the morning.
In the morning, you will be met by your driver / guide for an introductory tour of Accra through the principal streets of the city. You will start with a drive to the Osu Castle, also known as Christiansborg, which was originally built by the Danes. You shall continue to Independence Square to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the final resting place of the first President of Ghana. After lunch, you will visit the Arts Centre for National Culture. In the late afternoon, you are going to return to your hotel for an evening at your own leisure.
After an early breakfast, you will depart on a 3-hour journey to the stunning Avatime Hills, an ancient volcanic mountain formation that rises from the lower Volta Basin. On arrival, you will hike through the mountainous Amedzofe, through valleys, cliffs, waterfalls to the highest peak in Ghana with human habitation. You will embark on a 20-minute hiking up Mount Gemi for a superb view of the mountainous region, its surrounding villages, and unique landscape. You can enjoy the fresh breeze and superb view from the peak marked by a four-meter-high cross.
After an afternoon lunch break, you will depart by road to the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, home of Mona and Patas monkeys. These monkeys are protected by local traditions and live in complete harmony with the residents. You can take a walk into the forest with a great chance to see one of the many troupes of monkeys. It is a delight to take along bananas and to watch as the monkeys calmly perch on one’s arm, unwrap, and eat the banana. In the late afternoon, you will settle at the lodge set in a tropical garden.
In the early morning, armed with snacks, bananas, and lots of water, you will set off for a hike up Mount Afadja, the highest peak in Ghana standing at an elevation of 885 meters with the village of Liate Wote at its foot. The hiking can take from 40 minutes to two hours depending on the level of fitness. You will descend the mountains to embark on a trek through the village, as well as the cocoa, coffee, and food crop farms, all the while interacting with locals.
You will return to the lodge for an afternoon break before setting off for a hike to the Wli Waterfalls, the highest falls in Ghana by walking 45 minutes and crossing nine rivers to the lower falls. You should bring along a bathing suit and towel for a refreshing afternoon dip in the falls. You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, you will depart for Akosombo on a 3-hour driving with a great chance of meeting palm wine (local wine) for sale along the route. On arrival, you can relax and have lunch at the riverfront resort. In the late afternoon, you will set off for the Shai Hills Resource Centre, home to troops of olive baboons, kobs, bushbucks, monitor lizards, and spectacular caves with large colonies of bats. The reserve is ideal a paradise for birdwatchers. Activities include rock climbing, visits to ancient caves of old Shai settlements, now home to a colony of bats. You will return to the resort where you will spend the rest of the day.
You will have a breakfast on a boat cruise along the Volta River to the man-made Akosombo Dam. After the 2-hour boat ride, you will check out of the hotel to embark on a 5-hour journey through the Akwapim Ridge to the Ashanti Region. On arrival, you will spend the afternoon in the Abonu village, where the Lake Bosomtwi is sited. This crater lake is believed to have been created by a falling meteorite. Tour to the fishing villages that surround it reveals the cultural practices of the villages in the hinterland. You shall end the day at the resort located on the banks of the crater lake.
In the early morning, you will set off to the Bobiri Forest Reserve and Butterfly Sanctuary, a habitat for winter migratory birds and monkeys. You will experience a guided tour through the forest whilst you encounter various species of butterflies along the trails. You will also have breakfast at the guest house located in this butterfly reserve. At noon, you will continue to the craft villages of Ntonso, a settlement of Adinkra textile printers, who use traditional designs and symbols which are indicative of the religious and socio-cultural reasoning of the Ashanti.
You will learn the process of Adinkra printing from a master and also stamp chosen motives on t-shirts. You will also visit Ahwiaa for wooden carvings such as stools, masks, fertility dolls etc. The carvings portray Ghanaian culture, traditions, and believe. About six kilometers ahead, you will visit the village of Adanwomase (Kente) to interact with locals and to learn the art and history of the craft. You will learn traditional skills like kente weaving, palm wine tapping, farming, etc. You shall spend the rest of the day at the lakefront resort.
After breakfast, you will depart on a 6-hour driving northwards with a stopover at the Fulla Falls, which falls over a series of cascades along the river Oyoko. You will continue with trip to the Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge. It is home to 93 species of mammals, including herds of elephant, buck, and a wide range of bird life. On arrival, you will spend the late afternoon relaxing with a Sundowner, the tradition of marking the end of a day with a drink, whilst you watch the sun sinking and the sky darken.
In the early morning, you will set on a 2-hour driving safari through the park, through open hardpans covered with grass, waterholes, forest, and manmade ‘hides’ where visitors may observe wildlife from outside the vehicles. The driving tour will be conducted from a customized Toyota safari vehicle, which can carry up to nine people, including a guide and driver, in air-conditioned comfort and bucket seats, each with unobstructed window views. There is also a custom pop-up roof to the vehicles, allowing passengers to easily stand and raise the roof above their heads for optimal wildlife viewing and photography.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Mognori Eco Village, a community-based eco-tourism site. You will tour the village, meet families, learn the process of making shea butter, the daily activities of this community, etc. You will spend the rest of the evening relaxing at the safari lodge.
You will experience an early morning 2-hour walking safari to encounter elephants and other big game on foot and up close. After breakfast, you will depart southwards with brief visits to traditional village settlements en route. You can interact with locals and share little gifts like sweets, pencils, pens, notebooks amongst the children. In the afternoon, you will visit the Kintampo Falls. You shall descend about 170 steps along the three cascades to serenity also for a quick dip in the falls.
In the early morning, you will depart to the nearby Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, where Mona and black and white Colobus monkeys are considered to be a significant part of the community. You will experience a 45-minute walking tour through the forest to see monkeys high up on tree tops. You can feed them with their favorite banana and peanuts. You can also learn about the history of this settlement from the expert local guide as you stroll along the trails to the cemetery of these sacred monkeys. You will depart from the sanctuary to the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom. You will learn the history of the ancient Ashanti Kingdom. You will spend the night at a boutique hotel.
After breakfast, you will set off on a short visit to the Kejetia market, the largest open-air market in West Africa. Experience 1-hour of the colors, noise, and chaos of this traditional market. One can purchase local wares from fabric, beads, shea butter, etc. You will depart from there on a long 6-hour driving to the Western Region with a lunch break in Cape Coast, after which you will visit the Cape Coast Castle, one of the best-preserved castles and also declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, you shall continue the trip to Axim, where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the beachfront resort.
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Nzulezo village for an hour boat ride on the Amanzule River with unique flora lining the riversides. On arrival at the village, you will meet with elders and school children. You will also learn about the history of this fishing community. You will return to land for lunch before setting off for the Ankasa Game Reserve. You can take a walk through this amazing forest habitat with a wide array of bird and animal life. In the late afternoon, you shall return to the resort, where you will have a great chance to see marine turtles nesting on the beach.
After breakfast, you will visit a neighboring fishing village to watch and participate in the daily life including helping the fishermen pull in net, please note that it is a taboo to fish on Tuesdays. You will continue to the Central Region with a stopover at Fort Sao Antonio, situated close to the mouth of the River Ankobra, where you will enjoy breathtaking views out into the fishing bay. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the beachfront resort in the afternoon for an evening of relaxation.
You shall set off early in the morning to the Kakum National Park, which comprises of undisturbed virgin rainforest to experience a walking tour across seven bridges on the canopy walkway above the forest. You will experience a walking tour through the forest trails and view various bird species and medicinal plants along the trail. You will continue with a brief stopover at the Hans Botel, a resort partly built on stilts on a river with crocodiles, lots of birdlife and monkeys. You will return to the hotel to freshen up and for checkout. After lunch, you will return to Accra, a 3-hour riding for departure.
The transportation to all sites is in an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle driven by a professionally licensed driver. The vehicles were custom made in Tanzania and can carry up to nine people, including a guide and driver, in air-conditioned comfort and bucket seats, each with unobstructed window views. There is also a custom pop-up roof to the vehicles, allowing passengers to easily stand and raise the roof above their heads for optimal wildlife viewing and photography. The Zaina Ranger Guides will tell you about the flora and fauna of the park and help you spot wildlife to make sure you take home fantastic pictures and memories. They are full of knowledge and stories of the bush, so ask them as many questions as you wish.
Wisdom Akpabli is a graduate from the University of Ghana, majoring in Geography and Resources Development. He also studied Tour Guiding Skills and Tour Operations and has been active in the field as a tour guide since 2001. Wisdom is a professional and knowledgeable with a deep understanding of Ghanaian culture. He knows the facts and is very accurate, especially in the fields of history and local traditions. He speaks English and local dialects Ewe, Twi, Ga, and Hausa, therefore, can communicate with any ethnic group within the boundaries of Ghana, Togo, and Benin.
This safari will take place at Osu Castle, Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Arts Centre for National Culture, Mount Gemi, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, Mount Afadja, Wli waterfalls, Akomsombo, Shai Hills Resource Centre, Volta River, Akosombo Dam, Lake Bosomtwi, Bobiri Forest Reserve and Butterfly Sanctuary, Ntonso Village, Ahwiaa, Adanwomase, Mognori Eco Village, Kintampo Falls, Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Manhyia Palace, Kejetia Market, Cape Coast Castle, Nzulezo Village, Ankasa Game Reserve, Fort Sao Antonio, and Kakum National Park in Ghana.
Through the lush greenery of Agumatsa Forest Reserve, you will cross the same river eight times to reach the Wli Waterfalls, the highest fall in Ghana, which has hundreds of fruit bats, a few monkeys, and antelopes.
Lake Bosomtwi is a crater lake believed to have been created by a fallen meteorite. The sacred lake is located in a crater and ringed by rugged mountains. This picturesque meteorite crater lake is surrounded by dozens of fishing and farming villages. The lake basin is ideal for mountaineering, diving, swimming, fishing, birding, etc.
Adanwomase is a town in Kwabre East District, about 17 miles northeast of Kumasi. It is also well known for the traditional Kente cloth weaving. Although there are a variety of oral histories concerning the origins of Kente Cloth, historians and scholars agree that Kente Cloth production is an extension of centuries of strip-weaving in West Africa.
Strip-weaving has existed in West Africa since the 11th century. Most scholars believe that the art form was developed in present-day Mali and spread throughout West Africa through trade and migration.
Mole National Park is the largest and most developed of Ghana’s seven National Parks. It is the only location where visitors regularly see elephants, as well as a popular destination for birders from around the world. Walking safaris are a hallmark of Mole National Park, and walking in close proximity to elephants is a safari experience unique to Mole. The 180-kilometer drive from Tamale, the closest major city, takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Which translates as “river bank”, Mognori is a farming village is relatively close to the south-eastern border of Mole National Park and is rich with the traditions of the Hanga clan. The current residents are descendants of a Moshi hunter who settled on the Murugu land before the slave raids of the 18th century. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the village, meet families, and learn the process of making shea butter, the daily activities of this community, etc.
Manhyia Palace is the official residence of the Ashantehene. Its large compound holds statues of past Kings and Queens of the Ashanti Kingdom. This palace is located just a kilometer from the National Museum and was built in 1926 on the return from exile of the Asantehene Nana Prempeh I. This palace remains in use today and houses an interesting history museum.
This was the headquarters of the British merchants and the seat of government until 1877. It has now been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses the West African Historical Museum where exhibits range from the period to the mid 19th Century. The dark underground dungeons where the slaves were held and the auction halls are places of great importance to most African-Americans because of the nostalgia they evoke.
This 375 square kilometers national park comprising of an undisturbed virgin rainforest. Walking tours through the forest provide the opportunity to see much of Ghana’s indigenous plant life, as well as rare butterflies, birds, and game.
During this safari, you will get daily breakfast and bottled water. You will also get a dinner in Kintampo.
Kotoka International Airport
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