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GHANA TOURS

An exceptionally friendly and stable country with so much to offer travellers wanting to experience West Africa.

Ghana has a rich, vibrant cultural identity waiting to be discovered, in addition to exceptional birds and wildlife for nature lovers.  With its many historical sites recognised by UNESCO and recent colonial past Ghana is a must for any traveller with an interest in History.  A safe English speaking country known as the Gateway to Africa, please peruse our wide selection of professionally guided tours.

COUNTRY FACTS

Capital: Accra
Currency: Ghana Cedi
Time Zone: GMT
Official Language: English

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Why choose us?

Image-N-(Sao-Tome-and-Principe-Tours)Ashanti African Tours employ full time registered and certified expert local guides in culture, birding, wildlife, butterflies, history and general natural history we do not use freelance guides and pride ourselves on paying our staff a good salary, pension, healthcare and social security.  We pride ourselves on quality, affordable, authentic, professionally lead tours that benefit locals and the environment.  Please feel free to request a reference from one of our many previous tour participants that travelled with us in your area of interest.

For more information on our expertly guided tours
please choose from our wide selection below

All our tours can be tailored for individuals, couples, small & large groups.

How booking a tour with Ashanti African Tours helps

Image-P-(Why-Choose-Us)By booking any of the wide selection of Ghana tours that we offer you can be rest assured your holiday will directly benefit locals and their environment.  Ashanti African Tours have been leaders in ethical travel putting the local communities and environment at the heart of what we do.  Through our ethical travel initiatives we have been able to build an 8 classroom school facility catering for crèche, Kindergarten and Primary school students in a coastal village in the Central Region of Ghana.  We are also currently in the advanced stages of building an 11 classroom school for 3 remote communities in the Ashanti Region of Ghana as they currently do not have school facilities close to them.  In addition we are sponsoring 23 community based committee members to patrol a portion of endangered upper guinea rainforest habitat stopping illegal logging and hunting activities.  We are actively involved in protecting endangered and vulnerable bird and mammal species also within Ghana.  Our professional and ethically run operations employ locals, source the vast majority of our products and services locally and we are passionate about giving our tour participants the ultimate authentic Ghana experience.  Many travel companies state they are into responsible travel, however most of the time this is greenwashing to get responsible travellers to book with them.  This is not the case at Ashanti African Tours and we are happy to forward more detailed information on all of our community development and environmental conservation projects, feel free to ask.

GHANA INFORMATION

The republic of Ghana, formally known as the Gold Coast was one of the first African Colonies to come under British rule. In 1957 it became the first country south of the Sahara desert to gain independence. The 540km coastline of Ghana is dotted with colonial slave forts and castles. This is an unpleasant but unforgettable reminder to its dark history. Ghana’s population of 26 million is extremely diverse. There are at least 68 ethnic compositions within the 6 main ethnic groups, Ewe, Akan, Guan, Ga, Adangbe and Gonja with most hailing from the Northern tribes. These groups are also a combination of different tribes. With such a wide range of different people, it is no wonder that Ghana has at least 75 different dialects and languages. All these tribes and ethnic groups have unique cultural and traditional practices that are centuries old. These and the mode of celebrations and traditional beliefs serve to distinguish them from each other. Sea, Sand and Sunshine, the stunning coconut lined deserted white sand beaches, the wild multi – faceted Southern Tropical Rain Forest with a myriad of birds and flora, moving steadily northwards to the Sahelian Savannah plains with its game and wildlife, Ghana’s landscape is difficult to beat or equal. The enormous cultural diversity and unique traditional practices make travelling in and around Ghana a pleasurable adventure to undertake and behold.


LOCAL GUIDES AND TOUR LEADERS

If you are an individual or couple travelling with us you will generally have one of our expert local leaders with you, for larger groups we always allocate two local guides, both knowledgeable and experienced in their related areas. There are also in addition when necessary local or site guides who are there to make sure that your holidays are enjoyable, rewarding and knowledge – filled. Our full time team of over 20 cultural, wildlife, birding and nature specialists are recognised as the finest in West Africa and also possess in depth cultural and historical knowledge of all the areas we visits. Our cultural, heritage and educational tour directors and guides offer dynamic, constructive and inclusive approach to our leading moving away from old styled lecture tour guiding which collectively makes us the leading West African tour specialist. Ashanti African Tours employ full time registered and certified expert local guides in culture, birding, wildlife, butterflies, history and general natural history we do not use freelance guides and pride ourselves on paying our staff a good salary, pension, healthcare and social security. We pride ourselves on quality, affordable, authentic, professionally lead tours that benefit locals and the environment.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

The climate of Ghana due to its geographical location , between long 4°c and 11°c N and about 1°c E and 3°cW it is just north of the equator, is a typical Tropical Climate. Ghana is crossed by the Greenwich meridian at Tema. Daytime temperatures average around 30°c. However in detail there is some variation. Temperature in the mid portion to the south of the country ranges between 21°c – 32°c and 24 °c- 40°c in the north depending on time of the year. The warmest months are February and March and the coolest are August to early September. Seasonal changes are different from those of the North America and Europe due to its proximity to the Equator. Given a few isolated instances Ghana’s Temperature is reasonably consistent. The rainy season is from May to October. Most of the southern sector has two regimes of rainfalls, a major one from mid-May to mid-July and a minor one from September to mid-October. The northern sector has only one mid-May – August. From December to mid-January, the Harmmatan winds blow from the Sahara Desert causing very dry and hazy conditions in the north. This will have little or no effect on visitors.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

The vast majority of our standard set departure tours we use mid-range hotels ranging from 2 to 3 star where available, all having private washroom facilities, air-conditioning, swimming pools and international restaurants. During our birding and nature tours we use the best standard accommodation close to the area of interest as most locations are quite remote. It is possible to upgrade accommodation at an additional cost when staying in Accra and Kumasi as at all other locations we use the best hotels available. Please be aware we can design bespoke tours for luxury and budget travelers depending on how much you would like to spend on your holiday.


GUEST HOUSES AND HOMESTAYS

Some of our Eco, Wildlife, Voluntary, Educational and Cultural tours in the more remote areas, local guesthouses are used and in some unique cases homestays though these are more basic than hotels in larger communities, they are comfortable and clean. Staying in these types of accommodations brings us into a closer and more intimate contact with the locals, their ways of life and more interestingly their unison.


CAMPING

On rare occasions during some of our Eco, Wildlife and extreme birding and butterfly tours in more remote areas we will camp. This is not for the duration of your entire tour but for a couple of days where accommodation is unavailable. This is usually the case for night viewing of wild animals like lions, leopards and hippos, camping is usually on a shared basis but single occupancy tents are available when requested. All meals are cooked by our experienced guides and are usually a mixture of ample and delicious western and salivating Ghanaian dishes eaten around an open fire, the Ghanaian way for a memorable evening. Some of our permanent camps have electricity, toilet and cold shower facilities, permanent chef and backup generator.


EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING

Due to the wide variety of tours we offer, this information will be forwarded upon confirmation of your booking in your pre trip information pack.


OUR INSURANCE

Ashanti African Tours (GH) Ltd are registered with the Ghana Tourism Authority (a legal requirement) our operating license number is T-04/CR/16, our company has public liability and professional indemnity insurance with a policy cover of $1,000,000.00 USD per claim, all our vehicles are comprehensively insured, our guides are registered, certificated and employed on a full time basis in addition to our services and tour leaders being of the highest standard.


YOUR INSURANCE

You must ensure that you have adequate personal insurance cover for your trip. It is a compulsory requirement for all our trips in Ghana and other African destinations and it is your responsibility to take out a suitable policy. You will not officially join our tours until evidence of your insurance has been provided to our office. This must include personal accident, medical expenses and repatriation to your country of origin. We also recommend that your policy covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please note that free insurance cover offered by some credit cards does not cover repatriation expenses.


VISAS

All nationalities, except Ghanaians and members of the ECOWAS community need a visa for entry into Ghana. British citizens can download a visa form from www.ghana.com.co.uk You will need four passport size quality photos and can send your passport via recorded delivery. This takes approximately two weeks to process. Alternatively, you can go directly to the Ghana High Commission, 104 Highgate Hill, London N6 5HE nearest tube Archway Station. All tour participants will need a single entry visa which is valid for 3 months from day of issue. We advise you to apply for your visa at least four weeks prior to departure. The current fee is £50 (subject to change without notice) for citizens of other countries please see below:

Direct Visa Applications and Information from Embassies and High Commissions

www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com (United Kingdom you can download application form)
www.ghanaembassy.org (United States of America)
www.ghanaembassy.nl (Netherlands)
www.consulate-ghana.com.au (Australia)
For all other embassies search on - www.embassyworld.org
For visa agents that charge a fee - www.travcour.com


IMMUNISATIONS AND VACCINATIONS

You need to consult your doctor six to eight weeks prior to departure. You may visit - www.traveldoctor.co.uk - for extensive information on foreign travel to exotic locations.

Below is a guideline only:

Polio
Tetanus
Typhoid
Anti-malaria tablets (consult your chemist)
Hepatitis A
Meningitis
Yellow fever (you must carry this certificate)


TIPPING

All guide fees are paid by Ashanti African Tours and it is a company policy to tip all local site guides and hotel staff. If any client therefore wants to tip any guide or staff at hotels we use it is at the clients own discretion.


SPENDING MONEY

The majority of our tours are all-inclusive so you only need to budget for the following, snacks, soft and alcoholic drinks, shopping and other personal items. If travelling to other West African destinations and a visa is not arranged prior to your arrival please allow approximately an additional £40 for single entry visa per country.


RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Ghana’s environment is quite fragile; we are strongly in favor of and committed to positive impact tourism wherever possible. As much as possible, we try to minimise the negative impact of tourism on local cultures and the environment in Ghana and we try to ensure whenever possible local economies benefit from our presence in their area.

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