Homecoming Heritage Tour
African Heritage - Beyond The Return
- Tour of Accra – National Museum, Black Star Gate, Independence Square, James Town
- Visit DuBois Center, learn bead making at TK Beads, Shai Hills Reserve, relax at Volta River
- See Wli Falls, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, visit Tafi Abuife kente village
- Tour Aburi Botanical Gardens and craft market
- Visit kente and adinkra villages, see traditional Ashanti buildings, learn brass casting
- Tour Manhyia Palace museum, National Cultural Centre, visit slave river at Assin Manso
- Reflect at Cape Coast Castle
- Walk canopy bridges at Kakum National Park
- Traditional naming ceremony in village
- Cooking lesson, school visit, drumming and dance lessons, relax at beach
- Tour Elmina Castle
This trip is fully customizable
All our itineraries duration, excursions and standard of hotels can be adapted to fit the requirements of travellers.
In 2019, Ghana commemorated the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans in the State of Virginia in the United States during “The Year of Return”. More people of African descent decided to take the journey to experience their African heritage and we are passionate to work with you to continue this emotional reconnection, “Beyond the Return”.
Our homecoming vacations welcome you back home to the motherland, celebrating culture past and present focusing on the positive news from this exceptional region of Africa. An educative and enjoyable African Heritage experience showcasing your rich and colorful cultural identity that still lives on and plays a vital role in everyday life for your people.
A traditional naming ceremony will be arranged in your honor where you finally receive your true African name that you would have received from your ancestors. The name given to you is correct as it is connected to the day of the week you were born on so you can be confident in its authenticity. Retracing the steps your forefathers were forced to make, gaining in-depth knowledge of what happened and seeing firsthand the edifices and now silent monuments that remain to this day is an important part of your journey.
Visiting ancient traditional communities to learn the foundations of your culture, on the flipside also experiencing modern day Africa and seeing how this culture brings so much to the younger generation and the growth of the nation. In addition to our scheduled vacation packages our team would be honored to work with you in designing a tailored trip to incorporate any specific areas of interest you would like incorporated.
Go to the Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival - Akwaaba Welcome Dinner
You’ve finally arrived in Africa, a special place where you can relax and immerse yourself in the experiences that will strengthen your connection to your culture and heritage. Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, on the beautiful gold coast of Western Africa. Just look for the Ashanti African Tours sign after clearing customs. Your guide will be with you throughout the trip, taking care of everything. After your evening arrival, the goal is to swiftly transfer you to your hotel for check-in, allowing you to unwind and start enjoying your vacation. Following check-in, there’s an Akwaaba welcome home dinner where you can ask questions and your guide will provide information about your trip while you savor delicious African cuisine. You can choose to relax at the hotel after dinner or explore Accra’s nightlife with your guide and driver if you’re too excited to rest.
Accommodation – Labadi beach hotel in Accra
Day 2 - National Museum, Black Star Gate, Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and James Town.
On your first day in Ghana, you’ll enjoy the sunny weather as you begin with breakfast at your hotel. The day’s adventure includes a tour of Accra, passing through economic and administrative districts on the way to the National Museum. This museum offers an ethnographic overview of West African culture, featuring displays from various countries. Nearby, a garden showcases sculptures depicting West African traditions and customs. The museum area also hosts markets selling beautiful African fabrics. Your guide can even arrange for tailored clothing.From there, you’ll visit significant landmarks: the Black Star Gate representing freedom, Independence Square with an African liberation flame, and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, honoring the nation’s founding father. Nearby is the National Cultural Center, a vast outdoor market for traditional West African crafts. Lunch at a local restaurant will introduce you to West African and continental dishes, including Ghana’s famous Jollof Rice.The tour continues with a walk through Jamestown and Usshertown, Accra’s oldest suburbs. You’ll see historical structures predating colonial times, and the area provides insight into pre-independence and colonial eras. Notable landmarks include a 30-meter lighthouse and colorful fishing boats. You’ll also explore Fort James, part of Accra’s colonial past.The tour delves into old Accra, highlighting differences between British and Dutch influences. You’ll see Brazilian stone houses, built by Africans who returned from Brazil after the abolition of the slave trade. This community faces social challenges like street children and child labor.The evening focuses on Jamestown’s boxing tradition, which thrives due to the area’s hardships. Notable boxers have emerged, and a local businessman supports youth through boxing events. You might witness a weekly boxing show or visit a gym. The day ends with an immersive experience at a local bar and restaurant, where you can savor food, music, and the true spirit of Accra. You can then choose to relax at the hotel or explore more of Accra’s nightlife.
Accommodation – Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra
Day 3 - DuBois Center, TK Beads, Shai Hills Reserve, Volta River Cruise and Relaxation
After breakfast, the first destination is the DuBois Center, the former home and burial place of Dr. William W. Burghardt DuBois, a prominent American Pan-Africanist. He led the Pan-African congress and was an advocate against segregation. The center now serves as a library and research institute for Pan-Africanism. The journey continues from Accra towards Ghana’s Volt region, passing over the Volta River. Before leaving the city, a stop is made at TK Beads, where traditional beads are crafted using ancient methods. Beads symbolize wealth and beauty in Ghanaian culture and are used during durbars and festivals. The process is explained, and beads can be purchased from the onsite shop.Next, the Shai Hills Reserve is visited, an expanse of Savannah grassland with impressive rock formations, home to baboons, antelopes, and monkeys. The landscape also houses traditional shrines due to its history as the former home of the Shai people. A wildlife guide accompanies the group on a hike to Obonu Tem caves, offering the chance to spot Egyptian Tomb Bats and colorful birds.After this adventure, the journey continues to Akosombo. The riverfront hotel is the base, providing relaxation time. A river cruise option allows for sightings of local fishermen and serene scenery along the White Volta River. The evening promises good food, company, and relaxation, all enjoyed in the stunning location overlooking the river.
Accommodation – Royal Senchi Hotel in Akosombo
Day 4 - Wli waterfalls, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Tafi Abuife Kente Village
Today offers a choice: relaxing at the hotel’s pool or embarking on a full-day excursion to the Volta region. Beginning with an early breakfast, the journey leads to the Wli (Agumatsa) Falls in the Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary. These falls are reputedly West Africa’s tallest, surrounded by lush flora and fauna. A trek through the semi-deciduous forest, originating from Wli village, takes you to the falls. The sound of Straw-coloured Fruit Bats mixes with the powerful river flow. You can even swim in the pool beneath the falls before heading to HoHoe for lunch.
The afternoon revolves around Tafi Atome, a village that reveres the endangered True Mona monkeys as sacred messengers. This community has safeguarded the monkeys and their habitat for centuries. You’ll learn about their protection from local traditionalists, explore the forests to see the monkeys, and discover medicinal plants used in traditional herbal remedies. The local ethnic group is Ewe.
Close by, Tafi Abuife showcases generations of traditional Ewe kente cloth weaving. This Volta Region style differs from the Ashanti Region’s Bonwire kente cloth. With varying colors and designs, you’ll understand the history of each design and have a chance to purchase kente at reasonable prices. Returning to your accommodation overlooking the White Volta river, you can relax, savor local dishes over dinner, and reflect on the day’s experiences.
Accommodation – Royal Senchi Hotel in Akosombo
Day 5 - Aburi Botanical Gardens and Craft Market
Today you’ll start with a relaxed breakfast before leaving your hotel and heading north towards the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The journey will take you into the picturesque Akuapem hills, offering stunning views of Accra and Tema in the distance. At the hill’s summit lies the Aburi Botanical Gardens, established by the British in 1890. These gardens showcase a diverse array of indigenous and exotic plants. Your guide will provide insights into the plants, some with medicinal properties, and their benefits to the locals. Nearby, the Aburi craft village offers a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Skilled craftsmen create traditional African drums, sculptures, and crafts that have been passed down for generations. The village is known for its reasonable prices, making it a great spot for souvenir shopping. Your guide will explain the cultural significance of various sculptures.
Lunch will be enjoyed in Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern Region, before continuing your journey to Kumasi, where you’ll arrive in the early evening. Once checked into your accommodation, you’ll have an evening meal and the rest of the day for leisure, allowing you to unwind and relax.
Accommodation – Golden Bean Hotel in Kumasi
Day 6 - Ancient Kente and Adinkra Villages, Ashanti Traditional House and Sakoban Krofrom
The morning starts with a visit to the last remains of the Asante Empire, designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These traditional Asante buildings host 10 active shrines made from bamboo, timber, mud, and thatch. The walls are adorned with motifs that bear ancient Adinkra symbols, which hold significant cultural meanings. The site is connected to Nana Yaa Asantewaa, a prominent female warrior and leader of the Ashanti during the 1901 war against the British. You’ll explore her legacy and visit the spiritual shrine where she fortified herself for battle.
The journey through Ashanti history continues with visits to Adanwomasie and Ntonso. Adanwomasie is the birthplace of Ghana’s vibrant Kente cloth. You’ll interact with skilled weavers, learn about the history of various designs, and witness traditional looms that have persisted for generations. Ntunso is the origin of adinkra symbols, carved from calabash shells and printed onto cloth with natural dyes. This ancient tradition predates even kente cloth, and you’ll have the chance to create your own adinkra strip with meaningful symbols.
After lunch, you’ll explore Sokoban Krofrom, known for traditional brass casting that has sustained the community for generations. You’ll witness the intricate process and have the opportunity to purchase brass souvenirs. The day concludes with dinner options, either at your hotel or in town, where you can experience Kumasi’s nightlife and diverse cuisine.
Accommodation – Golden Bean Hotel in Kumasi
Day 7 - Manhyia Palace, Cultural Center, Assin Manso, Cape Coast Castle and Transfer to Elmina
In the morning, you’ll check out of your hotel and head to the Manhyia Palace, the residence of the Asantehene, the King of the Ashanti people. The Palace Museum provides an insightful journey through the history of the Ashanti empire, offering a firsthand understanding of their culture and legacy.
Next, you’ll visit the National Cultural Centre near Bantama, Kumasi. This area hosts a craft market and the Prempeh II Jubilee museum, which showcases Ashanti history and ancient artifacts. Leaving Kumasi, you’ll head south to Elmina in the central region of Ghana. Elmina was named by the Portuguese due to the abundance of gold in the area, reflecting Ghana’s historical significance in the gold trade.
A poignant stop at Assin Manso follows, a town along the enslaved African trade route. This location marked a significant point on the journey for enslaved Africans, where they were checked and bathed before being transported to Cape Coast for shipment to the Americas. The journey was grueling, often leaving them in poor health.
In the early evening, you’ll visit Cape Coast Castle, a powerful and emotional monument to the painful history of the transatlantic slave trade. This castle held more enslaved Africans than any other in West Africa. Quality time will be spent exploring this historical site, including the dungeons where captives were held before being taken through the infamous “Door of no Return.”
You’ll have the opportunity to pay respects at a shrine in the end dungeon, and an educational museum explains the castle’s history. Many people from the diaspora have returned to Ghana and settled in Cape Coast and Elmina, setting up businesses and homes. After settling into your hotel, you can choose to dine at one of the restaurants owned by those who’ve returned, hearing their experiences and insights. Alternatively, you can relax at the hotel, reflecting on the day’s experiences.
Accommodation – Golden Hill Parker Hotel in Elmina
Day 8 - Kakum National Park and Traditional Naming Ceremony
Get ready for an action-packed day starting with an early sunrise breakfast on Ghana’s finest beachfront. Your adventure continues at Kakum National Park, a semi-deciduous upper guinea rainforest famous for its canopy walkway. The canopy walkway, suspended 40 meters above the rainforest floor, offers stunning views and consists of seven bridges attached to emerging trees. The experience is breathtaking and unforgettable.
Back at the park headquarters, an informative center provides insight into the park’s flora and fauna, including over 40 mammal species like forest elephants and leopards. After lunch, an extraordinary moment awaits with your official Naming Ceremony. Visiting a local village, you’ll be welcomed by chiefs and community elders, marking your return to the land of your ancestors. Traditional drumming and dancing immerse you in the Ghanaian village life. During your personal naming ceremony, you’ll be given a true African name by chiefs and elders, following ancestral traditions. This name would have been yours if you were born in Ghana, carrying emotional significance. After celebrations, you’ll return to your hotel to relax.
In the evening, you have the option to celebrate by heading to Cape Coast town for live music, food, dancing, and reflection. Alternatively, you can choose to unwind at your hotel. This remarkable day promises memorable experiences and a deep connection to Ghana’s culture and heritage.
Accommodation – Golden Hill Parker Hotel in Elmina
Day 9 - Relaxation, Cooking Lesson, School Visit, Traditional Drumming and Dance, and Beach Relaxation
The morning offers relaxation at the hotel’s facilities, where you can swim, enjoy the pool, and soak in the picturesque views of Elmina town. The culinary journey begins as you meet cook Sister Akua in Cape Coast. Each participant has their own table and ingredients to create a Ghanaian dish for lunch. It’s a fun activity with options like red red, ampesie, fufu, groundnut soup, banku, and the famous jollof rice. The best part is savoring your creations. You’ll receive a local cookbook to continue cooking African dishes.
After lunch, you’ll head to Brenu Akyinim, one of Ghana’s best beaches, showcasing the positive impact of your travels on local communities. Before enjoying the beach, you’ll visit the Brenu Akyinim primary school, built with tour profits to provide education after the previous school was destroyed. The afternoon is dedicated to beach relaxation, with dinner featuring delicious seafood against the backdrop of the West African Gold Coast. A beach bonfire enhances the ambiance, complemented by local drumming and dancing. You can even partake in traditional drumming lessons and dances before returning to the hotel to unwind.
Accommodation – Golden Hill Parker Hotel in Elmina
Day 10 - Elmina Castle, and Accra for Departure
After a relaxing breakfast, your guide and driver will collect your bags and prepare to head back to Accra. En route, you’ll pass through Elmina, a fishing town with a rich history. In Elmina, you’ll visit the Castle of St. George, the oldest colonial building in sub-Saharan Africa, dating back to 1482. This castle has historical significance, particularly during the tragic era of the transatlantic slave trade. The castle now stands as a silent monument to that painful history and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the tour, you can explore the local fishing market and visit the traditional boat builders, witnessing a community that has changed little since the days of the slave trade.
Continuing your journey, you’ll return to Accra, the capital. Before your departure, there’s an early evening meal arranged, providing an opportunity for goodbyes and reflections on the wonderful experiences shared. As you leave, you become a part of the Ashanti African Tours family, and though missed, your time in Ghana will leave a lasting impact.
The dry season here in Ghana is from November to April which is the most popular time to travel. Travelling during our rainy season is also not a problem and we are rarely disrupted by the rains.
The price is determined by the standard of accommodation you request and your group size. Once the itinerary is finalised the price will be forwarded to you. If you are interested in booking onto one of our scheduled tours, then please contact us for up-to-date pricing at the time of your enquiry.
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If you receive cheaper quotes from other legitimate companies, we will try to match or improve the price for the exact same tour package offered.
This will be pre-determined prior to your booking and will depend on your budget. We offer the choice from High-end, to mid-range and budget options.
All our standard tour prices include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition we have fruit and snacks when available on all our vehicles.
- Mineral water
Unlimited mineral water is available to every participant for the duration of your time with us on all our tours.
In a fully air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of your tour, vehicle type will depend on the group size and all our vehicles are comprehensively insured and in excellent condition.
All our drivers are highly experienced and employed on a full-time basis by our company, their focus is on your safety and comfort. On the occasions we may need to rent vehicles and drivers from outside our company, these are well known to us and are of the highest quality with your safety and comfort as their priority.
Unlimited daily milage and all fuel is included in the tour price.
- Entrance fees
All entrance and excursion fees detailed in your itinerary are included in the tour price.
- Guide fees
All expert guide fees are included in the price for all our tours.
- Additional services
Our company offer 24/7 professional, care, attention, and office support to all our tour participants.
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
Do I need a visa to travel to Ghana?Most countries in West Africa require visas for entry and this will ultimately depend on your country of origin and your chosen destination. Once you have decided on your preferred holiday destination, go to the destination page for that country on our website and you will find all the entry requirements and visa information for that specific country in the Travel Tips section at the bottom of the page. Ashanti African Tours offer tours to Ghana, Togo, Benin, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe and Ethiopia. If you do not see the visa information on the relevant pages, we are here to help, so please contact us
Do I need vaccinations/shots to travel?All countries we travel to in West Africa require Yellow Fever vaccination and you must ensure you keep the certificate with your passport when entering the country as this may be requested for inspection. For up to date information on all other vaccinations you may need please consult your doctor, travel clinic or public health department six to eight weeks prior to departure for extensive up to date information on foreign travel to West Africa.
Do I need to bring medicine with me?If you are on any medication for your personal wellbeing, then please ensure you keep this in your hand luggage prior to travel in case your main luggage is delayed. Malaria is prevalent in West Africa and you will need to take preventative malaria treatment and there are several prophylactics available so please consult your doctor or travel clinic to see which one is best for you. Imodium or similar medication is always advisable to have with you when travelling in case you experience traveller Tummy which is common when travelling to places with a different climate. Pharmacies are common in most locations here in West Africa and your guide is always available to assist you if you need to visit a pharmacy, please be open and discuss any issues you have with your guide.
Do I need travel insurance?You must ensure that you have adequate personal insurance cover for your trip. It is a compulsory requirement for all our trips in Senegal 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 strongly recommend that your policy covers cancellation (especially significant since the Covid-19 pandemic), curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please note that free insurance cover offered by some credit cards does not cover repatriation expenses.
Who will meet me at the airport?Prior to your arrival our office will provide you with a photo of your guide and driver in addition to their personal mobile/cell phone number in case you can not locate them at the airport. The guide and driver assigned to your tour will also be holding an Ashanti African Tours sign or a sign with your name on it at the arrival hall when leaving the main building after clearing customs and immigration. Please ensure you check your guide or drivers company identification card when meeting them prior to joining our vehicle. Airports can be busy and some people can be disorientated when arriving in an unusual country so in the rare instance you cannot locate your driver or guide please wait at the arrival hall and call their phone number which our office provided you. In the unlikely event you can still not reach them then call our office 24/7 emergency number and we will ensure they locate where you are in the airport.
How much spending money will I need?The amount of spending money you will need is determined by the type of tour you have booked with us. Most of our standard scheduled and customized tours are all-inclusive, so you only need to budget for the following: snacks, soft (not mineral water as this is always included) and alcoholic drinks and items of a personal nature. If you have booked a budget tour, then some aspects of the tour may not be included in the tour price and you will receive this information during your enquiry process.
Can I access ATM’s to withdraw money?Access to Automated Teller Machines varies greatly depending on the country, city, or town you are in and it is common for machines to have technical problems disbursing money. It is advisable to withdraw your spending money in the capital city of your chosen destination on your arrival, alternatively your guide can arrange for money to be changed at local Forex Bureaus and banks during your trip.
Will my driver or tour guide stay with me at all times?Our drivers and guides are always available 24/7 during your time touring with us. For our student trips they will always remain with the group, staying at the same accommodations and are always on hand in case of an emergency. On our standard tours the guide and driver are with you for as long as you need them, sometimes they stay at the same accommodations, when this is not possible they stay at a nearby accommodation but are always available if needed. You will be provided with your guide and drivers personal contact number and our clients are always given a 24/7 emergency contact number.
How much should I tip?All our company drivers, assistants and expert local guides are employed on full time contracts with Ashanti African Tours and receive a good salary and in addition a daily bonus when on tour. Ashanti African Tours also have a company policy to tip all local site guides and hotel staff. Therefore, if any of our clients would like to tip any of our guides, site guides, drivers, or staff at hotels we use, it is at the client’s own discretion.
Can I bring donations?It is common for our tour participants to want to bring donations for schools, hospitals, library’s, and other organisations that are in need here in West Africa. This is very much appreciated; however, we do not encourage giving out pens, books and other items directly as these are often taken off their intended recipient by bigger or older people and also breeds a begging culture in locations we visit. To ensure the donations go to their intended recipients our office will identify schools, communities and organisations in need and we will arrange for you to hand them over to a representative or person in charge. This ensures the item and donation goes to those in most need of help. Ashanti African Tours have also registered our own NGO charity “Rainforest Rescue Ghana” which builds schools, helps local communities, youth and protects rainforest and endangered wildlife in Ghana. To date (2020) we have donated over $135,000.00 USD from our company profits to our projects, if you would like more information on our projects please contact us
Will my mobile/cell phone work?If you would like to use your phone and number registered to your home country when in West Africa it is important you inform your service provider and arrange international roaming, you will then be able to connect to local networks, however please be aware this can be expensive way to use data and make calls. It is possible for our office and your guide to arrange a local sim for your phone for you to use during your time here, for this to work please ensure your phone is not locked to a network in your own country. The local sim would need to be registered but would be a cheaper way for you to call and use the internet.
What should I pack and bring on my trip?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.
The Trip that affirmed me
My two friends and I went on the 8-day Ghana Heritage Tour conducted by Ashanti African Tours. The experience began when we connected with the Administrative team. They were extremely professional, knowledgeable, and responsive. Rosematilda, our contact person was highly organized, extremely informative, promptly responsive, and exhibited consummate professionalism at all times.
Our guide, Foster Frimpong was exceptional. It was apparent in everything he did that he held himself to the highest level of professionalism. He was a wealth of information and like every good teacher he shared the information with us while riding the tour bus preparing us for what we would be encountering at the next stop; this allowed me to better understand and absorb the information we received at each of the site visits. He extended himself to the point that we felt we were traveling with a very knowledgeable family member. He was on top of all our requests and needs such as bathroom breaks, distributing water, providing music, and ensuring that the temperature in the bus was always comfortable. He truly could be an exceptional trainer for other tour guides.
Our driver, Ibrahim was the epitome of professionalism. He was knowledgeable, an exceptional chauffeur, and made us feel as if we were traveling with a very competent family member. He made it a point to help us take pictures, especially group pictures. He pointed out things of interest as we were on the road.
As far as accommodations, they were each exemplary hotels with exemplary staff. Great choices!! As for our meals, I am from Panama, Central America. It made my heart so happy to find so many foods that we eat that we brought from our Ghanaian roots. Every meal was nutritious, delicious, and a glimpse into true Ghanaian food.
I have returned home and encouraged all my friends and family members to reach out to you to schedule this same trip. This trip exceeded all my expectations. I was educated. I was enlightened as to who I am and where I came from. I was affirmed that I, a black person am of worth(my ancestors were of worth). I cannot put into words or thank you enough for a trip filled with learning, pain, joy, and exaltation. You exceeded all my expectations.
Since I have returned home I have made it my duty to tell all my friends and family, especially my children about my trip and the fact that they must make this trip and the only tour group that they should consider is Ashanti African Tours. You have set a very high bar of excellence for any future trips I take.★★★★★
What a wonderful experience!
Ashanti Tours guided our (very large) group with patience, grace, humor, and kindness.
The tour was well balanced between heritage sites, educational stops, and deep cultural dives. Our tour guides were exceedingly knowledgeable and patient with us, and fantastic guides in such an intense, beautiful, and emotionally challenging experience.
Highly recommended to let them guide you through Ghana.★★★★★
My expectations were exceeded!
Initially, I made this journey to physically connect with my West African roots. However, due to the outstanding knowledge and passion of our phenomenal tour guide Isaac and our world class driver Christian, I was also immersed spiritually and philosophically into my West African heritage. I do not have the words to adequately explain how I feel other than to say … “this was a trip I will cherish forever!”
Thank you, Ashanti African Tours!★★★★★