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A 12 – Day Sankofa Experience Tour of Ghana, West Africa.

(Returning to our Roots, Experiencing History, Culture, Travel; the Z-HOPE initiatives and visiting with Gamma Alpha Sigma Zeta chapter in Ghana.)
$3,825 – Per Person Based on Double Occupancy
$4,325 – Single Supplement
Date: 23rd September – 04th October 2022

Tour Highlights

  • Welcome greetings and dinner followed by brief orientation by tour operator
  • Accra & Kumasi city tours
  • An audience with a traditional Chief and the chance to visit the various craft villages
  • Tour of Cape Coast and Elmina castles and slave dungeons
  • Experience walking on a canopy bridge hanging 100 feet above the forest floor in West Africa’s most noted tropical rainforest
  • Tour of Manhyia Palace, home of former Ashanti Kings
  • Akosombo & Volta Lake excursions
  • WoYe Bra Conference
  • Z – Hope Health Service & Educational Service Project

 

DISCLAIMER:  Cost will vary depending on group size. The cost of package will increase if hotel and transportation cost increases. Quote will be reviewed 6 months before your tour begins and you will be notified accordingly.

International Women of Color, Z-HOPE nor Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated accepts no responsibility or liability in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever resulting or arising directly or indirectly from your participation in this Sankofa Tour. Travel insurance is recommended.


Friday, September 23, 2022  |  DEPARTURE – UNITED AIRLINES
Depart Washington to Accra


Saturday, September 24, 2022AKWAABA – WELCOME
Arrive in Accra, Ghana.
Transfer from the airport to your hotel.
After lunch, Sankofa reception & orientation.
Folkloric entertainment and cocktail. Gamma Alpha Sigma Zeta Ghana chapter in attendance.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: L & D


Sunday, September 25, 2022  |  DAY ACCRA CITY TOUR

After breakfast you will drive through the Administrative and Economic districts of Accra, Capital of Ghana. It is a 100-year-old city that has a blend of colonial and modern architecture. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. You will also visit the University of Ghana at Legon, the first university to be built in the country. You will end your tour at the National Centre for Arts and Craft. Here you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills as you shop for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa.

Evening Lecture & folkloric entertainment at hotel.

Dressmakers and tailors will also be available to you to take measurements to make your customized African outfit.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, L & D


Monday, September 26, 2022 |  CAPE COAST CASTLE / ELMINA CASTLE TOUR

Depart for a drive to the Central Region to explore the infamous forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana. On this tour you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. The castle also houses the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.

Reading program for kids and/or help with stocking the library. After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. Spend a moment admiring the colorful harbor nestled just below Elmina Castle. Full of pirogues preparing to go to sea, this site offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities.

Lodging: Hotel in Cape Coast
Meals: B, L & D


Tuesday, September 27, 2022  |  KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, depart to explore the Kakum National Park. Kakum is one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests, spanning over 360sq km and filled with diverse and dense vegetation. A blend of true rainforest and semi deciduous forest, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals, 400 bird species and a breathtaking array of butterflies, flora and fauna.

The most popular attraction in the forest is the canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m and hanging 40m above the forest floor. You will be given the choice to walk the canopy or enjoy a 2km nature walk through the forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer. After lunch, spend the remainder of the afternoon at the beach.

Lodging: Hotel in Cape Coast
Meals: B, L & D


Wednesday, September 28, 2022  |   CAPE COAST – KUMASI

Depart hotel for a City tour of Cape Coast and the University of Cape Coast.
Depart the central region through the former slave route to Assin Manso. This was the final transit point for enslaved Africans before being shipped off to the new world. Visit the final resting place for two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred in Ghana. Continue with the drive through the scenic forest zone to Kumasi, seat of the Ashanti Empire and the commercial capital of Ghana.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D


Thursday, September 29, 2022  |  ZETA WELL VILLAGE / Z-HOPETM CLINIC

Depart hotel for a drive to Afia Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School & Clinic visit. Z-HOPETM health service project – meet with the directors and school administrators. Return to Kumasi to explore the legend of the famous Ashantis at the Manhyia Palace Museum. There you will get a sense of a day in the life of an Ashanti ruler (Asantehene). At the museum, you will also obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D


Friday, September 30, 2022 |  KUMASI CITY TOUR, CRAFT VILLAGES & ACCRA

After breakfast, check out for a city tour of Kumasi – the seat of the Ashanti Empire. Next, enjoy a drive through the city of Kumasi to view monuments dedicated to the memory of great Ashanti people including the National Cultural Center, featuring the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the studios of various potters, brass and batik makers. After lunch, continue to the three famous craft villages in the Ashanti Region:

Ahwiaa (the woodcarvers’ village), Ntonso (the home of Adinkra) and Bonwire (the Kente weaving village). You will have the opportunity to see how West African crafts are made and buy directly from the artisans who make them.

Depart for a drive to Accra

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, L & D


Saturday, October 1, 2022   |  AKOSOMBO DAM & VOLTA LAKE TOUR

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, check out and visit the amazing Akosombo Dam on the Lake Volta, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The Akosombo Dam is a monumental hydro-electric dam built by Ghana’s first president in 1965 that provides a majority of the county’s electricity. The dam is the largest man-made dam in the world and serves electric energy to Togo, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire. After a tour of the power facility, you will rest by the by the Volta Lake or undertake some water sporting activities.

Return to Accra.


Option 2

Depart Accra early morning for a ride up the Akwapim-Togo range to Akosombo port in the Eastern Region. Arrive and take a cruise to Dodi Island on board the ‘Dodi
Princess 11’ on the largest artificial reservoir in the world based on surface area, lake Volta. Enjoy the barbeque lunch served on board whilst you dance to Ghanaian highlife music played by a live band.

Return to Accra.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, L & D


Sunday, October 2, 2022  |   Z-HOPETM & GAMMA ALPHA SIGMA ZETA DAY
WoYe Bra Conference @ hotel in Accra

Z-HOPE & Gamma Alpha Sigma Zeta chapter in Ghana Cocktail (Evening)

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, L & Cocktail


Monday, October 3, 2022  |   DEPARTURE – UNITED AIRLINES

After breakfast, spend the day leisure or doing last minute shopping and packing.
Farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport for check-in and departure at 11:20 pm


Tuesday, October 4, 2022   |  ARRIVAL -WASHINGTON
Arrive in Washington at 6:00 am

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE (IAD – ACC – IAD) IN ECONOMY CLASS
  • ALL ENTRANCE FEES
  • 3 & 4 STAR ACCOMODATION (Meals as per itinerary)
  • TOUR / SITE GUIDES
  • GROUND TRASNPORTATION IN NA COMFORTABLE COACH

PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • PASSPORTS & ENTRY VISA FEES
  • GRATUITIES
  • VACCINATION
  • BAGGAGE, MEDICAL & CANCELLATION / INTERUPTION INSURANCE
  • THIS PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE TO DULLES AIRPORT (WASHINGTON, DC)

Yes! You are truly welcome to join us for the best Educational, Natural, Historical, Cultural and Recreational tour to Ghana. You will discover the Traditional African Culture with us and uncover the hidden African Legacy. We guarantee you will have a rare and unforgettable experience because this itinerary has been carefully prepared to give you the fullest possible sightseeing, historic, cultural and educational experience, whiles allowing time to simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings and savor the many pleasures of Ghana.

International Women of Color 2022