The Gold Coast - Fascination West Africa

Cotonou
Cotonou
Ganvie
Ganvie
Larabanga Mosque
Larabanga Mosque
Villa Monticello
Villa Monticello

An unforgettable adventure to Ghana, Togo and Benin, where you will witness indescribable beauty blended with rich cultural traditions that are unique to the charming and intriguing continent of Africa.
Join us on this incredibly one-of-a-kind and multifaceted trip to West Africa, a place of true natural and cultural diversity which you will experience first-hand when you embark on this memorable adventure – your exciting journey will begin on the Gold Coast of Ghana, followed by a trip to the beautiful nation of Togo, and will reach its conclusion in the magnificently colourful city of Cotonou in Benin. Every aspect of this multi-dimensional 15-day holiday will provide thrilling excitement that only Africa can offer, letting you bear witness to landscapes that only the wildest dreams are made of, nestled around vibrantly bustling cities, a majestically unique ecosystem of wildlife, all while being surrounded by the gorgeous, palm-fringed sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The vibrant friendliness, endearing warmth and rich, historical culture of these West African citizens will surely inspire you while you continue on this adventure. You will experience unparalleled African encounters while on the West Coast of this magnificent continent.

Tour Highlights

- You will travel comfortably within a private and small group
- Stylish, carefully-selected accommodation of a remarkable standard will be waiting for you at every stage of your adventure through West Africa
- Accra, the must-see capital city of Ghana
- Majestic castles and striking buildings built during the colonial era
- The tropical rainforest nestled within the Kakum National Park
- The abundance of wildlife that reside in the Mole National Park
- Game drives that will allow you to experience the spectacular beauty of the "Big 5"
- The stunning, sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean
- The culturally-rich Ashanti Empire
- Lomé, the exquisite, palm-lined capital of Togo
- Ouidah, the centre of West African traditional religions
- The massive lake village of Ganvié, also known as the “Venice of Africa”
...and so much more
 Tour price: from EUR 4 495.00* per person in a double room

Tour Description

Day 1: Akwaaba! Welcome to Ghana!
The first day of this exciting journey commences with the long-haul flight that will depart from Germany and will arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana in the late afternoon! You will be warmly welcomed by your English-speaking tour guide, and, together, we will then embark on a short drive through the provincial capital to the luxurious boutique hotel in the embassy district where you will be spending your very first night in Africa! There you will have the opportunity to freshen up after your long trip before heading off to enjoy the incredibly delicious welcoming dinner at this beautiful hotel’s elegant and exclusive restaurant. 12 km

Day 2: A visit to Accra, the capital of Ghana
Today will begin with a scrumptious breakfast before going on a drive to the highlight of today, sightseeing through Accra. We will witness the unparalleled sights and bustling sounds of the largest metropolis in the country, the place that more than 2 million inhabitants call “home”. Accra was founded by the Ga people during the 15th century while it still had no connection to any of the great trade routes of that time. However, during the 16th century, due to its conducive location and the favourable composition it possessed for a natural harbour, several European powers established fortifications in and around Accra: the Dutch built Fort Ussher in 1649; the Swedish built Fort Christiansborg in 1657 (which was taken over shortly afterwards by the Danish); and the British thereafter built James Fort in 1673. There was, consequently, a British, a Dutch and a Danish district within Accra. We will pass by the administrative and financial districts of Accra while on our sightseeing trip. The mixture of historic, colonial buildings and modern architecture are fascinating, and will provide a window into the history of this country. Throughout today’s adventure, we will visit the enthralling Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, dedicated to the famous American human rights activist, W.E.B. Du Bois. The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, which commemorates the first black president of the country as well as the continent, will be visited as well. What follows will be a relaxed walk through the colourful and beautiful market where traditional West African arts and crafts are on display. This evening’s dinner will be served by one of the city’s wonderful local restaurants. 41 km / B

Day 3: The palaces, forts and the palm trees bordering the Atlantic coastline
After breakfast, we will leave the hotel and drive west into the central region of Ghana where we will embark on an exciting trip into the cultural history of this beautiful country as well as the continent on which is resides. The slave trade had a sizeable impact on the development of this country and has certainly left its mark on its rich cultural heritage and, with this new perspective, we will continue on to visit some of the famous and fascinating castles and forts of the colonialists, including a former slave dungeon, which will enable us to walk in the footsteps of the history of West Africa with a deep sense of appreciation. The sparkling harbour under the Elmina Castle, our next stop, provides a picturesque backdrop for poster-worthy photo’s to be taken. Thereafter, we will head off to the beautiful palm beach of the Cape Coast, right on the doorstep of our beautiful lodge, to bask in the kind of serene relaxation that can only be provided by the beauty of African shores. 163 km / B

Day 4: The tropical rainforest in Kakum National Park
This Monday morning will begin with breakfast which will be followed by a drive past the historic community of the mighty Kingdom of Denkyira. In the early afternoon, we will arrive at the famous Kakum National Park, which covers an area of ​​350 square kilometres and encapsulates an incredible tropical rainforest. The park, founded in 1990, has specially trained gamekeepers to give visitors an educational tour of the various tropical plants that are found here, as well as a description of their medicinal properties and the significance that is placed on these medicines by the people who live here. The Park is home to a variety of flora, including many rare species of flora, and a wide array of magnificent animals. Some of these animals include the lion-meerkat, African forest elephants, African forest buffalo, civets and a birdlife ecosystem that is exquisitely unique. At present, the dense rainforest has the potential to make the observation of animals quite difficult. However, due to the increase in tourist interest, authorities and park management are planning to build waterholes and clearings in the future to allow for better observation by the valued visitors of this Park. An unmissable feature of the Kakum National Park is the 30-meter high Canopy Walkway where you will get a mesmerising view of the treetops all around you, and not only this, but you will be closer to the greenery of the plants and the magnificence of the animals that are otherwise inaccessible to others. The Canopy Walkway consists of seven bridges and extends over a length of 330 meters, which will be explored on our expedition today. On our way back to the coast, we will stop at the intriguing Posuban Military Shrine, where warriors of the Asafo units were spiritually prepared for war. “Asafo” is the name given to local warrior organisations among the Akan people of present-day Ghana. Here are beautiful examples of the important role art plays in the daily lives of the Ghanaian people. The later afternoon will be spent relaxing on the tranquil beach at the foot of our hotel, before heading back to a delicious dinner that awaits us in the evening. 120 km / B

Day 5: The Ashanti Region
After a hearty breakfast, we will leave our beach hotel and head north. We will continue through the wooded area near Kumasi, the seat of the famous Ashanti Kingdom. Here we will learn more about the myths and legends of the Ashanti people whose historical impact can still be felt in Ghana today. We will visit the former Slave River which used to be the final transit point of many enslaved Africans and thereafter we will walk through the lively market nestled in the Rain Forest Bioregion of Ashanti. After arriving in Kumasi, we will visit the Manhyia Palace Museum, which provides a window into the history of the Ashanti Kingdom. While we tour exciting downtown Kumasi, we will also pay a visit to the famous and bustling Kumasi Central Market, as well as the National Cultural Centre which houses many bronze, batik and pottery artists. In the late afternoon, we will arrive at our centrally located, premier guest house where we will be staying for the night. 241 km / B

Day 6: Drive to Mole National Park
Our adventure for today begins with an expedition heading north towards the famous Mole National Park. We will first have a chance to freshen up at the luxurious Zaina Lodge, where we will be spending the following two nights, before embarking on an afternoon safari that will follow the footsteps of the wildlife that reside here. The park, founded in 1971 as the country's first animal reserve, covers 4,840km², making it the largest national park in Ghana. We will then return to the lodge in the evening, where we will enjoy a delectable dinner. This incredible lodge looks out over seemingly endless bush savannahs as well as two heavily frequented waterholes, where we will fall asleep to the magical sounds of the African bush. 410 km / B

Day 7: The Mole National Park
Today’s adventure will be dedicated to the Mole National Park, which we will explore while on a safari drive. It is home to 93 species of animals, including over 40 types of reptiles and amphibians, not forgetting the monkeys and elephants, of course! The predator colonies are incredibly rich with variation, including lions, leopards, striped jackals, African wild dogs and hyenas… not to mention, African buffalo, Kob Antelope, bush buck, waterbuck, roan antelope and reedbuck. Additionally, there are about 300 different species of birds that can be found in this park, just over half of which consist of migratory birds… in the dry season, a large number of grey-headed sparrow show up here, as if miraculously. After this incredible safari through the African bush, we will head back to our Lodge where we will spend the afternoon relaxing on the lush grounds around us. However, you may partake in the optional activities provided by the lodge, if you would like to do so. The day does not end there, though, because the evening has yet another delicious dinner in store for us. 0 km / B

Day 8: The Larabanga Mosque and the Ashanti Arts and Crafts Market
Today we bid farewell to the Mole National Park because, after breakfast, we will depart from the park and continue our journey back to Kumasi. While on our way to Kumasi, we will visit Larabanga, the small Muslim village which is famous for housing the oldest mosque in the country. The mosque is said to have been built in the year 1421, however this claim has been disputed by some, and it contains a very old edition of the Koran. In 2002, the World Monuments Fund placed the mosque in Larabanga on the Most Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites of the World list. In 2016, Fabian Sickenberger and Kevin Röhler reported on the history of the mosque and its current state in the FAZ, a popular German newspaper. Later, in the early afternoon, we will finally return to Kumasi, where we will visit a vibrant market that has a wide range of arts and crafts on display – from traditional wood carvings to web artists, we will get quite a thorough overview of the local arts and crafts – and, of course, they will be available to purchase as well. Thereafter, we will return to the guest lodge where we will enjoy a lovely meal together. 410 km / B

Day 9: From Kumasi back to Accra
Today we will drive back to where our stunning journey began, the state capital of Accra. On the way, we will pass through the dense forests of the remarkable Ashanti Region, famous for its cocoa and gold. The vast majority of the population here (19% of Ghana’s population) consists of members of the Ashanti Akan people. Kofi Atta Annan, the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate "for his commitment to a better organized and peaceful world," also comes from this region. In the early afternoon, we will reach the city of Accra before arriving at the gorgeous villa that stole our hearts at the very beginning of our journey. The rest of the afternoon can either be spent relaxing around the lavish villa or visiting the nearby shopping centre. 253 km / B

Day 10: Off to Togo!
This morning, after breakfast, we will leave Accra and drive to the border of Accra’s neighbouring nation, Togo. On the way, we will cross the famous Volta River which flows through Burkina Faso and here in Ghana in the Atlantic. Together with the Black Volta, the Volta River has a total length of around 1500km. The former French colony of Upper Volta, now known as Burkina Faso, was named after the river. The river itself took its name from the Portuguese gold traders in Ghana, for whom it was the most remote site of their explorations: volta is a Portuguese word meaning "repentance". After complying with the necessary border formalities, we will arrive in Togo – and, with that, we will be welcomed into Lomé, the capital of Togo! Upon our arrival at our beautiful accommodation, we will have a few moments to freshen up before we begin our exploration of the must-see city of Lomé. We will visit the Lomé Grand Marché marketplace, the Independence Square which contains monuments to Ghana’s struggle for independence, and we will also visit the Akodessawa Fetish Market (also known as the Marché au Féticheurs) – a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary "Voodoo Market" where traditional remedies of all kinds are sold. From the mid-1880s, Togo belonged to the colonial territory of the German Reich under the name Togoland. The seat of the German colonial administration was in Lomé, which then also developed into the commercial and traffic centre of Togo, and this was amplified by the construction of the Lomé jetty. In this incredible, old town, we will discover buildings from the German colonial era, as well as the governor's palace and the beautiful cathedral. In the evening, we will enjoy a drink on the great roof terrace of our hotel, before heading to a stunning dinner. 124 km / B

Day 11: Welcome to Benin
After a hearty breakfast, we will drive east and after passing Lake Togo, we will reach the next national border. We will then do what is required to pass border control, and will enter into Benin, the next country that will be explored on our journey. Not far from the border, we will arrive at the city of Ouidah. As the only port in Benin, Ouidah was the centre of the slave trade in the region and is an active trading city. The city, which today has about 80,000 inhabitants, offers a wealth of cultural attractions. Among the main attractions are the historic museum in the Portuguese Fort of São João Baptista de Ajudá, the "Sacred Forest" of the so-called slave route, which leads from the former slave market to the beach to the Porte du non retour. En route, we will see numerous statues and memorial sites for the slave trade. Every year on the 10th of January, a large voodoo festival takes place on the beach of Ouidah, where the Voodoo King performs various ceremonies. The city also attracts many voodoo pilgrims as a place of pilgrimage. In the afternoon, we will reach the most important city of Benin, Cotonou. Here we will spend two nights in a luxuriously comfortable and centrally-located guest house. 152 km / B

Day 12: The Venice of West Africa
Today, we will be visiting the intriguing lake village of Ganvie, also known as the Venice of West Africa, which is not too far from Cotonou. Ganvie is a village located in Lake Nokoué which is north of Cotonou and is probably the largest lake village in Africa and is home to about 20,000 inhabitants. The primary sources of income of the residents are fish farming in the lagoon and tourism. The village was put on the list of proposed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996. This incredible village will provide the most amazing experience on how people carry on with their everyday lives, how the dealers load their goods on canoes and offer them from there – it is an eye-opening experience for sure! A visit to the floating market is a magnificent highlight for today, not forgetting the serene canoe trip we will venture on through this exotic, over 300-year-old, floating city. After a quick lunch, we will then visit the colourful downtown port city of Cotonou in the afternoon, before enjoying a deliciously well-deserved dinner in the evening. 82 km / B

Day 13: A drive back to Accra
Today we bid farewell to beautiful Benin. After breakfast, we will depart from our hotel and drive west where we will once again pass Togo and return to Ghana in the afternoon. Here is where we will enjoy a delightful farewell dinner in one of the city’s magnificent restaurants, while reminiscing on this truly unique journey before once again returning to the Villa where this mesmerising journey began. 339 km / B

Day 14: Say goodbye to West Africa

In the morning, after breakfast, we will travel together to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, where we will say our final heartfelt goodbyes to West Africa. B
Please note that the option is available to extend your holiday to include a trip to the dream island of São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea! Please confirm whether you would like to make use of this opportunity when making your booking for this magnificent West African adventure!

Day 15: Return to your home country

Return home.

Prices and Tour Dates

Tour Dates: 22.02. - 08.03.2019
Tour Price:
EUR 4 495,00* per person in a double room, single room supplement EUR 1 455,00

* This offer is valid for a group of 6 participants.
* The minimum number of participants is to be confirmed no later than 28 days prior to departure (see Terms and Conditions).
* Excluding the travel price are general increases in transport costs and currency fluctuations.
* Prices are subject to the availability of selected accommodation.
* We reserve the right to amend the travel programme on short notice.

Included in the tour price:
- A private, English-speaking, local and qualified tour guide will be accompanying you on your journey from Accra’s Airport on day 1 to Accra’s Airport on day 14
- Thirteen nights in carefully selected, 3-star to 5-star accommodation
- Breakfast is included for each day as indicated (B = breakfast)
- The tour programme’s travelling will take place in a modern, local, airconditioned minibus
- All entrances, activities and parking fees as indicated (excluding optional programmes and activities)
- Comprehensive travel documents and information packages, including an informative guide
- Drinking water is supplied during bus rides
- EUR 5.00 per person in support of Penguinkidz Pre School which is situation in Betty's Bay, South Africa
- Luggage transportation

Excluded from travel price:
- International flights to and from Accra, Ghana
- All meals and drinks, excluding breakfast
- Optional activities and additional services
- Airport taxes
- Visa fees (apply in advance to the Embassy of Ghana in your home country)
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

planned accommodation*:

  • Day 1 and 2, Accra: Villa Monticello
  • 
Day 3 and 4, Elmina: Coconut Grove Beach Hotel
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Day 5, Kumasi: Asantewaa Premier Guesthouse
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Day 6 and 7, Mole National Park: Zaina Lodge
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Day 8, Kumasi: Asantewaa Premier Guesthouse
  • 
Day 9, Accra: Villa Monticello
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Day 10, Lome: Mint Hotel
  • 
Day 11 and Tag 12, Cotonou: Maison Rouge
  • 
Day 13, Accra: Labadi Beach Hotel

 * subject to avaiability