Ghana Here I Come!
I’m sooooo estatic about my upcoming adventure that I can hardly contain myself! I thought this announcement was worthy of an entire blog post. I’m going to be touching African soil in a matter of five months on a cultural study tour!!! For 10 days, I will get to experience what Ghana offers to the world. Here is a snapshot of my itinerary.
Travel on Delta Airlines from Dulles —>JKF Airport —>Kotoka Airport in Ghana (it will be a 10 hour & 23 minute flight from JFK to Ghana)
Day two consists of orientation, getting settled into our hotel rooms and introduction of our group and tour guides.
Our tour kicks off in Accra, Ghana where we will participate in a special ceremony right after breakfast. We are scheduled to visit Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Independence Square and of course some shopping. Before we retire for the evening we will visit a jazz club and have dinner.
Day four is all about discovering the Volta Region. We will take a road trip to the Volta Region where we will check into a new hotel. After getting settled, we will depart for Agotime Kente Village to learn about the original Ewe Kente Cloth. Apparently, Ewe’s work has great distinctive and symbolic significance. Our day ends with more shopping, drumming, dancing and dinner at a local restaurant.
We will move onto the Eastern Region, Koforidua (K-Dua), and check into a new hotel. On our way there, we will visit an African American Community called the Fiankra. We will also have lunch at the Afrikoko Riverfront before arriving and checking into our hotel.
Day six we will get on the road again to head to Kumasi, the Garden City of the Asante and check into a new hotel. On our way there, we will visit the Boti Waterfall, Umbrella Rock and Nature Twin Palm Tree.
We will visit various villages. Kente Village of Bonwire, Adinkra Village of Ntonso, the Village of Ahwiaa and the Asante Cultural Center are a few example of the places we will visit.
We will depart Kumasi for Cape Coast where we will stay in a different hotel. Along the way we will stop at The River Pra, the place where enslaved people were brought to rest before they were taken to Cape Coast and the slave castles. The River Pra is also where King Osei Tutu I was killed. Elmina Castle is another stop we will make along the way. It was the first European slave-trading post in sub-Saharan Africa.
We are leaving Cape Coast to head to Sekondi where we will check into a different hotel. Along the way we will visit the Village on Stilts at Nzuelozo.
We will head back to Accra to check into our hotel. Along the way we will visit Cape Coast Castle to learn about its history. The evening events include a farewell dinner before we pack and rest.
We are headed back home. Before we leave, we are scheduled to visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre for Pan African Culture.
Hotels During My Stay in Ghana
As you may notice from the itinerary, we are literally relocating to a new hotel and area almost daily. Some of the hotels we will be staying in during our visit include the:
- Erata Hotel
- Coconut Grove Hotel
- Busua Beach Resort
- Capital View Hotel
- Noda Hotel
Yep…it’s going down. Me, Ghana and my bad case of wanderlust.
Warning: Skip over this part if you hate mushy, gushy love notes…
*Side note to my WONDERFUL hubby. Thank you for your support!! You taking off from work to allow me to take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime speaks volumes. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world. I’m not sure you fully understand what you’re getting yourself into…10 days of doing two little girl’s hair, clothing, bathing, homework, school pickups, dropoffs, packing lunches, dinner…all. by. yourself.
You. Go. Boy!!! LOL
*Side note ends.
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Have you ever been to Ghana? What are some of your most memorable experiences?