2021 EDUCATIONAL TOUR TO GHANA, JUL 18TH – AUG 3RD, 2021

CULTURAL HERITAGE AFRICA TOUR

Prof. James Small , Dr. Leonard Jeffries &

Dr. Runoko Rashidi

Renown Historians and Lecturers

PRESENT

AN EDUCATIONAL TOUR TO GHANA

July 18 – August 3, 2021

  

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: SUNDAY JULY 18, 2021: DEPARTURE

Depart – Washington Dulles Airport to Accra Airport via Ethiopian Airline flight 501 at 11:00a.m. in –flight meals and movie

 

DAY 2: MONDAY JULY 19, 2021: ARRIVAL  

Independence Square

Arrive Addis Ababa 7:15 a m. Connect ET921 8:40 am

Arrive at Accra airport. 11:20am

Meet, assisted and transferred to your hotel

Hotels check in is at 3.00pm

Rest and recuperate 

Welcome Dinner with traditional entertainment

Overnight: 4* Hotel in Accra     D

DAY 3: TUESDAY JULY 20, 2021: MORNING AT LEISURE & EVENING LECTURE  

Breakfast

Morning at leisure Lunch (on own account)

Late afternoon lecture on the slave route by a renowned professor

Dinner at hotel 

Overnight: 4* Hotel in Accra   B/D

 

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY JULY 21, 2021: ACCRA/ CITY TOUR 

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Du Bois Centre

  

Breakfast

Depart for a full day city tour of Accra

Our first visit is the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre for Pan Africanism; this is the final burial place and home of the prominent American Pan Africanist Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, who led the Pan-African congress between 1919 and 1927. It is currently a Pan African Center for culture and it also has a research library and gallery full of manuscripts. 

Continue to Ga Mashie-Old Accra, this is a contrast of Victorian Dutch and post-colonial architecture. You will drive past James Fort built in 1673, Old Accra Square and the Post Office. 

Drive past Ussher Fort, one of three European forts in Accra which have survived the times. Ussher Fort was built by the Dutch in 1649 as Fort Crèvecœur. Fort Crèvecœur was part of the Dutch Gold Coast. The Anglo-Dutch Gold Coast Treaty (1867), which defined areas of influence on the Gold Coast and was transferred to the British in 1868.  Interact with the local people at the 

Accra Harbour, view the light House built by the British to guide commercial ships into the Accra Harbour. Visit Deo Gratia Photo Studio established by JK BRUCE-VANDERPUIJE, a Ghanaian with Dutch ancestry.

Lunch

After lunch visit Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum. This is a Memorial and Third burial grounds for the First Head of State and President of independent Ghana. The Mausoleum site was the Old Polo grounds for the European during the colonial period until 1957. This Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries.  

Your last stop for the day is the Arts and Crafts market to view a varied collection Ghanaian handicraft souvenir. This offers you opportunity to try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and to “shop till you drop”.  

Return to your hotel

Overnight: 4* Hotel in Accra            B/L

 

DAY 5: THURSDAY JULY 22, 2021: ACCRA – TAMALE BY FLIGHT BOLGATANGA VIA TAMALE AIRPORT (1 HR FLIGHT & 3HRS DRIVE)

 

Breakfast and check-out

Transfer to Accra Airport for check in and departure for Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana 

Arrive and continue on a scenic drive to Navrongo in the Upper East Region. Arrive at Nania Slave Camp near Ghana’s border with Burkina Faso to visit the Pikworo/Nania Slave camp 2km from the town centre that served as holding camp for the African captives awaiting to be transferred to Salaga, then the largest slave Market in the North but which is no longer visible. At any time, up to 200 captives from surrounding parts of the Northern Region and Burkina Faso would be held at Pikworo. See the watch towers where the slave raiders hid to observe the surroundings where escaping captives could be spotted and recaptured, the Rock markings due to continued grinding of cereals by the captives to prepare their food and the rock boulders where the captives entertained themselves with emotional dirges.  

Lunch

After lunch continue to the Navrongo Mud Cathedral of the Catholic Church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and stands as the last remaining mud cathedral in Ghana. This is an architecturally unique Catholic Cathedral built in 1906; it has mud walls and a traditionally decorated interior. Visit Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows mud-brick cathedral and grotto at Navrongo.  

Transfer and check-into your hotel

Overnight: 4* Hotel in Bolgatanga                                                                   B/L 

 

DAY 6: FRIDAY JULY 23, 2021: BOLGATANGA – TAMALE VIA NALERIGU & SAKPULI SLAVE CAMP (4HRS DRIVE)

Nalerigu Slave Defense Wall

Breakfast and hotel check-out

Depart for Tamale, the Northern Regional Capital of Ghana.   

Make a detour enroute to visit the Nalerigu Slave Defense Wall built on the orders of Naayili, the King of the Mamprugu to defend his town against slaver raider’s invasion. The Slave defense wall was constructed with mud, honey, straws etc. Arrive and pay a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Mamprugu who is the custodian of the Slave Defense Wall and experience northern culture and tradition. This offers you the opportunity to learn about other ways and of forms in which the Africans resisted slavery in the continent.  

Continue to drive along several crop farming communities and villages, note the open grassland and Rice farming valleys. 

Your last detour is to visit Sakpuli Slave Camp. Arrive and visit the community chief, the slave market and the Baobab tree where captives were chained on pegs. The Community Slave Museum has relics of slavery such as chains, coins, pottery material which were discovered and now exhibited by the Archaeology Department of the University of Ghana. 

Arrive in Tamale and check into your hotel

Lecture by a renowned professor (Topic to be confirmed)

Dinner

Overnight: 3* Hotel in TamaleB/D

 

DAY 7: SATURDAY JULY 24, 2021: TAMALE – SALAGE – TAMALE

Salaga Slave Wells  

         

Slave Shackles

Breakfast 

Depart Tamale for Salaga in Savannah Region. Currently Salaga has a population, of 25,472 people. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Salaga served as a key market town of the Ashanti kingdom, particularly for the busy regional slave trade and kola trade controlling Salaga gave the Ashanti a monopoly over trade to the North and trade to the South Situated in the southernmost reaches of the Sahel. Salaga was referred to as “the Timbuktu of the south” for its cosmopolitan population and varied trade. 

Muslims formed the most dominant religious group. Visitors to Salaga today can still see the Salaga wells which served slaves. A young Baobab Tree has replaced the old one on the site of the old slave market.  

Arrive and Pay Courtesy Call on the Salaga Wura, the Paramount Chief of Salaga and an heir apparent to the Yagbon Skin in Damongo which is Capital of Gonja people. Learn at firsthand northern tradition and court etiquettes. 

Visit the slavery museum to see the few artifacts of slavery that were preserved by the town. It was a brief, but impactful experience to see the chains, shackles, pottery and some weapons that were recovered from the era of slavery.  

Return to your hotel

Dinner

Experience night life in Tamale

Overnight: 3* Hotel in Tamale B/D

 

DAY 8: SUNDAY JULY 25, 2021: TAMALE – ACCRA BY FLIGHT

Breakfast

Transfer to Tamale Airport for check in and departure for Accra

Arrive and transfer to your hotel

Dinner at hotel

Overnight: 4* Hotel in Accra B/D

 

DAY 9: MONDAY JULY 26, 2021: COLLOQUIUM LECTURE DAY #1: ASSEMBLIES & DIALOGUES

Breakfast and hotel check out

Depart Accra to the University of Cape Coast to join other international visitors in a PANAFEST COLLOQUIUM LECTURE DAY #1: ASSEMBLIES & DIALOGUES (Details to be confirmed)

Rest of day free for rest and relaxation

Dinner at hotel

Explore nightlife and attend Panafest Evening entertainments (Entrance cost at own accounts)

Overnight: 3* Beach Resort or Hotel in Elmina or Cape Coast    B/D

DAY 10: TUESDAY JULY 27, 2021: COLLOQUIUM LECTURE DAY #2: ASSEMBLIES & DIALOGUES

Breakfast 

Departs to the University Of Cape Coast for Panafest activities (Details to be confirmed)  

Return to your hotel

Explore nightlife and attend Panafest Evening entertainments (Entrance cost at own accounts)

Dinner

Overnight: 3* Beach Resort or Hotel in Elmina or Cape Coast    B/D

 

DAY 11:         WEDNESDAY JULY 28, 2021: PANAFEST COLLOQUIUM LECTURE DAY #3: ASSEMBLIES & DIALOGUES

Breakfast 

Panafest group departs to the University of Cape Coast for Panafest activities (Details to be confirmed)  

Return to your hotel

Explore nightlife and attend Panafest Evening entertainments (Entrance cost at own accounts)

Dinner at hotel

Overnight: 3* Beach Resort or Hotel in Elmina or Cape Coast         B/D

 

DAY 12: THURSDAY JULY 29, 2021: TIME WITH A TRADITIONAL RULER & MUSEUM VISIT

 Bisa Aberwa Museum

Breakfast

Depart Elmina to Sekondi and pay a courtesy Call on the Omanhen and Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia VI.  

Learn at firsthand Akan traditional court etiquettes with traditional drumming and dancing in which you will be encouraged to participate. Participate in a traditional naming ceremony where you will be given local Akan names according to the Ahanta people’s tradition. 

Lunch with Nana Kobina Nketsia VI 

After lunch visit Bisa Abrewa Museum located at Nkotompo, near Effia-Nkwanta Hospital, Sekondi in the Western Region which is the brainchild of Kwaw Paintsil Ansah, one of Africa’s most respected filmmaker, exists among other objectives, to provide an opportunity for the preservation and promotion of the Africa heritage; provide an institution for research into African history and “provide a platform for the conversation among people of African descent. On display at Bisa Aberwa is how the African humanity has survived. We tell the African story.”

The specimens on display are about personalities whose sacrifices have shaped African history, both within the continent and the diaspora. 

They capture events within the slave dungeons in Africa, the toils of the Africans on the slave plantations and highlights of the Civil Rights Movement culminating in the election of the first African American as president of the United States of America.

Return to Elmina.

Dinner at hotel

Overnight: 3* Beach Resort or Hotel in Elmina or Cape Coast         B/D

 

DAY 13: FRIDAY JULY 30, 2021: ENSLAVED DUNGEONS VISIT

Cape Coast Slave Dungeons

Elmina Slave Dungeons

  

Breakfast. 

Group first visit Cape Coast Castle which was originally started by the Swedes in 1652. It served as the headquarters and seat of the British colonial government until 1877. Go on a comprehensive tour of the Castle, the slave dungeons where enslaved Africans were incarcerated, the West

 African Heritage Museum and the negotiation hall where our ancestors were bargained for and sold. This UNESCO World Heritage Monument has been visited by several world personalities including US President Barack and Michelle Obama, Steve Harvey, Boris Kodjoe, Danny Glover etc.  

Continue to visit the Elmina Castle another UNESCO World Heritage Monument the oldest and largest European structure built in sub-Saharan Africa. This was built by the Portuguese in1482 and later used as an auction market for enslaved Africans for a comprehensive guided tour. 

See the slave dungeons and condemned cells where slaves who resisted were incarcerated and starved to death.  

Return to your hotel

Rest of afternoon free for reflection on our visits to the infamous dungeons. 

Dinner at your hotel

Overnight:3* Beach Resort or Hotel in Elmina or Cape Coast    B/D

DAY 14: SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021: LEISURE DAY AND REVERENTIAL NIGHT  IN CAPE COAST 

Breakfast

Day at leisure for private activities or to relax by the beach

Dinner at your hotel

Depart for Mfansipim School junction in Cape Coast. Join other African Americans and ad other pilgrims in a Candle light procession to the Cape Coast Dungeons for activities marking the emancipation proclamation at mid night.

Overnight: 3* Beach Resort or Hotel in Elmina or Cape Coast B/D

 

DAY 15: SUNDAY AUGUST 1, 2021:  EMANCIPATION DAY & ASSIN MANSO SLAVE RIVER – ACCRA

 Assin Manso Slave Park                    

Ancestral Graves

  

Breakfast  

Depart after breakfast to Assin Manso for Emancipation Day Celebration for durbar of Chiefs and people of the diaspora. You will visit one of the biggest slave markets during the slave trade era. See for yourself the river where the slaves had their last bath before sending them to the castle dungeons. 

Arrive and visit the burial site of the remains of two ancestors exhumed from New York’s Wall Street & Kingston Jamaica and re-interred on the Emancipation Day 1998. A third ancestor was also brought and interred by the Prime Minister of Barbados in November 2019 as part of the 

“YEAR OF RETURN” GHANA 2019. Visit the DONKO NSUO (the Slave River) where the African captives were allowed to take their last bath in waters of their native land. The European merchants branded their bodies for identification before they were marched to the Dungeon in Elmina and Cape Coast. This offers you opportunity to send a message to your ancestors.

Lunch at a local restaurant (on own account)

Continue to Accra

Dinner 

Overnight: 4* Hotel in Accra     B/D

DAY 16: MONDAY AUGUST 2, 2021: DEPARTURE

Breakfast

Hotel check out at 8:30am for Transfer to airport 

Flight ET920 Accra/Addis 12:20pm arrive Addis 9:00pm

Connect to ET500 – 10:40pm Addis/Washington Dulles Airport at 8:40am Aug 3, 2021

Package Rate Include’

* Round Trip Air Transportation from New York to Accra

* 5 Nights at a 4* Hotel in Accra on Bed & breakfast basis.

* 1 Night at a 4* Hotel in Bolgatanga on Bed & breakfast basis.

* 2 Nights at a 3* Hotel in Tamale on Bed & breakfast basis.

* 6 Night at 3* Beach Resort or Hotel in Elmina or Cape Coast on Bed & Breakfast basis.

* Overland transportation with air-conditioned vehicle

* Meals as Outlined in itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner (Beverage Extra)

* Tours and Entrance Fees to Tour Sites as Outlined in Itinerary.

* English Speaking Professional Tour Guide.

* Hotel and Restaurant Taxes

* USA and Ghanaian Departure Taxes

* Round trip Internal Air fare Accra – Tamale – Accra

Not Included

* All personal Expenses e.g. Telephone bills, laundry etc.

* Items not listed above as included

*COVID-19 Testing fee

*Entrance fees for Panafest Activities

 

 

RESERVATION FORM

CULTURAL HERITAGE AFRICAN TOUR

 TOUR IN GHANA

JULY 18 – August 3, 2021

 

Rate per person, includes airfare from New York, departure taxes, all hotel accommodation, roundtrip transfers, all tours and entrance fees as per itinerary, 2 meals daily

Rate Per person = $ sharing a twin room – $4774.00

Single Room Supplement = $720.00

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4 Comments

  1. I enjoyed today’s conversation with Elder Runoko Rashidi. Thank you so much
    I am also interested in this trip to Ghana
    Please send details to my email

    Many thanks
    Hafsa

    • Greetings Hafsa Muhammad. All the information is here in the post. For any further details, please contact the tour agent who can assist you. Thanks much!

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