Akwaaba - A Warm Welcome
We begin near Accra discovering the tropical gardens of Aburi and traditional Ashanti shrines around Koforidua. Reaching Kumasi, once the seat of an empire that stretched from the Ivory Coast to Togo, we explore Manhyia Palace as well as west Africa's largest market, jostling with women dressed in the bright colours of the locally-woven kente cloth. Next it's on to Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and the remarkable mud mosque at Larabanga.
Elephants and Ashanti Gold
At Mole National Park, we have the chance to go out on foot to track elephants in the wild at dawn - a brilliant African experience! Via Gondja and Dagomba villages our journey next takes us to Bolgatanga in the far north near the border with Burkina Faso to see traditional house painting and pottery and the culture of this undeveloped region. At Wa we visit Dagarti and Lobi villages and meet a traditional chief as well as seeing Navrongo cathedral before we turn south to the old Sudanese mosques of Techiman. By contrast we then take a boat trip in tranquil Lake Bosomtwi.
Slave Fortresses & Golden Beaches
Leaving the highlands, we spend our last days along the spectacular Atlantic coast. The long, sandy beaches are practically deserted and we will visit the 'slave forts' which have now been made into thought-provoking museums. At Kakum National Park, there's also the chance to take a spectacular walk on a canopy walkway suspended high above the jungle, before we end our journey in the hectic capital of Accra visiting the museum and markets.
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