West Africa Slavery Requiem

12 days from $7,332 per person*
  • Canoe through a floating market and shop amongst local vendors.
  • Explore the cradle of African traditional religion, Ouidah.
  • Listen to the story of the Ashanti people from a traditional linguist.
  • Visit Cape Coast Castle, home to the West African Historical Museum.
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Walk high above the canopy on rope bridges through the rainforest, step through “the door of no return” in Elmina's House of Slaves, visiting slave Castles and Ashanti Palaces, learn about the history of Voodoo in Ouidah, float through West Africa’s Vienna - the city of Ganvie built on stilts in the water, and feel the thrumming beat of this ancient land. Head out each day with your own private guide and vehicle to explore cultural and historic sites that will reverberate through your soul.

Starting in Accra, Ghana we will meet you upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel. The next day enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city, art centers, beaches, sign up for a drumming or dance lesson or simply relax. Then begin your journey through West Africa as you drive to the coast. Here you'll visit Kakum National park and the UNESCO Elmina and Cape Coast castles that used to house the slaves being shipped to the new world. Heading up to Kumasi you'll retrace the routes that the slaves used to be taken down before heading to Cape Coast, visit the Ashanti Palace Museum and learn about famous West African crafts. As you move towards Togo and Benin, learn about the history of Voodoo as you walk through its birthplace, Ouidah. The Doorway of No Return in Benin is a haunting reminder of the turbulent past. Finally you'll float through the city of Ganvie, all built on stilts. Return to Accra for some final souvenir shopping and sightseeing before flying home from this unforgettable adventure! ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Accra
    Accra
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Accra
    Accra
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • City Tour, Sites & Markets - Entrance/Tour
    • Lunch - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Accra to Elmina
    Accra to Elmina
    • Accra - Elmina [via Kakum (3hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Elmina
    Elmina
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Castles and Slave Tour - Entrance/Tour
    • Lunch - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Elmina to Kumasi
    Elmina to Kumasi
    • Elmina - Kumasi [via Assin Manso - 4hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
  • Day 6 Kumasi
    Kumasi
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Tour - Private - Full Day City Tour - Entrance/Tour
    • Lunch - Included
  • Day 7 Kumasi to Accra
    Kumasi to Accra
    • Kumasi - Accra [via Besease - 6hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Accra to Lome
    Accra to Lome
    • Accra - Lome [3hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Border Crossing - Vehicle/Driver
    • City tour (1/2d) - van/guide(6)
  • Day 9 Lome to Ouidah to Cotonou
    Lome to Ouidah to Cotonou
    • Lome - Cotonou [3-4 hours] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Entrance
    • Lunch - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Ganvie to Cotonou
    Ganvie to Cotonou
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • City Tour - Entrance
    • Lunch - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Cotonou to Lome to Accra
    Cotonou to Lome to Accra
    • Cotonou - Accra [via Lome - 9hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Border Crossing - Vehicle/Driver
    • Evening at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Accra
    Accra
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Souvenir Shopping - Arts Centre - Entrance/Activity
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Day 1: Accra

Enjoy a private transfer to/from the airport with your private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Labadi Beach Hotel

Set amidst tropical landscaped gardens, overlooking one of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches is the famous Labadi Beach Hotel. The hotel is located in Accra, Ghana’s administrative, communications, and economic centre in close proximity to Kotoka International Airport and within the vicinity of business, financial and entertainment districts. Labadi is locally renowned for its food and the unique spirit of Ghanaian hospitality, and is located within easy access of both the city and airport. Presenting 100 spacious double and twin rooms and an additional 4 luxury suites, complete with conferencing and banqueting facilities, the hotel has earned its reputation as being the most sought after business venue in the country.

Accra
Accra
Labadi Hotel
Labadi Hotel

Day 2: Accra

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Relax as your guide navigates you through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 131 year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize Ghana's history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture and the Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The mausoleum and monument provide visitors with information about the prominent Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah, who spearheaded Ghana's independence in 1957; leading Ghana to become the first independent country in sub-Saharan Africa. Then visit the Arts Centre where you will have the opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market. This is Accra's largest open air market which has different sections for fabrics, clothing, wooden carvings, jewellery and more - from Ghana and West Africa.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Labadi Beach Hotel
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

Day 3: Accra - Elmina

Drive from Accra to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rainforests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. Enjoy this drive as you pass through villages, towns, and along the coast to the rainforest. The drive from Accra to Elmina takes approximately 3hrs plus stop time.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Today enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own, sign up for tours, or simply relax at your hotel or along the beach. Visit and volunteer at the Cape Coast School for the Deaf, head out for the evening to listen to the Traditional Bamboo Orchestra, visit Kakum National Park where you can enjoy a guided tour through the rainforest or walk high above the forest on canopy rope bridges. Explore the town on foot walking past local shops, markets, visit the fisherman's dock and markets, or sit back and relax at a local restaurant or pub on the beach.

Accommodation: Elmina Bay Resort

Elmina Bay is a brand new hotel in the Cape Coast/Elmina area in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. The resort, about 10 minutes drive from Elmina and 25 minutes from Cape Coast, is located on a beautiful, clean, palm-fringed beach, with cool and clean sea water, great for bathing. The hotel has 18 rooms comfortably finished with stunning views and glowing sunsets. Built on an 8 acre plot which was once a coconut plantation the hotel has tried to keep much of the natural environment.

Elmina
Elmina
Elmina Bay Resort
Elmina Bay Resort

Day 4: Elmina

Includes private guide and vehicle for the day.

Embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. Learn and watch as history unfolds the story of the slave trade in West Africa. Begin with visiting Cape Coast Castle. The largest of its kind, this castle was built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. Walk the path of slaves as your guide takes you through each section. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. It is filled with artifacts, stories, photos and more.

After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle. Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it is also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub–Saharan Africa and is the oldest castle in Ghana on the West African slave trade route. The colorful harbor nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Elmina Bay Resort
Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle

Day 5: Elmina - Kumasi

Drive from Elmina to Kumasi. Drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today. En route visit Assin Manso, the site of the “last bath” where slaves were taken for bathing before being shipped to the new world. It is also the burial place of two former slaves whose remains were returned to Ghana from the US and Jamaica. Then continue on to Kumasi. This transfer takes approx. 4hrs, but can take more time depending on how long you spend at Assin Manso and stops made along the way.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Kumasi City

Golden Tulip Kumasi City is the only four star hotel of international standards in Kumasi, only 20 minutes away from the airport and located close to the city center of the second biggest city of Ghana. This remarkable hotel, the Golden Tulip Kumasi is set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district. This magnificent hotel has 160 rooms with various room types, a well equipped Business Centre, a Forex Bureau for your finanacial transactions, a swimming pool specially designed for adults and another one for children. Enjoy this first class African style experience.

Kumasi
Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi

Day 6: Kumasi

Includes private guide and vehicle.

After breakfast embark on a tour of Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today.  Visit Manhyia Palace Museum, to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people.  End the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters and batik makers.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Kumasi City
Ashanti Royal Procession
Ashanti Royal Procession

Day 7: Kumasi - Accra

Drive from Kumasi to Accra. En route stop at Besease to visit the traditional shrine of the Ashantis. Explore the beliefs, history and bravery of the Ashantis. You will be captivated by the Ashanti historic oral account as it is told by an old and knowledgeable Ashanti traditional linguist. From here, continue on to Accra. This transfer takes approx. 6hrs, but can take longer depending on time spent at Besease and any stops made along the way.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Labadi Beach Hotel
Country Road
Country Road

Day 8: Accra - Lome

Drive between Accra, Ghana and Lome, Togo today. Your guide will help you at the border crossing and point out interesting sights along the way. Just ask! This drive will take approximately 3 hrs.

Today you will cross the border into Togo. Your guide will assist you with the border process before continuing on your journey.

After lunch, embark on an insightful city tour of Lome, a city where tradition and modernism overlap for the great delight of the visitor. Discover this metropolis with its Musee National, Place de I' Independence, fishing harbour, and the Grand Marche - the realm of the famous “Nana Benz “. Continue with a visit to the Art Street with its craft vendors, the Artisans' Village and climax the day at the Marche des Feticheurs (fetish market) - the heart of voodoo cult.

Accommodation: Lome Hotel Sarakawa

The Lome Hotel Sarakawa sits at the heart of a 62 acre coconut grove on Lomé Beach, close to the center of Lomé. The hotel has 211 rooms, and offers two restaurants (including the gourmet "Le Mercure" restaurant), two bars, an Olympic-size pool, two tennis courts, a golf course and a riding center.

Lome
Lome
Lome Hotel Sarakawa
Lome Hotel Sarakawa

Day 9: Lome - Ouidah - Cotonou

Enjoy your drive today from Lome, Togo via Ouidah to Cotonou, Benin. Stop along the way for sights and tour. This drive will take approximately 3-4hrs.

Today visit the cradle of African traditional Religion, Ouidah. Tour the temple dedicated to the sacred Python, which is believed to give vitality and protection; you will also visit the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various deities. Visit the historical Museum of Ouidah located in an old Portuguese fort built in 1721. This Museum portrays Benin's role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Later visit the Port of No Return; a monument built by the Benin Government to commemorate the Africans that were taken from the Dahomey Empire during the Slave Trade.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Benin Marina

The Benin Marina Hotel is situated right at the beach and is an idyllic spot for you to unwind. Enjoy a game of tennis, relax by the pool or have a drink at the bar. In addition, the hotel prides itself on its superb cuisine, attentive staff and luxurious accommodation. The Benin Marina Hotel has various rooms available. The staff is present 24-hours a day to provide you with excellent room service. All rooms have satellite television available and direct international telephone dial.

Cotonou
Cotonou
Pool Area
Pool Area

Day 10: Ganvie - Cotonou

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Enjoy this sensational visit to Ganvie (the village on water), commonly referred to as the Venice of West Africa. Witness firsthand, the people of Ganvie carrying out their daily routine as vendors in dugout canoes make transactions with one another and with tourists. Try shopping amongst the local vendors in the floating market whilst taking a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300-year-old village. After lunch, drive through the multicolored center of the administrative and commercial capital of Benin to view it’s many statues and monuments.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Benin Marina
Ganvie Village
Ganvie Village

Day 11: Cotonou - Lome - Accra

Depart for Accra. Today will be a full day of driving with a stop for lunch in Lome. This drive will take approximately 9hrs.

Today you will cross the border into Togo. Your guide will assist you with the border process before continuing on your journey.

This evening spend time at leisure or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 12: Accra

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Visit the Arts Centre where you will have the opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa. For finer artwork, check out the beautiful art gallery next to the market. For musical instruments, see artists at near the front of the market. Ask them for a lesson in drumming and negotiate a price, then groove to Afro-beats!

Accommodation:
Market
Market
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
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Labadi Beach Hotel: Accra

Set amidst tropical landscaped gardens, overlooking one of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches is the famous Labadi Beach Hotel. The hotel is located in Accra, Ghana’s administrative, communications, and economic centre in close proximity to Kotoka International Airport and within the vicinity of business, financial and entertainment districts. Labadi is locally renowned for its food and the unique spirit of Ghanaian hospitality, and is located within easy access of both the city and airport. Presenting 100 spacious double and twin rooms and an additional 4 luxury suites, complete with conferencing and banqueting facilities, the hotel has earned its reputation as being the most sought after business venue in the country.

Labadi Hotel
Labadi Hotel
Guest Room
Guest Room

Elmina Bay Resort: Elmina

Elmina Bay is a brand new hotel in the Cape Coast/Elmina area in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. The resort, about 10 minutes drive from Elmina and 25 minutes from Cape Coast, is located on a beautiful, clean, palm-fringed beach, with cool and clean sea water, great for bathing. The hotel has 18 rooms comfortably finished with stunning views and glowing sunsets. Built on an 8 acre plot which was once a coconut plantation the hotel has tried to keep much of the natural environment.

Elmina Bay Resort
Elmina Bay Resort

Golden Tulip Kumasi City: Kumasi

Golden Tulip Kumasi City is the only four star hotel of international standards in Kumasi, only 20 minutes away from the airport and located close to the city center of the second biggest city of Ghana. This remarkable hotel, the Golden Tulip Kumasi is set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district. This magnificent hotel has 160 rooms with various room types, a well equipped Business Centre, a Forex Bureau for your finanacial transactions, a swimming pool specially designed for adults and another one for children. Enjoy this first class African style experience.

Golden Tulip Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi

Lome Hotel Sarakawa: Lome

The Lome Hotel Sarakawa sits at the heart of a 62 acre coconut grove on Lomé Beach, close to the center of Lomé. The hotel has 211 rooms, and offers two restaurants (including the gourmet "Le Mercure" restaurant), two bars, an Olympic-size pool, two tennis courts, a golf course and a riding center.

Lome Hotel Sarakawa
Lome Hotel Sarakawa

Benin Marina: Cotonou

The Benin Marina Hotel is situated right at the beach and is an idyllic spot for you to unwind. Enjoy a game of tennis, relax by the pool or have a drink at the bar. In addition, the hotel prides itself on its superb cuisine, attentive staff and luxurious accommodation. The Benin Marina Hotel has various rooms available. The staff is present 24-hours a day to provide you with excellent room service. All rooms have satellite television available and direct international telephone dial.

Pool Area
Pool Area
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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