West Africa Grand Journey

18 days from $10,134 per person*
  • Visit the floating village Ganvie, known as the Venice of West Africa.
  • Explore the Sacred Forest and the many shrines within it.
  • Embark on a tour of the forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana.
  • Meet and mingle with the “salt harvesters” of Lake Retba.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Culture, nature and history is the theme of this Grand Journey through West Africa. The main highlights of these uniqe areas are: the Isle of Goree and the salt gatherers at the unusual Lac Rose in Senegal, the slave castles at Cape Coast in Ghana, fetish markets in Togo and Ouidah, the birthplace of Voodoo in Benin. On the Isle of Goree you will learn about the turbulent past as you walk through the Maison des esclaves (house of slaves). You'll speak to salt harvesters at the Pink Lake and learn about the techniques of extracting salt. You'll also explore the streets and markets of Bamako with your local guide. Then continue on to Ghana, Togo, and Benin where you'll explore historic slave castles, learn about ancient kingdoms, cultures, voodoo and more. Finish by visiting a local village for your own naming ceremony where you'll receive your traditional Ghanaian name. Return to Accra for some final souvenir shopping and sight seeing before flying home from this unforgettable adventure! Includes internal transfers, accommodations, and meals as listed.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Dakar
    Dakar
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 2 Dakar
    Dakar
    • Tour - Private - Dakar and Goree Island (inc lunch) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 3 Dakar
    Dakar
    • Tour - Private - Pink Lake & Cayar (inc lunch) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 4 Dakar to Accra
    Dakar to Accra
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Accra
    Accra
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - At Disposal
    • 1/2 Day City Tour, Sites & Markets - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Accra
    Accra
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - At Disposal
    • Teshie Nungua Coffins - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Cedi Bead Factory - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Accra to Elmina
    Accra to Elmina
    • Accra - Elmina [3.5hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lunch - Lunch Included
    • Tour - Private - Elmina Castle and City tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Elmina
    Elmina
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - At Disposal
    • Kakum Rain Forest Walk - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lunch - Lunch Included
    • 1/2 Day Cape Coast Castle Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Elmina to Kumasi
    Elmina to Kumasi
    • Elmina - Kumasi [via Assin Manso (5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lunch - Lunch Included
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 10 Kumasi
    Kumasi
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - At Disposal
    • Naming Ceremony and Craft Villages - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lunch - Lunch Included
  • Day 11 Kumasi to Accra
    Kumasi to Accra
    • Kumasi - Accra [via Besease - 6hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Optional Activities - Not Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Accra
    Accra
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - At Disposal
    • Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 13 Accra to Lome
    Accra to Lome
    • Accra - Lome [3hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - National Museum & Independence Place - Entrance
    • Dinner - Included
  • Day 14 Lome
    Lome
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide
    • Grand Marche & Fetish Market - Guide
  • Day 15 Lome to Ouidah to Cotonou
    Lome to Ouidah to Cotonou
    • Lome - Cotonou [3-4 hours] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Entrance
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Ganvie to Cotonou
    Ganvie to Cotonou
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide
    • City Tour - Entrance
    • Lunch - Included
    • Dinner - Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 17 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 18 Accra
    Accra
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - At Disposal
    • Souvenir Shopping - Arts Centre - Entrance/Activity
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Dakar

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar

Located on the majestic Cape Verde Peninsula, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar offers West Africa's rich culture from a stylish base. This premier Dakar hotel features spacious and stylish rooms with picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Guests can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine or savoury grill items at the hotel's two premier restaurants or some relaxation, with a refreshing beverage at the poolside bar. Explore the glamorous waterfront neighbourhood of Fann Corniche, only six kilometres from the Dakar city centre.  Dakar Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport is just 13 km away from the hotel.  The Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar is the inner of the International Golden Eagle Award for Prestige & Quality (Africa 2010), Best New Hotel Investment 2010 for the Tourism Business Council of South Africa and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Dakar
Dakar
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -   Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar
Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar

Day 2: Dakar

Visit the various Markets of the capital city of Senegal: Kermel, Sandaga, and the handicraft market of Soumbedioune. You will also go through Tilen market famous for its medicinal herbs and its traditional healers. Visit the Great Mosque, stop at the president’s palace and the parliament house. You will stop at Cheick Anta Diop University to visit the picturesque district of Medina and the residential district of Fann.  Just twenty minutes from Dakar Port, the ferryboat will arrive at Goree.  Goree Island carries the heavy burden of 300 years slave trading in West Africa. The island ranks today among the classified monuments of the World Patrimony. You will visit the Slave-House and will listen to a lecture delivered by the curator.  You will also visit the auction block, the ethnographic Museum, the fort and interact with the inhabitants.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Goree Island
Goree Island

Day 3: Dakar

Enjoy todays visit to Lake Retba, also known as the “Pink Lake” located northeast of Dakar.  This lake is considered an anomaly as it boasts one of the rarest natural phenomenon in the world. The lakes pinkish hue is as a result of the excessive amount of Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment used to absorb light, which in turn than provides the algae with life-energy.  The pink color is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its abundantly high salt content.  Today you will meet the “salt harvesters” with their colorful tackle, and interact with the Fulani ethnic groups living in the surrounding villages. You will then have lunch in a typical restaurant and after proceed to the fishermen village of Cayar where you will attend the colorful arrival of the big game fishing parties.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pink Lake
Pink Lake

Day 4: Dakar - Accra

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote. Please contact your Destination Expert if you are interested in adding this service to the itinerary.

Meet your professional driver for an airport transfer by private vehicle.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra

Welcome to Golden Tulip Accra, a four-star Superior First Class Hotel, situated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This African-style hotel with 238 rooms is delightfully landscaped over spacious grounds with extensive tropical gardens and lush vegetation.  The hotel is a safe haven for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel's central location makes it easily accessible to the city centre and other commercial areas of the city of Accra. It is also within easy reach of nightclubs, shops, museums and beaches.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Accra
Accra
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Golden Tulip - Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra

Day 5: Accra

A private vehicle and guide are provided, and at your disposal for the day.

Depart for a half day city tour of Accra visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography with exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana through-out history to the present. This Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts. Drive through Old Accra. This is a contrast of Victorian, Dutch and post-colonial architectural. You will drive past James Fort built in 1673, Old Accra Square and the Post Office. Stop to visit the Ussher Fort, one of three European forts in Accra which have survived the times. Interact with the local people. For the adventurous visit the Light House built to guide ships. Continue to visit Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, burial place of the first President of Ghana. This Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries. Your last stop for the tour will be at the Arts and Crafts market where you may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and to “shop till you drop”. Drive past the Independence Arch and the Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds, to visit the Arts and Crafts market. View from the distance, Christiansborg Castle, former office and residence of the President of Ghana.      

 

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

Day 6: Accra

A private vehicle and guide are provided, and at your disposal for the day.

The town of Teshie is also known as the home of famous design coffins, invented in the 1950s by Seth Kane Kwei, and still made in the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop (run by Eric Adjetey Anang) and by several other artists. These aren’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill coffins but a special tradition of coffin-making that dates back centuries in this suburb of Accra. The artisan trade is passed down through the family structure and is regarded with great respect by others in the community. The wood is carved from a particular type of tree that grows in Ghana and has good weight and texture for coffin construction and painting. The wood is then whittled into giant and marvelous shapes. As a way to celebrate the deceased, the coffin is shaped into a large, colorful object that suggests the person’s trade while living. A fisherman would receive a coffin in the shape of a fish, a fruit seller’s coffin could be a pineapple, a photographer’s would be a camera. The coffin makers even create huge drink cabinets for bars in the shape of a bottle of coke or Guinness beer.

Beads are one of the unique and beautiful crafts to be seen in Ghana. Travel with your private guide into the Eastern Koforidua region. Begin with an introductory visit to the Cedi Bead factory to learn about the process of making beads from sand and recycled glass. Here, you can also request a bead making session, where you will have the opportunity to create you very own beads. Transfer time is approx. 1hr to/from Accra.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Accra
Accra
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Beads
Beads

Day 7: Accra - Elmina

Drive through Ghana's hilly countryside between Accra and Elmina. Take in the sights and sounds as you pass through small towns and villages. This drive takes approximately 3.5hrs.

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

Visit 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.  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. Embark on a walking tour of Elmina, to experience for yourself the bustling fishing town.

Accommodation: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Coconut Grove Beach Resort and Conference Centre is located in Mmoframa Akyinim, on the coast of Elmina the historic Capital of the Gold Coast. The hotel has been in operation since December 1994, and has seen ongoing systematic growth which has enabled the hotel to win awards as well as establish a reputation that attracts tourists seeking rest and relaxation from all over the world. All rooms are air-conditioned, with hot and cold water, mini bar, satellite multi channel TV reception, and Wi – Fi connection. The Ocean View Restaurant has an enviable reputation for the best sea food served fresh in the region.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Elmina
Elmina
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Coconut Grove Beach Hotel
Coconut Grove Beach Hotel

Day 8: Elmina

A private vehicle and guide are provided, and at your disposal for the day.

Drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. 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. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway.

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

Embark on a tour of Cape Coast Castle. Built by the Swedes in 1653 the castle was later taken over by the British. This is the largest castle to house slaves before they were shipped off to other parts of the world. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. This museum is filled with historical pictures, facts, stories and more. Afterward check out the castle's local market.

Accommodation: Coconut Grove Beach Resort
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Canopy Walk
Canopy Walk
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle

Day 9: 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. 5hrs, 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.

Visit the 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.

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.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kumasi
Kumasi
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Golden Tulip Kumasi City
Golden Tulip Kumasi City

Day 10: Kumasi

A private vehicle and guide are provided, and at your disposal for the day.

After breakfast, take a scenic drive to participate in a Naming Ceremony. You will be led in a procession to the Paramount Chief’s Palace grounds where the whole village has already assembled with the Paramount Chief ready to perform the special naming ceremony which begins after a round of hearty welcome and speeches. Participating in the naming ceremony is no less than a few hundred locals. You will be given an African clan name.  The Naming Ceremony, a spiritual and memorable experience, begins with the beating of the “frontomfrom” drums and dancing performed by the local-village dancers who will also extend an invitation to the group to participate in the unique cultural dance.  After the wonderful encounter with Ashanti culture of drumming and dancing, visit the three famous craft villages in Ashanti. Ahwiaa, the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso, the home of Adinkra and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village.

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

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Kumasi City
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kente Weaving
Kente Weaving

Day 11: 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.

Accra has a little of everything. Enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own, sign up for tours, or simply relax. Visit Labadi Beach where you can relax on the beach, listen to local musicians, or visit a local beachside restaurant. Visit one of the many shops in town whether at one of the malls, local shops or markets - like the Arts Centre, Accra's largest open air market which has different sections for fabrics, clothing, wooden carvings, jewellery and more. If you like, you could even sign up for a Ghanaian dance lesson or we could arrange for you to enjoy a drumming and dancing ceremony when you arrive!

Or sign up for tours like: Accra landmarks tour through the city with stops including W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Explore the Aburi Botanical Gardens, Kokrobite Beach & drumming, Teshie/Nungua Coffins, Shai Hills Nature Reserve, Boti Falls, and more. Tours can be arranged in advance or sign up on-site through our local office or sign up for tours offered by your hotel.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Country Road
Country Road
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

Day 12: Accra

A private vehicle and guide are provided, and at your disposal for the day.

Does the silky, smooth taste of chocolate invigorate your very thoughts, and salivate your every taste bud? If so, this tour is for you.  In the comfort of a private vehicle, head out to visit the first cocoa farm established in Ghana, at the Tetteh Ouarshie Cocoa Farm.  It is believed that the very first cocoa plants in Ghana came to be as a result of the planting of seeds which derived from the nearby Fernando Po Island, located just south of the Cameroonian mainland.  The fertile environment of Ghana provided the ideal growing environment for the cocoa plants to flourish, which resulted in Ghana becoming one of the largest cocoa producer in the world, at one point. During the tour visit the farm-house museum and learn about the rich history of cocoa production in Ghana. Transfer time approximately 1 hour to/from Accra.

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.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cocoa Bean
Cocoa Bean
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Labadi Hotel
Labadi Hotel

Day 13: 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.

Head out today to visit the National Museum of Lome. This museum houses some ancient relics and artifacts dug up by various explorers and many from the local people whom have had these articles past down through the generations.  The items in the museum provide a good historical base about the country.  Next, visit the Independence Place, a monument built to commemorate the country's independence from France.

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

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Lome Centre

The Ibis Lome Centre hotel is located in the city centre, facing the Atlantic ocean, in a vast garden between the National Assembly and the Residence of the French Embassy. It is less than 3 km from the Convention Centre, 15 min from the airport and a few meters from the Grand Marché. The entirely refurbished hotel has 108 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, a bar serving snacks 24/24, a terrace, and a swimming pool.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lome
Lome
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Ibis Lome Centre Grounds/Pool
Hotel Ibis Lome Centre Grounds/Pool

Day 14: Lome

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Set out to explore some of the city of Lome's most popular and visited locations, beginning with a visit to the Grand Marche. This large marketplace offers a wide range of goods, and takes an entire city block. Merchants from all across the continent display their products for potential customers to purchase.  These vendors sell everything from fresh fruit and produce to brightly designed, handcrafted African printed clothing.  Next, visit a site that is a popular draw for locals and tourists alike. The Fetish Market is very unique, there are a myriad of stalls displaying items that are used for traditional herbs and medicine, and some unusual voodoo inspired product as well including, skulls and snakeskin’s, crocodile heads, powders and charms.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Lome Centre
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Fetish Market
Fetish Market

Day 15: 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.

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

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Cotonou

Right by the sea, Hotel Ibis Cotonou is located in the heart of the business district, 10 minutes from the city centre. The hotel offers 101 air-conditioned rooms with WiFi access, a bar, a 24 hour snack service and private parking are at your disposal. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Novotel Cotonou's Orisha restaurant, located on the same site. The hotel is located right by the sea, in the heart of the business district, and 10 minutes from the city center. 

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cotonou
Cotonou
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Ibis Cotonou
Hotel Ibis Cotonou

Day 16: 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.

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

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Cotonou
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ganvie Village
Ganvie Village

Day 17: 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: Golden Tulip Accra

Day 18: Accra

A private vehicle and guide are provided, and at your disposal for the day.

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!

Meet your professional driver for an airport transfer by private vehicle.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Market
Market
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Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar : Dakar

Located on the majestic Cape Verde Peninsula, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar offers West Africa's rich culture from a stylish base. This premier Dakar hotel features spacious and stylish rooms with picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Guests can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine or savoury grill items at the hotel's two premier restaurants or some relaxation, with a refreshing beverage at the poolside bar. Explore the glamorous waterfront neighbourhood of Fann Corniche, only six kilometres from the Dakar city centre.  Dakar Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport is just 13 km away from the hotel.  The Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar is the inner of the International Golden Eagle Award for Prestige & Quality (Africa 2010), Best New Hotel Investment 2010 for the Tourism Business Council of South Africa and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -   Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar
Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Standard
Standard

Golden Tulip Accra: Accra

Welcome to Golden Tulip Accra, a four-star Superior First Class Hotel, situated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This African-style hotel with 238 rooms is delightfully landscaped over spacious grounds with extensive tropical gardens and lush vegetation.  The hotel is a safe haven for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel's central location makes it easily accessible to the city centre and other commercial areas of the city of Accra. It is also within easy reach of nightclubs, shops, museums and beaches.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Golden Tulip - Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra

Coconut Grove Beach Resort: Elmina

Coconut Grove Beach Resort and Conference Centre is located in Mmoframa Akyinim, on the coast of Elmina the historic Capital of the Gold Coast. The hotel has been in operation since December 1994, and has seen ongoing systematic growth which has enabled the hotel to win awards as well as establish a reputation that attracts tourists seeking rest and relaxation from all over the world. All rooms are air-conditioned, with hot and cold water, mini bar, satellite multi channel TV reception, and Wi – Fi connection. The Ocean View Restaurant has an enviable reputation for the best sea food served fresh in the region.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Coconut Grove Beach Hotel
Coconut Grove Beach Hotel

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.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Golden Tulip Kumasi City
Golden Tulip Kumasi City

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.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Labadi Hotel
Labadi Hotel
West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Guest Room
Guest Room

Hotel Ibis Lome Centre: Lome

The Ibis Lome Centre hotel is located in the city centre, facing the Atlantic ocean, in a vast garden between the National Assembly and the Residence of the French Embassy. It is less than 3 km from the Convention Centre, 15 min from the airport and a few meters from the Grand Marché. The entirely refurbished hotel has 108 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, a bar serving snacks 24/24, a terrace, and a swimming pool.

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Ibis Lome Centre Grounds/Pool
Hotel Ibis Lome Centre Grounds/Pool

Hotel Ibis Cotonou: Cotonou

Right by the sea, Hotel Ibis Cotonou is located in the heart of the business district, 10 minutes from the city centre. The hotel offers 101 air-conditioned rooms with WiFi access, a bar, a 24 hour snack service and private parking are at your disposal. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Novotel Cotonou's Orisha restaurant, located on the same site. The hotel is located right by the sea, in the heart of the business district, and 10 minutes from the city center. 

West Africa Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Ibis Cotonou
Hotel Ibis Cotonou

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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  • Robert M — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    It was simply an amazing trip! Our guide and driver were the best. Everything went smoothly and they made life very easy for us. I would not hesitate to recommend Kensington to anyone. Hotels were unique and exceeded expectations. Thank you for the significant room upgrade at the 4 Seasons on our last night. That was a huge surprise!

  • Mike Desmarais — July 20, 2017 — Africa

    Went on a tour in Morocco with Kensington tours. We visited the cities of Casablanca, Tangier & Chefchaouen and had a wonderful time. Our guide (Mohammed Salmi) and driver (Eunice) were absolutely excellent and very professional. Mohammed was very knowledgeable regarding the cities and places we visited. Mohammed spoke very good English and was easy to talk with and a pleasure to be with for the 6 days we were in Morocco. We could not have asked for a better guide and/or driver during our time in Morocco. Our vehicle was a newer model Mercedes van that was very comfortable to be in for the long drives we had between cities, and our hotels were much better than expected.

  • Misty N — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    This was our 4th Kensington Trip (second to South Africa), I cannot say enough about Andrew Drummond and his ability to put a PERFECT trip together. I trust him completely and would plan trips with him over and over. Now looking at a trip to Peru and yes, we are talking to a professional at Kensington.

  • David S — September 08, 2017 — Africa

    This tour exceeded our expectations in all respects! Only words cannot describe the adventure.

  • Barbara Cox — August 03, 2017 — Africa

    Christine did a fabulous job planning our safari. We followed the migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara staying in an assortment of tented camps. We loved ALL our guides and drivers (Duncan, Waziri and Charles).

  • Edward C. — March 24, 2017 — Africa

    Our guide and driver were above and beyond our expectations.

  • Mary Ann B — March 17, 2017 — Africa

    I would definitely recommend Kensington Tours. Very well pleased with everything they provided. Accommodations were excellent as well as tour guides. Gareth at Kensington was a tremendous help in planning our trip. Thank you so much Kensington for a great trip to South Africa.

  • Elizabeth E — February 07, 2017 — Africa

    Both our guides from Rwanda to Tanzania were the best. Everything was FLAWLESS, the guides, transportation, the accommodations, the food, the safaris, etc. We actually went to the villagers home and met the kids who performed their native dance for us. It really was an emotional connection that was one of the highlights of the whole trip for us. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us!

  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

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