Ghana - Dipo Festival


Ghana - Dipo Festival

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 10 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – 25th April 2020 - Accra

Arrive in Accra and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, there may be time to explore this vibrant African capital. Overnight at La Villa Boutique or similar.

Days 2 & 3 – 26th – 27th April - Accra – Krobo (100km – 2 hours driving approx. then drives in the region)

We drive to Krobo to attend the Dipo Festival. The Krobo are famous for their bead making and the festivl provides an excellent opportunity to showcase this tradition. We will have time to learn about the process of making the glass beads and try our hand at producing our own! During these two days, we will also attend a voodoo ceremony. During the ceremony some of the adepts may become possessed giving rise to amazing trances. Overnights at Afrikiko Resort or similar (BLD)

Day 4 – 28th April – Akosombo – Accra (100km – 2 hours driving approx.)

We leave the Krobo region and drive back to Accra, the metropolis of Africa. We focus on Jamestown, the original settlement of the Ga people. We will see the reminisces of the slave trade and the old lighthouse. We may get to visit one of the boxing gyms, a popular sport among the youngsters, and see Jamestown Café. We end the day seeing the coffin makers – something very unique to Ghana.   These craftsmen build elaborate coffins in many weird and wonderful shapes including fish, cars, animals and aeroplanes! Overnight Villa Boutique 4* or similar (BLD)

Day 5 – 29th April – Accra; West End

Today we focus on the ‘modern soul’ of Accra. First we visit some of Accra’s finest art museums including the Artists Alliance Gallery, Wild Gecko Handicrafts and Gallery 1957 before exploring the design and cloth shops from the show ‘an African City’, the equivalent of Sex and the city, created by a Ghanaian woman where hopefully we get the chance to meet some designers and explain their work. In the evening enjoy live music with your dinner. Overnight Villa Boutique 4* or similar (BLD)

Day 6 – 30th April – Accra- Elmina (157km – 3.5 hours driving approx.)

Today we drive to the coast and the fishing town of Elmina, best known for St George’s Castle, the oldest European building in Africa and once used as a holding centre for slaves. We explore the old quarter with its unique Posuban shrines, made by the traditional ‘asafo’ societies which were once responsible for local defence. Overnight Anomabu Beach Resort or similar (BLD)  

Day 7 – 1st May – Elmina – Winneba (2 hours driving approx.)

Today starts with a visit of Cape Coast castle, built by the Swedish in 1653. Between 1657 and 1664 the castle changed many hands, having been conquered by the Danes, the Dutch, the Fanti local tribe, the Swedes and finally the British. Today it is a museum showcasing the history of the slave trade. This afternoon we transfer to Winneba where people are getting ready for the festival. We walk around the city taking in the buzz of the excitement of the local people. Overnight Blue Diamond Beach Resort or similar (BLD)

Day 8 – 2nd May – Aboakyer Festival, Winneba – Kumasi (250km – 5 hours driving approx.)

This morning is spend at the Aboakyer Festival. This afternoon we transfer to Kumasi. Overnight Miklin Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 9 – 3rd May – Kumasi – Akwasidae Festival

Today we will experience the traditional Akwasidae Festival, a special celebration on the Ashanti calendar. If time permits, we will also visit the Ashanti Cultural Centre, housing a rich collection of Ashanti artefacts in a wonderful reproduction of an Ashanti house. Overnight Miklin Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 10 – 4th May – Kumasi – Accra (250km, 5 hours driving approx.)

This morning we travel back to Accra for your evening flight. Day use rooms available until 1800hrs (BL)


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