The Pan African Historical Festival (PANAFEST) is a bi-annual festival which celebrates people of Africa and of African descent in the Diaspora through art, culture, music, dance and theatre. This tour will give you the opportunity to learn the history of great Africans who worked in diverse ways during the fight for African independence from colonial rule and also of people of African descent in the Diaspora who contributed and continue to contribute immensely to the liberation struggle at the various seminars and colloquiums.
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Min Group size: 12pax
Included: Transportation, hotel accommodation in 3 star hotels, 2 meals daily – breakfast & lunch or dinner as in itinerary, entry fees, English Speaking Tour Guide
Excluded: International flight to/from Ghana, fees to Panafest programs, travel insurance, visa fees, meals not indicated in the itinerary, beverages at meals, items of a personal nature, tips to service providers, any item or service not specifically listed in the itinerary as included
Disclaimer: Since the Panafest Foundation is responsible for the organization of the festival, Sunset African Tours shall not be held responsible for cancellations or change of dates of the festival.
Note: Itinerary and costs are subject to change.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day 1: Arrive Accra, Ghana
Arrive at Kotoka Airport. You will be met by a Sunset African Tours representative and transferred to your hotel for a welcome drink and orientation. (Please note that check out is at 12 noon and check in at 2pm so your rooms may not be ready upon arrival i.e. if you are arriving on a morning flight). Take a site seeing tour of the city. Start your visit with a tour of W. E. B. DuBois Centre for Pan African Culture and Museum as well as The African Diaspora Forum. This is located in the house where Dr. W. E. B DuBois lived and died here in Ghana. Overnight in Accra. (D)
Day 2: Accra city Tour
Today take a tour of the century old capital of Ghana, Accra. Start with a walking and drive tour of the colonial section of Accra. This area locally known as James Town and mainly inhabited by the local Ga tribe was a settlement for the British during the colonial era. Visit further north of this section of the city and view the Ussher and James Forts built by the Dutch (1650) and British (1673) respectively and also the Lighthouse which used to guide ships to the Accra Harbour in colonial days. After, visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial park & Museum, a monument dedicated to Ghana’s first post-independence President. Later, visit to the intriguing craftsmen at Nungua/Teshie who make fantasy coffins in the shape of vegetables, fruits, cars, etc usually depicting the profession of the deceased for e.g. a fisherman might be buried in a coffin in the shape of a giant fish or a pilot in an airplane. After lunch, visit the Arts and Crafts market and Woodin, the sensational African fabric shop which is located on one of Ghana’s busiest streets nicknamed the ‘Oxford Street’. Early evening return to your hotel. Overnight in Accra. (B & L)
Day 3: Accra – Aduamoah – Obo (Naming Ceremony)
Today, depart Accra through the forest belt of Ghana to Nkwakaw and up the Kwahu mountain range to the village of Aduamoah located in the Eastern Region. We will have the opportunity to interact with the chief, his elders and the people of the village. Take part in an Akan traditional naming ceremony where you will be given an Akan name. Finally, visit a local high school where we will make donations to their library. Overnight in Obo. (B & L)
Day 4: Obo – Kumasi
Today, depart Obo to Kumasi, seat of the Ashanti Empire, which was built on similar basis as the Dahomey Empire (now Benin), i.e. through wars. Visit the Royal Manhyia Palace Museum, home and office of former Ashanti Kings. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. After lunch, visit the Cultural Center that features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of brass makers, potters, drum carvers and batik makers. This museum also depicts the numerous exploits of the Ashantis especially their wars with the British colonial rulers. Later in the day, check in at your hotel. Overnight in Kumasi. (B & D)
Day 5: Kumasi Craft Villages – Elmina
This morning visit the Ashanti craft villages to observe craftsmen at work and to purchase souvenir gift items. These villages are Ahwiaa; where woodcarvers produce Ashanti stools, fertility dolls & walking sticks etc, Ntonso where Adinkra cloth is processed (Dyes are extracted from the bark of the tree called Badie) and Bonwire, where kente cloth is woven. Kente, a very colourful fabric is usually worn on festive and very important occasions like marriage ceremonies, child naming, etc. After lunch depart Kumasi to Elmina. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Overnight in Elmina. (B & D)
Day 6: Panafest Grand Durbar
Depart Elmina to Cape Coast to attend the official opening of Panafest and a durbar of chiefs. Witness the pomp and pageantry of our traditional kings dressed in rich colourful kente cloths and adorned with gold jewelry arrive in their palanquins. There will be solidarity messages from Pan Africanists from the continent and the diaspora and lots of drumming and dancing. Overnight in Elmina. (B & D)
Day 7: Cape Coast Castle & Elmina Castle
Visit the Cape Coast Castle, and take a tour the infamous slave dungeons, built in 1653 by the Swedes and later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum. The group will watch a documentary titled “Crossroads of Trade, Crossroad of People” at the Cape Coast Castle. After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle, the oldest European monument in Ghana built in 1482 by the Portuguese. First established as a trade settlement, the castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Both the Elmina and Cape Coast Castles have been designated as UNESCO Heritage Monuments. In the evening, get together with your Tour Leader and Guide to discuss/share amongst ourselves experiences so far on the tour. Overnight in Elmina. (B & D)
Day 8: Kakum National Park
This morning drive further north of Cape Coast to the Kakum National Park, a tropical rainforest in the heart of the Attandaso reserve for an adventurous and breathtaking walk on the ‘Canopy Walkway’. It is composed of 350 meters of a suspended bridge and six platforms at a height of 60 meters (100ft). Spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach front or visit the PANAFEST arts and craft exhibition at the Centre for National Culture.
After dinner, take part in a candle light procession through the streets of Cape Coast to the courtyard of the Cape Coast Castle for a vigil to remember our ancestors who departed the shores of Ghana through slavery. There will be music, dance and prayers until midnight when Emancipation is declared. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Elmina. (B & D)
Day 9: Emancipation Day
‘Emancipation Day’ – attend a durbar of chiefs and people of Assin Manso to commemorate the abolishing of Chattel Slavery. There will also be a wreath-laying ceremony at the tombs of two enslaved ancestors from the USA and Jamaica who were re-interred in Ghana in 1998. Also, visit the “Slave River” which was the last rest stop for slaves on their “one-way” trek to the coast for shipment into slavery. The captives were said to have had their bath at this river and sold off at a market close by. Return to Accra. Overnight in Accra. (B & D)
Day 10: Free day/Departure
Spend the day relaxing at your hotel or doing your last minute shopping and packing for an evening departure. In the evening, check out of your hotel and depart to the airport for check in. Depart late evening for a return trip back home. (B & D)
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