Ghana - 10 days
Festivals of Ghana
Prices from £2,349

Join a unique Ghana tour concentrating on three of the country’s most colourful festivals. From the capital Accra we head to to Akossombo, home of the Krobo people who are renowned for their skills in making beads. Each year the Krobo hold the amazing Dipo ceremony, a process of initiation for young girls on their journey to womanhood, accompanied by elaborate rituals and distinctive traditional jewellery; we spend three days observing these fascinating customs and learning about the culture of the Krobo. After this we continue to Ghana’s second city, the Ashanti capital of Kumasi, where we are privileged to witness the Awakudae festival. Centred around the traditional concept of the chief, Awakudae is an opportunity to call upon the protective spirits of the Ashanti and ask for blessings for the forthcoming year, and gives us a superb opportunity to see West Africa’s ‘kingdom of gold’ in all its splendour, with dancers and drummers adding to the intoxicating atmosphere. Afterwards we journey to Winneba to see the Aboakyer festival at Winneba, then end the trip by visiting the historic castles of Elmina and Cape Coast, learning about the slave trade that devastated these shores. Discover the colours, festivals and traditions of one of the region’s friendliest countries.