Mother Africa is calling us home! Join the official VIP delegation of American artists (and art enthusiasts) for transformative insider arts and cultural experiences. Watch the info session replay here!
Meet us at the DC Ten Restaurant directly across from the Kotoka International Airport (ACC) at 12pm (GMT). We'll take a scenic route to the spectacular Gold Coast of West Africa in the Central Region of Ghana.
Upon arrival at the Beach Resort, we will check-in, relax and adjust to the time change. Later that evening we'll enjoy a warm-hearted welcome cocktail, Cuture Talk (an introduction to the culture, beliefs and customs of Ghananian lifestyle) and sample delicious African traditional foods.
We'll board at 10am and travel through the historic villages of Ghana’s Central Region to one of Africa’s only surviving tropical rain forests and UNESCO World Heritage site, Kakum National Park. The forest is home to many endangered and rare mammals such as the Diana Monkey, Bongo, Yellow-backed Duiker and elephant. You can test your wits on the 1150 ft Canopy Walk, one of only three in Africa, which provides privileged access to the forest.
Later that evening we'll enjoy a mesmerizing African Cultural Performance!
*Optional Daytime Activities: Boat Ride/Fish Market Tour, Batique Fabric Making Workshop, In-room Massage, or Relax Poolside at the Resort (not included).
We'll embark at 9am on a journey that leads into the bowls of the famous slave castle, one of forty commercial forts built by European traders. Relive the heart wrenching accounts of the last days of enslaved Africans before entering the "door of no return" bound for the Americas and the Caribbean, never to be seen again.
Later that evening we'll give you the space needed to decompress. You can enjoy some alone time for deep reflection or join the Sister Circle or ManClave. Later that evening you can join the group for cocktials (or mocktails) soothing music and a Beachfront Bonfire!
We will check out at 10am right after breakfast and head to the captial city of Accra. On the way, we will visit a beautiful local village and experience a traditional ceremony complete with drumming and dancing. You'll experience the adulation of presenting gifts to the children of the village while taking photos to preserve this memorable occasion. Then we'll continue on for a late afternoon check-in to our accommodations and get settled in for R&R.
*Optional Evening Activity:
Spend the evening exploring the city's fabulous dining and nightlife (on your own).
Starting at 10am: We will unlock the secrets of Accra, an extraordinary 137-year old capital city. We will uncover the rich history and unique blend of colonial and modern architecture. On this sightseeing tour, we will visit the Jamestown Lighthouse, one of the most historic landmarks of our heritage; journey to the WEB Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence/Black Star, and the Kwame Nkrumah National Park.
*Optional Late Afternoon Activity: Private Fitting Session: Schedule a time with a fine clothing tailor for custom-fitted attire. Bring back a part of the fashion statement that is Ghana!
Projections for profitable returns have the attention of the savviest international speculators as Ghana recently discovered gold and oil and braces itself for a vibrant growing economy. For those interested in a permanent piece of the motherland for retirement, vacation, investment or legacy; we invite you to join us at 9am for this breakfast talk/tour. We'll explore opportunities to invest in very affordable prime Ghanaian real estate and other industries.
*Optional Evening Activity: Indulge in Accra's pulsating live music scene (on your own).
Explore the massive, fast-paced but lively markets of Accra on your own. You can get to practice our newly learned bartering skills in the bustling markets, among hundreds of vendors trading handcrafted treasures, glass beads, batik fabrics, wood carvings, original art work and more!
*Optional Daytime Acitivity: Take a day trip on a short flight to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, home of the great Ashanti Empire. Explore the largest market in the region with over 10K vendors. Here is where the orginal kinte cloth is handmade and artisans craft woodcarvings, clothing and orginal art.
Our orignal host hotel staffing shortages and slow responses has created a delay in our ability to gather sufficient traction to launch the World Creative Arts Conference (WCAC) scheduled for 10/9 & 10/10. The inability to meet our organizational standards has led us to make the difficult decision to hold the WCAC as a virtual event on February 23-24, 2023. We sincerely apologize and thank you for your understanding. .
We are currently working with the National Theatre of Ghana and other organizations to plan an alternative event. Details are forthcoming.
Although you won't want this incredible journey to end, you'll check out of your accommodations on Saturday, 12.10.22 @ 11 am. Please make your flight or extended stay arrangements accordingly.
The Americana Plan includes premium guest rooms with balcony/ocean views or ocean villas.
The Heritage Plan includes standard ground floor guest rooms or chalets with garden views.
It all begins here at a beautiful Beach Resort in Elmina. The very best of Ghanaian luxury and service. Rooms are designed with attention to detail and a mixed masterpiece of local craftsmen and the modern elements rooted in African culture. Your stay includes breakfast and live entertainment!
Immerse yourself in 5 star luxury accommodations for 5 nights at a fabulous hotel in Accra. Amenities include a full buffet breakfast, pool, full-service restaurant, lounge and complimentary airport shuttle.
Enjoy the convenience of staying at the host hotel where tours and excursions depart.
Americana Double Occupancy is SOLD OUT!
Live like the locals in the heart Accra in an upscale community. Each guest has their own queen bedroom with shared common areas in 2-3 bedroom apartments. This complex is located fiften minutes from the host hotel.
ALL PLANS INCLUDE:
PREPARE FOR TRAVEL:
Delegates are responsible for adhering to the following prior to traveling with us:
If you need a roommate, go ahead reserve your space. For the Americana Plan, you will have until September 1st to find a roommate or upgrade to a single occupancy. For the Heritage Plan, join us for a fabulous time. You will co-mingle the group members for a family-friendly communal experience.
PAYMENTS/REFUNDS BEFORE SEPT 1ST:
PAYMENTS/REFUNDS AFTER SEPT 1ST:
Know Before You Go:
As a part of this delegation, you agree to itinerary modifications and substitutions provided we receive official invitations as a delegation to attend special events. You also understand that changes can occur due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always defer to ABTF's high standard of satisfaction and value. This is our number one priority.
You are truly in for an EPIC experience!
Please Note: This travel group experience is hosted by Micah 6-8 Media, LLC and is a private pilgrimage and healing journey for artists and those who have experienced the violence of living while Black in America. It is therefore considered a sacred space intended for those who can best identify with the trauma of our violent ancestral history.
Although we can appreciate that there is sympathy for our journey, the hostility experienced is a historical one that needs to be handled carefully and sacredly. It is a journey strongly recommended for those who've experienced and continue to experience this pain that resonates so deep.
This journey is too important and must be protected as such due to centuries of unattended wounds and oppression. Thank you kindly for your sensitivity as we strive to foster a safe space.
"We have to learn to love ourselves before we can ever be whole enough and open to wholly loving others." Toni Simmons Henson
(ABTF Travel Groups is hosted by Micah 6-8 Media, LLC the producers of the ABTF)
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