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Mother Africa is calling us home. If you missed the Year of Return, join us for Beyond the Return, an authentic art and cultural pilgrimage to Ghana. Scroll all the way down for a sneak peek into this EPIC experience.
"It took two journeys and 52 days in Ghana, working tirelessly with arts and cultural leaders to carefully curate an incredible insider experience. You don't want to miss this pilgrimage!"
~Toni Simmons Henson
Meet us at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) for a scenic transport at 11am (GMT) to the spectacular Gold Coast of West Africa in the Central Region of Ghana. (Exact meeting location TBD.)
Upon arrival , you will check-in, relax and adjust to the time change. That evening we'll enjoy a warm-hearted Welcome Reception and provide an introduction to the culture, beliefs and customs of Ghananian lifestyle while sampling delicious African traditional foods.
Flight arrangement should be made to arrive the day before or the morning of: Thursday 12.02.21 or Friday 12.03.21 by 8am. (Hotel accommodations for early arrival are not included.)
Embark on a tour of the famous 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 "gate of no return" bound for the Americas and the Caribbean, never to be seen again.
Unwind as we 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.
Become enthralled in the warmth of rural Ghanaian culture. We’ll visit the beautiful village of Mankissem where we’ll courtesy the Chief and Elders, experience a traditional ceremony and enjoy drumming and dancing by the villagers. Savor the adulation of presenting gifts to the children of the village while taking photos to preserve this memorable occasion. Then we'll head to Accra, the capital city for an evening check-in to your selected plan accommodations for the remainig of your stay.
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.
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 this tour. We'll explore opportunities to invest in very affordable prime Ghanaian real estate.
This long but exciting day will begin with a journey to the Ashanti Region where we'll explore the vibrant city of Kumasi, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Ghana. We will learn about the great Ashanti Empire and the legacy of the Ashanti Kingdom. We'll uncover the stories of the makers of original indigenous fabrics and the famous Kente cloth. We'll also learn Ghanaian shopping etiquette and bartering techniques from a local guide while gaining valuable insight into the importance of market life in Kumasi.
We'll then practice our new bartering skills in the bustling Kejetia Market, among 10,000+ vendors of handcrafted treasures, glass beads, batik fabrics, wood carvings, etc.
Prepare for a first-class treatment at the National Theatre of Ghana. We will take part in a spectacular VIP private performance by Ghana’s National Dance and Theatre Companies. Immediately following this privileged performance, we'll immerse ourselves in native rhythms with drumming and dance lessons exclusively tailored for the ABTF delegation.
As a grand finale, we'll end the day with an elegant seafood buffet and live jazz!
We will set out early for a scenic ride to the breathtaking Volta Region. There we'll set sail along the scenic Volta River, the second-largest man-made, freshwater lake in the world. We’ll enjoy live music, amazing cocktails, and a sumptuous buffet. On our excursion, we will make a stop at Dodi Island for a warm welcome and authentic entertainment from the locals before returning for a pulsating dance party under the stars.
Check out the next day on Sunday, 12.12.21 Flight arrangements should be made to depart and head back to the USA.
A contemporary experience with 3.5 - 4 star hotel or equivalent luxury accommodations. Rates: $2750 - $2950 per person based on double occupancy plus air travel. The exact cost will be available in the Spring of 2021. (Add $980 for single occupancy.)
Live like the locals with accommodations in Guest Houses! Clean and comfortable private ensuite rooms (private baths) with shared common living areas. Rates: $2250 - $2450 per person based on double occupancy plus air travel. The exact cost will be available in the Spring of 2021.
Get me in where I fit in with the locals in dorm-style guesthouse accommodations. A clean and comfortable shared room with shared common areas. Rates: $1750 - $1950 per person plus air travel. The exact cost will be available in the Spring of 2021.
Great for solo travelers!
Note: All tours are included; however, participation is always optional.
Prepare for Travel:
Delegates are responsible for having the following in hand 30 days prior to travel:
If you need a roommate, first reserve your space. You will have time to find one or we'll be happy to find a match for you. This match is based on same-gender availability. This option is only available for the Heritage or BlackPack Plan.
Payments and Refunds:
As a part of this delegation, you agree to itinerary modifications and substitutions provided we receive official invitations as a delegation to 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!
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