Mother Africa is calling us home. If you missed the year of return, join us for Beyond the Return: An Arts and Cultural Pilgrimage to Ghana. Scroll all the way down for a sneak peak into this EPIC experience.
We pray you are well. We tried to hold out, but it just doesn't seem to be getting any better. Ghana is opening slowly and reporting an extremely low impact from COVID-19 relative to other countries. By all indicators, they will want to keep it that way. Therefore, we anticipate travel restrictions for US citizens in the coming months to come.
With that said, it is with deep regret, that we have decided to postpone our pilgrimage to December 2021. We will be processing refunds to everyone in the next 3 business days.
We will reopen registration this December to all who are interested. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.
"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
Arrival at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) for scenic transport to the spectacular Gold Coast of West Africa in the Central Region of Ghana:
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.
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 of 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 the 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 at the Accra Marriott Hotel!
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.
Day 9: A Day on Your Own
May we suggest a second round at your favorite restaurant or last minute shopping to spend left over Ghana Cedis or libations on Labadi Beach. Whichever you decide, we know it will ceremoniously bitter/sweet as you prepare to leave the Motherland-- your HOME.
Night Departure from Accra to Washington/Dulles Airport
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