join us as we celebrate in 2007 Ghana’s Golden Jubilee Celebration;
marking 50 years of Ghana’s independence. This celebration takes
place during the first week in March. The main highlights of the
tour include the Independence Day Parade held at the Black Star
Square, with live music entertainment by the Ghanaian military band;
there will also be a visit to Ghana’s renowned Slave Castles, Kakum
National Park and a visit to the Ashanti Kingdom.
modern day Republic of Ghana was named after the ancient empire
of the 4 th Century AD in what is now Southeastern Mauritania and
Southwestern Mali . The ancestors of the inhabitants of the present
country are thought to have migrated and settled on the Southern
coastal areas after the fall of the empire in the 12 th Century
Republic of Ghana was formerly called the Gold Coast due to its
abundant endowment in Gold. Ghana lies north of the equator between
latitude 4º45'N and 11º11'N longitude 30 W and 0º 30'E. It covers
an area of 239,460 sq. km (92,000 sq. miles) with a distance from
North to South stretching 672km (420 miles) and East to West along
its coast line measuring 560 km (348 miles). Ghana is bordered by
Cote d'Ivoire on the west.
Faso to the North and Togo to the East. One can see Benin and Nigeria
further east. On the South stretches the coastline along the Gulf
of Guinea ( Atlantic Ocean ).
population of Ghana is about 18.9 million. Ghana is divided into
10 regions, namely Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Northern, Central,
Eastern, Brong Ahafo, Volta , Upper East and Upper West.
about 60 different ethnic languages. However, English is the official
language with Twi, Fanti, Ga, Ewe, Hausa, Dagoba and Nzema widely
's currency is the cedi (¢) which is made up of 100 pesewas. The
cedi denomination comes of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000 notes
and 50, 100, 200, and 500 in coins.
electricity in Ghana is a 200/240 volts. Electric outlet accepts
either 2 or 3 prolonged plugs or convectors. Water is safe from
the tap. Bottled mineral water is also available for purchase.
the climate is warm and tropical throughout the year, light and
washable cotton or casual wear is recommended.
airlines that fly into Ghana are KLM, Kenya Airways, British Airways,
Lufthansa, Alitalia, South African Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian
Airways, Emirates Airlines, North American Airlines etc.
FESTIVALS IN GHANA
There are over two hundred festivals, which is celebrated each year
in Ghana . Among them are Adae and Akwasiddae, Dzwuwu, Apoo, Ngmayem,
Dipo, Aboakyir/Antelope, Kundum, Fetu Afahye, Kobine, Odwira, and
Sasabobrim and many others.
one of the most interesting festivals is AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL of the
Ashantis . The Akwasidae festival is celebrated every 42 days in
Ashantis believe in the dead. Each time that a king dies, his stool
("chair") is sent to a special place where it is kept. It is the
duty of the Asantehene , the Ashanti King to purify at every 42
days the stools of the dead kings. The festival starts on Friday
and it is called Adaefofie. It continues on Saturday and this is
called Memeneda Dapaa. Both Friday and Saturday celebrations are
performed behind close doors and the public cannot participate.
on Sunday, the king sits in state at a big durbar where the public
is invited and anyone can shake hands for the first time with the
king of Ashanti . All the chiefs and traditional people of Ashanti
come to the durbar to pay homage to the king. This Sunday gathering
is called the AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL.
can be made such that visitors can join Country Travel and Tours
at one of these festivals.
welcome you to join us on an experience of a lifetime in West Africa
with its ancient civilizations, culture, traditions and festivals.
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Mali, Senegal, The Gambia for Nature, Study, Historical, Culture,
Sea, Sun Relaxation and Fun tours with Country Travel and Tours.
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been in the travel and tours business as a guide, escort, coordinator
and manager for over a decade, the operators, design and structure
tours to suit individual and group interests and requirements.
gained over the years with people of various background has also
contributed immensely in considering the individual or groups' custom,
culture, history and interest in the final itinerary of the tour.
Ghana , an English-speaking West African country, the Elmina and
Cape Coast Slave Dungeons built by the Portuguese in 1482 and the
British in 1665 respectively are very important historical fortifications.
Elmina Dungeon has an interesting historical background and a lot
of features. Built under the Command of Don Diego d'Azambuja, the
explorer, the Dungeon is the first and biggest European building
you can find in tropical West Africa . The Dutch made several unsuccessful
attempts to capture but finally succeeded in capturing it in 1637.
They sold it to the British in 1872 and left the country.
locations within and around the Dungeon include a compass designed
at the forecourt, another is a drawbridge to prevent any invader,
a slave auction hall and a secret ladder leading to a trap door
in the Governor's Residence ( where female slaves who the Governor
shows interest passes through to the Governor's bedroom for the
Governor to advance his libidinal interests). The Dutch and the
Portuguese chapels are some of the interesting places to visit.
Cape Coast Dungeon equally has many places of importance. The Palaver
and Mac Lean's Hall (where the famous bond of 1844 was signed between
Governor Commander Hill and some Fante chiefs which paved the way
for the establishment of a British colony in the Gold Coast(Ghana)
in 1874. The Daziel Tower, a clock installed by the British in 1861,the
Slave Dungeons, the English church now used as the children's library
are some of the interesting features.
Dungeons have some Forts which protect them against pirates or interlopers.
The Elmina Dungeon has Fort St. Jago whiles Forts Williams and Victoria
protect Cape Coast Castle .
common objects in the two Dungeons are underground cisterns for
storage of water, cannons and cannon balls used in defending the
fortifications. Other items comprise some burnt bricks, stones,
tiles and some wood used to construct these edifices.
unique are these two Dungeons in their architectural, historical
and cultural linkages with the people of Ghana that UNESCO has included
them in the list of World Heritage Monuments(1979)
the second largest city after Accra, the seat of the Ashanti King,
Asantehene, the overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom is a must be place
for visitors in Ghana.
the creation of the Kingdom in the late 17 th century, the Kingdom
continues to grow stronger and powerful even in the face of the
modern day system of government. The Ashantis are one of the few
tribes in the country who have protected and upheld their customs,
tradition and beliefs intact, resisting all forms of influence.
, the home of the Golden Stool resisted colonization and Western
influence for a very long time and mostly resulted in fierce confrontation
between the Ashantis and the occupying forces (Europeans).The Ashanti
Kingdom finally fell into the hands of the British in 1874 after
a long fought battle and the sophisticated artillery advantage of
the latter. The kingdom subsequently became part of the Gold Coast
( Ghana ).
the numerous places of interest is the Manhyia Palace Museum . The
museum has a collection of paintings, wooden and brass sculptures
of past and present Ashanti Kings and Queens, regal stools, swords,
knives, jewelry, exquisite kente cloth, furniture, gifts from heads
of state and other international personalities.
Prempeh 11 Jubilee Museum which is housed in the Cultural Centre
also holds a vast collection of Asante artifacts kept in palaces
and shrines. Of special interest is the “fake” Golden Stool. After
persistent intimidation, harassment and wars to secure the golden
stool from the Ashantis, the Ashantis had to design a brass mould
of the golden stool and smear it with gold to appease the British
since they cannot give out the original Golden Stool which is the
embodiment, soul and unity of the Ashanti people and therefore giving
it out would mean the disintegration of the Ashanti state. But after
the British had taken it to their home country and melted it, all
the gold came out leaving the brass mould. This infuriated the British
and precipitated the Yaa Asantewa war (1900).
's unique blend of tradition and modernity, history and culture,
natural splendour and sheer human warmth makes the country the latest
revelation on the global tourism map…there's something for everyone.
Republic of Benin, former Dahomey a well known trading post of the
slave coast, a constituted French colony on June 22 nd 1894 and
referred to as “Africa's Latin Quarters” in colonial days is known
for its very rich history.
, well known for its large and strong voodoo following, attracts
adherents from various parts of the world particularly African communities
in the Carribeans and Americas .
a matter of fact, 20% of the nationals share the imported or assimilated
Christian denominations namely: Catholicism, Protestantism and other
Sects. Over 80% of the population still practice the traditional
religions commonly called animism. The animism being practiced throughout
the country rests on a polytheistic conception of the universe:
God the “creator” is inside everything and everywhere. The whole
concept composed of diverse divinities is called voodoo of which
Benin is the cradle.
voodoo is a set of divinities worshipped in most of the Adja Tado
and Yoruba regions.
or SHANGO (Thunder worship/Lightning worship)
or SAKPANNA (small pox worship)
DAN (happiness granting divinities)
or OGUN (iron worship/blacksmith's god)
Christianity nor Islam have prevented the worship of voodoo from
getting rooted and developed in Cuba , Brazil and West Indies especially.
In Benin , with the phenomenon of syncretism, Catholics, Protestants
and Moslems take cheerfully part in the voodoo festivities.
festivities are in every region opportunities for great and fairy
events, spectacular periodical shows of songs and dances which,
in terms of beauty, charm, are unrivalled in the sub-region.