The Ashanti Region is the cultural heartbeat of Ghana. Land of the Golden Stool expressed in the language, passage rites, festivals, cuisine and ordinary day-to-day activities.
Visitors can participate in several traditional events such as funerals, naming ceremonies. Royal Akwasidae held every six weeks at the Royal Palace of the Asante King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The driver will meet you at your hotel or residence in the morning and find your way through the Akuapem Mountain Range to the Ashanti Kingdom.
Along the way, visit the TK Beads Industry and observe the century-old process where colourful beads are made from recycled glass. The beads stilll play an important role in the Krobo culture and are worn at different ceremonies and celebrations. There is a great glass beads shop at the premise as well. Optionally you can also decide to take part in a workshop.
Visit the wood carvers upon approaching the entrance of the Gardens of Aburi, where you would see local wood carvers carving wood into different symbolic forms and shapes. Proceed to Aburi Botanical Gardens, one of the most beautiful, peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana, where you can get a bulk insight on medicinal plants and their botanical names.
Visit the Boti falls, located in a quiet village called Boti in the Manya Krobo district of the Eastern Region in Ghana, The Boti Falls is an amazing waterfall which is embedded at the heart of the forest reserve at Huhunya, which is found about 17km North-East of Koforidua, the regional capital.
Take a break for a refreshing lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue your way and Visit Adjeikrom, and take a guided walk through a small town, where cacao farming and processing is the main source of livelihood. Visit the cacao plantation. Also, optionally, visit Bunso Aboretum tropical gardens, which is set amidst lushly vegetated hills. The Aburetum offers a 45-minute guided walk, where you can learn about the tropical plants, timbers and herbs, as well as birds and butterflies. There is also a canopy walk-way available, a wood-and-rope walk-way between the tops of the giant trees.
Arrive in Kumasi and drive to Kejetia Market (the largest open-air market in West Africa). Once you arrive at the market, you will be assigned with host guides in small groups, who will take you around the market.
Check-in at your hotel for dinner and relaxation.
After breakfast, visit some of the highlights of the city, such as the Manhyia Palace Museum, which offers a first-hand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom. Proceed to the National Culture centre, which shares premises with the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, home to the dazzling studios of traditional potters, brass, wood carvers, bead makers and batik makers.
Take an early lunch break at a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the three famous craft villages in the Ashanti Region:
Ahwiaa - the woodcarvers' village, Adawomase and Ntonso villages - the home of Adinkra and Bonwire - the Kente weaving village. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to see how African crafts are made and offers you the opportunity to buy directly from the artisans who make them.
Return to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.
After breakfast, continue to Lake Busomtwe, which was created by a meteorite and is surrounded by steep, lush vegetated hills.
Arrive at the Lake, check-in at your hotel and spend the entire day by either choosing to relax or involve yourself in different activities, for example go for a hiking excursion around the lake whilst spotting birds and butterflies, rent a bicycle and visit one of the nearby villages, on the lake, or go for a horse riding excursion.
Optionally go for stand-up paddling, where you do not sit the normal way in a canoe, but stand on a board and manoeuvre yourself with a long paddle.
Wrap up your hike or other activities with a home-made three-course organic and vegetarian meal at the Green Ranch.
Alternatively, take part in a batik workshop, where you learn how to dye locally made clothes and create colourful designs.
You can also decide to relax at the lakeside and enjoy the reading of a book.
All activities above can be discussed and decided on once you arrive at the Lake.
Retire to your hotel for dinner and relaxation
Spend the morning at the Lake to undertake some of the activities stated above and find your way back to Accra.
Make few stops along the way. The Ashanti region is also well known for its shrines, which date from the 18th and 19th century. The shrines, also called Abosomfie, are in most cases held sacred and have a collection of informative displays, artefacts and other fetish items. The shrines which are of interest to visit are the Besease shrine (the place the spirits were consulted before leading the attack on the British Fort in Kumasi), the Bodwease Shrine (which forms an extension of the chief's palace), and the Atia Kusia Kwame Shrine, Aduko Jachie Shrine and the Adango Shrine (which are also much decorated and impressive).
Another option is to visit the Bobiri Tropical Forest Reserve, a stretch of well-preserved forest. The lodge is situated in the middle of the forest, where you can enjoy the serene nature. Undertake a guided forest walk and learn about a wide variety of tropical timbers.
Take a lunch break and continue your way to Accra
Arrive in Accra and end the tour in the evening, where the driver will drop you off at your various pick up points.
Spontaneous stops based on client's interests for photography or a quick scenic gaze during the tour is allowed.
There is a possibility of witnessing a naming ceremony, join a church service or witness a funeral ceremony while tour is in session.
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