Ashanti Immersion (3 nights)

ACR 406-101
Highlights
  • Experience Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti empire
  • Visit one of the largest markets in Africa
  • See Kintampo Falls and the Monkey Sanctuary
Program Overview
Country: Ghana
Depart: 03/31/2017 0900
Return: 04/03/2017 1700
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 30
Program Fee
$787 (early booking: $742)

Field Class Conflicts
  • MKT 300: Principles of Marketing
  • ECON 460: Economic Development
  • POLS 435: United States Foreign Policy
  • ANTH 340: Medical Anthropology
  • MGT 360: Social and Sustainable Venturing (Section 1)
  • SOC 333: Gender and Society
  • PHIL 366: Philosophy of Aging
  • D 110: Understanding Dance
  • AM 250: Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior

Begin with a drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashanti people, whose legacies are still evident today. You will visit Manhyia Palace Museum, to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. We’ll enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. Your city tour on this day will also include a visit to the famous Kejetia market. We’ll continue to the National Cultural Centre, which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters, and batik makers. To conclude the day, we’ll visit the Okomfo Anokye sword site. Okomfo Anokye, properly written in Akan as Ɔkͻmfoͻ Anͻkye, was an Akuapim priest, statesman, and lawgiver. He occupies a Merlin-like position in Ashanti history. A co-founder of the Empire of Asante in West Africa, he helped establish its constitution, laws, and customs.

On the second day, after breakfast,  spend the day devoted to visiting the three famous Ashanti craft villages. Depart for Ahwiaa, the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso, the home of Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. Learn the history of the Kente cloth which is deeply intertwined with the history of the Ashanti nation. The Ashanti Empire or Confederacy, which was located in what is today Ghana, first emerged in West Africa during the seventeenth century. You will have an opportunity to see how African crafts are made and buy directly from the artisans who make them. We’ll continue onto KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology), the largest public university established in the country, as well as the largest university in Kumasi Metropolis and Ashanti. The University has its roots in the plans of the King Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I to establish a university in Kumasi as part of his drive towards modernizing the Ashanti kingdom. Here you will take part in a special lecture about the Ashanti culture and history. Retire to the hotel for the evening.

After breakfast we’ll check out of the hotel and embark on a drive further north through Techiman. Enroute, we’ll get to visit Kintampo Falls and experience the cool invigorating atmosphere created by nature, savoring the breathtaking view of the cascading waters. We continue on to Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. This sanctuary is unique in that it has no fences, the monkeys are there because they want to be. Here you have a chance to spot two types: the Black and White (Geoffroy’s) Columbus and smaller Campbell’s Mona. The Columbus live high up in the trees eating leaves while the Monas are at lower heights, eating a wide variety of food, including some brought by visitors. We’ll continue to our hotel for the evening.

On the final day, in the morning, we’ll check out of our hotel and start heading back toward the ship in Tema (with a stop for lunch in Kumasi along the way). Reflect on this amazing program, before finally arriving at the ship.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Depart for Kumasi (~4 hours in transit)
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • City tour in the afternoon
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Evening at leisure

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visits to three craft villages
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • University of Cape Coast visit with professor lecture
  • Dinner
  • Evening at leisure

Day 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to  Kintampo Waterfalls (~3.5 hours in transit)
  • Picnic lunch at the waterfall
  • Buabeng Fiema monkey sanctuary
  • Transfer to Techiman (~2 hours in transit)
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Kumasi (~3 hours in transit)
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Transfer to the ship (4.5 hours in transit)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast x 3
  • Lunch x 4
  • Dinner x 3