Golden Triangle (3 nights)

ACR 405-101
Highlights
  • Tour of Kumasi City
  • Assin Manso Slave River
  • Kakum National Park
  • Cape Coast Castle
  • Homestay in Atomkwa village and naming ceremony
Program Overview
Country: Ghana
Depart: 03/31/2017 0900
Return: 04/03/2017 1800
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 40
Program Fee
$753 (early booking: $710)

Field Work 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 this program with a scenic drive to explore the legends of the famous Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi. Visit Manhyia Palace Museum to learn firsthand about the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. The Palace was created within the old residence of Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh I and Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, the thirteenth and fourteenth Kings of Asante respectively. An imperial history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. Later on, discover the city as we visit monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. Your city tour on this day will also include a brief visit to the famous Kejetia market. We’ll end the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters, and batik makers.

After breakfast, we’ll check out of the hotel and drive South along the slave route to the Coastal towns of Cape Coast. Enroute we’ll visit Assin Manso, the site of “Donkor Nsuo,” the former Slave River and market, as well as the final transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans. We’ll continue to Cape Coast for lunch and afterward, visit the infamous Cape Coast Castle and slave dungeons. This castle was built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. It once served as the final holding place for slaves before they were sent overseas. While everyone has studied this period of history, your visit today will truly give you a new perspective of it. We’ll continue to Elmina for check in and overnight at our hotel.

Drive along the coast and make our way through several fishing villages on the way to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rainforests. Extending over 360 square kilometers, the park is home to over forty large mammals and four hundred bird species, as well as numerous species of butterflies and other flora and fauna. Kakum’s most popular attraction is the canopy walkway, which consists of seven bridges that extend 350 meters and hang forty meters above the forest floor. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll depart to Atowkwa for homestays and unite with host families. In the evening, we’ll join the villagers by the fireside after dinner, amidst drumming and dancing. Listen to interesting folktales and stories of Ahanta history and heroism and learn the origin and meaning of your clan name as told with pride by the knowledgeable local people of this land.

On the final day, after breakfast, we’ll pay a courtesy call to the paramount chief and elders of the village. Here you will participate in a naming ceremony and receive a traditional African name. Afterward, we’ll leave the village and make a stop in Winneba for lunch. Enjoy the African scenery as you drive back to Tema.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Scenic drive to Kumasi with stop at Manhyia Palace Museum (~4 hours in transit)
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • City Tour with Kejetia Market and National Cultural Center
  • Dinner at restaurant
  • Evening at leisure

Day 2

  • Check out of hotel and drive to Cape Coast, stopping at Assin Manso (~4 hours in transit)
  • Lunch at restaurant in Cape Coast
  • Cape Coast Castle tour
  • Travel to Elmina
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner at restaurant
  • Evening at leisure

Day 3

  • Morning exploration of Kakum National Park, including canopy walkway
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Transfer to Atomkwa village and host family welcome
  • Dinner with stories, drumming, and dancing by the fireside

Day 4

  • Meet with Atomkwa chief and elders
  • Participate in naming ceremony
  • Lunch at restaurant in Wenneba (~2 hours in transit)
  • Scenic drive back to ship (~4 hours)

Meals Included

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

Special Note

In order for the village to prepare for the naming ceremony, a manifest will be submitted to the village elders. Therefore, participants will not be able to sell or exchange their tickets for this program.

$20 per person village donation included