Depart for a scenic drive along the Accra plains to the beautiful village of Torgorme, located on the lower Volta River. Pay a courtesy call to the paramount chief and elders of the village and participate in a naming ceremony in which you will be given a traditional African name. Other activities include a demonstration of pottery making, which is the main occupation of the women in Torgorme, and a demonstration of kente weaving by the youth of the village. Later unite and visit with your host family. After dinner, join villagers by the fireside, amidst traditional drumming and dancing, and listen to interesting folktales and stories of Ewe history and heroism. Learn the origin and meaning of your clan name as told with pride by knowledgeable local people of this land.
After breakfast with your host family, depart for the Shai Hills Reserve, which combines nature conservation, rich cultural interest and archaeological sites with splendid scenic beauty. Embark on a trek through the savannah plains to view West Africa’s big game: antelopes, bushbucks, kobs, baboons, monkeys and many bird species including the crested eagle, ground hornbill, blank bellied bustard and more. Visit the Obonu Tem and Se Yo caves that serve as home to many animals, most notably the insectivorous bats, which you are sure to see. You will have the opportunity to learn about the various artifacts that have been found on this site, the homeland of the Krobo people. Finally, transfer back to the ship.
- Scenic drive to Torgorme Village
- Naming ceremony
- Pottery and Kente weaving demonstration
- Drumming and dancing demonstration
- Stories by bonfire
- Breakfast with host family
- Shai Hills Reserve safari
- Obonu Tem and Se Yo cave visit
- Transfer back to ship
Includes $20 per person village donation
Participants should bring toiletries and flashlights and bottled water
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.