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Journey to the hills of the Talensi Tribe
|from £895* per person||11 Days||Year-round|
|Comfort accommodations||Exertion level: 3|
|Operator: Ashanti African Tours||24 people max|
- Accra ,ghana
- Active & Adventure trips
Ashanti’s Journey to the hills of the Talensi Tribe tour takes you to Ghana’s most infrequently visited region the Upper East, to experience daily life for the locals that has not changed in centuries. We pass through many regions within Ghana which include Greater Accra, Eastern, Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Central meeting and mixing with the many ethnic groups during our adventure. Spending time with the community in Sirigu, visiting their ancient market and learning the history behind their beautifully painted traditional homesteads. Trekking the hills of the Talensi searching for the cave of the Oracle and meeting the chief and his 17 wives or viewing the amazing wildlife at Mole are just a few reasons to join us on this wonderful tour. We are sure joining our Journey to the hills of the Talensi tribe tour to experience the colourful and warm hospitality of the varied ethnic groups within Ghana and immersing yourself in their diverse culture and traditions, is an experience that will live with you forever.
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3 testimonials about the provider, Ashanti African Tours:
Marcy, Leah and Shana Bernbaum
I and my two daughters (ages 26 and 30) just returned from a month's trip to West Africa where we visited Morocco, Mali, and Ghana. For all three trips we went through travel companies (local companies in Mali and Ghana and an Australian company - Intrepid - in the case of Morocco). While we thoroughly enjoyed all three visits, as well as finding them very educational, the one that really stood out was the one to Ghana. A large part of our positive experience is due to the way Ashanti African Tours organized and managed our trip. The highly positive experience started with planning the trip. I told Mark that I was a retired foreign service officer with USAID, had spent most of my life in development (including living in Kenya), that I am a frustrated applied cultural anthropologist who is very interested in the cultures of the countries I visited, and that I didn't want a typical "tourist" trip. I also told him that my daughters (a fourth year medical student and a school teacher) were also very interested in programs with an ecological focus; as well as education and health systems in Ghana. Based on what we told him, Mark put together a trip that covered all of our interests. In 7 days and six nights (unfortunately we had limited time) he organized a trip that collectively met our interests. We went to Kumasi which is the seat of the Ashanti kingdom where we visited a Museum on the grounds of the King's Palace. We went to craft villages near Kumasi where we saw Kente cloth being weaved. We went to a Cacao plantation (cacao is one of Ghana's major experts), which my school teacher daughter was very interested in given she had done a unit on chocolate with her students. We went to two fascinating ecotourism spots supported by USAID: a forest with sacred monkeys (including a grave yard for the monkeys) attached to two villages where the people worshipped the monkeys; a hippo reserve attached to a fascinating village (where we stayed in a compound built for visitors and had the local villagers come to dance for us, very spontaneous, they had lots of fun as did we!). In both cases we went into family compounds in the villages and had a chance to talk to family members. We also went to a game park which is known for elephants. What we particularly liked about the trip was that, with the exception of the visit to the game park, we didn't see any other tourists: we ate in local restaurants, stayed in hotels (2 and 3 star) which were primarily frequented by Ghanaians. In addition, and a real treat, we went to Mark's home in Kumasi for dinner where -- in addition to having a wonderful Ghanaian dinner -- we met and talked to Mark's wonderful Ghanaian extended family. The trip was definitely value for money. Another plus was that accompanying us on the tour (in addition to Mark and his brother in law who is the driver) was a gentleman who had just been named Ghana Cultural Guide for the year 2006 by the government. He was terrific: we learned so much from him (we also learned a lot from Mark, it was fascinating getting his take on customs and culture in Ghana as well as the take of the cultural guide). We also loved the exchange: Mark was as interested in us as we were in him and Ghana. This made, early on, for a wonderful atmosphere in the car and as the trip developed. Finally, I really appreciated Mark's sincere interest in the country. In addition to the program being a "responsible" travel program, Mark is personally very interested in becoming involved in integrated rural development through eco-tourism. He would like to support a community living near a wildlife program with opportunities for income through tourism, assure conservation of the wildlife, and assist the community with development needs (water, solar energy, education, etc.). Ashanti African Tours are a terrific company, in my humble opinion
Mrs. Holly Pierce
My husband and I have travelled to many out-of-the-way spots on this earth, always under the guidance of major adventure travel companies. When it came to Ghana which finds itself on no major companies’ itineraries, we knew we were taking a chance by signing on by internet for a cultural tour of Ghana with a company unknown to us. What a delightful surprise it was to travel with Mark William's Ashanti African Tours! Our group was small and we never felt as if we received less than the most attentive treatment. Tropical Ghana is not for the faint-hearted, but our team made every possible effort to ensure our safety, comfort and pleasure. With Mark, Peter and Prince's longstanding ties with the locals, our group of six were able to see things and connect with people in a way not possible within the parameters of a larger crowd-the itinerant palm wine brewers, the dealer of West African antiques hidden away in a nondescript neighbourhood, a cheerful group of Ghanaian nurses on holiday. And you ain't seen nothing' 'til you've seen the huge, smiling king of the Ashanti's dance for his rapturous subjects-His Majesty's still got that swing! As a long-time resident of Ghana and with his team of the most knowledgeable national guides, Mark Williams and Ashanti African Tours deliver an authentic and stimulating experience-and create warm bonds of friendship-you will not soon forget.
Doris, Uncle Tommie, Millard and Sherelle (Septemb
Dear Mark, Diana, Corner, Lydia, Peter, Mama, family and friends: There are not enough words in the entire world that would express our sincere thoughts, love, and care that we have for each of you. Each of you must come to visit us in the U.S. This is an order! Thank you Mark and Diana for taking all the uncertainty out of this tour for us, the scheduling and unscheduling, the yes, then - No! Changes and re-arranging. We owe you so,-so-,so-,so-much. To invite all of us into your personal lives, your home, fed us, and made each of us to feel welcome. I, (we), will never be able (in a million years) to tell you - Thank you. We will see you in July 2007. We all had a great time.
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- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
Our experienced guides will meet with you at the Kotoka International airport Accra and transfer you to your hotel. After checking you in your cultural guides offer you Akwaaba (welcome) and brief you on all aspects of your trip.
The beginning of an adventure that will live in the memory forever, we collect you from your hotel and set off for Kumasi passing through the Akwapim range en-route, offering outstanding views of Accra in the distance. We pass through Aburi craft village, Boti waterfalls (seasonal) and visit a family making traditional glass beads before reaching Kumasi capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana.
The day is dedicated to spending time in the ancient craft villages found within touching distance of the city centre. We meet the local communities of Ntunso renowned for Adinkra and Sokoban Krofrom masters of brass casting. During our time with the locals we learn about their cultural values and the history behind their traditional crafts and cloths. We visit the National cultural centre where we find an excellent craft market and the Prempeh II Jubilee museum.
The beginning of our Northern adventure, first stop is Techiman and the sacred monkeys of Boebeng-Fiema. We spend the afternoon with the community walking trails into the forest to see the Mona and black and white colobus monkeys, whilst learning the history behind their protection and why they are perceived to be sacred.
We set off for the Upper East region stopping in Gambaga en route, here we find an ancient witches camp where over 230 women have taken refuge after being banished from their communities for being witches. After spending time with them in the community we continue to Bolgatanga check into our hotel and relax.
A morning visit to the amazing village of Sirigu, where the locals decorate their traditional homesteads with wonderful paintings, we learn the history of this tradition and visit the local market and chief's palace. After lunch we set off for the Tongo Hills to meet the Talensi tribe and trek to the cave of the Oracle, during our time here we mix with the community, meet the chief and his 17 wives.
We set off for Mole National Park, Ghana's oldest, largest and best game viewing park in the Northern region. During our journey we stop at Larabanga and the 14th century mud and stick mosque learning the history behind this traditional Sudanese building of worship.
A morning foot safari around the watering holes with armed guide, getting extremely close to African elephants the worlds largest land mammal on foot. After a morning of wildlife viewing we set off for Kumasi stopping at the beautiful Kintampo waterfall en route.
A morning visit to Kejetia market the largest outdoor market in Western Africa, where we have the opportunity to pick up some bargain souvenirs and experience everyday life for the locals. We pass through Obuasi where we find Ghana's largest gold mine before arriving in Cape Coast and visiting the Cape Coast Castle a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a thought provoking journey through Ghana's tragic enslaved African trade era.
A morning visit to the world famous Kakum Canopy walkway, found in Kakum National Park, a beautiful tropical Guinea rainforest which supports over 40 mammal species and 300 species of birds. We visit a coco farm, palm nut plantation and traditional palm wine tapers before enjoying lunch at a restaurant built over a lake containing Nile Crocodiles. A tour of the fishing town of Elmina before a relaxing afternoon and early evening at one of Ghana's most beautiful beaches.
Sadly your final day with us in Ghana, after a leisurely breakfast we set off for Accra visiting the National Museum and Cultural Centre on our arrival. We enjoy an early evening meal before your transfer to the airport after a wonderful 11 days with Ashanti African Tours in Ghana.