Our Roots: A Journey Home

Ghana 2021

October 20 - 31, 2021

Do you remember 1976 and Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel written by Alex Haley that became a movie? Do you remember Kunta Kinte, whom was captured as an adolescent, sold into slavery in Africa, transported to North America? I clearly remember that time and the impact that the novel and movie had on people. 

Definitely a hard story to watch; but, can you imagine what it took to endure it? Can you imagine visiting the slave dungeons in Elmina and coming face to face with this unbelievable truth?

We invite you on a journey of mega proportions! A Journey that will immerse you in African history! A Journey that will change you forever and leave you with a new perspective on life as you once knew it!*

*This journey will be very immersive with much physical movement and often very emotional. This journey is not for the faint of heart.

“Akwaaba!” Denoting “welcome,” this word actually means “you’re welcome to this place” in various dialects of the Akan language.

Ghana, our ancestral home! Many of our kinfolk that had never seen the sea were captured and enslaved and brought to the oldest European building in existence the Elmina Castle. Merchants worked with raiders to forcibly take our African kinfolk and to sell them into slavery. Our kinfolk were shackled, bond, abused, starved, beaten and mutilated. 

Kings and Queens of one of the most prosperous lands taken from their home to a foreign land branded like cattle with red hot branding irons to show ownership. Ownership of a human being, Ownership of our people! 

The dungeons of Elmina Castle were dark, damp, and reeked of death. Those that tried to escape were whipped, castrated, muzzled, placed in metal collars, feet cut off and/or hung. They were often kept in these dungeons for weeks and months and then when the ships arrived they were forced to exit through the infamous “doors of no return” never to return to their mother land! 

Never to return to their family! 

Our Itinerary

- Day 1 Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - Depart

Depart Washington Dulles (IAD) to Accra (ACC)

- Day 2 Thursday, October 21, 2021 - Arrive Accra

Welcome to Metropolitan Accra where you will proceed through customs and immigration and be met by your guide at Terminal 3 - Arrival Hall. After checking in into our rooms at the hotel, we will have a welcoming dinner where there will be orientation which includes lecture/discussion on Ghanaian history, culture, history and also learn about staying safe and healthy during our stay in Ghana

- Day 3 Friday, October 22, 2021 - Kumasi Tour

After Breakfast we checkout of the hotel and depart to Kumasi, the capital of the Esa Nti Region. We will visit where the famous Kente Cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. Visit the Village of Ntonso, where artisans hand stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles and visit Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, named after the former Esa Nti hene (ruler of the Esa Nti People). Finally, we will check-in to our next resort for a night of rest.

- day 4 Saturday, october 23, 2021 - Visit Manhyia Place Musuem & Kakum National Park

After breakfast, we will check-out and visit Manhyia Place Musuem, official residence of Esa Nti Kings (Esa Nti hene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Esa Nti Kingdom then continue to the Central Region. Before we get to Cape Coast, we will pass by Assin Manso Slave River Site (Donkor Nsuo) where our captured ancestors sold at Salaga market and brought to have their last bath before were made to walk to Elmina and Cape Coast Slave Dungeons. From there we head towards Cape Coast and head towards Kakum National Park. Finally, check-in to our hotel for a night of rest.

- day 5 Sunday, October 24, 2021 - Elmina Castle and Elmina Walking Tour - Slave Dungeons

After Breakfast, we check out and proceed to visit the two Slave Dungeons - Elmina Castle & Cape Coast Castle. After the tour of the Central Region, we head back to Accra and check-in to our final resting place for the remainder of our stay in this beautiful country.

- Day 6 Monday, October 25, 2021 - Day of Leisure| How to Cook Traditional Ghanaian Food| Orphanage Visit

After breakfast at the Hotel, we leave to the home of Coming To Ghana Movement Travel and Tour to meet her mum who will then take us through how to cook Local/traditional Ghanaian Jollof Rice with Palava Source (Cooking Session will take approximately 3 hours). From there we proceed to an orphanage in Accra to interact with them and provide donations before proceeding back to the hotel.

- Day 7 Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - Day of Leisure| Go-Kart| ATV| Kayaking

Later in the afternoon after lunch, we leave to Deon Recreational Centre at Lashibi where we partake in these activities (Go-Kart Racing, off road ATV Course and Kayaking)

- Day 8 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - Eastern Region Tour

Eastern Region is located in the south of Ghana and one of the ten administrative regions. It is bordered to the east by Lake Volta to the north of Brong-Ahafo region and Esa Nti region. Akan, Eve and English are the main languages spoken. Its capital city is Koforidua. It is also known as the land of beautiful Ghanaian women. It boasts of many tourist sites, indigenous cultures, festivals and unique natural resources. After breakfast we board the bus and head towards the Eastern Region to visit the Aburi Gardens and the Boti Water Falls.

- Day 9 Thursday, October 28, 2021 - Day Of Leisure

Enjoy the Beach, Go Shopping, have time to self explore.

- Day 10 Friday, October 29, 2021 - Accra Tour

After breakfast, we set off for a tour of Accra and its vicinity, passing through the economic and administrative districts. Visits will include: Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, W.E.B. DuBois Centre, Independence Square, Centre for National Culture (Accra Arts Centre), Jamestown and possibly the “Brazil House”.

- Day 11 Saturday, October 30, 2021 - Farewell Group Lunch| Depart Accra

After checkout, farewell lunch, last minute shopping and transfer to airport for check-in and final departure back home.

- Day 12 Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Arrive Back to US

Return to Washington Dulles (IAD) from Accra (ACC)

Resort Accommodations

Labadi Beach Hotel

The Labadi Beach Hotel, Ghana’s Premier 5* Hotel is set amidst tropical landscaped gardens and in close proximity of 10 minutes drive to the Kotoka International Airport and 15 minutes drive to the Central Business District. The hotel is located adjacent to Ghana’s most popular La Pleasure Beach and boasts of a well maintained private beach with 24 hours security surveillance offering colorful cocktails and bites as you watch the sun set. Labadi Beach Hotel is set to meet the demands of both Leisure and Business traveler’s alike; offering a modern Spa with four treatment rooms in the serene ambiance of the beach gardens, a well-equipped gymnasium, an outdoor lap pool as well as a leisure pool, two flood lit tennis courts and an outdoor running space within its expanse gardens filled with coconut trees.

Golden Bean Nhyiaeso

The Golden Bean Hotel is located in the serene environment of Kumasi Nhyiaeso, close proximity to the Kumasi Golf Club and Nhyiaeso Roundabout. The 51 luxurious guestrooms, including Executive Suites, Deluxe, Superior and Standard Rooms. These elegantly appointed guestrooms are decorated in an inviting turn-of-the-century style, with dark wood furnishings, white crown moldings, stylish light fixtures, muted color schemes, and authentic artwork by noted Ghanaian artists.

Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Coconut Grove Beach Resort and Conference Center is located on a sandy beach in the Historic Town of Elmina. Guests have access to an 18 hole Golf Course, Horse back riding and can swim in the Pool and in the ocean. Also available are Board games, table and lawn tennis, beach volley and soccer as well as a fully equipped gymnasium..

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General Ghana Information

Vaccinations and Medication

The basic vaccination/shot needed to enter the country is Yellow fever. Please ensure to take the shots and any other shots required of you or recommended by your doctor. Please try to bring your Malaria Medication and do take it as instructed to. Do come along with Mosquitoes or bugs spray and use it. Please refer to CDC.gov for additional vaccination recommendations.

Food, Drink and Cuisine

Water sources should generally be regarded as being potentially contaminated, and water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Inexpensive sachets and bottles of purified water are readily available throughout the country. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
International food is available in most large hotels and many restaurants serve a range of local traditional foods. Note: Most Ghanaian foods are Spicy. In Accra there are also restaurants serving Middle Eastern, Indian, South East Asian, French and pretty much every other international cuisine you can think of. The country’s largest concentration of eateries lies along and around the main drag through Osu – known locally as Oxford Street – where you could literally eat somewhere different every night for a month. Fast food outlets are also well represented in upmarket areas such as Osu and the Accra Mall.
Outside of Accra, a fair selection of cuisines is represented in the likes of Kumasi, Takoradi, Tema, Cape Coast and Elmina. The most popular international cuisine is Chinese, which seems to find its way onto even the most unimaginative hotel restaurant menus.
Alternatively, wherever you are in Ghana, local food can be eaten in small restaurants known as ‘chop bars’, where you will generally be served with rice or a local staple together with a portion of meat or vegetable stew. Almost as ubiquitous (except in a few small and very Islamic settlements in the north) are small local bars known endearingly as ‘spots’. These usually serve inexpensive chilled lager-style beers in 750ml bottles (brands include Beer and Club, all with an alcohol level of around 5%) as well as inexpensive draught beer (called bubra) in the south.
Tipping is permitted; it is not usually included in the bill.

Climate and Weather

Ghana has a typically tropical climate thanks to its proximity to the equator and low elevations – the entire country lies below 1,000m (3300ft). Daytime temperatures are high throughout the year, approaching or surpassing 30°C (86°F) on most days, and humidity is also very high, especially along the coast. Temperatures tend to drop to around 20°C (68°F) drop at night, more noticeably in the relatively dry north than the humid south. The most temperate part of Ghana is the highlands area flanking the Volta Basin, which is often pleasantly cool after dusk.
There are two rainy seasons: from March to July and from September to October. Rainfall is highest in the south, with some areas receiving in excess of 2,000mm each year, but the drier north more typically receives about 800mm annually. The capital Accra, together with the coast running east to Togo and Benin, lies within the Dahomey Gap, a tract of savannah that receives relatively little rain and divides the Upper Guinean forests (running westward from central Ghana) from the Lower Guinean forests (running southward from Nigeria southward to the Congo). A noteworthy climatic phenomenon is the Harmattan winds, which blow in from the northeast from December to March, bringing dust from the Sahara and reducing visibility to as little as 1km (0.6 miles).

Clothing and Dress

Light and loose is the way to go in this humid tropical climate. Bring light trousers or skirts made of a natural fabric such as cotton, combined with a stash of cotton T-shirts, and plenty of socks and underwear, also ideally must be made from natural fabrics to prevent fungal infections. Ghanaians are relatively relaxed about dress codes, but women should keep their shoulders covered and wear a skirt below the knees in the predominantly Muslim north. One sweater or sweatshirt should be adequate, since night time temperatures are seldom chilly. As for footwear, a good pair of walking shoes with solid ankle support is a must, Sneakers, but you’ll also want sandals. If you forget anything, don’t stress: there is a massive used-clothing industry in Ghana, and having new clothes made from local fabrics is quick and affordable.


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