Up in the Air Life proudly presents The Ghana Experience. Join us for an 8-day luxe journey exploring the best there is to offer in Accra, Cape Coast and Volta. We soak up the vibes of Accra on arrival at one of the best rooftops with our personal Chef to start our first evening out tasting the flavors of Ghana, seeing the city, and hearing the sounds of a bustling city. We continue taking a deep dive into history while we visit W.E.B DuBois estate and the castles of the Coast that ends in an intimate naming ceremony and beach bonfire. In Volta, we experience Ghana’s Riviera and have a simple boat cruise with lunch as we close out our trip with Jollof Rice making, the most delicious delicacy in West Africa.
October 17-24, 2021
Welcome to Ghana! Arrive in the country’s capital, Accra. Ghana, a nation on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, is known for diverse wildlife, old forts and secluded beaches, such as at Busua. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain posubans (native shrines), colonial buildings and castles-turned-museums that serve as testimonials to the slave trade. North of Cape Coast, vast Kakum National Park has a treetop-canopy walkway over the rainforest. After getting settled, we’ll head to one of Accra’s most prestigious addresses for a Chef curated dinner on one of the highest buildings in the city.
Enjoy a marvelous breakfast before visiting the historic museum & guest house at the former estate of writer & civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois. The Centre is located on immaculate grounds of serene beauty, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, Accra, which surrounds it near the city’s centre. The Centre is a complex of four major buildings which include the home where Dr. DuBois spent his last years, an Administrative building, the Marcus Garvey Guest House and the tomb of Dr. DuBois and his dear wife Shirley Graham DuBois. After our visit we will have a traditional lunch and indulge in fabric shopping. Tonight we will paint the town red and enjoy a hosted nightlife tour of Accra by sampling the most vibrate night spots.
Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel and explore Accra on your own today with free time. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a walking photography tour with a professional photographer or mountain biking in the Shai hills with a rappelling experience while taking in breathtaking views of nature. For those you who like to swim we have an amazing surfing lesson you can visit a popular surf spot and learn how to surf the waves of the Atlantic. This evening we will learn about the evolution of Ghanaian music by visiting vintage record stores and doing some karaoke – African style!
Today we will journey to Cape Coast to visit Elmina and the Cape Coast castles. These fortresses were the last memory many slaves had of their homeland before being shipped off across the Atlantic. Over a thousand years ago dozens of castles and forts were built along the coastline of Ghana. It is here we will visit the “Door of No Return” referring to the door the slaves exited from their homeland to never be seen again. After our visit we will conclude with a naming ceremony. In the naming ceremony you will be given your Ghanian name in a traditional ceremony of recognition. Our evening continues with a lively beachside BBQ over a bonfire with music.
Today is a free day in Ghana to enjoy as you please. We suggest you take an Shopping tour and stock up on the best fabrics in Accra and get a tailored garment to your liking. For those who love art, you can join a budding designer for an inside look at galleries and boutiques in Accra while meeting some of the artists behind the work. We’ll make sure to select some amazing restaurants to fill your belly and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Today we’ll set sail in Volta. The Volta River is the main river system in the West African country of Ghana. It flows into Ghana from Bobo-Dioulasso highlands of Burkina Faso. This is the place where the ocean and Volta River meets is home to jet skis, hidden coves, amazing restaurants, and more, you’ll feel like you’re in Miami only better. Here we will take a boat cruise on a local pontoon and enjoy lunch as we connect with each other creating more memories as we sail down the river.
It’s our last full day in Accra and we recommend you gather all your souvenirs or pick up garments to share with your loved ones. For those still looking for fun we’ll have a Ghanian mixology class where you can learn how to make cocktails using local ingredients. Our farewell event will be a Chef led cooking class where we will learn how to make Ghanaian Jollof rice, one of the most delicious delicacy in West Africa. Our dinner will be paired with delightful wines, but of course!
Rise and shine for an optional-self guided tour or shop your last hours away. Up in the Air Life private drivers will sadly whisk you away to the airport.