- An interesting and enjoyable trip with many highlights...............
The national parks - coming face to face with an elephant at the beginning of the Mole foot safari, conquering the canopy walkway at Kakum ,( which I had had no intention of doing - go up to the start it doesn't look that scary and there is an option of a short cut, I changed my mind and paid at the end) and feeding the mona monkeys at Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary.
The villages in the north - it felt a privilege to be invited into the villages by the chiefs and learn about their lives and customs, We shook hands with the chief and sampled the local hooch .
We attended a funeral and a royal festival where we met the King of Ashanti. Both ceremonies were accompanied by traditional music and singing.
We learnt about the slave trade . Starting in the north we were shown how villagers built their houses to keep the raiders out and visited the Pikworo Slave Camp. We followed their route to the coast , passing through Assin Manso where the slaves had their last bath and finishing at St George's castle Elmina from where the slaves were transported. All very interesting and thought provoking.
Our guide Yao was very good. He was very efficient and patient. He was knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions, sharing the answers with the rest of the group. He had a great sense of humour.
There are some early starts and long driving days, sometimes on poor bumpy roads. There was always something to catch the eye.
Our driver Rafiou did an excellent job.
We had a few very short power cuts so do take a torch and know where it is!
There was wifi in most of the hotels ,some signals better than others . My iphone did not connect in the north but androids did.
Overall a great trip
Published on: 09 May 2016