elmina castle

Forts and Castles Tour


The Forts and Castles along the West Africa coast are lasting proof and evidence of the Europe’s interest in attaining gold, ivory and African Slaves from the continent. Ghana remain the highest country with the largest number of these structures, 26, in all, and more than 50% still in existence. On this tour, you will explore the Forts and Castle in Ghana (Central Region and Eastern Region).

Day 1: Arrive In Accra

Ghana Airport

Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from the airport to your hotel by our tour operators, where you will receive a welcome greetings and orientation. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Overnight: Holiday Inn hotel
Meal: Dinner

Day 2: Accra City Tour

independence-square

After breakfast, depart for sightseeing city tour of Accra. Drive through the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana. Visit the W. E. B. Dubois centre for Pan African Culture, the place where he spent the last two years of His life working on a Pan-African encyclopaedia under the invitation of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the first Ghanaian president. Visit the Independence/ Black star Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, The Arts centre and Makola market, where you can try out your bargaining skills. Have lunch at either a Ghanaian or continental restaurant in Osu and return to your hotel for a bit of a siesta. In the evening enjoy the nightlife on the street of Osu. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Overnight: Fiesta Royal Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Cape Coast Castle- Elmina Castle

cape coast castle

After breakfast, depart for a drive to the Central Region of Ghana to explore the Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons. On this tour you will experience the history of the slave trade and the impact on Africa. Visit the Cape Coast Castle, built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. The castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonia Institute. After lunch, visit the Elmina castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 as St. George’s castle. Elmina castle was the first to be built in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Elmina Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Forts St. Sebastian- Fort Orange

fort sebastian

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a drive along the coast to Sekondi and Takoradi in the Western Region. Visit Forts St. Sebastian originally constructed and named by the Portuguese. The Fort was purposely built to stop English ships from interfering in their trade in the Shama area. Visit Fort Orange on the coast of Sekondi which became another theatre of European trade competition in 17th and 18th Centuries. The competition degenerated into hostilities as local Ahanta people were ranged in opposing alliances supporting the English or Dutch companies in their two separate trade posts located with firing range of each other. It’s now operated by the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority as a lighthouse. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Raybow hotel in Takoradi
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: Fort Appolonia- Fort Metal Cross

Fort Appolonia

Depart after breakfast for a drive to Beyin still in the Western Region. Visit Fort Appolonia, one of the less travelled forts where you will get a real feel of the haunting history of the slave trade. The fort was built by the British in 1770, bombarded in 1873 and reconstructed between 1962 and 1968 by the Ghanaian Government. Also visit Fort Metal Cross at Dixcove which was built by the British in 1697 and later taken over by the Dutch. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Overnight: Beyin Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Fort Frederichsburg- Fort St. Antonio

Fort Frederichsburg

Depart from your hotel after breakfast, to Prince town in the Western Region. Visit Fort Frederichsburg built by the Germans. The original name for this West African town was “Kpokezoe”. The Fort was built in 1683 and was renamed Fort Gross- Frederichsburg in honour of Prince Frederich Wilhem 1, of Prussia. The Fort was to be the headquarters of the Brandenburg in Africa. The fort was eventually captured in 1725 by the Dutch and renamed from Frederichsburg to Hollandia. Because John Kanu was successful in retaining control of the Fort, slaves looked upon him as a hero. It was estimated about 300,000 slaves were transported through this fort. After lunch, visit Fort Antonio in Axim built by the Portuguese in 1503 close to River Ankobra. It was built in an effort to maintain their monopoly and exclude foreign ships from the Gold market. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Axim.

Overnight: Frankfaus Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Kumasi Fort

Kumasi Fort

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and depart for drive to through the forest zone to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Visit the Kumasi Fort built by the Asantehene Osei Tuttu Kwame in the 1800. The British however, added on and extended it to its present state in 1897 using granites stones from the coast and used the Fort as the Administrative Centre to suppress the Asantes. The British forces captured the Asantehene (King of the Asantes), Prempe 1, and several of His powerful sub-chiefs (vassals) and key generals and sent them into exile via Elmina castle( first to Sierra Leone and then to the Seychelles Island) leaving the kingdom more than vulnerable, To ensure that the Ashanti Empire never regained its past influence and glory. The British took several measures including the imposition of a harsh Tax regime on the people and through dehumanising labour disguised as public works. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.



Overnight: Ganos Lodge in Kumasi
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: Kumasi City Tour

Manhyia Palace

After breakfast, visit the seat of the Ashanti Empire. Explore the Manyhia Palace Museum being the seat for the Asantehene(King of the Ashanti). At the museum, you will obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom, a regal history that dates back many years ago and is told with relics and atifacts. Explore the Centre for National Culture for some cultural performance. End the day by shopping at the Kejetia market one of the Largest in West Africa. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.



Overnight: Ganos Lodge
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9: Kumasi - Accra

After breakfast, depart for a drive through the forest zone to Accra. When arrives, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Accra.



Overnight: Central Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Departure

After breakfast, time for last minute shopping and transfer to the airport in the late afternoon for check-in and departure.



Meals: Breakfast