Ghana·September 8 - 15 2023

Experience the Motherland - Sharon

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Overview

It's time to visit the Motherland and connect with your heritage and culture! Certified Africa provides a unique travel experience that connects black travelers to movers and shakers on the African Continent. It makes sense that while traveling the world, you also create valuable connections. We want you to travel, enjoy the nightlife, have an exchange of culture, establish relationships, create memories and introduce you to business opportunities and entrepreneurs in Africa. Learn how your skills and business ideas can be resourceful on the continent. It's time to travel the world, expand your global network, explore your roots, and create memories you won't forget. Enjoy the biggest and best parties that Accra has to offer! Join Certified Africa for an epic experience that will connect you to influencers, entrepreneurs, artists and creatives making major money moves on the continent.

Highlights

Activity Level

Activity Level

Active

Transportation

Transportation

Transportation provided to all itinerary destinations

Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremony

Culturally rich welcome & Naming ceremony

Boat Ride

Boat Ride

Hosts

Certified Africa

Certified Africa

Certified Africa

Certified Africa is the leading source to book all-in-one private and group travel experiences to the African continent, authentically learn about Africa and explore cultural heritage, lifestyle, and business/investment opportunities in Africa. 

Certified Africa simplifies travel to Africa and offers travel experiences in multiple African destinations including, but not limited to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Egypt.

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DAY 1

Akwaaba

Today, you arrived in the motherland.  You will be picked up at the Airport and taken to your hotel.  

Settle in, relax and enjoy the new environment. 

Check out Accra nightlife. Recommendatrions will be made.

Included

Dinner

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DAY 2

Traditional Welcome Ceremony & Local Cooking Experience

Today we will spend the day immersing ourselves into the culture by participating in a traditional welcome home ceremony and also enjoy a dinner at a great local food spot. Crown the day with some Ghanaian live band music.

There will be elders to offer prayers and perform some traditional rites to usher you into the land. 

You will also be given a Ghanaian name during the ceremony.

We will have the opportunity to dance along with the cultural dancers as we celebrate our return to the motherland.

You will also participate in a cook and eat session of  local Ghanaian dishes.

Visit Makola market, the biggest and busiest market in Accra where you can shop beautiful African fabrics. There will be a seamstress on standby for custom outfit measurements.


Enjoy dinner at the Buka restaurant Osu Accra and head to +233 Jazz and Grill for some Ghanaian live band music to complete the day's cultural experience.

Included

Breakfast

Local Food Lunch

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DAY 3

Free Day & Beach

On free days you call the shots on how you spend the day.  

You can visit a beach and enjoy a dive in the occean and relaxation.

Here are some options to look into. Please check to book in advance.

* Chocolate tasting Experience. Recommended. 

* Quad Biking in the Mountains at ATV Aburi

* Shai Hills adventure

* Safari Valley experience

* Legon Botanical Gardens

* A1 Raceway

You may decide to go shopping at the biggest mall in the city or go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.  For those who enjoy arts, you may want to check out some of the city's best galleries.

Included

Breakfast

Beach Access

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DAY 4

Historic City Tour - Accra 360

Today we will explore the capital city Accra.

You will also get the chance to visit some historic spots in the capital

• Visit to the Black star square, the most famous symbol of Ghana. Have a quick photo shoot here.

 • Walk around James Town, community and see some of the oldest buildings from the post-colonial era. Also make a stop at the James town light house.

 • Visit the art and suvenir market for art and craft shopping, walk around, interact with artists, take pictures and enjoy a brief drumming session. 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

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DAY 5

Get Away & Graduation Photoshoot

Today we will have a get away to have some fun and also relax.

Activities

* We'll catch a boat ride on the Volta River and explore some islands. The Volta River is the largest man made lake in the world by surface area.  

* Boat Ride

* Swimming  

* Photoshoot

* Beach games

* Indoor games like badminton, scrabble, board

* Lunch buffet 

Add-ons at a fee

* Jet Ski

* Horse ride

* Fly board & Jet Lev

We will finish the celebtration in Accra 


Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 6

Cape Coast Slave Dungeons & Kakum National Park

Today, we journey to the central region to visit the Cape Coast slave castle where it all began.   We will experience the horror of the dungeons where  slaves were kept to await the ships.  After, we will pass through the "door of no return"  where slaves exited and left their homeland. Today, the "door of no return" has been commemorated as the "door of return" to await the descendants of those who were forcefully taken. You will go through the door of return to mark the emancipation of enslaved people of African descent.

We will have a ceremony at the door of no return.

We will later visit the Kakum National Park. Kakum is a preserved rain forest with a canopy walkway that is suspended 30 meters above the ground on tree tops. You have excercise your courage by walking accross the walk way accross the forest.

Included

Breakfast

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DAY 7

Free Day & Relaxation

Today, you can have the day to yourself. You can relax poolside with some drinks or go shopping for suvenirs.

Enjoy the day and prepare for departure


Tonight you can enjoy your last nightlife in Accra.

Included

Breakfast

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DAY 8

Departure

Today, you depart from the motherland, but not for long.

Nante yiye!  Yɛbɛhyia bio (Go well! we shall meet again).

You can do some last minute shopping today.

Included

Breakfast

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DAY 9

BUSH AND BEACH SAFARI PACKAGE

DAY 1: - ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA

Arrive in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and after clearing immigration and customs formalities, you are met by our representative and transferred to your Nairobi Hotel. Settle in and enjoy the new environment.

Later that evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner together in preparation for the adventure ahead.

Overnight: Emara Ole Sereni

Meal Plan: Dinner


DAY 2: - TSAVO WEST SAFARI

After an early breakfast, our driver will meet you and transfer you to the Nairobi SGR Railway Terminal, located at Syokimau to board the 8:00 am Madaraka Express train to Voi. The train has large windows that allow one to enjoy beautiful vistas of hills, plains, the Yatta Plateau (the world’s longest lava flow) and possibly wildlife. Upon arrival at the Voi train station, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel, which takes approximately 45 minutes.

Reach the Hotel, check-in and have lunch. 

After lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive at the Sanctuary. The game drive will provide you with a great opportunity to view the diverse array of wildlife within the Sanctuary which is home to more than 50 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds. Look out for elephants, lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and ostrich.

The Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from the surrounding clusters of hills and is an integral part of the Eastern Arc Forests classified as a biodiversity hotspot. The Sanctuary covers an area of 28,000 acres of mosaic habitat comprising riverine forests, savanna woodland and grassland.

The Sanctuary straddles the southern part of Tsavo West National Park and is an important dispersal area and migrating corridor for wildlife between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. The topography is generally flat offering breathtaking views of the Mt. Kilimanjaro, Pare Mountains, the Uluguru Mountains and the clusters of Taita Hills with a seasonal river dividing the Sanctuary into a valley and lowland plains.

Overnight: Saltlick Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 3: - TSAVO WEST SAFARI

This day is spent at your leisure, relaxing and/or enjoying the spa facilities. You can enjoy uninterrupted views of wildlife at the waterhole and surrounding landscapes or decide to have a dip in the swimming pool at the Lodge’s sister hotel, the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

In the evening, head to the lounge and bar overlooking the main waterhole for drinks at sunset. (Own account)

Overnight: Saltlick Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 4: - TSAVO – MOMBASA | BEACH VIBES ONLY

Enjoy an early morning breakfast at the hotel. Check out and be transferred to Voi train station for your

journey to Mombasa.

Upon arrival, you'll be met by our driver & transferred to Bamburi Beach Hotel 

The resort offers an oasis of tranquility framed by whispering coconut palms, lush gardens and one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches on the Indian Ocean.

Overnight: Bamburi Beach Hotel

Meal Plan: All Inclusive Basis


DAY 5 - MOMBASA | HALF DAY MOMBASA CITY TOUR AND SAILING

This half-day tour will immerse you in the international history and flavors of this culturally rich city.

With its Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili cultures, Mombasa offers busy markets, ethnic neighborhoods and a distinctive heritage to explore as well as ancient structure of Fort Jesus with its incredible history.

Learn the history of the East African coast with the Arab and Portuguese quest for control of trade routes.

Tour starts in the early morning to avoid the high day temperatures

Highlights: Old town Mombasa with Swahili and Arab culture, Fort Jesus Museum… a history of the East Africa Coast, City food and spice market – a glimpse into the lives of the local people, Elephant tusks – the gateway to Mombasa. Lunch at a local Swahili restaurant (Own account)

Later in the afternoon transfer to Mtwapa for your 2hrs Yacht Experience

Overnight: Bamburi Beach Hotel

Meal Plan: All Inclusive Basis


DAY 6- MOMBASA | SUN’S OUT

Today enjoy pristine white sandy beaches of Mombasa. The hotel sits on one of the longest, lush beachfronts on the Kenyan Coast. Enjoy the swimming pool and the beach one more time before your afternoon flight to Nairobi arriving in time to connect with your International flight.

Meals: Breakfast


INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

● Accommodation as indicated on the itinerary.

● Transportation ground Transfers to itinerary destinations

● All meals listed in Itinerary

● Park Entry Fees All national park and conservation fees

● First class Train Tickets from Nairobi to Voi and from Voi to Mombasa

● Return transfers from Voi Train station

● 03 game drives in Tsavo West

● Heritage Tour of World War 1 at The Taita Hills Museum

● All services as listed on the itinerary

● Flight from Mombasa to Nairobi (Free Baggage allowance is1pc of 23kgs. Extra baggage -1st

piece $25 2nd piece and above $50)


EXCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

● International flights

● Kenya Visa

● Travel medical insurance

● Hot Air Balloon safari – USD 435.00per person in Amboseli

● Additional sightseeing or deviation from the itinerary

All items of a personal nature such as tobacco; laundry; phone calls, etc

● Tips and drinks/beverages.

● Any Other Items not mentioned above

What's Included

What's Included

Transportation

Accommodation

Guides

Entry Fees

Itinerary Activities

Meals in Itinerary

Support Team

Traditional Ceremony

Activities not on the itinerary

Meals not indicated on the itinerary

Tips and gratuities for Staff, Guides, and Drivers

Travel Medical Insurance

Visa

International Flight

Packages

Single Occupancy

You will have your own room for the duration of the trip. (Price per person)

FROM$3,500.00/pp

Double Occupancy

Room will be shared with another participant of same sex, unless you are a couple. Roommate matching is available. (Price is per person).

FROM$2,950.00/pp

Child Rooming with 2 Adults

FROM$2,800.00/pp

Trip Tips

Ghana Quick Facts

Ghana Quick Facts

The Capital: Accra Population: 30 million Size: 238,535 sq km (92,098.9 sq miles) Major Religion: Christianity Main Languages: Twi & English Climate: Tropical Dialing Code: +233 Emergency Numbers: 191 (Police) 192/999 (Fire) 193 (Ambulance) Currency: Ghanaian Cedi Symbols: GH¢ Central Bank: Bank of Ghana Currency Sub-Units: Pesewa = 1/100 of a Cedi Denominations: GH₵ 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Coins: 1p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50 p, GH₵1

Night Out Spots

Night Out Spots

* Bloombar * Front and back accra * Kona Café & grill * Twist Night Club * Republic Bar & Grill * Twist Lounge * Purple Bar * +233 Jazz Bar & Grill * Honeysuckle * Plotseven * Carbon Nightclub * Osu Oxford Street * Sky Bar * Kozo * AM PM * La pleasure beach * Oasis Pool & Shisha Lounge * Potbelly Shack

 Food & Drinks Spots

Food & Drinks Spots

* Jamrock Restaurant & Grill * Chix-N-Ribs * AM PM * FatFish * Starbites Food & Drinks * Lord Of The Wings * Buka Restaurant * Coco Lounge * The Gold Coast Restaurant & Cocktail Bar * Asanka Local International Chop Bar * Asaase Pa Vegan Restaurant and Products * Burger and Relish (Osu) * Papaye Fast Foods * Captain Hook's Accra * Barcelos * ChopShop * Chez Afrique * Ike's Grill and Cafe * Ridge Condos * Sweet Gardens * Sai Wine & Champagne Café * Breakfast to breakfast

Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

Ghana requires visa for USA passport holders. There is Visa on arrival for 150 usd. Process of optaining visa is shared in booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirements

Vaccination Requirements

Covid-19 and Yellow fever vaccinations are required to enter into Ghana for USA passport holders. Yellow fever vaccine can be taken on arrival for 20usd.

Reviews

RichardMorris

WOW!!!!!! Let's just say, it would be very difficult to verbalize how great our trip was as a result of booking with Certified Africa. My wife and I are avid travelers, touching 16 countries so far. We usually create our own itinerary and almost ALWAYS focus on hanging with locals to gain the most intimate and organic experiences possible. Nonetheless, this was our 15-year Anniversary trip and thought it would be a great idea to allow someone else to plan the trip and sit back and enjoy it. With only an introduction call to discuss some must haves and our set budget, Certified Africa DELIVERED!!!!!!!! Creating a custom itinerary that blew our minds and expectations. We have already begun planning our Tanzania and Zanzibar trip for 2022. From me and my beautiful wife to you........What are you waiting for????????????? Book your next trip to the Motherland with the only travel company we feel comfortable recommending, Certified Africa! Richard and Raquel

Richard & Raquel Morris

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You'll Be Staying Here

4 Star Accomodation & Above

4 Star Accomodation & Above

Pleasurable and memorable stay in Accra and Kumasi

The accomodation will be a 4 star hotel and above.

FAQs

You have 48 hours from the time of booking to cancel a travel experience for a full refund. After 48hours, the travel experience deposit - and all future payments - are non-refundable.  We highly recommend you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy that includes trip cancellation coverage  after booking that includes a "Cancel for Any Reason" option to cover your non-refundable travel experience.


Life happens, if you are unable to travel for some reason and you cannot apply a travel insurance cancellation policy, the transfer of your booking to another person is available.


At the discretion of Certified Africa, some or all of your monies paid may be credited towards a future travel experience or booking.

As a courtesy, we offer payment plans for our trips. Your monthly payments start the following month after booking on the same day you paid your deposit. A monthly payment of the minimum amount due is required each month via debit. You may contact us to change your payment date after booking prior to 72 hours of your payment date. Our system sends courtesy reminders about your upcoming payment but you are responsible for ensuring your payment is successful and your card is up to date. If your payment is declined we will attempt 2 consecutive days.  After a 3rd failed attempt you charged an interest fee.


As of January 1, 2020, all payment plans require monthly automated payments to be debited from your credit/debit card.  Manual payments where clients can log in and pay at their leisure can no longer be supported. At any time, you may contact our office to pay in full.

These are some airlines that our travelers have used in the past. Please note that we do not have any personal connection to any of these airlines.


✳︎ United Airlines

✳︎ Delta Airlines

✳︎ Emirates

✳︎ Brussels Airlines

✳︎ British Airways

✳︎ Ethiopian Airlines

✳︎ Royal Air Maroc

✳︎ Egypt Air

✳︎ KLM

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Dates

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FROM$2800/pp

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