Ghana·July 17 - 28 2024

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

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 4

Social Impact Day

Today is the day we reach out and give a helping hand to someone in need. We will take sometime to engage in a social impact project with Jodeb Foundation. 

We will make donations to children and some adults in the villages of Saforo, Otareso and its environs. 

You will get to spend some time with the people in the village at a durber and also have some fun activities with the community.

Included

Breakfast

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DAY 5

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 6

Arrive In Kenya & Nairobi Tour

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.

Depending on your arrival time, you’ll have the day to explore Nairobi which includes a visit to the Giraffe Centre - a sanctuary for the then endangered Rothschild giraffe, followed by a visit to the Kazuri bead factory - You have an opportunity to meet and talk to the women as they work shaping, painting or stringing the beads by hand. You’ll also get a chance to drive through Nairobi City center.

Drive through Kenyatta International Convention Center to view Nairobi from all directions (Dependent on management authorization). Drive through the Kenya Parliament and the Supreme court of Kenya.

Visit Uhuru Gardens, Kenya’s largest Memorial Park. Uhuru is a Swahili word meaning freedom. Of importance to note is that it is Kenya’s birthplace. This is where the first Kenyan flag was first raised and thus marking the very first year of independence on the 12th December 1963.

Within the garden are two monuments commemorating Kenya’s independence, and a Mugumo (fig) tree. The Mugumo tree is symbolic as it was planted on the spot where the Union Jack (British flag) was brought down and Kenya’s national flag was first hoisted. The site was a diversity of native flora and fauna of savannah woodland.

Later, we enjoy a meal together in preparation for the adventure ahead.

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

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DAY 7

Tsavo West | Into The Bush

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.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 8

Tsavo West | Wildlife Galore

Enjoy a bush breakfast within the sanctuary with magnificent views of the Taita hills, sanctuary, adjacent Tsavo plains and of course Mt. Kilimanjaro (during clear weather days).

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 for a night game drive. Night game drives provide an opportunity of seeing animals not usually encountered on a daytime game drive such as spotted and striped hyena, mongoose, jackal, civet, genet, porcupine and bush baby. 

Salt Lick Safari Lodge have highly trained rangers equipped with powerful spotlights to take guests on this experience of a totally different world after dark, when you may have the thrilling opportunity to see a predator actively hunting.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 9

Tsavo West | Sanctuary Escapes

The sanctuary offers many diverse opportunities for you to experience the unique flora, fauna, and culture of this fascinating ecosystem. Today you’ll take a nature walk with a qualified ranger guide, with emphasis on the natural environment you encounter as you stroll through the bush. Marvel at the smaller wildlife normally unnoticed during a game drive yet still important for their impact on the ecology of this diverse ecosystem.

You are welcome to swim at the beautiful free form swimming pool open all day at the sister property Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa located nearby

Later in the evening enough a sundowner as you watch the African Sun Set


Included

Breakfast

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DAY 10

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 your 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.

Included

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DAY 11

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

Included

All Inclusive

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DAY 12

Mombasa | Departure

After breakfast transfer to Moi airport for your flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our driver & transferred to the airport for your international flight. 

Please note that you dont have another stay in Niarobi so book your flight accordingly.

Included

Breakfast

What's Included

What's Included

Transportation

Accommodation

Guides

Entry Fees

Itinerary Activities

Meals in Itinerary

Support Team

Traditional Ceremony

Park Entry Fees

First class Train Tickets

Game drives

Flight from Mombasa to Nairobi (Free Baggage allowance is1pc of 23kgs. Extra baggage -1st piece $25 2nd piece and above $50)

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$2,660.00/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$1,985.00/pp

Child Rooming with 2 Adults

FROM$1,835.00/pp

Trip Tips

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

Ghana 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 Kenya The Capital: Nairobi Population: 54 million Size: 945,087 km2 Major Religion: Christianity Main Languages: Swahili Climate: Tropical Dialing Code: +254 Emergency Numbers: Ambulance/Fire/Police 999, 112 or 911 Currency: Kenyan shilling Symbols: KSh Central Bank: Central Bank of Kenya

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. Kenya Requires a Visa to enter into Kenya.

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. Kenya Requires full vaccination to enter.

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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Pleasurable and memorable stay in Accra 

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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.


GHANA

✳︎ United Airlines

✳︎ Delta Airlines

✳︎ Emirates

✳︎ Brussels Airlines

✳︎ British Airways

✳︎ Ethiopian Airlines

✳︎ Royal Air Maroc

✳︎ Egypt Air

✳︎ KLM

KENYA

✳︎ Delta Airlines

✳︎ Kenya Airways

✳︎ Emirates Airlines

✳︎ Turkish Airlines 

✳︎ Qatar Airways

✳︎ Lufthansa

✳︎ Ethiopian Airlines

✳︎ Air France

✳︎ KLM

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Dates

July 17 - 28 2024

FROM$1835/pp

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