Coastal Ghana Explorer

7 days/6 nights

Escape the bustle of Accra, and wander west along coastal roads towards the palm-lined beaches of Cape Coast and Elmina. Walk on rope bridges in the canopy of the Kakum National Park. Splash in the blue waters of the Gulf of Guinea. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites as you explore the history of the slave trade. Wind your way through fishing villages, relax on secluded beaches, and take in the splendor of coastal Ghana.

Explore the history of slave trade at Elmina Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Walk the jungle canopy on the rope bridges of Kakum National Park

Relax on the secluded, palm-lined beaches of Ghana’s Central and Western Regions

Wander through fishing villages and observe these “artesanal” fisherman unloading their catch

Basic Package
  • Private transport, driver and fuel for the entire trip
  • All entrance fees for all activities
  • All meals
  • Comfortable, clean accommodation
  • Unlimited purified water
Deluxe Package
  • Private transport, driver and fuel for the entire trip
  • All entrance fees for all activities
  • All meals
  • Ghana’s top tier accommodation
  • Unlimited purified water

Day 1

When you arrive in Accra, the bustling capital of Ghana, you will be greeted with a smile by an Uprise staff member, who will take you to a comfortable hotel outside the city.

Depending on your arrival time, we may have a small cultural orientation to help you get quickly accustomed to life in Ghana. If you are traveling with a larger group, you may see a cultural performance to showcase the beauty and history of Ghana.   

Day 2

After breakfast this morning your Uprise driver will take you to Cape Coast, the former capital city of Ghana known for its windy streets, colonial architecture, and UNESCO World Heritage slave castle. On the way, you will take a quick stop in Anumabu to stand among colorful fishing boats as you watch the local fisherman at work drying and preserving their fish. After lunch in Cape Coast, you will enter the Cape Coast Castle, built by the Swedes in 1653. Your castle guide will take you on a moving journey through the rooms formerly occupied by slaves bound for the New World. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum. Later this evening we will hike to the Fort Williams lighthouse to watch the sunset over Cape Coast.

Day 3

After breakfast your Uprise driver will take you outside of Cape Coast to Kakum National Park, home to one of Ghana’s tropical rainforests, and home to 400 bird species, butterflies, and other flora and fauna species. A park ranger will escort you across the seven bridges that connect some of Kakum’s largest trees and hang thirty meters above the forest floor. After descending from the canopy we will take a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of floral species and their medicinal values. This afternoon you have the option to visit Elmina Castle (entrance fee not included in the price of the trip) or head west to your beachside accommodation.

Day 4

After days of flights, car rides and exploration, you have earned this day on the beach! Today you are free to enjoy quiet time on the beach or talk with you Uprise guide about other activities in the area.

Day 5

After breakfast you will head farther west down quiet roads into Ghana’s Western Region. After passing through sleepy coastal communities you will arrive in Busua, home to a beach described by many as the best beach in Ghana. You will also have a chance to explore nearby Dix Cove, a typical fishing village of the Western Region. You will have the option to wander the local market in Dix Cove or visit a colonial fort in the area.

Day 6

Today you will make your way back to Accra, waving goodbye to all of the cities and towns you saw on your journey west, and stopping for a casual lunch along the way. In the afternoon you will arrive in Accra and settle once again into your hotel before going out to explore this growing capital city.

Day 7

This morning you will tour Accra with your guide. In addition to observing Accra’s blend of colonial and modern architecture, you will visit the Independence/Black Star Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, and the Accra Arts Center, where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop for artifacts from all parts of Ghana. This evening you will say goodbye to your guide at the airport, or wherever your next destination may be.    

Packing List

The Uprise team is happy to assist you with your luggage, but feel free to pack light and keep it simple!

  • We highly recommend that you speak with your doctor about about antimalarial medications or any vaccinations that he or she may suggest.
  • If your trip includes a safari, please include darker, more neutral-colored clothing in order to avoid scaring off the animals.
  • Also, please consider culturally appropriate dress. While many cities and beaches in West Africa are more liberal with their dress codes, many people will be offended if you show too much skin. In some communities women should cover their shoulders and knees. Consider packing capri pants, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts, or scarves to cover your shoulders.

In your hand-luggage:

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Visa for Ghana/Togo/Benin (if applicable)
  • Yellow fever vaccination card
  • Wallet and money
  • Waterbottle
  • Medications
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Books/games

In your checked luggage:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Tee shirts
  • Bathing suits
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Sneakers/hiking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Rainjacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap/facewash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Bugspray
  • Sunscreen


Uprise Travel reserves the right to change this itinerary at any time. We might make changes for a variety of reasons, including local holidays, road or bridge closures, flight delays or cancellations, weather or natural disasters, issues with subcontractors or external vendors, the substitution of a new activity, or any unforeseen circumstances. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. In the event that we need to alter this schedule, we will make every effort to inform you of changes as soon as they occur.

All activities listed in this itinerary are included in the cost of the trip, unless otherwise indicated. If you have any questions, please email  

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