Ghana: North to South

9 day/8 nights

Ghana: North to South is the perfect tour for first-time Ghana travelers who want to see everything that Ghana has to offer, and don’t mind spending time on the road. This tour bisects the country from North to South, and includes elephants, monkeys, beaches, palaces, and more!

Search for elephants, baboons, antelope, monkeys and more at Mole National Park

Explore the palace of the chief of the Ashanti Kingdom

Walk the rope bridges of Kakum National Park

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Cape Coast Castle

Relax on quiet palm-lined beaches

Basic Package
  • One-way airfare from Accra to Tamale on Africa World Airlines
  • Simple, comfortable accommodations
  • Vehicle, driver, guide, and fuel
  • All activities and entrance fees
  • All meals
  • Unlimited purified water
Deluxe Package
  • One-way airfare from Accra to Tamale on Africa World Airlines
  • Ghana’s top tier accommodations
  • Vehicle, driver, guide, and fuel
  • All activities and entrance fees
  • All meals
  • Unlimited purified water

Day 1

Welcome to Tamale, a Muslim-majority city that serves as the cultural and economic center of northern Ghana. Your first stops on your city tour include the Tamale Central Mosque, as well as the Tamale Market, where you will see traditional smocks, fabrics, beads, and a wide range of food products. Your final stop will be at the Tamale Art Market, where you will have a chance to shop for handicrafts, jewelry, masks, paintings, and more.


Day 2

This morning you will depart early for Mole National Park, the crown jewel of Ghana’s national park system, and the largest wildlife reserve in Ghana. At 4,500 square kilometers, the park is home to elephants, pata monkeys, baboons, vervet monkeys, crocodiles, hartebeest, and hundreds of species of birds. This afternoon you will embark on your first game drive to search for active wildlife in the park.


Day 3

This morning’s walking safari starts very early in order to spot elephants active near the swimming holes. You will also have the best chance of seeing birds, crocodiles, and various other species that rest as the day gets hotter. Accompanied by a gun-toting ranger, you can approach many of the animals at a safe distance. This afternoon will include a canoe safari along the Mole River, and later you will visit the village of Mognori for a guided tour, where you will learn about family life and local customs and traditions.


Day 4

This morning you will depart Mole National Park and embark on a long drive to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region. On your way, you will stop over for a picnic lunch at the Kintampo Waterfalls. After descending 120 steps to the third stage of the falls, you will be able to splash in the waters below. You will then continue your journey south to Kumasi.


Day 5

Today you will visit the palace of the Asante Henne, the chief of the Ashantis. Here you will learn about the rich history and traditions of the Ashanti people, in addition to how they fought and traded with Europeans over gold and slaves. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the biggest open market in West Africa, which contains of 5,000 stalls and attracts traders from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and other surrounding regions and countries. Before winding down for the day, you will stop at a local art market to check out Ashanti and Akan artwork.

Day 6

After breakfast this morning you will drive south to Cape Coast, the former capital city of Ghana known for its windy streets, colonial architecture, and its UNESCO World Heritage slave castle. After lunch in Cape Coast, you will enter the Cape Coast Castle, built by the Swedes in 1653, and home to the West African Historical Museum. Your guide will take you on a moving journey through the dungeons formerly occupied by slaves bound for the New World. Later this evening we will hike to the Fort Williams lighthouse to watch the sunset over Cape Coast.

Day 7

After breakfast  you will head 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 (not included in the price of the trip) or head west to your beachside accommodation.


Day 8

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 9

Today you will make your way back to Accra. Depending on your flight time, you might visit the Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, and the Accra Arts Center. Finally, you will say goodbye to the Uprise team and head to the airport, or wherever your final 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

This trip pairs well with:

Volta Explorer


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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