Ghana small group holiday

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ghana small group holiday

Accommodation and meals:
On this trip, we will spend the nights in a variety of locally owned hotels that employs local staff and uses local produce for meals. This ensures that our visit will provide economic benefits to the community. When meals are not provided, our local guides will encourage clients to eat out in local restaurants and cafes to get a taste of local specialties. Ghana has their own unique dish, Banku (fermented corn and cassawa dough in hot water hand-kneaded to a certain consistency which will then be served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish). As well as Fufu which is a staple food made by mixing and pounding equal portions of cassava and green plantain flour thoroughly with water and served with groundnut soup, palm nut soup or light soup.

Local craft and Culture:
There are plenty of opportunities for clients to celebrate local craft. We visit Sirigu Woman’s project, a NGO founded in 1997 which supports approximately 400 local women in the area by training them voluntarily to create art. Over there, clients can get involved and make a work of art themselves or take home a piece of local culture by purchasing some authentic handmade art pieces ranging from pottery, wicker-craft to canvas painting. Additionally, we will stop by several local markets where clients can also purchase local craft. Our local guides will advise clients on what to buy and what to avoid – for example, palm oil as this is a major driver of deforestation which in turn threatens wildlife.

Our visit to various sites such as the Tongo Hills, Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary and the Nzulezo Stilt Village, directly benefits the community through the fees we pay, at the same time creating employment opportunities and a source of income for the locals.

During the trip, we visit Kasalgu where we will learn about Shea butter production from the processing plant of SeKaf Ghana Limited. They are very committed in improving the economic status of rural women by providing them with innovative and sustainable employment opportunities. They also provide training for shea picker and shea butter processor jobs thus, being the biggest employer for women in the area. They aim to be an innovative leader in the global shea industry through an environmentally friendly and ethical supply chain.

Our local operator is dedicated in giving back to the local community and making a difference to their lives. They have supported a number of projects so far with the most recent project where they raised enough money to get a motorcycle and laptop for a Dogon man who was actively educating villages to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through the use of videos illustrating the negative impacts, as well as other projects within the Dogon community.

Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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