1 independent reviews for West African history tour in Ghana

Reviews for West African history tour in Ghana


review 10 Apr 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I went to Ghana wanting to explore more of its history, and, as a black person to better understand the European slave trade and the place from which so many of our ancestors were shipped away to the Americas and continuing subjugation. The visit to the places in which enslaved people were chained and held was both harrowing and absorbing. Visiting the burial ground of Kwame Nkrumah and seeing the places from which Ghana's independence was launched was moving; learning more about the Ashante people and the work of DuBois fascinating. The history -was brought to life by the passion, knowledge and commitment of the tour guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Whilst accommodation costs are very high be prepared for pretty indifferent service in the hotels -sadly, some of the worst I have experienced despite travelling extensively in many parts of the world. The tour will fascinate and enrich people with ancestral links with Ghana and the West Coast of Africa and who have an interest in understanding more about the past and its impact not only on the African continent but on black people across the diaspora. Be prepared for some pretty emotional moments. Don't however expect the guides at the tourist sights to know too much about the African American/ Caribbean experience or to have much in depth knowledge - more than made up for however by the tour guide. Beaches tend to be pretty dirty and not really suitable for swimming and the hotels don't have much going on - especially in the evenings (despite the high prices!). Hence 'out and about' people would enjoy the trip more than those who want a 'sun and sand' experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It had some limited benefit to local people although the tendency to use the same crafts people for stop overs did at times make me feel like a walking wallet with an evident expectation that something would be purchased for as much as could be extracted (bead making and Akente cloth places apply). Government stores also seemed to provide limited benefit to local people - I preferred shopping at craft/ markets.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The tour itself was excellent - well organised with a safe and steady driver and an excellent guide strongly committed to Ghana and assisting in an understanding of its past and present. I packed a lot in and had some truly memorable, not to be missed moments. The final few days that I scheduled for post journeying relaxation took the edge off things a little - hotels where middle aged European men openly solicit young African women (and vice versa) is unacceptable - and it is difficult to see the place 'taking off' as a general holiday destination (tours apart) when hotel prices are so high, staff wages so low and the general attitude to 'guests' bordering on the completely indifferent.

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