Thrive Africa provides an excursion package at cost price that allows volunteers to see and do the most they can while in Ghana. We book all accommodation, transport & activities in advance meaning you’ll save time organising your excursions and money as we book as a group. Our staff join you so there’s always help available if needed.
You’ll be invited to purchase the excursion package once you’re a confirmed volunteer (It is not a compulsory purchase). A detailed breakdown of costs will be released in the volunteer area; which you’ll have access to once a confirmed volunteer.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE & DO
Mole National Park
Situated in the heart of a savannah woodland ecosystem, it is home to 93 mammalian species, 33 reptiles, 9 amphibians and an estimated 300 birds species. The mammals include some 600 elephants, 2,000 roam antelopes, 3,000 hartebeests, 4,000 waterbucks, 5,000 buffalo and some 6,000 warthogs. Uncounted lions, leopards, hyenas and various primates have also been spotted in Mole.
You’ll stay at Mole Motel overlooking the rainforest and a watering hole where many animals can be viewed. You’ll go on a walking & 4×4 safari as well as experience a canoe trip down one of the national park rivers.
Rainforest Canopy Walk
A 357km² national park comprising of undisturbed virgin rainforest. You’ll get to walk through the rainforest canopy via a series of rope bridges. The rainforest provides the opportunity to see much of Ghana’s indigenous plant life, as well as rare butterflies, birds and game.
It is located 31km southeast of Kumasi. A picturesque meteorite Crater Lake surrounded by dozens of virgin fishing and farming villages. The Lake Basin is ideal for walking, swimming and relaxation. You’ll stay in beach huts that are minutes walking distance to the many lake beaches.
Beach lovers will enjoy palm tree fringed beaches, warmed by the Ghanaian sunshine, white sand and surf.
You’ll be staying in beach huts next to the beach and can explore the historic castle of cape coast while visiting the craft centres.
Regarded to be amongst one of the most impressive in Ghana, the Kintampo Waterfalls mark the southern passage of the Ovoko River, a tributary of the Black Volta further north. Here you will have the opportunity to bathe in the refreshing waters and slide down the naturally smooth rock face into the waterfall.
Paga Crocodile Pond
Paga is noted for its sacred pond, which is a sanctuary for crocodiles. The crocodiles are said to be totems for the people of Kassena, who reside in Paga and the surrounding communities. It is believed that each native of Paga has a corresponding crocodile representing each person’s soul. Local tradition has it that there have been actual instances when deaths of important personalities in the community coincided with that of some crocodiles. The reptiles are normally enticed out of the pond by the whistling of the caretaker and the brandishing of a fowl, which the crocodiles quickly snatch with their snouts. If you are courageous, you can sit on, or hold the beast’s tail for a good camera pose.
These huge open markets spread miles across the centre of Kumasi, they offer everything you could ever want and thus are popular with thousands of local people.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the markets with our guides and get a real feel for the Ghanaian culture.
Museums & Culture
You’ll have the opportunity to partake in cultural dances, visit craft centres, a war museum, the Ashanti Kings Palace and many more markets and cultural points of interest.
You’ll receive a mobile sim card to help you keep in touch with friends and relatives, a local language lesson, Mosquito net (to be returned), hand sanitation wash and shared internet access for your group. You’ll receive these when you arrive in Ghana.