- Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle –See two castles in Ghana, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites,that pre-date the slave trade and have been restored to explain their use and history during slave trade years. Elmina Castle is the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara, while the Cape Coast Castle was the last stop on the slave trade before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
- Kakum National Park, Ghana –Walk in the Kakum National Park rainforest and see butterflies, birds, primates and other endangered mammals. Traverse canopy walk (one of only three in Africa), a rope bridge that spans a portion of the tropical rainforest. This park, unlike most in Ghana, was established at the initiative of the local people.
- Dakar –Visit the small island Goree (UNESCO World Heritage site) and wander its narrow sandy streets accompanied by traditional music. From the 15th to the 19th century this island was held in succession by Portuguese, Dutch, English and French slave traders. As such, visitors will notice the contrast of the elegant slave trader homes alongside the grim slave quarters.
- Joal-Fadiouth –See man-made islands where shells serve as both decoration and a construction material. Joal and Fadiouth are linked by a bridge; the latter island is made up almost entirely of clam and cockle shells. Witness traditional fishing techniques, dictated by the rise and fall of the tide, in this artisanal fishing port, and possibly the largest of its kind in West Africa.
- Medina of Marrakech –Another UNESCO World Heritage site, visit the ancient Medina, a portion of the old city packed with vendors in their stalls, and the buzzing center of one of the Africa’s busiest cities. See the massive, dazzling array of colorful goods and spices that was founded in 1070 AD and served as a major political, economic and cultural center for centuries to come.
Learn the difficult yet important history of the African slave trade.
Experience a unique tea ceremony with members of a nomadic Sahraoui family.
Wildlife Watch List:
Birds of note: Yellow-billed Kite, Little Swift, Common Bulbul, African Pied Hornbill, Fork-tailed Drongo, Village and Yellow-mantled Weaver, Great White Egret, Long-tailed and White-breasted Cormorants, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Western Grey Plantain-eater Yellow-billed Stork, Reef Heron, Hooded Vulture, Common and Sandwich Terns, Greater Flamingo
Mammals: Chimpanzees, velvet monkeys Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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