Anyone can travel to Africa and see its beauty, its grace and its challenges. But to understand its history, its culture and the people that live there— that takes time, effort, and an open mind. Awal Alhassan, through his love of his country and his Dagbon tradition, shows us Westerners, the true spirit of Ghana. He makes possible in weeks, what others may only accomplish in months or years.
— Mark Stojak

Take an inside look into the lives and cultural vibrancy of the people of Ghana!  Welcomed into our home, you will dance, drum, eat, live, and celebrate with Ghanaians – experiencing the culture as part of a large family, not just as a tourist. 


Our home base, Tamale, remains largely an agricultural town.  Because it is very traditional, it provides an amazing opportunity to experience the laid back and friendly atmosphere of old Ghana alongside the conveniences of a modern city. 


When you join us, you have the option of choosing between an emphasis on dance, or an emphasis on drum.  Daily group lessons, coupled with privates and a residency with the local dance troupe will provide all with the opportunity to learn entire dances, rhythms, songs, and performances.  

Your teachers have extensive knowledge and experience in teaching their culture to students from all over the world.  


For our culminating performance at the end of our stay,  we  are invited to present to the Naa (king) of Dagbon!  A once in a lifetime opportunity for cross cultural communication and celebration, this is an experience you will never forget!!

 

Excursions

In addition to our travels around the cities and villages of Ghana, we will take side excursions where students have the opportunity to experience many other exciting aspects of the country.   These trips will include:

Mole National Park
Covering 1,900 square miles, and home to 90 different species of mammals alone, you will have the rare opportunity to take a foot safari and get up close and personal to wild elephants, baboons, and monitors! 

Kakum Rainforest
40 meters high, you will pass over 7 hanging bridges reaching a length of 330 meters.  You will have a chance to see plants and animals from a perspective you could never otherwise dream of.

Cape Coast Slave Castle
Walk through a chilling remnant of the slave trade.  Though it can be mentally and spiritually difficult, this is an important experience that you will never forget- and many find it to be one of the most significant parts of their travels to Ghana. 

Kintempo Waterfalls
An amazing enclave, equally secluded and accessible.  Just off the road to Tamale, and a perfect stop for a picnic or a swim. 

 

Accommodations

We will be hosted in the town of Tamale, in Northern Ghana, in secure and comfortable facilities.  For a truly Ghanaian immersion experience, you have the exciting opportunity of being hosted by one of our Ghanaian home-stay families. While traveling on excursions, we will stay in clean, comfortable hotels.  Lodging is double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated for supplemental cost. 

Every effort is made to make your experience as comfortable as possible, but do come with realistic expectations and be prepared for travel in a developing country.  Hotels and home-stays all have electricity, but Ghana is known to have occasional rolling blackouts.  Plumbing is not ubiquitous and the pipes are frequently turned off. 

 

Meals

On top of the wonderful tropical fruit that is always available, meals are often based on staples such as rice, cassava, plantains, yams, and corn.  These mixed with delicious sauces and yummy spices, provide meals you will pine for long after you return home!  We will eat a traditional home-cooked breakfast and dinner 'family style,' and for lunch and snacks you have the opportunity to sample some of the best street food you've ever had.  Vegetarians or others with special dietary requirements are more than welcome, and will be accommodated for at every meal.

 

Giving Back

For those who are moved to give back to the communities of Ghana, our volunteer organization, Sohopielli, can help to place you with a school, health facility, or other position in Tamale.  If you are able to extend your stay in Ghana, you can sign up for both programs back-to-back and do both in the same trip.  Volunteering is a way to make your trip to Africa an even more meaningful one.  You can leave knowing that not only are you learning about a beautiful cultural art form, but that you are making a difference in people's lives that can last the rest of their lives. 

 

Financial Information

The fee for traveling with Sohoyini includes almost everything you will need to have an incredible experience in Ghana. The complete expense of your trip will depend on several things including how early you reserve your plane ticket, and most importantly, your personal spending habits.
Included in the price of your trip with us is:

  • Domestic transport to/from airport and for all planned group activities
  • Lodging
  • Two meals per day
  • Daily dance and drum classes
  • Performances
  • Ceremonies
  • Excursions

Not included is:

  • Airfare
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Laundry
  • Drinks and water
  • Souvenirs
  • Independent Activities

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**We do not currently have firm dates for our next trip.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact us.**

What you will need to travel:

  • Passport valid for three months beyond intended stay
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination 
  • Tourist visa (we will supply application instructions upon registration)
  • Round trip plane ticket
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Travel vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis