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Urban Intellectuals – The Gateway Experience Ghana – Aug 8-16, 2024

📍 Accra, Ghana



Deposit: $199

August 8-16, 2024

Group Size: 1 - 45

Urban Intellectuals – The Gateway Experience Ghana – August 8-16, 2024

📍 Accra, Ghana

August 8-16, 2024

Group Size: 1 - 45

About this trip

Get a taste of the real Africa!

Mystical beaches, lush forests and lively people wait for you in Ghana. Explore African diaspora like never before, and walk through the paths where thousands of the enslaved fought for survival. Visit cities with a heavy past, where ancient magic and modernity intermingle. Discover African diaspora history in this eight-day Ghana trip full of memorial sites, scrumptious food, welcoming locals and beautiful landscapes. The Gold Coast awaits!

In an effort to make your trip a streamlined process, Maximum Impact Travel offers extensive online trainings in preparation for your trip. Once you secure your deposit, you will be invited to participate in a series of online courses that will have you ready for your journey. You can view these courses at your convenience. 

What’s included

Ground Tranportation

Ground transportation to and from scheduled destinations (does include domestic airfare)

Hotel Accommodations

Double Occupancy OR Single Occupancy + Complementary Breakfast. Hotel upgrades available upon request. Additional fees will apply.

Hotel Amenities

WiFi, Spa, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Meeting Rooms, Air Conditioning, Wheelchair Accessible

Admission To Activities

Admission to all activities are covered


The United States Postal Service offers passport services. PassportHealthUsa.com is another recommended provider


You will need a valid Visa to enter. Please do not wait until the last minute to obtain your Visa. Some countries allow border-entry VISAS upon arrival. PassportHealthUsa.com is a VISA provider

Vaccinations & COVID-19

The Yellow Fever vaccine is required, Malaria pills are advised. For latest Covid-19 info, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended. Trip deposits and payments are non-refundable. Therefore, it is prudent to protect your investment. Insurance options https://www.travelguard.com/

Medical Travel Insurance

Medical travel insurance is highly recommended & different from travel insurance. Your domestic medical policy may not cover an international medical emergency. https://www.travelguard.com/

Lunch and Dinner

You will be responsible for your own lunch, dinner and snacks. You will be afforded the opportunity to purchase lunch and dinner daily.


Gratuities are not included but strongly encouraged

Available Packages


Day 1 – Arrival to Ghana

Arrival to Ghana

Welcome to Ghana! Your adventure starts today as you step foot in Kotoka international airport. No need to deal with taxis or car rentals, we’ll arrange for a private shuttle that will take you to the hotel in no time. Once settled, you’ll get to know the tour team and have the rest of the afternoon to decompress. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a scrumptious dinner at a local restaurant as we go over the tour briefing. Your Ghana escapade is about to begin.

Day 2 - Historic Accra

Touring Historic Accra

Your Ghana adventure begins with a visit to Accra, Ghana’s bustling capital. We’ll start the day by touring the city’s beating heart, going to the local markets bursting with new smells, tastes and colors. To get even closer to Ghanaian culture, we’ll have the chance to enjoy an authentic Ghanaian drumming lesson. Feel these ancestral rhythms and enjoy an in-depth look at what makes this people unique.

Our tour will take us to Nkrumah memorial museum, the Black Star National Square and the Independence Arch, all built by Ghana’s first democratic government. As we walk across these spaces, we’ll get to know part of the country’s convoluted political past. Take a break by eating at a local restaurant full of mouthwatering dishes: it’s the best way to relax and enjoy the city!

Day 3 - Kumasi

Exploring Historic Kumasi

Today we’ll head to Kumasi, the long-lost capital of the powerful Ashanti kingdom. The second largest city in the country still drips with Ashanti traditions.

To get here, we’ll hop on a quick domestic flight from Accra. Once in Kumasi, we’ll explore the traditions that still linger below the surface. The day starts with a visit to the traditional Adinkra village. Here, you’ll enjoy an authentic Kente weaving and stamp printing experience, followed by a tour at a local cocoa farm where we’ll get to know how these beans became the best-quality cocoa in the world.

You’ll have the chance to attend your own Asante naming ceremony where the elders will give you a soul and a spirit name.

The day finishes with a return flight to Accra.

Day 4 Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Discover the country’s most beautiful plants, luscious flowers and unique ecosystems. Accra’s Botanical Gardens are found just outside the city. Bustling with life, it’s a great place to take pictures, relax and grab a bite at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Day 5 - Cape Coast

Slave River, Coconut Grove

Bursting with history and pride, Cape Coast is one of Ghana’s most significant spots. Discover the city as we revisit some of the country’s most painful memories. Get knee-deep into Ghana’s slavery past by stepping on the path of thousands of the enslaved captives. Our journey begins in Donkor Nsuo, or slave river, were prisoners had the chance to bathe before a 3-week naked trek through the dense forest. Then, we’ll go back to the city and visit the Slave Dungeon, in the bowels of the dungeon. Listen to first-hand accounts of the country’s grueling slavery route and go up to the Door of Return, also known as ‘door of no return’, the last frontier between the dungeons and the huge slave ships waiting on the port. Afterwards, we’ll return to Coconut Grove where you’ll have the time to dine, ride local horses, and relax.

Day 6 -Kakum Canopy Park

Kakum Canopy Park & Cape Coast Slave Dungeon

After breakfast you will visit Cape Coast Slave Dungeon. After the heavy emotions of Cape Coast Dungeon, it’s time to unwind and enjoy Ghana’s lush landscapes. Today we’ll visit Kakum national park, where ancient trees, curious monkeys and beautiful birds await. After a short hike, we’ll get to the canopy trail, a series of 7 narrow swinging canopy bridges. Get face-to-face with Ghana’s most exotic fauna as you go through their natural habitat, more than 40 feet above the ground. For the faint of heart, no worries: there’s an outdoor lounge just for you!

Day 7 - Oxford Street

Shopping at the Makola Markets

Oxford Street a bustling, lively place where you’ll find unique souvenirs and get to know the rhythm of the city. Smell the traditional Ghanaian ingredients, touch authentic Kente cloth and revel in the feeling of being a local while you do some last-minute shopping.


Day 8 Shai Hills Reserve

Shai Hills Reserve

Shai Hills Resource Reserve is a resource reserve located in Doryumu in the Shai Osudoku District all in the Greater Accra Region. It was established in 1962 with area of 47 square kilometres which was later extended to 51 square kilometres in 1973

Day 8 -Last Day

Tour Ends

We have come to the end of an amazing experience! Today, you will have a chance to do some last minute shopping before heading to the airport for departure.

Our Trip Host and Partner

Maximum  Impact Tours

Maximum Impact Tours has been created to encourage international and domestic travel experiences. Maximum Impact Tours was founded by entrepreneur, playwright, author and philanthropist, Jay Cameron. Realizing that most of his life had been consumed working domestically, a trip to Ghana changed his perspective. His experience transformed the way he saw traveling. As a result, he set out to encourage others to see the world through their own eyes and not only through the eyes of television and social media. You are invited to join Jay and his team on their adventures around the globe.


This inaugural trip to Ghana was a sacred experience. From the moment we landed in Accra, we were cared for extremely well. Jay and his team curated experiences that exposed us to the beauty, brilliance, sophistication, complexity, and simplicity of the people, land, history, and present way of life. It was an experience that allowed for fun, learning, rest, and adventure for everyone- from the elders to the kids. This was my first trip to Africa and it won’t be my last. I plan to travel with Maximum Impact Travel and Urban Intellectuals in the future. Hopefully, every person of the African Diaspora would answer Africa’s call to come home! It’s highly probable that you won’t regret it.

By Linda R  on 16 Nov, 2022

This trip celebrated milestone birthdays for my Mom (90) and Grandson (21). It was everything I’d hoped for. I concur with the reviews of my fellow travelers regarding the itinerary, therefore, I will devote my entire review to the 1st class customer service by Jay and his crew in Ghana. My physical health changed over the summer and I now use a rollator walker and wheelchair. My luggage made it on to the shuttle, however, my mobility aids were left on my driveway! On Sunday, when I realized we’d need more than the canes, Jay and Morris had already sourced wheelchairs for pick up on Monday morning. Throughout the trip, Jay’s crew, both staff and contractors, assisted my Mom and me; this enabled my Grandson to experience and enjoy the full breadth of the itinerary. Jay also made adjustments to the itinerary based on requests; as a result, we attended the opening night of Wakanda Forever; revisited the arts center; and got a boutique to open its doors on a Sunday morning just for us. We ended up having an extra day in Ghana, courtesy of Delta Airlines. I asked Morris for the name of a bookstore, and to my surprise, he offered to accompany me. He spent all day Monday with us from noon until we passed through the security checkpoint. This was my first land tour. I am used to traveling independently; or jazz cruising. I will definitely travel with Urban Intellectuals and Maximum Impact again. Thank you! The Nelsons Ms. Betty, Alycee, and Lance.

By Alycee N   on 29 Nov, 2022

I had a wonderful time on the Ghana trip. Jay and company took great care of us. Everyday was a new adventure. This was a trip of a life time, I went alone but made MANY new friends. They took care of our every need and wants. It was a very safe environment and we were well received by Ghanaians. I highly recommend this trip to anyone with wants to get in touch with your history. I’m already booked with Jay and company for Egypt next year. They are the real deal. This trip was worth every penny I spent.

By Deborah J   on 15 Nov, 2022


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