Sikirat (Ghana 2024)27th, Dec 2024 - 2nd, Jan 2025
Embark on an extraordinary journey in Ghana, a land of rich history, vibrant culture, and unforgettable experiences. From the energetic Welcome Dinner to the captivating and concise historical storytelling experience of Accra, each day will be filled with adventure and excitement.
Explore Ghana's first Cocoa farm, learning about the country's lucrative industry and indulging in delicious flavors. Enter Cape Coast Castle, where history echoes. Connect with the strength and honor of the legacy of our ancestors as you step through the doors that once held captive souls. It's a powerful journey of remembrance and reverence. Later, take a free day to unwind and discover Accra at your own pace, before bidding farewell with a breathtaking view at the Farewell Dinner.
Throughout this journey, immerse yourself in Ghana's vibrant nightlife, where you'll dance, laugh, and create lifelong memories. Ghana is more than just a destination; it's a place that offers a wealth of knowledge on African history and an experience that will be talked about for years to come.
Y3 ma wo Akwaaba! (We welcome you!)
Let's kick start our first night with a lot of energy! We will start off with our Sorted Chale special welcome dinner followed by a lit night in one of Accra's most lit bars. Only the strongest survive, are you ready? let's go.
Meals: Welcome Dinner
Starting with a tour of some of the most instagrammable locations in Accra (Kwame Nkrumah & Black Star Gate), followed by some drumming lessons at the Accra Art center and great vibes at one of Ghana’s biggest annual festivals, Afrochella VIP!
Imagine a massive open-air event with thousands of people from all over the world coming together to enjoy amazing live music performances from talented African artists, dance to Afrobeat rhythms, indulge in mouth-watering local cuisine, and soak up the energetic atmosphere of a truly unique celebration.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
We're heading to the first ever cocoa farm in Ghana and the birthplace of Ghana’s burgeoning cocoa industry.An opportunity to learn about one of Ghana's most lucrative industries and enjoy lunch in the middle of nature.
You'll get an up-close look at the process of cultivating cocoa beans, learn about the farm's founder Tetteh Quarshie, and sample some of the best chocolate in the world. Get ready to be amazed by the delicious flavors, rich aromas, and stunning natural beauty of this unique location!
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Prepare yourselves for a powerful and emotional experience as we visit the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana. This historic site was once a hub of the transatlantic slave trade, and a visit here will give us an opportunity to learn about this dark chapter in history and pay our respects to those who suffered.
Walk through the same doors as our ancestors, feel their spirits, and honor their strength. This is a sacred pilgrimage that will connect you to your history and leave you with a deep appreciation for your heritage.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
It is a free day! Unwind and head out to explore Accra as you prefer. The day is a blank canvas and it is up to you to lay out what you want to do. Afterwards, let’s end our night with a countdown and reserved tables at one of Accra’s top clubs ( to be selected closer to the date) where we close the curtains on the old year and open that of the new with a bang.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
We've had a blast together, and will wrap the night with a beautiful farewell dinner at one of our favorite locations in Accra with a view of the stunning city. This is see you later, not goodbye.
We hate to see you go, but we know this isn't goodbye, it's see you later chale!
What's not Included
|30TH JULY 2023||Non refundable deposit||$420|
|30TH AUGUST 2023||First Installment||$500|
|30TH OCTOBER 2023||Second Installment||$500|
|30TH DECEMBER 2023||Third Installment||$500|
|30TH FEBRUARY 2024||Fourth Installment||$500|
|30TH APRIL 2024||Fifth Installment||$500|
|30TH JUNE 2024||Final Installment||$500|
|CANCELLATION TERMS||CANCELLATION CHARGES|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER AUGUST 30TH 2023||80% OF REFUNDABLE AMOUNT|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 30TH 2023||60% OF REFUNDABLE AMOUNT|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 30TH 2024||40% OF REFUNDABLE AMOUNT|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER MAY 30TH 2024||20% OF REFUNDABLE AMOUNT|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER AUGUST 30TH 2024||NO REFUND|
MOVENPICK AMBASSADOR HOTEL 5 STARS. DOUBLE OCCUPANCY - The Movenpick Ambassador Hotel is a luxury hotel located in Accra that offers comfortable and spacious rooms, restaurants, bars, a fitness center and swimming pool. The hotel's restaurants and bars offer a variety of local and international cuisines while the fitness center and the swimming pool provides a relaxing and refreshing place to cool off. Overall, the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel is a luxurious and comfortable hotel in the heart of Accra, offering visitors a convenient location and a wide range of amenities for peace and relaxation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visa: All visitors entering Ghana must have valid entry visas. There are two types of visas: Single entry and Multiple entries: Single entry visas are valid for a period of three months and must be utilized within three months from the date of issue.
This type of visa can be used only one time. Multiple entry visas are valid for more than three months, and the duration is at the discretion of the Consular officer and should not/cannot be challenged. A multiple visa can be used multiple times within its duration or validity. Apply for your visa no later than May 26th at (www.ghanaembassydc.org/visa). Please be sure to review/complete each step in the visa process thoroughly.
Passport: Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from Ghana (for this trip, your passport should not expire before February 4, 2025) and that you have at least one blank page available for the entry stamp
Ghana is generally considered safe for travelers. However, as with any foreign country, it is important to be aware of pickpocketing and petty theft, especially in crowded tourist areas. It is also advisable to take precautions when using ATMs or carrying valuables, and to avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas at night.
Option: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) (https://step.state.gov/step/) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
The official Ghana currency is the Ghanaian cedi, with a symbol GH₵ and a code GHS. Expect to see banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 GH₵. Cash is definitely the best option for you, whenever possible.
You’ll be able to exchange dollars for Cedi at the hotel – usually better rates are offered for larger bills. Only newly issued USD are accepted. Yet, your best bet for a good rate may be cash withdrawal from ATMs. You can freely use a Visa and MasterCard in Ghana. American Express and Discover cards are rarely, if ever, accepted. Research the fees you may need to pay for using your credit card, as they can mount up. Use that opportunity to notify your bank of your travel plans, so they don’t cut you off for fear of fraud.
Bargaining and tipping are both expected. Outside of more formal establishments and supermarkets, you’ll often be offered goods for a price 30-50% higher than the seller actually expects to earn. So feel free to work on driving prices down, though within reason and good taste. Negotiation is the Ghanaian way! For services rendered well, such as excellent service at a restaurant or hotel, tips are encouraged.
All travelers aged 18 years and over are required to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the point of embarkation and upon arrival into Ghana. The Ghana Health Service defines a fully vaccinated person as someone who has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana. This is one dose of Johnson and Johnson, or two doses of AstraZeneca (Covishield), Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Sputnik V. You will need to present your vaccination certificate before boarding and on arrival. Expect this certificate to be checked multiple times before leaving the airport, including on leaving the plane, at the health counter, at immigration, and on leaving the airport. You may choose to carry a hard copy of your certificate with you if you are unsure you will have access to the electronic version during your journey. There is no pre-travel or on arrival testing requirement if you are fully vaccinated.
If you’re a non-resident and you are not fully vaccinated you will not be granted entry into Ghana. Ground staff at your departure airport will not allow you to travel. Please visit; https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Ghana.html for more information
A COVID19 vaccination certificate is required to enter Ghana, non-resident without a COVID19 vaccination are not allowed to enter. You must have been double vaccinated. Similarly you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination card to enter.
Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Trip insurance is therefore recommended. You can purchase travel insurance on your own.
Sleeping arrangements at Mahogany Hotel consists only of Single Occupancy
Ghana has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 20-30°C (68-86°F) throughout the year. The rainy season is from April to October, while the dry season is from November to March. It is recommended to pack lightweight, breathable clothing, as well as rain gear for the rainy season. Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and Mosquito repellant are also recommended.
In December, Ghana has an active party season, so bring your best clothes for the road! Yes, dress to impress.
Tourist Sites: Coming Soon - Details and Pricing to be provided by The Sorted Chale Team
- Kakum National Park
- Cape Coast Castle
- Labadi Beach
- JamesTown Lighthouse
- Kumasi Cultural Centre
- Aburi Botanical Gardens
- Wli Falls
- Independence Square
- Arts Center Market
- Shai Hills Resource Reserve
Bars and Clubs:
- Republic Bar & Grill
- Frontback Accra
- Alley Bar
- Mood Bar
- Bloom Bar
- Twist NightClub
- Kruna Lounge
- Club Onyx
- Area Bar
All flights to Accra, Ghana are via Kotoka International Airport (ACC). The total flight time from SFO is ~18h duration, 1+ stops / from ORD is ~14h duration.
As the Itinerary of events start on Friday, December 27, your international flight should depart the US on December 26, 2024 and arrive in Accra on December 27, 2024. Your departure flight can be anytime on Friday, January 2nd at your leisure. Please keep in mind that hotel Check-in time: 3 pm - Check-out time: 12 noon and we will do our best to work with hotels to request early/late checkouts as needed.
Please note that the Time zone in Ghana is (GMT): 8 hours ahead of PST, 6 hours ahead of CST.
If available Roommate Matching will be offered. If you want to be matched, please select “Yes I want to be matched with a room buddy” on the reservation form. Also, please note roommate matching does not take place until after 75% of the cost of the package is paid.
Yes, you can extend your stay either before the trip or after the trip, please indicate on our registration form your check-in and check-out date and we will provide you with further details on payments and bookings. Please note that group round trip airport transport will be provided on Friday, July 28th and Friday, August 4th. If the duration of your stay is outside of these dates, you should plan for your airport transfer accordingly. Transportation is available through each hotel.
Yes, you can upgrade your accommodation at the Kempinski an additional cost, the room assigned to this package is the Superior Room. To upgrade you will have to pay as listed below per night:
- Deluxe Room Double occupancy $400
- Executive Room Double occupancy $485
- Junior Suite Double occupancy $700
- Executive Suite Double occupancy $990
- Executive Corner Suite Double occupancy $1,150
Bringing along $300 dollars, cash on hand, is a good place to start. Before you leave for Ghana, notify your bank of your travel plans, so they don’t cut you off for fear of fraud. Research the fees you may need to pay for using your credit card to make payments, as they can mount up.
Yes! Sorted Chale has a scholarship fund which we give out to children who have the passion to further their education but due to financial constraints, they are faced with the possibility of dropping out.
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