Tamicka’s 50th Birthday - A Celebration of the Golden Hours | $3,500 Kempinski 5* based on double occupancy28th, Jul 2023 - 4th, Aug 2023
Akwaaba chale (friend/family) welcome to GHANA! We’re excited to share Ghana with you through the eyes of Tamicka’s 50th Birthday - A celebration of the Golden Hours!
From the rich history and culture, to the delicious food, to the captivating and welcoming people, Ghana has quickly become one of Africa’s must see destinations.
In Ghana you can expect lush forests, diverse animal life, miles of sandy beaches along a picturesque coast, and monuments and castles filled with history. It is time for your ultimate eight (8) day experience to explore what this land has to offer and most importantly celebrate our girl Tamicka as she turns 50!
In this eight-day trip, you can expect to be immersed in the culture, experience some of Tamicka’s favorite Ghanaian spots, party at her favorite clubs, celebrate her by partying until the sunrises on her 50th Birthday and and leave with memories you will never forget. Prepare to leave Ghana with a few Twi words under your belt. Y3 ma wo Akwaaba! (We welcome you!)
Join us for Tamicka's Meraki Moment - Commissioning a Borehole for a Village on Thursday, August 3
Tamicka prides herself in Making a Difference by Living a Life that Outlives her. So she's added what she calls a "Meraki Moment" to all of her travels - in the spirit of having a servants heart.
Meraki is a word that she fell in love with when she was in 8th grade and then again during her travels through Greece in 2016. Meraki is a Greek word that means to leave something of yourself - your soul, creativity or love - in your work. To do something with passion, intention, purpose and leveraging you're full agency. This truly encompasses how Tamicka Lives her Life.
Tamicka says, as the late great Muhammad Ali said - "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth!" This is why she's excited about the commissioning of a Borehole (water well) for a local community to her Birthday Celebration.
Why you might ask? In some rural communities in Ghana, each day villagers have to obtain their water to cook, clean and bathe from a nearby, muddy, disease-infested ditch. The United Nations estimates that roughly 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, hygiene and contaminated water.
The Borehole will provide villagers with endless supply of and to access safe drinking water, help to eliminate diseases caused by waterborne parasites such as diarrhea, malaria, cholera and high infant mortality rates in those communities. Fun fact - Tamicka completed her Master's Dissertation on ways to reduce infant mortality in underserved communities in Chicago. Thus, Tamicka's passion for equitable outcomes for all shouldn't be a surprise to any of you.
We invite you to contribute to this day of community service via the payment link. Your contributions can be made in increments of $50 up to $500. (Your contribution is completely optional - but greatly appreciated) Donate Here
Day 1 : Friday, July 28th
Welcome Family & Friends, you will be picked up at the Kotoka international airport in accordance with your arrival time. Upon arrival at Kempinski or Lancaster Hotel, you will checkin and also enjoy a champagne reception before settling into your rooms.
Meals: Breakfast Included Daily (all other meals - room service orders will be available at your expense)
At 10:30pm we will all head out to FrontBack, one of my favorite clubs in Accra for a night out to commemorate your landing in Accra. Transportation, Bottle Service and Small Bites included
This event is Optional as we know that some might be tired from international travel - but for those that are ready to party - Let's hit the streets of Ghana
What to wear: Party Fits
Photographer/Videographer will be onsite
Day 2 : Saturday, July 29th
Buffet Breakfast at Kempinski/Lancaster
A day of leisure to explore Ghana - refresh, relax, lounge by the pool, go to the spa, shopping or go on an excursion
Optional Accra City Tour Experience ($150 per person)
Welcome Reception: Sandbox Beach Club
Is time to kick start the celebrations for Tamicka’s big 50th celebration. We’re starting off at one of her favorite’s Sandbox, where we will enjoy the sunset, some local music, drinks and food whilst showing our love to the woman who brought all of us together.
What to wear: The theme for the evening is Linen Meets Silk (women think beautiful flowy sundresses / men think about cool linen, or mix it up)
Photographer/Videographer will be onsite
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner and Drinks
Day 3 : Sunday, July 30th
Buffet Breakfast at Kempinski/Lancaster Hotel then pack your bag because Tamicka is doing 50 BIG with an 24 Hour Birthday Celebration! We’ll head to our exclusive/private Beachfront Resort and Spa for the day/night to celebrate the Birthday Girl.
1:00PM-2:30PM: Drive to the Big Blue Resort
2:30PM-3:30PM: Welcome Dancing and Light Bites
We will be welcomed by local Ghanaian cultural drummers and dancers, wrapped in Ghanaian royalty Kente Material and showcasing the Adowa dance traditionally done as a sign of expression that allows performers to communicate their emotions and feelings through their hands and feet. We will also have light grills and drinks available to fill your stomach before the evening festivities.
3:30PM-9:00PM: Activities and relaxation
Spend the rest of the day enjoying activities like Jet Skiing, Horseback riding, beach volleyball, the spa whilst we get ready for the festivities for the night. Rest up for the party!!!!!
9:30PM-11:00PM: Birthday Dinner
Tonight we all come together to celebrate Tamicka by enjoying a family style meal with drinks, whilst sharing a laugh and stories under the beautiful Ghanaian sky. This is an opportunity to catch up with friends and raise a toast to the birthday girl.
11:00PM-12:00AM: Performances, speeches and fireworks
Throughout the night expect some exciting performances from our talent, be prepared to be in awe! Will follow this up with personal speeches and a firework display that will have you share a kiss under Ghana’s starry skies.
12:00AM-5:00AM: Dance Party and cake cutting
On this night we will have 5 different DJ sets ranging from Chicago House Music to West African Afrobeats, to 90’s R&B and Hip Hop, to Reggae, something for everyone to groove to because you know T Loves GOOD MUSIC! Will wrap it up by cutting a cake to celebrate the birthday queen!
What to wear:
During the day wear resort/beachwear, bring sun block, sun cap, sunglasses, etc.
The theme for the evening Birthday Celebration is Golden Luxe - Please come Dressed to Impress and Celebrate! Photographer/Videographer will be onsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Drinks
Day 4 : Monday, July 31st
12:00PM-1:30PM: Departure from resort
1:30PM–3:00PM: Brunch at Vine
Will enjoy brunch at Vine Restaurant in Accra with mimosas, waffles and all the good soul food to get you up and running after a night of partying! Photographer/Videographer will be onsite
What to wear: Your fly Brunch Wear (Ya’ll know how to brunch ;-:)
3:00PM-4:30PM: Drive to the Kempinski/Lancaster
A evening of leisure - refresh, relax, lounge by the pool, go to the spa, or sleep after 24 hours of partying hard celebrating the Birthday Girl!
For those who haven’t had enough -Join the Birthday girl for some chill time playing spades and having fun doing ALL the slides/linedancing (Tamicka may live in Cali but her Chi Town roots are deep - Y'all know T loves all the slides!).
Meals: Breakfast, Brunch and Drinks
Day 5 : Tuesday, August 1st - We are our Ancestors Wildest Dreams!
6:00AM-10:00AM Departure to Cape Coast
10:00AM-12:00PM to Assin Manso
Get to take a reverential walk to the river site where enslaved Africans had their last bath in African waters before leaving its shores across the Atlantic. In solidarity, dip your feet in the same river to get the experience felt by the ancestors. Visit the tombs of Madam Crystal and Samuel from Jamaica and USA respectively, whose mortal remains graced the shores of Ghana in 1998.
12:00PM-1:00PM: Drive to Elmina Castle
1:00PM- 3:00PM Elmina Castle
Let's head to the oldest surviving European building south of the Sahara,the Elmina Castle. As we explore the walls filled with history, we walk through the infamous “Door of no return”. This castle holds a heartbreaking account of our people, including not only their suffering and cries but also their tenacity and freedom.
Though you may not know the exact village you came from, township, clan or family, you can be assured that this is one of the last places that our ancestors touched before they were taken away.
3:30PM-5:00PM: Lunch & Naming Ceremony at Coconut Grove Beach Resort
We conclude the day with lunch at Coconut Grove Resort, a picturesque area near a sandy beach in the Historic Town of Elmina, and then take some time to relax and unwind.
5:00PM-10:00PM- Head to Kempinski/Lancaster
What to wear: The attire for today is All White as we honor our ancestors - Wear comfortable and respectful outfits, bring sun block, sun cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent, etc. Photographer/Videographer will be onsite
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and drinks
Day 6 : Wedneaday, August 2nd
- Aburi Waterfall Hike - $150 per person
- Quad Biking Experience - $200 per person
- Kente Weaving Experience - $200 per person
- Cooking Class and Batik Making Experience - $150 per person
- Nkyinkyim Museum visit- $150 per person
- Spa Day at Kempinski (pre-registration is required)
- Private Meet & Greet at with Christie Brown (a local Ghanaian luxury designer)
- Cigar Lounge visit
- Bourbon & Tequila tasting experience
Day 7 : Thursday, August 3rd
Buffet Breakfast at Kempinski/Lancaster
10:30AM-12:30PM Departure to Village
12:30PM-2:30PM: Meraki Moment - Borehole ribbon cutting ceremony, plaque presentation, celebration and interaction with the community.
2:30PM-5:00PM- Head to Kempinski/Lancaster
We spend our last night at Kozo for an unforgettable Asian dining experience with an African influence that stimulates all senses. The Kōzo dining experience is elegant, sophisticated and exquisite source ingredients from local farms, supporting the African Farmer while maintaining a commitment to bring only fresh ingredients to your tables.
What to wear:
Meraki Moment with the Village: Please wear the T-shirt included in your gift bag
The theme for the evening is Lounge vibes with a touch of African Royalty - Please come Dressed to Impress! Photographer/Videographer will be onsite
Meals: Breakfast, dinner and drinks
Day 8 : Friday, August 4th
Buffet Breakfast at Kempinski/Lancaster Hotel
Thank you for spending the week in Accra to celebrate Tamicka, we can’t wait to do it again! Tamicka wishes you safe travels and sends you home singing "Awa Awa Atu"
What's not Included
|DATE||AMOUNT TO BE PAID (KEMPINSKI 5* PACKAGE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) $3,500 per person||AMOUNT TO BE PAID (LANCASTER 4* PACKAGE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) $3,000 per person||AMOUNT TO BE PAID (KEMPINSKI 5* PACKAGE SINGLE OCCUPANCY) $4,700 per person||AMOUNT TO BE PAID (LANCASTER 4* PACKAGE SINGLE OCCUPANCY) $3,500 per person|
|15TH FEBRUARY 2023||$500 (non-refundable deposit)||$500 (non-refundable deposit)||$500 (non-refundable deposit)||$500 (non-refundable deposit)|
|15TH MARCH 2023||$600||$500||$840||$600|
|15TH APRIL 2023||$600||$500||$840||$600|
|15TH MAY 2023||$600||$500||$840||$600|
|15TH JUNE 2023||$600||$500||$840||$600|
|15TH JULY 2023||$600||$500||$840||$600|
|CANCELLATION TERMS||CANCELLATION CHARGES|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER APRIL 28TH 2023 (3 MONTHS BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE)||60% OF REFUNDABLE AMOUNT|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER MAY 28TH 2023 (2 MONTHS BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE)||40% OF REFUNDABLE AMOUNT|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER JUNE 28TH 2023 (1 MONTHS BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE)||20% OF REFUNDABLE AMOUNT|
|CANCELLATION ON OR AFTER JULY 13TH 2023 (15 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE)||NO REFUND|
Superior Room (Double Occupancy - 1 King or 2 Twin Beds)
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra is the only five-star luxury hotel in the city, offering the largest meeting facilities, with 2,500sqm of event and meeting space. Conveniently located in the downtown business district and in close proximity to Accra International Conference Centre and the National Theatre. Seven minutes away from the hotel is the Accra Art Centre, Ghana’s largest art market and tourist heaven.
The hotel has the largest room size in Accra, with interiors designed to reflect the warmth of the Ghanaian people. It features 269 luxury guest rooms and 24 elegantly designed suites as well as a variety of culinary offerings inspired by local and international flavours.
Designed to promote healing and relaxation, The Resense Spa, is the largest spa in the city, and provides a perfect mix of experiences to meet the needs of our guests.
Kempinski White Glove Services has been implemented to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all our guests and employees.
Superior Room (Double Occupancy - 1 King Bed or Twin beds)
Lancaster Accra is a 4-Star Superior First Class hotel with a lovely ambiance and delightfully landscaped in style over spacious grounds with lush vegetation.
The hotel has 238 rooms and offers diverse room types for both business and leisure travelers. We are easily accessible with only 5 minutes (2km) drive from the Kotoka International Airport and 10 minutes’ drive to the city centre. The hotel offers a free airport shuttle service for the convenience of guests
From our amazing Food & Beverage dining experiences to our Outside Catering services we have the special touch that makes any event truly memorable.
Location of TAMICKA’S 24 HOUR BIG 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks included
For Tamicka’s 24 Hour Big 50th Celebration we have exclusively secured a tranquil, private beachfront haven, located on Central Region’s Coast in a serene corner of Nyanyanor Village. Situated in the middle of a variety of lush greenery and coconut trees, the exclusive Big Blue Resort and Spa gently overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Inspired by modern architecture, the Resort is housed within a stone-walled courtyard featuring separate Villas. Each Villa offers spacious indoor and outdoor living areas for your optimum comfort. Our Villas channel all the feels of what luxury get-aways are made of.
In Villa dining at The Big Blue Resort is a fine dining experience within the confines and convenience of your very own Villa. Choose from an extensive menu featuring Western and Ghanaian favorites 24 hours daily.
In addition to the many activities and surprises curated for you during your 24 Hours here - there are many exciting activities available for you at the Big Blue Resort & Spa, includging indulging in moments of complete well-being and relaxation at the spa, horseback riding, Kayak on the lagoon, Quad bikes, Swimming pool, Football 5 aside, Table tennis, Beach(bodyboard), Aerobics and Board games.
Please note that all other meals, drinks and activities that are not part of the planned activities - will be available at your expense.
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, 2024) and that you have at least one blank page available for the entry stamp
Ghana Visa Proposed Timeline: The Consulates of Ghana issues single entry visas that are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. Please see below for a proposed timeline. Visa Application - Embassy of Ghana, Washington
Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Ghana.html for more information
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
Yellow Fever vaccinations are required to enter Ghana. Yellow Fever shots are valid for 10 years once administered. Plan to get the vaccine at least 10 days before your travel since proof of vaccination is not valid until 10 days after getting the vaccine, the time needed to develop immunity to yellow fever virus. You must receive your vaccination no later than July 17th. Please note: Because one of the effects of the vaccination can be lowered immunity, it is suggested you receive your Yellow Fever vaccination 3 months prior to travel.
There are also a number of recommended vaccinations listed on https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ghana. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider to consider what is best for you and your family and do your own research! We also love the idea of ensuring your immune system is at its peak and operating optimally while traveling. Take steps that feel right for you, under your healthcare provider’s guidance, to fortify and strengthen your system in ways you know works best for your body.
We also recommend you take Malaria medicines before arrival to Ghana. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist as to which tablets to take.
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 vary depending on your package choice. For single occupancy selection you will be alone in your room at your hotel of choice. For double occupancy selection you will be paired with someone else and dependent on your request this could be a twin bed or double bed (which means you and your room buddy will share the same bed).
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.
Here are a list of recommended items to pack on your trip to Ghana:
- You attire/What to wear per the itinerary:
- Day 1: Friday, July 28th: Party Fits
- Day 2: Saturday, July 29th: The theme for the evening is Linen Meets Silk (women think beautiful flowy sundresses / men think about cool linen, or mix it up)
- Day 3: Sunday, July 30th:
- During the day wear resort/beachwear, bring sun block, sun cap, sunglasses, etc.
- The theme for the evening Birthday Celebration is Golden Luxe - Please come Dressed to Impress and Celebrate!
- Day 4: Monday, July 31st: Your fly Brunch Wear (Ya’ll know how to brunch ;-:)
- Day 5: Tuesday, August 1st: The attire for today is All White as we honor our ancestors - Wear comfortable and respectful outfits, bring sun block, sun cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent, etc.
- Day 7: Thursday, August 3rd:
- Meraki Moment with the Village: Please wear the T-shirt included in your gift bag
- The theme for the evening is Lounge vibes with a touch of African Royalty - Please come Dressed 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, July 28, your international flight should depart the US on July 27, 2023 and arrive in Accra on July 28, 2023. Your departure flight can be anytime on Friday, August 4th 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
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