Our Package


Packages

Basic Plan (1 day)

  • Town tour
  • Host Family

Included

  • A day tour of Damongo town and all the neighbouring settlements
  • Lunch included
  • All forms of local transportation
  • Runs from 10am – 4pm
  • Take off is from our office

Price: $49

 

Basic Pro (1 day tour)

  • Historical stopover
  • Walking safari
  • Driving Safari
  • Canoe Safari

Included

  • A day tour of the Mole National park with all entry fees covered
  • Lunch included
  • All forms of local transportation
  • Runs from 8am – 6pm
  • Take off is from our office

Price: $99

 

Standard Plan (5 days)

  • Town tour
  • Community Service
  • Historical stopover
  • Walking safari
  • Driving Safari
  • Canoe Safari
  • Bamba dance
  • Host Family
  • Afrobeat Night
  • Food tour

Included

  • A 5-day tour with all entry fees fully covered
  • A single bed or a twin bed with fan/Air Conditioner at Damongo town
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All forms of local transportation

Price: $549

 

Standard Xtra (5 days)

  • Town tour
  • Community Service
  • Historical stopover
  • Walking safari
  • Driving Safari
  • Canoe Safari
  • Bamba dance
  • Host Family
  • Afrobeat Night
  • Food tour

Included

  • A 5-day tour with all entry fees fully covered
  • A single bed or a twin bed with fan/Air Conditioner at Damongo town
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All forms of local transportation
  • Airport transfer service (Return service from Tamale airport )

Price: $699

 

Premium Plan (5 days)

  • Town tour
  • Community Service
  • Historical stopover
  • Walking safari
  • Driving Safari
  • Canoe Safari
  • Bamba dance
  • Host Family
  • Afrobeat Night
  • Food tour

Included

  • A 5-day tour with all entry fees fully covered
  • A single bed or a twin bed with fan/Air Conditioner at Mole National park
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All forms of local transportation

Price: $849

 

Premium Plus (5 days)

  • Town tour
  • Community Service
  • Historical stopover
  • Walking safari
  • Driving Safari
  • Canoe Safari
  • Bamba dance
  • Host Family
  • Afrobeat Night
  • Food tour

Included

  • A 5-day tour with all entry fees fully covered
  • A single bed or a twin bed with fan/Air Conditioner at Mole National park
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All forms of local transportation
  • Airport transfer service (Return service from Tamale airport )

Price: $999

Tour Features
  1. Town tour

The motorbike is the primary mode of transportation in Damongo, and in most part of the Northern region. So, we would be having a full exploration of Damongo and the neighbouring settlements on our Motorbikes. You don’t have to worry about riding; there is a rider for each tourist.

These would give you an opportunity to have an overview of the entire town yourself. We would be dropping off at the key places. We would explore the settlements of Damongo and the neighbouring settlement of Fulani, Nabori and Yipala on our foot…Yes, you heard us right. Get ready, put on your shoes…not the dancing shoes, we mean the rugged one that would keep you going as we manoeuvre the steepy curves into the settlements to say hello to the Locals. If you fancy mountain climbing as well, we would be going to the mountain top to go get an aerial view of the town.

  1. Community Service

Community service is our little contribution to the Damongo community. It’s our donation…it’s an act of love. It’s our own way of saying we came, we saw and we got involved. It isn’t something really tedious because there isn’t so much we can do in a spate of 90 minutes. But we really do think it isn’t the size of work done, or the number of hours that would count invariably…Maybe, it is the act and the heart from where it flows. We would be rolling up our sleeves and would be doing something little for the people…let’s call this our own little legacy.

  1. Historical stopover

Larabanga (Pronounced Larry-banga) is a small village between Damongo and the Mole National park. Larabanga is known famously for the ancient mosque and the mystic stone.

History has recorded that the Larabanga mosque is the oldest and best preserved type of a mud and stick mosque in Ghana. The only downside of our visit there is that non-Muslims would not be allowed to go into the mosque, we would also stop briefly to see the Mystic stone, a view of this two historical monument isn’t completely bad for a stopover on our way to the National park.

  1. Walking Safari

The walking safari is an opportunity to get closer to wildlife. The walking Safari usually have an armed ranger assigned to each group, so relax…there is nothing to worry about. Guests may be able to approach elephants or other wildlife within a few meters, at the guide’s discretion.

The guides are also very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the park and they are always happy to share what they know with visitors. Walking Safaris are not usually strenuous, yet, it gives you an opportunity to cover a wider area of the park. If walking isn’t your cup of tea, you can simply relax at the motel's viewing platform which overlooks a watering hole. You will generally see herds of elephants grazing and bathing in the early morning or evening just before the sun sets. The motel has a swimming pool, and an arrangement has been made for all our tourists to be able to jump into the pool whenever they want.

  1. Driving Safari

The Driving Safari involves a drive through the Park. If you ride on (or in) a Jeep, you are likely to see more animals than you would if you were walking, and you would certainly cover a large distance in a shorter space of time. The roof top of the vehicles also mean tourists can get an optimal view of wildlife and even take some nice pictures.

Driving safaris cover terrain throughout certain portions of the Park, including open hardpans covered with grass, waterholes, forest, and manmade “hides” where visitors may observe wildlife from outside the vehicles.

  1. Canoe safari

The Mole River is an ideal river for canoeing! Dense forest borders the waterway along most of the trail with the only mark of civilization being an occasional pasture land. A house is rarely visible from the river. The river is one of the few that flow through the park and is a lifeline to the communities and the fauna alike.

The Mole River by canoe is an excellent river for first-timers or group trips because of its meandering and gentle flow. The canoe safari on the Mole River could potentially be one of the most exciting, relaxing, healthy, and enjoyable ways to spend the next 60 minutes or so with the folks of Mognori!

  1. Bamba dance

Bamba is a dance session that requires no music. Bamba uses the African drum to create a music effect. A Bamba session may also have someone playing the local flute…the whole idea of Bamba is to help you connect with the vibration of the drum in such a way that it almost feels like dancing is happening to you. Bamba moves from a very slow start, helping every participant to warm up…to an average speed until we get into the high level where we dance as if we are on steroids! This burst of energy in the early morning is the perfect way to start your day…come and let’s Bamba all the way!

  1. Host Family

Individuals make up families, and many families pulled together make up a community. So, we have discovered that connecting with families is also an integral part of the community experience. Hence, we would be spending some quality time with a family during our tour. We would be connecting with them…and sometimes, we never can tell…such connections may go beyond a one-time event. And you may be Australian, but eventually be able to say you have a family somewhere in Damongo, Ghana. Did we forget to mention that we would be having lunch with them too?

  1. Afrobeat Night

Yes yes yes…We are going to be getting very active tonight. Since all walk and no party may make Jack a dull boy…so we would chilling at a local bar in town and of course…we are fully kitted in our dancing shoes. And we would be dancing away into the night like we don’t care. No bullshit…its Afrobeat night!

  1. Food tour

Food is a key part of every culture. How do you tell your friends and family about your experience of Africa, Ghana or Damongo without talking about the food? Well, we want to help you experience the culture here by appealing to your taste buds. We would be roaming from different local restaurant to the other exploring and savouring the different local delicacies available here.

There is usually plenty of food to go round, and we would be having our food-on-the-go.

We would do our best to ensure that only carefully vetted and healthy food items are sampled, and that we all remain healthy while exploring the different cuisines here.

 

F. A. Q

Payment/Price/Refund

Q: Why can’t I pay with PayPal?

A: Ghana was blacklisted from PayPal many years ago…unfortunately, most businesses here rely on bank transfer instead.

Q: Is there a payment deadline?

A: Yes please. Full payment is expected at least 3 days and 14days before the tour date for the basic plans and the Standard plans respectively.

Q: What happens if I don’t complete my payment within the time frame?

A: Your booking may get cancelled, and you would be charged 37.5% administrative fee of the total amount payable for this cancellation…and the balance would be refunded accordingly.

Q: I always feel that low prices mean low quality?

A: That could be correct to an extent in most conventional business settings. But since we are running a social enterprise, we try to keep our overheads to a minimum level possible…and our profit to the barest minimum too, hence, we are able to deliver a quality experience for a modest price.

Q: Why is there no discount for children/minors?

A: We are sorry we just couldn’t get a special rate for children (Age 5 – 17) because the cost of providing all the components of the tour is exactly the same.

Q: Can I adjust tour date, transfer my booking or cancel outrightly?

A: Of course you can, you have the option of adjusting your tour date to a future date, transferring to a friend or cancelling outrightly. You would incur an admin charge of 25% of the total amount payable if request comes at least 3days before tour date – Basic plans, and 14 days before tour date for the Standard plans, or 37.5% of the total amount payable if request comes less than 3 days and 14 days for the Basic and Standard plans respectively. The balance would be processed and paid out to you as a refund.

 Q: Can I get a refund if I don’t show up?

A: Sure! Simply let us know you didn’t show up. Your booking would have been auto-cancelled. You would incur an admin charge of 50% of the total amount payable for not showing up and the refund would be processed and paid out to you.

Extra cost/Donations/Tips

Q: What are the extra costs involved?

A: We have no extra or hidden cost. The package cost covers everything that is stated and you are not required to make any other payment to anyone here…but you may want to keep some extra cash for your own personal use.

Q: Am I expected to make a donation to places I visit while on tour?

A: There is no donation expectation from you to any organization, if you visit any place and you feel like giving them anything. Make sure it’s something you are doing willingly, and that you are not under any sort of psychological pressure.

Q: Am I expected to make a donation to Ecotour Africa?

A: We do not place any request for donation…by coming on this tour, you have already donated to us…the profit we make is your donation to us and we do appreciate it, this helps to support the work that we are doing here.

Q: Am I expected to tip the brand ambassador?

A: There is nothing really wrong in giving a tip, but you are not expected to do it. However, we do frown at it if the ambassador begins to suggest it.

Q: What do I do if the brand ambassador is asking for a tip?

A: This act is not acceptable to us, and it’s not part of the Ecotour group culture. You can help us stop this by making a report to the host (Raj) during or after the trip.

Flights/Transfers

Q: Are flights included in the tour price?
A. No, you will need to make your own arrangements for international and local flights. We recommend Skyscanner for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines. You would need to keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights.

Q: Is airport transfer included in the tour price?

A. The basic, basic pro and standard pack requires that you will have to make your way down to and from Damongo. However, the Standard Xtra comes with the return airport transfer service.

Q: What type of car is used for the airport transfer?

A: It’s usually a salon car with air conditioning unit. However, if it’s a group of 4 people or more, we may use a space bus or a jeep.

Q: How do I find the Taxi man at the airport?

A: He would be there at the arrivals with a big placard with your name boldly written on it. Kindly keep us updated with all your flight schedules/delays to avoid any disruption or disappointment with the Taxi service.

Tours/Rooms

Q: Can I come with an infant?

A: We do not advise coming with kids who are less than 5 years old, but if you are in a situation where you cannot avoid that. We would be happy to welcome you and your little one. Please note that having an infant wouldn’t cost an extra penny for the tour.

Q: What type of room do I get?

Accommodation is provided in single or twin accommodation. The rooms are very airy for guest to relax and unwind and get a most-desired rest. There is 24-hour electricity and water supply. There is no Wi-Fi but we do provide a SIM card with some data to help you stay in touch. Each room is spacious, comfortable and neat. There is housekeeping service every day. Some of the rooms are fitted with fans while some others have air-conditioning units. The room is ensuite.

Q: Can I share the same room with my friend/partner?

A: Every guest is normally booked into their own room, however, if you let us know through the “special requirement box” when booking. We may be able to arrange a twin bed room for you and your friend/partner; kindly note that request would be granted subject to availability.

Q: What’s the recommended age for tourists?

A: Please note that the tour is recommended for people who are 5 years old and above. Minors (Age 5 – Age 17) are expected to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them.

Q: What if I am unable to get involved in all the activities?

A: No worries at all…Please let your group leader know if you are unable to step out at any point. This would enable us know where you are, and also how to cater for you.

Q: Do you have tour packages for other areas in Ghana or Africa?

A: Not yet. Our area of focus is the Northern region of Ghana…however, if you let us know about your travel plans within Ghana or Africa. We may be able to advice or even recommend one of our trusted platinum partners.

Q: How come you have no reviews/testimonials?

A: We just opened for business, and reviews/testimonials should start trickling in when people come on the tour.

Pre-arrivals/Arrivals

Q: What do I need before flying to Ghana?

A: For most people…you would need a travel visa, a flight ticket, travel insurance and some vaccinations. It is mandatory to have a yellow card – a card that shows that you have been vaccinated against the yellow fever before coming this way. We would suggest you check with your travel advisor or the Ghanaian embassy in your Country for more details.

Q: What type of clothes should I bring?

A: The weather is pretty warm all year round; you would be good wearing anything that makes you comfortable in summer. However, we do not advise you to wear light clothing to the park, as there may be tsetse flies during some of the walks or if we decide to go on a tree hide, and the tsetse flies are able to bite through clothing. A double layer of clothing, long trousers, socks, boots and insect repellent will all come in handy.

Q:  What if I need to get in touch with you from the airport?

A: If you are in the country or at the airport, and you need to communicate with us urgently. Your best bet would be to speak to a staff at the airport, they may help you buy a local SIM card, or give you their phones to use.

Q: Can I make purchases in Ghana with a foreign currency?

A: To avoid the complexities of haggling over exchange rate. We would suggest you exchange some cash to the local currency (Cedis) at the airport or at a nearby bank in town.

Q: Is Ghana a safe place?

A: We would say Ghana is pretty safe and peaceful. We would only suggest as a rule of thumb that you avoid going to unknown places unaccompanied, most especially when it’s getting dark (This also applies to any city anywhere in the world), and please do ask your hosts for guidelines. It could save you from a lot of stress!

Q: What if I feel unwell during the tour?

A: We do have several Chemist stores where you can easily get “over-the-counter-drugs”. In a case where your condition is severe or you simply prefer to consult with a Doctor, we would be here to help you get to the General hospital which is just about 7 minutes’ drive from us.

Q: What type of room do I get on the Standard package?

Accommodation is provided in single or twin accommodation and the guest house is located in Damongo town. The rooms are very airy for guest to relax and unwind and get a most-desired rest. There is 24-hour electricity and water supply. There is Flat screen TV with Cable channels, and a refrigerator. There is no Wi-Fi but we do provide a SIM card with some data to help you stay in touch. Each room is spacious, comfortable and neat. There is housekeeping service every day. The room is ensuite and fitted with fans and air-conditioning units.

Q: What type of room do I get on the Premium package?

Accommodation is provided in single or twin accommodation and the guest house is located right at the Mole National park. The rooms are very airy for guest to relax and unwind and get a most-desired rest. There is 24-hour electricity and water supply. There is Flat screen TV with Cable channels, and a refrigerator. There is Wi-Fi. Each room is spacious, comfortable and neat. There is housekeeping service every day. The room is ensuite and fitted with fans and air-conditioning units.

Special offer

First timer (FT): This offer extends a 3% discount to anyone who is coming on an Ecotour trip for the very first time. This is automatically selected and it applies by itself when you start booking.

Promotional code (PC): Promotional codes are special codes issued out periodically based on an ongoing promotion. It gives a 4% discount. If you got this offer, simply choose “PC” and type in your code to access this discount.

Family and friends (FF): A tour Partner may decide to refer a family or friend. And the family/friend gets a 5% discount. You would need to email us with the referrer’s information and we would issue you a code to use.

Groupie rebate (GR): A groupie rebate can be applied if the booking is done for at least 4 people, and is booked in one fold. This is automatically applied and it gives a 6% discount off.

Tour Partner (TP): Anyone who has been on a tour is a TP, and we offer a 10% discount on your next trip. Kindly email shortly before you book and a code would be issued to you to access your discount.

Eco-volunturism (eVo): If volunteering with Ecotour Africa for at least 6 months appeals to you. Do let us know by sending a mail to hello@ecotourafrica.org. The slots available is limited, however, preference would be given to a Tour partner and their family or friends.

Ecotourism-research (eCoRes): Are you an independent researcher or a student whose core area of interest is Ecotourism? Are you considering a short term stay for between 1 and 3 months to be able to carry out your research work in and around the Damongo community and the National park? You can drop us a mail at hello@ecotourafrica.org to indicate interest and we would get back to you.

Platinum Partnership (PP): Are you a budding travel agent who would like to earn extra income by referring clients to us or are you an established travels and tour business who would like to work with us by simply adding the Ecotour package to your line of business. If yes, do shoot a mail to hello@ecotourafrica.org and we would take it from there.