December in Ghana | New Year's Eve & Afrochella

Accra, Ghana

Buoyant Travel
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4 reviews
Dec 27, 2021 - Jan 3, 2022
Group size: 1 - 11
December in Ghana | New Year's Eve & Afrochella
Accra, Ghana

Buoyant Travel
  • Facebook verified
4 reviews

Dec 27, 2021 - Jan 3, 2022
Group size: 1 - 11

About this trip

After a year like 2020, we’re ready to explore with our people again. If you’re looking to connect with your ancestral roots in West Africa, meet like-minded Black travelers, and authentically experience Ghanian culture, come through! 

Join us on our annual NYE trip to Accra, Ghana, December 27, 2021 - January 3, 2022. 

It’s been over 400 years since our ancestors were stolen from the shores of West Africa and brought to the Americas against their will. Now, we’re traveling back to the motherland to connect with our roots and turn up--it’s our birthright. 

Why Buoyant?

We've been curating trips to Ghana since 2019 and are well connected in Accra and beyond. From the best place to grab brunch (rooftop mimosas, anyone?) to hidden waterfalls, we're locked in with the locals. 

When we're not hosting group trips, we curate personal travel experiences for Black travelers and host meet-ups worldwide. 

Check out our past trips here:

Afrochella 2021

While we fully anticipate Afrochella 2021 (and other local events or tours) to take place on December 27, 2021, we are awaiting full details per Ghana's COVID-19 restrictions and regulations. 

In the event that Afrochella 2021 (or other local events or tours) are canceled due to COVID-19, Buoyant reserves the right to replace the itinerary activities with applicable activities. 

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions  (Please Read In Full):

*Accommodations are based on single occupancy due to COVID-19. Rooms will feature one full bed. However, travelers who book together can request a shared room. Shared room choices cannot be changed after booking. 

*Flights are not included. However, we can help you find the best flight options. Please plan to arrive in Accra by 4 PM on December 27, 201. 

* Due to the nature of Buoyant trips, acts of nature, or other unforeseen interruptions, please note the itinerary schedule may change without notice. 

* Travel Insurance is NOT included but is highly recommended. You agree that Buoyant is not responsible for any injuries, lost or stolen property, canceled or missed flights, or death by booking this trip. 

* If you choose to opt-out of any scheduled itinerary activities, Buoyant will not provide refunds or trip credits. 

* In the case of an emergency which requires trip cancellation, this will be handled on a case-by-case basis. $250 deposits are nonrefundable. 

* You must be willing to provide us with a copy of the following by the requested deadline (TBA): yellow fever card, valid passport, valid Ghana visa, and emergency contact information. 

* The trip activities, tours, and accommodations advertised by Buoyant are pre-planned. Occasionally, it may be necessary for us to make changes, and we reserve the right to do so at any time. We will notify travelers of any changes. 

* Ghana is not a western country. They have a stable infrastructure and booming tourism industry but things will not operate as they would in a country like the US or UK. Please be flexible and open-minded in the case of delays or changes. 

We will cross-check everything to ensure the smoothest trip possible. However, there are potential hiccups (holiday traffic, slow customer service, tardy events, etc.). If you lack patience, this trip will not be enjoyable for you, and we would love for you to join us for a different experience. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation By Buoyant: 

Any traveler who books our December 2021 Ghana experience will be notified about cancellations no later than October 31, 2021. While we are almost sure that COVID-19 will not interfere with our December trip, we will continue monitoring and following all CDC recommendations. 

If Buoyant cancels this trip, all registered attendees will receive a full refund of any trip payments made until Buoyant's point of trip cancellation. However, the $250 deposit remains non-refundable as it is an administrative fee for our small team. 

Cancellation By Guest:

Buoyant will not honor any trip cancellation requests made after September 30, 2021, for non-COVID-19 related reasons. 

Buoyant will honor trip cancellations due to COVID-19* up until December 13, 2021. Trip cancellation requests must be received in writing to by December 13, 2021, at 6 PM ET.

If a traveler tests positive for COVID-19, Buoyant will not issue a full refund. Partial refunds may be given on a case-by-case basis. If a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 and can no longer attend the trip, Buoyant needs to be notified in writing by December 24, 2021, at 6 PM ET. 

If a traveler can no longer make it due to an emergency (death, serious injury, etc.), we would review on a case-by-case basis. We approach every situation with empathy because things happen!

We highly recommend purchasing personal travel insurance and self-isolating as much as possible within 14 days before arriving in Ghana.

*COVID-19 Cancellation Reasons include:

  1. A Level 4, ‘Do Not Travel Global Advisory’ for the destination country (Ghana) is issued by the U.S. Department of State.
  2. An extended quarantine requirement is issued by the government of the destination country (Ghana).
  3. If the government of traveler’s residence or the destination country restricts all travel. 
  4. The restriction of international flights prohibits travelers from traveling to the destination country (Ghana). 

What’s included

  • RT Airport Transfers
    Buoyant will pick up you up and drop you off at Koata International Airpot in Accra, Ghana.
  • Group Transportation
    Buoyant will provide transportation to all group activities listed on our itinerary.
  • Afrochella VIP ticket
    The trip price includes (1) VIP ticket to Afrochella Music Festival for each traveler.
  • Accra City Tour
    We will visit Cape Coast, Elmina Castle and Kakum National Park.
  • Cape Coast Tour
    We will visit Cape Cost and Elmina Castle and Kakum National Park
  • Makola Market Visit
    We will visit Makola Market. Travelers are responsible for all personal shopping costs.
  • Eastern Region Trip
    We will visit Hillburi Resort, Aburi Botanical Gardens and a secret waterfall.
  • Boutique Hotel Stay
    7 Nights Stay in Boutique-style Accommodations such as La Villa Boutique Hotel or equivalent.
  • Welcome Dinner
    Buoyant will provide a welcome group dinner to all guests that includes a buffet-style menu and (1) soft drink or beer.
  • Selected Meals
    7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner are included in the trip price. All other meal costs must be paid for by the traveler.
  • Snacks and Water
    Some of our day trips include long bus rides. Buoyant will keep our van stocked with light snacks and water, when possible.
  • Professional Photography
    Our photographer will photograph our group activities. You will receive a link to all of the group photos within 2 weeks of our departure from Ghana. Individual photoshoots can be added-on at booking.
  • Buoyant Travel Guide
    All Buoyant travelers will receive a Accra Travel Guide with their welcome email upon booking. It includes information about the best restaurants, nightlife and experiences to have in Accra, Ghana.
  • Ghana Playlist
    We will curate and share a Ghana-inspired playlist ahead of our trip to get you ready!
  • WhatsApp Group Message
    At least two weeks prior to our December 2021 trip we will invite all Buoyant travelers to a private WhatsApp Group message as a way to connect before and during our trip.
  • Pre-Trip Support
    Every Buoyant traveler receives weekly email support from our team to help answer any questions you have about the trip to Ghana. Additionally, a virtual Q&A session with our founder is rquired.
  • Flights
    Travelers are responsible for the cost of booking roundtrip flights to/from Ghana.
  • Visa & Vaccination fees
    All travelers must receive a travel visa from Ghana (if applicable to your home country) and a yellow fever vaccination. Buoyant will not cover any visa or vaccination fees.
  • COVID-19 Testing Fees
    All travelers must test negative for COVID-19 (PCR Test) 72 hours before entering Ghana and prior to returning to the US. Buoyant will not cover any COVID-19 testing fees.
  • Meals Not Listed
    Only the meals listed on our itinerary are included in the trip costs.
  • Travel Insurance
    Travel Insurance is not included or mandatory but is highly recommended. Buoyant is not responsible for any stolen, lost, or damaged property, injuries, or loss of life.
  • Opt-in activities
    Sometimes our itineraries feature additional acitivies which are not included in the trip price. If a traveler opts in to these activities they are responsible for all associated costs.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Alcoholic beverages are not included unless purchased and served by Buoyant. At our welcome dinner, one beer is included. All wine and cocktails must be paid for by the traveler.
  • Private Photoshoot
    Private photography sessions are available for booking at an additional cost.
  • Personal Transport
    Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to all non-itinerary activities including nightlife. Uber and Bolt are available in Accra.
  • Incidental Room Charges
    Travelers are responsible for any damages to hotel rooms, hotel property or transportation property.
  • Service Tips
    Travelers are welcome to tip our hospitality partners at their own expense.

Available options

Private Photoshoot ($50 deposit) 4 left


Day 1 - Akwaaba!
Arrival & Welcome Dinner

We will pick you up from Kotoka International Airport and whisk you away to our cozy boutique accommodations in the Osu neighborhood of Accra. 

A Buoyant gift will await you, and as you settle into your room, our team will be preparing for tonight's welcome dinner. 

At dinner, you will get your first taste of Ghana with authentic local dishes. This is the perfect time to connect with the other travelers who you'll be exploring alongside over the next week.  


Meals Included: Dinner

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Buoyant Travel
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Thank you Buoyant Travel for hosting this trip, I had a fantastic time! I don’t really have any suggestions outside of having snacks for long tour days. I think you did an amazing job, even when things went left I still felt like I was on vacation. You handled every incident that happened outside of your control with such professionalism. I appreciated the planned activities, accommodations (the scenery of the hotel was beautiful), transportation, and meals. I loved how there was both fun activities as well as educational activities. It was pretty awesome knowing arrangements were made for the day and all I had to do was get on the bus.
By Shardae F for SOLD OUT - We're Going Home. Ghana Year Of Return & Afrochella Trip on 21 Jan, 2020
Hi Shardae, Thanks so much for your review! We really enjoyed having you on this trip. Your positive energy was contagious. Thank you for the memories and we hope to see you somewhere in the world again soon! ✈️ Cheers, Team Buoyant
By Buoyant Travel on 13 Feb, 2020
I brought in the Year of Return with Buoyant and, I have to say, it was an amazing experience! Thanks so much for the many adventures and dope photo ops- I will be booking with Buoyant in the future!
By Kashiya N for SOLD OUT - We're Going Home. Ghana Year Of Return & Afrochella Trip on 20 Jan, 2020
Hi Kashiya, Thank you so much for your review! Your warm presence on this trip was so appreciated. Cheers to the memories and see you again, this year! Cheers, Team Buoyant
By Buoyant Travel on 13 Feb, 2020
This was my first time in Ghana and it was amazing!!! For my review of the trip I’ll start with the Pros and the best parts of the trip for me: 1. The place that Bri booked for us to stay was beautiful and very insta worthy. 2. The welcome dinner was amazing delicious food (all the food in Ghana is delicious did not have one bad meal) and was great getting to know everyone!!! 3. My favorite experience was the New Year’s Eve dinner we asked the ancestors to welcome us into the new year and danced the night away. 4. On New Year’s Day we Jet skied and drank mojitos all day on the beach followed by a sunset boat right. (Also our tour guide was fine af) My one and only Con: As to be expected in Africa people were late. (Ghana man time) Bri did do an awesome job of making sure that our trips still went as smoothly as possible with the time delays! In conclusion I had an amazing time on this trip will 100% be returning to Ghana and 100% be booking with buoyant travel again!
By Jasmine B for SOLD OUT - We're Going Home. Ghana Year Of Return & Afrochella Trip on 20 Jan, 2020
Hi Jasmine, Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad to know that you enjoyed the hotel, welcome dinner and the itinerary activities. We also really appreciate your feedback concerning some of the time delays we encountered while in Ghana. While we're glad that the good times made up for it, we are working tirelessly to minimize those on-the-ground issues for next time. Your patience and down-for-anything spirit made this trip so special. We hope to travel with you again soon! Cheers, Team Buoyant
By Buoyant Travel on 13 Feb, 2020
I have to be honest and this is my opinion. This was my least favorite vacation/tour group. A logistical nightmare and what makes it a tough pill for me to swallow is that after the third day of apologies, I just had to not expect much. I understand it was the inaugural trip and I seriously pray that things change for future groups. The accommodations change and the quality of transportation were a mess. It was just not for me.
By Nathaly P for SOLD OUT - We're Going Home. Ghana Year Of Return & Afrochella Trip on 20 Jan, 2020
Hi Nathaly, Thank you for your review. Your feedback on the trip is much appreciated and helpful for our future trips. We are taking all the feedback that we've been given from our clients into deep consideration for our 2020 experiences. As you know things work drastically differently in West Africa than they do in the western world. We will continue to apologize for the on-the-ground issues we experienced however they were unforeseeable and our team worked tirelessly to find solutions to every issue. Additionally, all of our clients were transported to/from the airport and each scheduled activity safely. With the decision to hire a private driver at the trips start, it seems that you might've missed out on these trip perks. We wish that you would've had the chance to join us on all of the scheduled itinerary experiences as we rolled with the punches and ended up having a great time. Happy 2020 Travels! Cheers, Briona @ Team Buoyant
By Buoyant Travel on 13 Feb, 2020


I brought in the Year of Return with Buoyant and, I have to say, it was an amazing experience! Thanks so much for the many adventures and dope photo ops- I will be booking with Buoyant in the future!
By Kashiya N on 20 Jan, 2020