The Country: Ghana.
So Why Go? Variety and Value. Picture postcard ocean beaches shaded by thriving rainforest that eases into the Wildlife rich Sahel, Ghana is many holidays in one. A good meal from £3, drinks included. Below is a list of my Top Ten places to visit when in Ghana:
Ten places to visit in Ghana
1) Labadi Beach, Accra. A bustling but mega relaxing shoreside. Wednesday night is a great live Reggae night. Just don’t swim out above chest deep – you’d have an easier time against a young Mike Tyson…..
2) La Palm Royal Hotel, Accra. For a cooler swim in luxury, La Palm Royal resort with it’s swim up bar and 5 star luxury is just off Labadi beach.
3) Afia African Village, Accra. The home of some amazing Ghanaian food with some of the most sought after African art in the world in the on site shop. Apparently Tom Cruise buys there but please don’t let that put you off.
4) King of Kings Bar, Kumasi. Not a tourist choice, a workers bar in Adum on Gyase Street. Take time to pause here and watch the world go by from the balcony immersing yourself in a bustling yet safe African city. If you need aircon – go to nearby Vic Baboos on Nsuase Road.
5) Lake Botsumtwi, Ashanti Region. Ancient Caldera fringed by tropical hill forest. The descent by road will take your breath away. Bilharzia free and safe for swimming. Look out for the local Palm Wine sellers in a shack on the rode from Kuntanse.
6) Mount Amedzofe. The highest point in Ghana with superb views of the Lake Volta. Hike through the forest to the cooling waterfalls then try the local beer ‘Pito’ by the calabash back in the village. Unrivalled banter with locals comes free.
7) The Gidipass bar, Tamale. After dusk retreat to the roof and star gaze and let the heat of the day escape. Best time to go is during Feb – March when you can experience the Dagomba Fire Festival.
8) The Ranch at Mole National Park, North West of Tamale. Sundowners overlooking the waterhole with views of Elephant and Giant Nile Crocodiles whilst Eagles soar overhead. Watch the sun bleed down into the Sahel horizon. Perfect.
9) Busua Beach, East of Takoradi. Where the rainforest meets the sea. Curved expanse of beautiful white sand. A backpacker haven and good for swimming, kayaking and body boarding. … or just doing nothing. Beware of Frank’s special Gin on offer for 5 pence a tot.
10) Ankaasa Rainforest Reserve. Nestled near the Cote D’Ivoire border is 600 square miles of primary rainforest. Hike from the camp down into the heart of the rainforest’s Bamboo Cathederal. If you’re lucky you may encounter some rather wild yet friendly Forest Antelope (Duiker) who approach to touching distance. A memorable encounter with an animal from deep within the forest world. As the sun goes down relax back at the camp in the glade. Fancy a trip?
Top 3 tips for peace of mind:
1) Get Insured. www.protectyourbubble.com – cover available for an 8 day trip from £13.18 per adult.
2) Take your anti-malarials.
3) Don’t take travellers cheques – it’s too tough to change them.