Ghana for 2 weeks
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 23, 2012 7:04 PM Last Post By: stumbleinnghana
Feb 22, 2012 9:17 AM
Ghana for 2 weeksMe and my girlfriend are heading to Ghana for a fortnight in the first two weeks of April. Can anyone recommend some highlights? We both live in Lagos so we're looking to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
1) What are the national parks like? Has anyone been on a good Safari in Ghana?
2) Can anyone reccommend any other sights/experiences?
3) Have we got time to venture up north or is that cutting it a little fine in only 2 weeks?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Feb 22, 2012 5:38 PM
1I haven't been to Ghana for years, so this might be out of date, but ... Walking 'safaris' in Mole NP are very good, but you don't see as many animals as you do in East Africa (but it's much better than the truck 'safari' I took at the NP where Wiki Warm Springs is). Kumasi is really interesting because of its museums and market, but it is a busy city so you might not enjoy it so much. Do head to the slave coast for the forts. You could also try Hoe and HoeHoe (if I remember the names correctly) which are lovely small towns with nice waterfalls and things to do.
Feb 23, 2012 3:19 AM
2I agree with the above, but if you really want to switch off you could consider one of the beach lodges west of Takoradi, it is a beautiful bit of coastline by any standards. But I think any visitor to Ghana would find a visit to Cape coast or Elmina Castle and any of the other forts along the coast rewarding.
Try and get a copy of the Bradt Guide to Ghana. I think that should help you plan the trip. It is the only good guide to the country, but prices have increased sharply since the last edition.
P.S. I too come from Salop!
Feb 25, 2012 10:30 AM
I would say a trip to Mole is definitely worth it. The walking safaris are always pretty good and they also offer jeep safaris at a reasonable price. Its a bit annoying to get to, mostly because the Metro Mass bus is regularly several hours late leaving Tamale. You need to plan to spend at least 3 days (1 going, 1 there, 1 coming back) if you want to use that option.
I also agree with the others that a trip along the coast would be a great option. The castles are a must see. If you're looking to spend a couple days on the beach, I highly recommend Green Turtle Lodge.
Going to the North is definitely doable in 2 weeks, depending on how much time you want to spend along the coast. Both Starbow and Fly540 offer reasonable rates for flights from Accra to Tamale, especially if you book several weeks in advance. You can reserve by phone and then pay when you arrive in Accra. It is pushing it to bus up there and back, but you could consider going by bus one way and flying the other. Stopping in Kumasi for a day breaks up the bus trip nicely.
Hope that helps!
Feb 26, 2012 4:51 PM
Mar 21, 2012 2:13 AM
Mar 23, 2012 7:04 PM
6Mole - although great, is a long way away. I've heard so many conflicting points of view over whether it's worth it on a short trip, but it all depends on what you want to see and how busy you want to be. If you want to see lots of varied things, then heading down the coast, visiting Kumasi and the Volta Region is going to make for a pretty busy trip as it is.
If you're really up for cramming lots in, and find quick ways of travelling (plane!!) then you could do it all in 2 weeks, I'd say at a push though!
Enjoy... and let us know what you end up doing.
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