Ghana - 4 weeks
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jun 13, 2013 12:07 PM Last Post By: risingshoots
May 25, 2013 2:21 PM
Ghana - 4 weeksHi All,
We are planning on travelling in Ghana this July & August for 4 weeks and have just bought the Petit Futé...which only offers itineraries for 1 week or 2 week trips.
Is 4 weeks too much for Ghana? While we love the sea we will not be spending time relaxing on the beach.
Look forward to your replies and any tips you may have for this trip, especially about accommodation. Accra seems pricey.
May 25, 2013 2:39 PM
1Petit Fute has to be one of the worst guide books around!
A month in Ghana will be fine, you will get to see a lot.
What is your budget for hotels?? Accra is pricey but there is a lot of choice. You might want to get in touch with www.ghana-nima-tours.yolasite.com who will know of some cheap choices in town. The cheapest (in a dormitory) is the Salvation Army Hostel & luckily located in Osu, central Accra - about 4€ a night.
What do you want to see? T'es Francaise? You should spend a few days on a great beach where you can swim run by French at www.ezilebay.com with incredible food!
May 26, 2013 1:03 AM
Thanks for replying. You're dead right about Peti Futé! Unfortunately its the only guide available in French. I was going to order in the Bradt but have seen so many mixed reviews and the prices are really not up to date. Any suggestions?
We aren't looking for dorms or hostels. We try and not spend more than $40 per night. But the budget can stretch a bit more. The Futé is really not giving me any idea about Accra and where to base ourselves.
Yes, I'm Australo-French:-) and would love to have your suggestions on this trip. My husband would like to include Togo but I kinda like doing a country thoroughly. We may never get a chance to come back!*
May 26, 2013 1:52 AM
3Ghana, especially Accra, has become really pricey over the last 5 or 6 years; still, your best bet for hotels under $40 a night is in the Adabraka area. It is a neighborhood in a good central area near Nkrumah Circle. I'd recommend you try the Hotel President--can't say what current prices are but it was $20 a night about 5 years ago (I now stay with friends in Accra instead of hotels).
I've been all over Ghana; your best 'off the beaten track route would be up the east side of the Volta River/Lake Volta passing through Ho, Hohoe, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbilla, and Yendi. Very few tourists pass Hohoe (and there's a fair amount to see around Ho and Hohoe). From there you can go to Tamale and either Mole game park or up to the North East Region which has some interesting culture. Then down to Kumasi and Takoradi/Cape Coast, both of which have enough to see.
May 26, 2013 3:08 AM
4The Bradt guide is good, it's currently being updated but you get some great ideas here: http://bradtghanaupdate.wordpress.com
Osda House seems to be getting some great feedback, it's just over your budget at US$50 - I've not been personally but think it might be worth a look! http://www.osdahouse.com
I'm like Taharqa, prefer to stay away from main tourist areas; the one I would take a night or two at would be Mole Park which is lovely particularly if you do get to see some wildlife there (we saw a fair amount). Kpong is worth a visit if you're interested in an interesting project teaching girls to fly & build aircraft who then go forward to serve their NGO by carrying out 'drops' into villages around the lake. The Fulani who are a nomadic tribespeople are all around here. There's bead making in the volta region too and before going over the Togo border you should visit the Keta Lagoon area. I would go & visit Nima to see how the other half of Accra live!
Let us know what might 'hit the spot' for you! Don't add extra weight to your luggage with Petit Fute!!!
May 26, 2013 3:38 AM
5Good two week trip on the Bradt Updates that might give you ideas:
http://bradtghanaupdate.wordpress.com/category/kpong & stayed at Josta Lodge (as well as the awful Pink Hostel!)
May 27, 2013 4:52 AM
6Thanks Kira and Taharqa :-)
Bradt 6th edition will be released in December. Bummer having to buy the 5th edition.
Nima is very high on my list, as is a stay at Ezile bay. Kpong sounds interesting,too.
I thought of spending a few days in Accra - getting a feel for the city but also the country. Then doing a big loop and finishing off by the sea at Eziles or similar.
I'm very keen on textiles and wondered if you had any suggestions of where to visit to learn more about them and ofcourse to buy.
May 27, 2013 5:05 AM
7Ask in Nima about textiles, there are immigrants that do a lot there & GNTours also takes people to a weaving village, you'll have to ask where it is.
Ezile is lovely & relaxing, one of the few places you can swim safely (saw the comment about the rocks but there are only two spots where there's about 4 rocks & plenty of space between them - check at low tide). Kpong you'll either be interested by their activities or not .... horses for courses but I would call or e-mail in advance as I know they do get very busy
Accra is 'interesting' it's like many big cities, there's a lot of wealth there so it's not all that cheap! This is what makes Nima so different as they're IN the city not on the outskirts like in so many centres.
May 28, 2013 12:53 PM
8Volta region has its own type of kente cloth (Ewe Kente), of which you can certainly find some in Accra as well.
If you do spend a few days in Accra, you might want to head to my favorite part of Accra, James Town, which is the oldest part of Accra; it's an enormous fishing village inhabited by the original inhabitants of Accra, the Ga people. There are a couple of old forts and a lighthouse you can climb. But boy do they like to party, particularly on Saturday, when they block some of the streets to hold funerals (really just an excuse to drink and dance). I've been to more funerals than I can count without even knowing the deceased (though it does help that my friends in Accra are Ga). James Town is also near Makola Market which is spread all over the center city and worth a look-see.
The beach in Accra isn't great but there is one beach restaurant I can recommend, called Tawala. It is near La Hospital on the way to Labadi Beach. Excellent chargrilled chicken.
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May 29, 2013 10:31 AM
11I'm going to take a wild guess and say that people can die on any day of the week there, but funerals are usually held Saturdays because many people are off Saturday, and they can sleep off the hangover on Sunday until it's time to go to church.
Food: I really do not care for Ghanaian cuisine. I generally avoid it. Try the kenkey. Beurk!!
Jun 13, 2013 12:07 PM
We are two friends who have been traveling in Ghana for about a month and have had a fantastic time here.
We would recommend Kumasi, a big bustling city but much nicer than Accra and very close by a place called Lake Bosumtwi, a natural lake which is utterly beautiful! Lots of accommodation options in both.
We also traveled in Togo and have to say the scenery there is second to none!
If you are interested we have a website which has more description... www.risingshoots.com
Ghana is great, you will love it!
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