This will be my second visit to Ghana. But this is the first time I’m visiting Accra. My last trip I stayed in Takradi and visited Cape Town.
The UNWTO 1st Regional Congress for African Women in Africa was what brought my Tourism colleagues and I to Ghana. You can read more about it here.
ACCOMMODATION: BAYS LODGE AND APARTMENTS
For our three days stay in Accra, we stayed in a lovely lodge situated in Nungua with the back located right opposite the Junction Mall in Accra. It is about 20 minutes drive from the Kotoka International Airport.
Bays Lodge Accra is an 8 bedroom luxury lodge. Their room are quite spacious which comes complimentary breakfast, complimentary toiletries, free Wi-Fi and free view. They have an outdoor pool shaped in an arrow.
Their staff are very friendly and courteous. If you need help with anything from getting an uber or advise on where to visit you can be sure to get answers from the reception.
Check below a video of the Bay Lodge and Apartments done by Afri360TV. I got featured *shines teeth*
AKWAABA CAPE COAST!
After the congress, we decided to explore Cape Town and our tour was handled by Beyond Afrik.
From our hotel, we headed to a bus park in Accra, and boarded a fully air-conditioned bus to Cape Town. It took us about 2 hours to get there. We arrived at the bus park in Cape Town and hired a local cab for our all-day trip.
KAKUMA CANOPY WALK
First stop was the Kakum Canopy Walk. Found inside Kakum National Park, the bridges are seven (7) in numbers and it takes about 20 minutes to walk through. However, note that if you are afraid of heights, after passing the first bridge, you can decide to take the bridge that leads back to the main bridge entrance.
My first Kakum Canopy Walk experience was in 2011. The experience is worth exploring and I can guarantee it is safe as long as you take precautions not to rock the bridge too much!
It took us about an hour to get to Elmina Castle from Kakum National Park.
This UNESCO World Heritage is known as the oldest European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. This castle was primarily used as a trading post for gold and other African goods. However it was later used for keeping and trading slaves.
As our tour guide took us round and shared the castle’s history, I couldn’t help but feel the presence of those that once stayed there – especially the slaves.
The castle is situated on the bay of the Atlantic Ocean. So don’t forget to set time – either early in the morning or evening (say 5pm/6pm) to watch the fishermen come back from work in the ocean. You can view them from the top of the castle or go to the beach shore to watch them.
The next day, since our flight back to Lagos, Nigeria was in the evening, we decided to explore a bit of Accra.
Because we had few hours before we headed to Kotoka International Airport, we checked out the The Independence Square and The Independence Arch.
THE INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
The Independence Square is also known as the Black Star Square and is bordered by the Accra Sports Stadium and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. It was built in 1961 by Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, to honor the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Ghana’s annual independence celebrations as well as other national events are usually held here.
THE INDEPENDENCE ARCH
The Independence Arch represents Ghana’s independence struggle. It is just a few minutes walk from the Black Star Square. It also includes other monuments like the Independence Arch, Black Star Gate and the Liberation Day Monument. This is a good place to learn about the history of Ghana’s Independence.
You can visit more than one tourist sites from the Independence Square such as the Independence Arch, the Liberation Monument, the Black Star Monument (Black Star Gate), Asomdwee Park and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.
Here are some details about pricing of the tours, time and tips:
- Ghana’s money is called ‘Cedi’. $1 is equivalent to 5.72 cedis (as at December 2019).
- Street food is everywhere in Accra. You can even get a meal as early as 2am! Make sure to try Ghanaian delicacies, they are simply delicious.
- Entrance to the Independence Square and the Independence Arch is free. You can even get a free tour inside the Independence Square with a local tour guide showing you around.
- Elmina Castle is open for visits daily between 9am to 4:30pm. Entrance fee is $7 for a foreign adult and $4 for students and $2 for children.
- Kakum National Park is open for visit daily from 12am to 11:59pm. Entrance fee is $7 for foreigners. The fee includes the canopy walk.
- Read my blog feature on the BookHangout Tribe as I share information about more places to visit in Ghana and their different delicacies you should try.
Photo credits: Kalejaiye Olawale (Cape Coast Tour) and Samson Smith (Accra Tour) and Toke Fatoki (My Ever-Able Personal Photographer *wink*)
NOTE: Our accommodation was sponsored by Bays Lodge and Apartments. All opinions are based on my own personal experiences.