Ghana Journals

The Gold Coast and around

A July 2002 trip to Ghana by SunsetDelux

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Quote: The coast of Ghana offers up various delights. From the hub of its capital, Accra, with its various markets and abundance of lazy bars, or "spots", to its more secluded parts; quiet and tranquil, where time fades fast into obscurity....

The Gold Coast and around

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Cape Coast Photo, Ghana, Africa
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Accra will inevitably be the starting point for most. It's certainly worth spending a couple of days on Labadi beach, while sampling the capital's bars in the evening, which are often open through the night. Elsewhere, Beyin with a stilt village close by and Ankobra for its idyllic, palm lined beach are good places to start in the south-west. Other good beaches are Brenu and Busua. Body boards and jet-skis are available at the more commercial Busua. Moving further east, the centres of Cape Coast and Elmina have relatively well kept forts; a throwback to colonisation by various European powers. Inland, and in the south-east corner of Ghana, is the Volta region. The sleepy, and surprisingly cool villag...Read More

Hans Cottage Botel

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Hotel

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Relatively luxurious but hardly pricey, the “Hans Cottage” lies on the road heading north from Cape Coast, towards the Kakum National Park. Readily accessible from the regional centre of Cape Coast, getting to the Botel is easy. Either get a tro-tro destined for Kakum, stating your destination, from the Kotokuraba Tro-tro Park located centrally in Cape Coast; or hop on one going the same way (probably terminating at Twifo Praso) at the Cape Coast bypass/Kakum Road junction. Owned by a German (hence the “Hans”), this rather novel and somehow charming oddity has been built up around an artificial crocodile pool, with live crocodiles lurking within! Indeed, the restaurant itself, sits on stilts ove...Read More

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Hans Cottage Botel
P.O. Box 1240
Cape Coast, Ghana
+233 (042) 91456

Amadzofe, Volta Region

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Amadzofe Photo, Ghana, Africa
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From an entirely selfish point of view, Ghana is a gem for the traveller. It’s friendly, relatively safe, and underdeveloped to the extent that its natural wonder and beauty are left largely untouched, while having a surprisingly decent infrastructure, making it an ease to get about. Amadzofe, a small, sleepy village located in the heart of Ghana’s Volta region has certainly realised its own saleability to curious wandering folk. While of course ad hoc, and better for it, the village has established a small-scale tourist industry, from where Mount Gemi is easily accessible, as well as the not to be missed falls. Natural beauty abounds both in and around this settlement, containing no more than a few h...Read More

Beyin and the stilt village of Nzulezo

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Nzulezo Photo, Ghana, Africa
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Along the western coast of Ghana lies Beyin, situated on a dusty and bumpy track, and perhaps of little significance to the traveller in and of itself. Beyin is a laid-back, friendly launch pad for those wishing to make their way to the stilt-village of Nzulezo, an intriguing oddity considering the vast tracts of empty inhabitable land that surrounds this small, amphibian settlement. Getting to Beyin does involve some canny figuring out of where to change tro-tros between Takoradi and the village itself. Try and leave plenty of daylight hours to get there, as it’s probably worth arriving while it’s still light out, especially as Beyin isn’t blessed with fantastic street lighting, so arriving by ...Read More