A November 2002 trip
to Accra by OBRONI
Quote: I've been going to Ghana now for the 4 years and still love the place. I try to travel to various different places while there and like the bush hotels as well as the city, although I always book in somewhere a bit posh two days before coming home.
Care must be taken in the city of Accra but that goes for any city. I have never had a problem. In fact the locals will go out of there way to be friendly and helpful
Also strange as it might sound, males without the company of a female will attract girls. Most are prostitutes so be warned. Normally a word with the bar owner and they will stay away... well, one table away while they ask for beers and jots (fags).
Also at night clubs NEVER leave your drink unattended.. NEVER accept a bottle of ANYTHING unless it is opened infront of you!!! Be warned.
Cost was about £15 per night..only problem was on first floor and no lift..power cut in afternoon, no light, no air con then..well you are in Africa..not a bad restaurant, meal about £2:00 and open from 0600am til midnight..small bar, local beers and spirts only but at 35 pence a pint for beer, I am not moaning. Staff will call you a taxi and set the fare for you if you ask them so no haggling with the driver.
Small tips often go a long way in Ghana and staff remember customers that tip. 2000 cedis is more than enough..start with a thousand here and there or even a few coins, 500 or 200. Remember the average wage for a bar work is £8:00 per month...12 hrs shifts 7 days a week.
The Hotel is situtated near the heart of Accra so you are close to everything: good night life, restaurants, local beer bars. Do not be afraid to use local beer bars as they will welcome you and treat you very well and you might even make new friends, I did.
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King David Hotel
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Various Accra Ghana
It's a nice place, well maintained, with drinks about 70 pence a pint. It does sell breezers, etc. The music is good and the place has good atmosphere. Worth a visit.
No trainers allowed. If you do wear trainers, see the doorman; they will lend you a pair of shoes, as they did me and I got my Reeboks back as well. I tipped 5000 cedis (35 pence) and he always remembers me now.
If you can get a Ghanaian to take you, do -- I know several that can. Otherwise, you will wander around and either miss things or just get lost.
Here you'll find thousands of street stalls with vendors selling everything and anything. One thing I would recommend is the fireworks -- they are cheap and great. I cannot get fireworks like that in the UK.
You need to be careful here -- there are deep drains at the side of the roads.
Never pay asking prices -- another reason for either learning the language or taking a local. The minute they see Obroni ("white man"), the price will triple at least. Show interest, ask the price, then appear disinterested and go to walk away. There is the same thing around the corner and that stallholder will not want to lose a sale, so you will see the price come down.
This is the place to buy your African gifts. DO NOT BUY AT THE AFRICAN CULTURE CENTRE -- they will be 10 times the price there.
You can also get your African cloth here at a better value -- 12 yards for a man, 6 yards for women. You'll have to take it to a seamstress, but, again, I know someone that can help you.
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