Accra Journals

West Africa

A March 2004 trip to Accra by AbbyB

Quote: Guide to my 2-week university spring break trip to four West African countries - Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.

West Africa

Overview

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Anything involving ecotourism was great - Boabeng Monkey Sanctuary, Kakum Rainforest, Pendjari Game Park, Cheif Crorodile Pond. The wildlife was awesome!

Quick Tips:

Bring pens and candy to give to the village kids you might encounter. They use the pens for school and love candy! The interaction with kids is very memorable.

Best Way To Get Around:

We traveled by SUVs through the tour company Avis and it was great. I learned more from our drivers than I did from anything else. They were indisposable!

Pendjari Biosphere Reserve

Attraction | "Pendjari Game Park"

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The hotel at the Game Park is quite nice. Although you will encounter your occasional lizard or spider, the grounds are kept up nicely and there are air conditioners in most of the rooms. The park is beautiful. A river runs right through it and that is where you will find a lot of the wildlife. We saw elephants, lions, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, warthogs, roan antelope and other deer-like animals, kob, various bird species and a lot of monkeys (green, red, baboons)! Seeing these animals in the wild is an amazing experience!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2004

Pendjari Biosphere Reserve
Adjoins Arli National Park
Accra, Ghana
(229) 83 00 65

Slave Castles

Attraction

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A very old slave castle that was a central location used for the slave trade. A guided tour through the building takes you through the slave areas, governor's quarters, balcony, sanctuary, and all the other parts of the museum. This is a United Nations historical site so it is kept up pretty well. Beware of the kids that will wait outside of the castle. They will try and get you to buy things. They will ask you for your name and then give you a shell with your name on it and expect money for it. Although it is a small amount of money that they will ask for 5000 cedis or about 75 cents USD. Other than that, it was an amazing experience. There are fishing boats all around the area and its right on the c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2004

Slave Castles
El Mina
Accra, Ghana

About the Writer

AbbyB

AbbyB
Huron, South Dakota