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A budget trip to Ghana

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A January 2000 trip to Ghana by eezi

Quote: I recently spent two weeks travelling through Ghana on a budget holiday. These are some of my observations and recommendations.

A budget trip to Ghana

Overview

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One of the most fun bits of the trip was my three day ferry trip down Lake Volta; the most relaxing, time spent on the beaches of eastern Ghana; the most peculiar, the local cuisine.Quick Tips: Ghana is on the equator. It is VERY, VERY hot and humid, but also rather dusty thanks to the harmattan, the desert wind which blows in from the Sahara. Be prepared to sweat and shower a lot! Also remember to check up on what shots you need (polio, tetanus and yellow fever spring to mind), take anti-malarial prophylactics, and mosquito repellant. A mosquito net will probably also come in handy.Best Way To Get Around: Public transport works as well in Ghana as anywhere else in Africa; buses and...Read More

Picorna Hotel

Hotel | "The Picorna Hotel, Tamale"

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The most expensive hotel in Tamale, at $15 a night for a single this is value for money - especially after the long and dusty eight hour drive to get there. With air conditioning, in-suite showers (with hot water and complimentary soap), TV, two bars (one outside with sometime live music), and a lovely restaurant serving continental food (that means chicken, rice, fish, potatoes and, oddly enough, great chinese stir fry!) this is the place government officials and the wealthy choose when they venture north. It's advisable to look presentable on arrival - not that anyone would comment, but you'll feel more comfortable.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2000

Picorna Hotel
Kaladan Park, Tamale
Tamale, Ghana
233 (71) 22070

Cocoloko Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Cokoloco Beach Resort, Ada"

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Originally the Estuary Beach Camp, the resort moved and switched names after a large part of it was washed away in a flood. It's now positioned right next to a long stretch of beach just outside of town, and it's great. The rooms are made of palm, wih large double beds and good quality mosquito netting, and the price per night is very reasonable (as I remember, I paid about $8 a night for a single). There is a lovely restaurant on the premises which serves both 'continental' food (chicken, rice, fish, potatoes, fried yams) and local dishes (see my entry under 'local cuisine'). The staff are friendly, and there is a small gift shop on the premises. One on one drumming lessons were also on of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2000

Cocoloko Beach Resort
Oktrokpe Road, House No. Tm 169
Ada, Ghana
(0)24 416 0409

Sammo Guesthouse

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Hotel | "Sammo Guesthouse, Cape Coast"

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Every budget traveler coming through Cape Coast seems to stay here - I certainly didn't meet anyone in Ghana who'd stayed anywhere else. The guest house is clean and comfortable, with a quiet roof-top bar that has great views of the town.There's also a restaurant which does 'continental' food (chicken, fish, rice, chips, fried yams and potatoes) - place your orders early to allow the staff to get what you want from the market.I was also able to organize a guide for a day-tour of the town through the guest house, which I found quite a rewarding experience. We went to all three of the castles built in the town, and walked through a lot of the back-streets, which is alway...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2000

Sammo Guesthouse
Jukwa Road
Cape Coast, Ghana
042 33430

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Ghana is renowned for its kente cloth (brilliant, if expensive, woven cloth), but it also produces beautiful wood carvings, notably masks and fertility dolls, and brass figurines, replicas of original figures used to weigh gold, each with its own proverb. The major craft centres are in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. The National Arts Centre (see my entry under Accra) is an easy place to buy stuff that you forgot to get, or didn't have place for, while you were travelling elsewhere in Ghana, but shopping there isn't much fun. If you're in Kumasi, head for the national museum. There are some great shops there, and you'll also get re-directed to other stalls in and around the city. I f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2000

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This was one of the highlights of my trip. The Yapei Queen is a ferry which runs the length of Lake Volta twice a week, from Akosombo in the South to Yeji in the North, and back again. The ferry is a working ferry, carrying mostly yams (up to 40,000 at a time!!), but also cattle, trucks and people. Downstairs is third class, a large room of benches and tables, and only for the very brave or the local. Upstairs, though, are three first class cabins, which are delightfully comfortable and only cost about $20 for the trip - trust me you want to be in one of these; they are air-conditioned, clean and contain a basin with running water. The shower and toilet are shared with the crew, but are als...Read More

The local cuisine

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Unlike francophone West Africa, Ghanaians didn't adopt rice-based meals after colonialism, but stayed rather with their traditional staples: fufu, banku, kenkey and red-red. Normally I find experiencing the local dishes one of the most interesting aspects of any trip, but these staples I found a little hard to swallow. Fufu, banku and kenkey are all made from ground maize, yam or a combination of the two,which is then boiled and served with a 'saue' a thinnish soup of goat or fish stock. While all three appear similar to the starches of eastern and southern Africa, bland but filling, they have one major difference - they are completely wihtout texture; smooth, shiny and sticky! T...Read More