Solo travelling helps me rediscover myself. Typically, I am free to do whatever I want and whenever without inconveniencing anyone and vice versa. However, more recently I have began to enjoy travelling with others. It appears that travelling with a friend (or in a group of like-minded travellers) can make a trip even more memorable.
On this trip to Accra, I was fortunate to be around a colleague who was interested in touring the town. We had barely 24 hours in Accra and we made best use of our time. My good friend and colleague wanted a historical tour and thank goodness, Accra offers that and more. As someone who visits Ghana at least twice a year, I took the lead in showing us where to go in Accra.
Below are a few ideas to help you on your next trip to Accra. You can combine this with the article I wrote on "Accra Travel Guide" :
FLIGHT TO ACCRA
Book your flight on an airline of choice. On this particular trip I used Africa World Airline but you have others like Medview, Arik etc. that fly from Lagos to Ghana.
HOTEL IN ACCRA
Budget trip? Book a boutique hotel, like I did. I would recommend Urbano hotel or Roots Apartment (same owner). Cost about US$100 a night. Hotel review coming soon.
RESTAURANT IN ACCRA
Looking for where to have African dishes, then try out Buka. It's a classy restaurant in the heart of Accra. I have eaten here twice and disappointed twice. Will I visit the restaurant again? Maybe. Reasons being that maybe they are not destined to serve "swallow" and for now, that's the only near Nigerian dish joint I have discovered. A trial will convince you though.
WHERE TO VISIT IN ACCRA
Kwame Memorial Park. More than a monument, this is a historic park built by Rawlings. It is the exact site where Nkrumah declared Ghana an Independent State in 1957. His resting place is inside the marble structure, and "the water and flowers around it signify that his rule and personality" would remain evergreen in the minds of Ghanaians for many generations.
PLACES WORTH VISITING "OFF THE BEATEN PATH" IN ACCRA
Ussher Fort and Museum. Ussher Fort is evidence of indigenous slavery as well as trans-Atlantic slave trade in Accra. In all, Europeans built 27 forts on the coast of Ghana for ease of trading slaves. The Dutch captured two forts from the Portuguese, and themselves built nine others. The British built ten, all before 1660. Today, only a few are in good shape. Ussher Fort is currently being restored with funds from the European Commission and UNESCO. The purpose is to convert it to a museum and International Documentation Centre. It is not yet opened to the general public, but you can check it out.
It is worth combining your visit to Ussher Fort with James Town light house, which is a few minutes walk away.
The beach at the back of Ussher Fort. You can get a great view of the old Accra harbour
HISTORICAL MONUMENTS IN ACCRA
The black square (comprising of the Independence arch and the soccer stadium), built like a sport arena, is where people gather for the president speeches and other key events. The square is the second largest City Square in the world after the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. When it is not in use, people are allowed to inside and it is free.
BEACH IN ACCRA
Labidi beach. Finally, it was time to relax and no other place came to mind other than Labidi Beach Hotel which has a secured beached front. You don't need to be lodged in the hotel to gain access to the beach front but you need to buy something substantial. Also, you have an alternative of accessing the beach through the usual means and not from the hotel.
With the way hotels in Ghana are now very expensive, it is time to be inducted into the couchsurfing family. :). Travel with a pen to the rescue.
Have you ever visited any of these locations? Please share your travel stories with us.