You land to the scent of suya, your skin glistens in the rich West African sun and you cool off with locally sourced coconut water before heading off to Osu for a night of live music and syncopated Afrobeats. You're gonna want to capture everything from the airport to your comfortable abode and back out for the evening. AKWAABA! Welcome to Ghana!
Osu – Let your car drop you off at the corner of Ash. Tempong and Oxford, because if you want to get around it is best on foot. You will hear the bass draw you to the landmark Republic Bar and Grill. Try the country signature drink, Kokroko with an order of Yamrock. You won't be seated for long, because by the time you finish your drink, you'll be up dancing with the rest of the crowd.
If things die down and you're not ready to call it a night, head towards Nyemitei street. Firefly is open 'til 4.
Accra has dozens of options for an authentic Ghanaian meal and after a late night, food is in order. The African Regent Hotel (Airport), Starbites (East Legon) or Buka (Osu)
Described as a labyrinth of merchant stalls, the largest and busiest shopping mecca in Accra, Makola Market. This is the best place to practice your negotiation skills with the witty market women who have authentic kente, West African cloth and other souvenirs to sell.
The Greater Accra region is littered with shops, eateries, art galleries, lounges, historic sites, events and attractions. To make your trip worth while, explore what this city has to offer.
Historians note Ghana as the nexus for colonial exploits, tribal warfare and the Atlantic slave trade.
In the 1480s, with hopes to circumvent Arab traders and connect with the legendary Prester John, the Portuguese leveraged their nautical technology and embarked on their ambitious conquests. After 150 years, economic competition between the Portuguese and the Dutch, left the Gold Coast in transition and a Dutch colony. Finally the British, in their own economic colonial conquests, challenged the Dutch and took control of the European presence in the Gold Coast.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elmina Castle is the physical representation of hundreds of years of colonial exploits. Visits from world dignitaries, including 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, always highlight the Door of No Return. A physical door that slaves passed through onto ships engaged in the transatlantic slave trade.
This part of the sojourn requires the comfort of friends to buffer the deep emotional sentiments that may surface.
Elmina Castle was erected by the Portuguese in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina Castle, also known simply as Mina in present-day Elmina, Ghana. It was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea, and the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara.
Visit the meek township that has produced international boxing athletes, Bukom.
Play some 'pick-up' soccer and see if your skills can match these die-hard fans.
Kokrobite, Tills and Cape Three Points provide world-class surfing waves without the crowds. These serene white sand beaches are the best of what West Africa has to offer in this sport.
If you have time head west to the small fishing town of Akwidaa. It is also the location of the Green Sea Turtle nests.
Head east and visit Wli Waterfalls; the highest waterfall in Ghana and the tallest in West Africa. En route you will be able to enjoy wild life and see fruit bats, local birds and baboons at the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary
One could around for pennies in the infamous TroTro. Usually a 20-seater van with a sliding door these 'dollar cabs' take up to a dozen passengers at a time. To get to the untouched parts of Ghana, flag down a mate.