Travelling to Accra Ghana? Things You Should Know About The City

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Planning A Trip To Ghana but don't know what to do?These tips and ideas will help you plan your trip to Accra Ghana

Travel To Ghana To Discover Accra

Accra, may not be as one of the hot spots like New York, London, Paris, and so on ,but it has a remarkable history and culture that none of the above mentioned destinations can compare .

Accra became the capital of The Gold Coat in 1877, after the capital city was moved from Cape Coast in the Central Region Of Ghana.

Presently, Accra is home to some 4 million people; many of whom have moved from the countryside and towns, to seek greener pastures. She also attracts visitors from all over the world, hence making it a very cosmopolitan hub.

When you first set foot in Ghana, the first place, you will see is the Kotoka International Airport and it is right here in the heart of the capital.

Like many cities across the globe, Accra has many places to sleep, shop, stay, eat out, and so on while you are on vacation to Ghana.

Below, I have tried to provide you with great accommodation options, eateries, and the like. I must say that I am not connected to any of the listed facilities. I am just a Ghanaian with the burning desire to help travelers who want to visit Ghana.

Hotels in Accra

Dotted across the cities are several ghana hotels, resorts,guest houses and chalets.
Some them include: The Golden Tulip Hotel, Hotel Novotel, Movenpick Hotel,
East Airport Hotel, Angie Hill Hotel, Mensvic Hotel, and African Regent Hotels
Cheaper alternatives includes The University Of Ghana Guest House on campus, and Telolive Apartments and Guest Houses at Adenta.

Places to eat

Although, many hotels serve continental and local dishes, there are lots of places in town to whet your appetite. Some restaurants which caters to the expatriate population include Frankies at Osu, Bonjour Inns all over the city.

Go to the newly opened Turkish Café Restaurant at East Legon, and you'll be treated to continental dishes which will leave you wanting more.
If you want something local to eat, then you can hang out at Red Lobster at Madina, a suburb of Accra.

Also in Madina, is the evergreen-Asanka Local-an eatery that serves local dishes.

Places to Shop

The Arts Center near the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is a base where traditional artifacts and clothing are sold. The local kente cloth is on sale there too. So are traditional jewellery and sculptures carved out of wood. Not far from the Art Center is the beach.

At the Makola Market(located in the heart of the city), vegetables like fresh tomatoes, ginger, onions, green and red pepper, cucumber, carrot, and many other fruits .If you want to get a traditional cloth for funeral or outdooring or to a festival, you can buy it at the Makola Market. Groceries are available at many gas stations. Maxi Marts shops, Accra Mall and The West Hill Mall are upscale shops in the city.
What’s more, many towns with Accra have their own market centers and prices of foodstuffs are cheap at such market centers.

Places to see

The Dubois center contains the remains of pan Africanist and one of Nkrumah’s(Ghana's first president) right hand man,Du Bois and his wife Shirley. The establishment is also Research Center for Pan African studies.

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum serves as a tourist attraction and the final resting place of Ghana’s first president when his body was exhumed from Nkroful, his hometown. It is near the Bank of Ghana

The Christianborg Castle (now the seat of Ghana’s president) is another historic monument. But you need clearance from the security detail at the castle before you are allowed to tour the place because it is often closed to the public.

Along the Accra-Teshie highway are coffin makers. Caskets shaped in the form of animals and automobile and other emblems can be seen there.

Where to be entertained

The National Theater is a place to watch movies and local drama. The Efua Sutherland Drama Studio at the Legon Campus on the University of Ghana is another place you can see actors and actresses live on stage.
Not far from the French Embassy is the Kanda Theatre on the premises of Tv3 studios. Both foreign and African movies are shown there.

Transportation and Communication

Traffic is very hectic in the mornings because most offices are located in the city center. The streets are quiet in the afternoon but gets noisy when people are returning home from work.
You can catch a bus from either The Tema Station or Kwame Nkrumah Circle to any part of the city. You can also charter a taxi to anywhere you want to go. Internet cafes are everywhere but the most popular is Busy Internet on the Ring-road.

When to come

Year round is okay. But if you want to see how Ga’s – the natives-celebrate their Homowo festival, then June-August is okay.

How’s the weather like?

The rain begins from April-September. October to February is very dry and hazy. But it can drizzle when you least expect it.
Come along with light cotton clothing because the weather is hot at most times of the year.
Accra becomes swampy when the rains set in and you are advised to be extra careful when you are in Accra between the downpour months from June - September.
As the rains, pour down, you should watch out for ditches covered with gushing rainwater so you don't fall into them.

Hope this helps you plan your trip to Ghana.

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