Ghana is kind: some places I definitely approve
Ghana treated me extremely well and today I’d like to inflect the beauty of this kind country – my first time in sub-Saharan Africa – with a list of 10 places. Ten places where I’ve eaten, trekked, slept, swum and sworn – and done many other things I’ll tell you when my hair will turn white!
In Accra I ate my first plate of African spaghetti, I enjoyed my first choco-Fan and I slept for the first time near the Embassy of Burkina Faso (the place was modest but clean, and amazingly cheap). Accra is a good place to stroll around (and you can’t say that of many west African cities, can you?) while focusing on the right choice to get the best out of the Ghanaian cuisine.
2. MT ADLAKU
Let’s go a walk, he said. A bloody piece of a walk, as it turned out to be!
3. AKOSOMBO DAM
Feeling small in a gigantic, man-made structure.
4. AKWIDAA BEACH
Akwidaa is a place to rest. We picked up the Turtle Eco-lodge and we can’t complain. Kakaki learnt this curious game called table tennis. Laughs.
5. CAPE COAST
A laid-back atmosphere in a city full of tangible history (meaning beautiful castles, old buildings and intoxicating tilapias).
6. LAKE BOSOMTWE
Be aware: lake Bosomtwe is noise-free (water is still, no waves = sleepy nights!). Outstanding setting.
7. MOLE NATIONAL PARK
The friendliest national park I have ever been. Don’t expect too much in terms of game sighting, but do expect the right amount of beer and laughs! We gave some extra cash to the guard on duty (he just put his hat on the table and looked the other way – that’s style baby!) and used the swimming pool by night. Life is (or can be) easy.
8. TONGO HILLS
Green hills, small villages and the sensation to be far away. A mandatory trip from Bolgatanga.
9. WLII WATERFALLS
It’s better to visit the waterfall early in the morning, before the place gets stuffed with locals turning it into a picnicking ground. An easy walk from the visitor centre.
10. FROM HOHOE TO YENDI
You know nothing about Ghana if you don’t travel from Hohoe to Yendi. The last 100 km deserve a special mention, but it’s not my intention to spoil anything: go and try!