A very special place, a hub of immigrants who have come to Accra from neighbouring countries & northern Ghana, settling in Nima, a place many tourists don't ever venture, but they're missing out.
The tour with Charles Sablah of www.ghana-nima-tours.yolasite.com is excellent. He is working with his community, showing tourists the myriad of colours, life & vibrancy that you don't get to see as an average tourist, from meeting local elders, going to a bi-lingual school to interacting in Nima & Makola markets. He's a knowledgeable quiet guy who is making a difference, he also offers Sunday Lunch with his mother & neighbours.
He picked me up from the airport, made for a safe arrival with cheap prices using his friend who works with him & is also a taxi driver. The two of them also offer tours around Accra & other areas of Ghana.
Worth keeping in mind if you want to be involved in responsible eco tourism to help improve the lives of the residents in Nima!
It is an old custom in Ghana that when a rich merchant was buried, his coffin would be shaped to represent the life he led when he was alive. Hence coffin would be made in the shape of cars, birds, fruits and vegetables, shoes and a host more interesting shapes. It beats being buried in any old plain wooden box. I wonder what shape I would like my coffin to be in. A bank note (from my days in the bank), or maybe a globe, to represent my interest in travelling.
We visited a coffin maker in Tema, to the east of Accra. There were coffins everywhere, and they were beautifully finished, with the interior being padded and completed with shiny silk. I was very impressed.
When you’re in Accra you should visit the Legon University.
Legon is located 12km. north of the city centre, here you’ll find the University Campus, with the faculties:
Arts, Social Studies, Law, Science, Agriculture, Administration (Business), Medicine,
Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Engineering Sciences.
But you also find the Legon University Primary & Junior Secondary School on the Campus.
These schools were established in 1948, to educate the children of the campus staff.
Today this school produces hardworking students who pursue their goals to accomplish great things.
A grat experience in four hands massages, a full hour with two nice girls, creams and oils for only 100,000 cedis.
A real relaxation, and after you can swim in the pool of the lodge.
East Cantonment Lodge Hotel
Aburi Botanical Gardens
Just beyond the town of Aburi, the Aburi Botanical Gardens provide a welcome getaway from the bustle of Accra. The gardens are well maintained and teem with a variety of exotic plant life from around the world. Two tall and well-named 'monkey pot' trees from Brazil are supposedly able to trap our tree-swinging ancestors - not that Aburi has too many wild monkeys to worry about. The oldest tree is an approximately 150-year-old kapok facing the park's beautiful headquarters building. It's the only one the British didn't cut down when they were planting the gardens, which opened in 1890. The gardens are perched on a ridge 32km (20mi) north of Accra. Tro-tro are available from Tema Station in Accra, and there are several places to stay and eat in nearby Aburi.
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Academy of African Music & Arts
West of Accra in the town of Kokrobite, the AAMAL is the place to go for free concerts on weekends or to learn a few of those funky drum rhythms you keep grooving to. The school is run by a local master drummer and his German wife, and the classes can be private or by group. The AAMAL has a good seafood restaurant and a hotel, though if you're keen to lose all your worldly possessions, you're welcome to sack out on the beach. There is no direct transport to Kokrobite, but you can hire a tro-tro or bush taxi from Accra to take you the 22km (14mi) to the Kokrobite turnoff and then walk or hitch the remaining 8km (5mi).
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Dixcove & Busua
The colourful communities of Dixcove and Busua have been 'in' spots for beach lovers and budget travellers for years. Busua is tiny, with only one hotel and no restaurant, but a 25 minute walk west brings you to Dixcove, with a vibrant port and a renovated fort. Swimmers prefer Busua, with its long white-sand beach, while surfers enjoy some of the coast's best waves on the beaches of Dixcove. Fort Metal Cross (1691) is another fortress-turned-slave storage barn, which - while not as haunting as some others - has its fair share of horror stories to pass on.
The two towns are widely renowned for their lobsters, and you can find out why down by the waterfront and at the local markets. Local villagers are your best bet for finding a meal - especially cooked lobster - usually at a very reasonable cost. Dixcove, the southernmost town in Ghana, is about 200km (125mi) west of Accra and can be reached by a combination of tro-tro or taxi and walking or hitching.
A fishing village have their fishing boats on the western end of Nungua Beach in Accra.
GPS location 5°35'45.24" N 0°4'11.26" W