A very special place, a hub of immigrants who have come to Accra from neighbouring countries & northern Ghana.
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 & Markola 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!
the paragliding is a very nice sports in Ghana,with a paragliding you can see vast places of Ghana from the mountains,also there a pong her in Ghana at the northern part of Ghana which you can feed crocodiles and and sit on the when they come out the pond,there are numerous game reserves and in the whole of Africa,Ghana has got the only canopy walkway on top of a forest,there are very exciting place in Ghana that one can visit and have fun including living a conduesive place with maximum security...Ghana the gateway to Africa....
Accra is a city with a seashore, but there are not many good beaches. Relax and watch the waves roll in from the gulf of Guinea. Here are the four most known beaches, from west to east...
Krokobite beach is located west of Accra.
GPS 5°30'52.20" N 0°17'47.87" W
Labadi beach is located a little bit east of downtown Accra.
GPS 5°33'43.50" N 0°8'20.72" W
Coco beach is located in Teshie, east of Accra.
GPS 5°35'5.82" N 0°5'26.04" W
Nungua Beach is located east of Accra.
GPS 5°35'45.24" N 0°4'11.26" W
Downtown Accra is hectic. Typical crowded streets with salesmen sitting along the streets. Well, most of them are women, not men... The buildings in downtown are low. Mostly lower than 3 floors. Downtown look poor compared to other areas in Accra, f.ex Osu.
Drumming lessions at National Culture Center. Customers who buy drums will also learn how to play the basics of drumming. National Culture Center is actually a craftman's business center, but skillful craftsmen are also skillful drummers. This is Africa and most men have the music in their blood. If you don't buy a drum, pay a little bit to keep their business alive.
The Independence Arch in Accra is shaped as a triumph arch. It commemorate the independence of Ghana in 1957 as the first African country south of Sahara.
The facade is inscribed with the words "Freedom and Justice, AD 1957". The Arch is located in the middle of a traffic circle, beside the Independence Square on one side and the football stadium on the other side.
The Independence Square in Accra is a parade ground with the capacity to accommodate 30,000 people at a time. It is among the top tourist attractions in Accra. The Square was built in 1961 to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.
Jamestown is a part of old Accra and looks picturesque on distance with houses clustering together around a sea cliff with James fort on top. This is a shanty area, the houses are dilapidated with mostly flat corrugated roof. Narrow footpaths along the houses takes you down to the sea. On the way you see locals working with fishing nets and the children are playing around. Fishing boats are lined up along the coastline. You have the chance to witness how ordinary people are in their everyday life. It's recommended to let one of the locals guide you around for some money. You will then see more spots and it's both more safe and accepted to take photos then.
James Fort in Accra was build in 1675 by the british and was a former slave fort. It has until recently also been used as a prison. The fort is today a dilapidated building overlooking the fishing village of James Town. The whole area is actually in a state of decay, but it is interesting to see the place and walk down the stairs through the fort and down to the village.
Kwame Nkrumah, one of the founders of Ghana, has a mausoleum in Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. It's a place of fountains and a museum with the photos from Nkrumah's life. The memorial park is located 300 m west of National Culture Center and not far from Adabraka station in downtown.
It's not allowed to take pictures from the street and in to the memorial.
An artist had his business on the beach by making sand figures. Many of the figure were quite nice. He claimed 1 Cedis from people who took pictures of it. So if you don't want to pay, don't take a picture eighter.
Some of the acrobats in Labadi beach has specialized them self to eat and swallow glass and then belch it up again. They break a bottle of beer on a table to get the fragment of glass. It is of course very dangerous, but the spectators pay to see it.
Acrobats, jugglers and fisherman provide entertainment in Labadi beach, but all of them expect some money for the show. Many of them are skilful, but they are also in fact quite annoying and nagging in their way of asking for money. So don't take pictures of them if you don't want to pay.
Labadi beach, pleasure beach or LA beach, as somebody call it, is the most popular beach and prime venue for relaxation in Accra. It's an organized stretch of beach where you pay 5 Cedis to enter. In return you get a clean beach and no locals use it as a toilet.
Labadi beach is far away from a tropical beach with white sand. The water is a bit unclear or muddy. The sea temperature is cold to be as far south as Ghana is, much colder than in Kenya or Tanzania. Instead you will find a beach with a lot of restaurants and bars. Sunbeds and tables with sunshade are free of use if you buy drinks or food. Acrobats, jugglers and fisherman provide the entertainment. And of course the beach has its vendors and salesmen offering you crafts, paintings, copy sun glasses or copy whatever it is. At night there is live music, most of it quite good. Thursdays and in the weekends are party time in the evening. The Beach is a hangout for singles looking for fun, and business girls looking for a male company.
On both side of the beach you find hotels La Palm Beach Hotel and Labadi Beach Hotel.
Labadi beach is located in Labadi road, towards Teshie on the east side of Accra downtown.
Centre For National Culture in Accra is an exhibition of works by national artist. You can find sculptures, painting, but also showcase of national dance, music and theatre. The Centre has a bazaar for traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana.