Accra Things to Do

  • Labadi beach horse riding
    Labadi beach horse riding
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  • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Accra
    Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Accra
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    Nungua beach in Accra

    by georeiser Written Feb 24, 2011

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    Nungua beach i located on the eastern side of Accra, not far from Coco Beach. The large African Royal beach hotel is located in the middle of the beach. Nungua has a fishing community with some villages, one of them have their fishing boats on the western side of the beach. The quality of the beach is bad, and the locals use the beach as a toilet.

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    The old Ghanaian parliament

    by georeiser Written Feb 24, 2011

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    The old Ghanaian parliament

    The building of the Ghana parliament from the Nkrumah era until 1981. It is now currently housing the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana. Located in 28th of February Road.

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    Osu in Accra

    by georeiser Written Feb 24, 2011

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    Osu is the place in Accra where you find most tourists and the highest prices. The main street, Cantoments Road (Oxford street), and the area around have many hotels and restaurants. It's easy to find international foods like Chinese, Indian, Lebanese, French or burgers & pizza.

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    Teshie in Accra

    by georeiser Updated Feb 24, 2011

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    Teshie is a densely built-up suburb on the eastern side of Accra, 15 minutes drive from the downtown along the coastal road. Coco beach is located in Teshie. If you drive further 5-10 minutes you will reach the Nungua area.

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  • fort james prison

    by kangaroo7 Written Nov 17, 2010

    this place is an infested rat hole and should be condemed no human should have to be here and belive me when i say they get sick the prisoners an d i know one who is in there he never complains about the place but look at it people human rights are not there even pig refuse to go there kangeroo7 out

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  • fort james prison

    by kangaroo7 Written Nov 17, 2010

    this place is an infested rat hole and should be condemed no human should have to be here and belive me when i say they get sick the prisoners an d i know one who is in there he never complains about the place but look at it people human rights are not there even pig refuse to go there kangeroo7 out

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    Aburi Gardens

    by MikeBird Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Palm Tree Avenue, Aburi Gardens
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    The Gardens are within easy reach of Accra located north of the city on a ridge of high land, 23kms and about 1hours drive away.
    There is an entrance fee for the gardens and a small gift shop selling souvenirs but it is very understated and unobtrusive.
    The gardens are attractive and well laid out. Some of the plants have labels but don't expect them all to be listed. The avenue of Palm trees is probably the most photogenic but there are other impressive tree specimens as well.
    We felt totally at ease just wandering around the gardens on a saturday afternoon. There was no pestering of the tourists.
    We enjoyed our Ghanaian lunch in the restaurant. It was a fried fish with the balls of Fanti Kenkey sour maize meal. I liked the relish that accompanied the maize meal. You didn't need much of it in each mouthful as it was quite hot.
    Note the blue bowl of water for washing your hands afterwards. You can eat the maize meal with your fingers.

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  • Drumming lessons & workshops

    by Swissie Written Nov 5, 2007

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    I took djembe, xylophone and flute lessons with a professional drummer who plays with well known traditional groups in Accra. Mensah is a great guy who really loves his music and is not just after the money. I also brought some friends and he organized a 2hour-workshop for them at Dubois Center and brought in other musicians and teachers. I was surprised about how professionally it was organized and he really made an effort. It's easy to find "drummers" who want to teach you, but it's hard to find serious ones. So if you want to play drum then look for him!

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    National Culture Centre

    by grets Written Feb 25, 2007

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    Ghana National Culture Centre is nothing more than an enormous craft market. It is, however, from a traveller’s point of view, a great place to pick up that last minute souvenir.

    The sales people will approach you to try and entice you to buy from their stall, but personally I didn’t find them uncomfortably pushy. I knew exactly what I wanted, and went from stall to stall to find the right item.

    I have a very good friend, a young girl whose father is from West Africa. She herself has never been, and is very unlikely to ever have the means to go, so I wanted to bring her back something typical from the region. I wanted a painting that represented the young girls of this region, something typical but not so ethnic that it didn’t fit in to a modern British home.

    Eventually I found just the thing I was looking for, and managed to negotiate the price down to level that she stallholder was happy with and that was within my budget. We were both happy, and so was Simone when I gave her the gift upon my return to the UK. She showed it to her African aunt who confirmed it was indeed very typical of the region where her father was born.

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    Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

    by sachara Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    Nkrumah Memorial

    South of the 28th February Road is the Nkrumah Memorial in the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, This park is monumentally designed with fountains and green lawns.

    The park and memorial are first established in the nineties in honour of Kwame Nkrumah, the founder of independent Ghana. In the park is his resting place. So when I came back to Accra in 2003 it was new for me.

    You have to pay a small entrance fee and extra for the use of a camera.

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    Independence Arch

    by sachara Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    The Independence Arch with the black star in top, direct north of the Independence Square - also called Black Star Square - is an important landmark in the south part of the citycentre.

    The Arch is a replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It has an eternal flame, lit by Nkrumah himself. The Independence Square is a big parade ground at the seaside with space for 30.000 people. There is also a huge stadium. All this is built by Nkrumah in the sixties.

    When I visited Accra in December 2003, I was surprised by the traffic at this square, so much more than the first times I visited Accra. At the parade and stadion grounds was a large meeting of the Presbyterian Church. This wasn't difficult to find out because most women were wearing African dresses, showing the purpose of the meeting that day.

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    Accra citycentre

    by sachara Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    Accra downtown near to Makola market
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    Accra is a lifely city, but easygoing at the same time. I stayed in Accra several times. The more I came back anf strolled around, the more I liked the city. Since my first three visits in the 80s a lot has changed. There are many more hotels, restaurants and shops and a lot of more traffic. You can find internet at several places in town. What a difference compared with my first visit. In 1980 I had to wait one week for an international call at the head postoffice.

    What to see while walking around downtown:
    * The big lifely Makola market and the shops around.
    * The arts centre with a big craft market.

    What to visit going a little away from the citycentre:
    * Labadi beach,east of the centre.
    * Legon University with a nice campus, bookstore and libraries, 5 KM north of Kotoka airport.
    * Aburi gardens, 30 KM north from the city.

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    National Museum

    by grets Written Jan 8, 2007

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    The National Museum is well worth a visit. It is on two floors, and all in the information is in English. There is a small charge for entry, and although photography is not allowed, I was told to take pictures surreptitiously if I wanted to. There were no other visitors when we were there, and although there is a shop on the site, which appears to sell all sorts of nice artifacts, there was no-one there to man it during our visit. That was a Saturday morning.

    The exhibits include thrones, fishing implements, stools, wood carvings, masks, displays on dances, the slave trade, currency, pottery, youth of today and their future within the society, leather work, war, puberty rites, prehistory and contemporary art. Some of the paintings are for sale.

    Allow a couple of hours for your visit in order to do the museum justice. Visiting hours are 09:00-18:00 every day except Monday. There is a small admission charge.

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    Lighthouse

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 4, 2007

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    Accra Lighthouse in James Town
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    At 100 metres west from James Fort you will see the nice Lighthouse of James Town. The original lighthouse called "Jamesfort Light" was built by the British in 1871, to clearify the position is the main harbour of the city.

    In 1930 the old lighthouse was replaced by the current one. This "Accra Light" is about 35 metres high and is visible from 16 nautical miles at sea.

    Officially it is not possible to enter the lighthouse, but because "officially not possible" never means "impossible" in Ghana, you can get in if you give the lighthouse keeper a small fee. And again, it is forbidden to take pictures of the Lighthouse and its surrounding, because of the nearby James Fort.

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    James Fort

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 4, 2007

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    Another former slave fort in Accra is James Fort in James Town; the oldest part of the city with nice old houses. This fort however, is still used as a prison and it is not possible to visit it. Just like a lot of other things in Accra, it is even forbidden to take pictures of the building. Again, I didn't really care...

    When the British captured Gold Coast in 1665, they first built their base in Cape Coast. Cape Coast Castle was their centre of administration for a long time. When they moved further to the east, they built James Fort in 1673. First it was used as a trade centre for the region, and later it was turned into a slave fort, just like the nearby Ussher Fort.

    When the base of British was moved to Accra in the 19th century, James Fort became the first centre of administration and it was no longer used to deport slaves. Later the fort was turned into a prison, and today it still has that function.

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