I’ve never really been a fan of sitting at home during the holidays, so I’ve taken it upon myself to explore other continents and have a first hand, touristic view of life outside my home country. West Africa was a bit of a grey area for me, till I visited Accra!
Accra happens to be the largest city in Ghana, as well as the capital, spanning about 173km, with a population of about 2.9 million. It is safe to say that Accra is the hub of Ghana, as it serves an integral economic and administrative function in the Greater Accra region.
It is a multi-cultural society which comprises individuals of various ethnicities and nationalities. Accra envelops you in a warm, fuzzy atmosphere that’s hard to resist. The easiest way around town is with a cab or a private car though alot of times, traffic jams are spoilers.
Annual temperature gets as high as 24.7°C (76.5°F) in March. So,Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re looking for the perfect summer holiday (emphasis on summer), Accra is your “Shangri-La”.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Ghana has a rich cultural heritage and historical background with many of its original structures still in place… Pleasure beaches, Malls, Botanical gardens and a unique night life.
Kwame Nkrumah National park & Mausoleum.
It’s a slice of Ghanian history,which was erected in memory of the “Messiah” Doctor Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president and one of its founding fathers ( The Big Six). It was the point where Nkrumah declared Ghana independent in 1957. The park spans about 5 acres of land with many personal items of his on display,such as implements he used during the course of his education. The highlight of The park is the museleum ( The final testing place of Nkrumah and his wife. Tours can be taken in English, with an inexpensive gate fee.
Labadi pleasure beach:
It is very accessible, with multiple food vendors offering a wide range of eats and treats for a perfect day out. It’s relatively crowded on a good day,and clean with lots of families having a good time.
Aburi Botanical gardens:
It’s about 32km from Accra,about an hour’s drive. It’s a well preserved and maintained botanical garden in a serene environment, providing one with a sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Its Located on the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange,with many stores, giving you the standard shopping experience. secure parking is also provided within the premises. There’s a food court for you to chill out or grab a meal, and a play area for the little ones.