Day Trips from Accra

Sometimes you only have a day or so available. Or perhaps you wish to stay in the comfort of Accra and make various day-trips. Here are some options you can try.

Accra City Tour

Nkrumah Monument

A tour of Accra can include many points. Independence Square, Makola Market and the Jamestown lighthouse give a good flavor of the city. Memorials include the Kwame Nkrumah memorial celebrating the first president of a free Ghana and the W.E.B. DuBois center celebrating the famous pan-Africanist.

Nightclubs, beaches and markets are also popular, while the National Museum and the National Theater preserve our history and art.

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Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle

The former slave castle at Cape Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage site commemorating a sad history inflicted on Africa, and Ghana in particular. This is about a 3 hour drive from Accra, so it is possible as a day trip from Accra. An early departure from Accra will also permit a visit to Kakum National Park to enjoy West Africa's longest rain forest canopy walkway. The crocodile ponds at Hans Botel can be visited before returning to Accra. This is by far the most requested tour for a short visit.

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Shai Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Shai Hills

Shai Hills is not the biggest or best wildlife park in Ghana, but it is the closest to Accra. There are baboons and many antelope at this fenced reserve as well as caves which are home to enormous fruit bat colonies.

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Waterfalls

Wli Falls

Both Boti Falls and Akaa Falls are in the Eastern Region, close to Accra. A visit to Boti could also include a moderate-strenuous hike to Umbrella Rock for spectacular views. We can also visit the rarely visited and serene environment at Asenema Falls.

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Volta River

Adome Bridge

Travel to the Volta River and return on the same day. The river is safe for swimming here and you can canoe with a local fisherman or watch the rehabilitation of the Adome Bridge, Ghana's only suspension bridge.

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Durbar of Chiefs

Durbar

Experience a private Durbar, or procession, of chiefs in a highland village near Accra. There will be drumming and dance that tell a story. There will be librations poured and prayers offered to ancestors. You will greet the assembled elders at the chief's palace and enjoy a cultural spectacle.

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Traditional Blessing

Traditional blessing day trip

Receive a traditional blessing or naming ceremony from a spiritual leader if you would like to experience an authentic African ceremony. Your gift of gin, schnapps, cash or a live chicken would be well received by the traditional African gods and blessings bestowed upon you for a safe journey.

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Beach Day

Ghana beach

La Beach is a popular beach at the western edge of Accra. While visiting there, you could also go shopping for crafts at the International Trade Fair and visit one of the exotic coffin shops that are in this area. Further afield is Kokrobite beach, about a half-hour drive from Accra. It is a very laid-back hippie/Rasta beach town that gets very busy on weekends. Lots of beach relaxation, craft shopping, music and food can be enjoyed.

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Highlands & Forests above Accra

Aburi gardens

Visit the Aburi Botanical Gardens, Ghana's premier gardens, or the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, the first cocoa farm in Ghana while passing through scenic highland villages. If shopping for crafts is of interest, the Aburi Craft Market offers items at a vastly lower price than can be found in Accra. The cool morning mists in this area are refreshing and highland resorts give amazing views towards Accra.



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Kisseman Walking Tour

Family compound

Visit an unplanned neighborhood that is literally where Accra meets bush - a once village now surrounded by the ever growing metropolis of Accra. While urban today, the area still has a village feel to it. This is not a tourist site, and you would have interactions with people that would be more intimate than anywhere else. Tour a local market, workshop, salon, school, traditional shrine or the Easy Track Community Library. Visit a tailor for custom-made Ghana wear or accessories. Be welcomed into a family compound and enjoy a home cooked meal with the family.

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Accra Shopping

Market in Ghana

Shopping experiences are plentiful and varied. You can see modern Accra by visiting the Accra Mall or traditional crafts, cloths and carvings at a number of boutiques, shops or even roadside sellers. Oxford Street in the Osu neighborhood is lined with vendors and the International Trade Fair at La is an exhibition area where vendors from across West Africa can be found.

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University of Ghana at Legon

Balme library

A visit to the campus of the University of Ghana at Legon could include a visit to an academic department of your interest, a visit to the university bookshop or library, a hike to the campus hilltop for an outstanding view of the surrounding area, or even attending a theater production by the drama department. There is a good cafe on campus as well as local and continental eating establishments nearby.

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Birding Day

Northern Red Bishop in Ghana

Birding opportunities in Ghana will keep both casual watchers and serious twitchers delighted. We can visit any birding site, but these are the most popular for a day trip.
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The Sakumo Lagoon in Tema is an exciting urban place for bird watching and very close to Accra. This makes an excellent half-day trip.
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A bit further from Accra is the pristine Atewa Forest, one of the forest jewels in Ghana that is within a couple hours drive of Accra. This is rarely visited location in some of the most beautiful forest you will ever see.
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Exotic Coffin Makers

Exotic coffin

In Teshie, near La Beach, are exotic coffin makers known around the world for their flamboyant design. Crafted to resemble an object of importance to the deceased, these beautiful coffins can be crafted into many shapes, including planes, crabs, boats or even a bottle of beer.

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"Extra Bag"

An'Extra Bag'

Our "One Extra Bag" program is a unique opportunity for you to make a contribution to a reputable school, orphanage, clinic or other organization. We can make arrangements for your meeting and special reception you will receive as a patron. We can even escort you to local markets to help shop for your donations locally, further injecting good into the economy.

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We hope this gives you some idea of what you can do with a short time in Ghana. We can easily mix and match anything listed above to fill your time. Let us know how you would like to proceed. We are at your service in Ghana!

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