My friend and I got our first steady jobs in 2013 and decided to go on a much-needed vacation the following year. The cheapest and easiest destination that came to mind was Ghana. I mean, why not Ghana. The proximity to Nigeria(45 minutes by air) and our culture is very similar.
Chidinma and I were very green in the travel business and didn’t think we had to plan much. All we did was buy our tickets to Ghana and we were ready for an adventure.I spent my first night in Ghana at my friend’s house (hi Yetunde), hadn’t seen her since high school. I’ll save you the long and boring details by summarizing, the trip was a hot mess. The struggle to get a decent place was epic . After two long days of searching for a suitable place we settled for Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, our stay here made up for the stress we had been through.We didn’t explore much,Just the beach.On my last day in Accra I knew i would definitely go back.
My second visit was in 2015 without Chidinma and I came ready .I got to see Ghana in all its beauty. The drive from Accra to cape coat was approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. My first stop was Kakum National Park and the highlight of my visit there was the canopy walk. It was my first time on a canopy walk and i kept asking myself why i put myself through this but the feeling of accomplishment at the end was great.
All that walking made me hungry so on my way out of that region, I spotted Hans Cottage Botel and decided to stop for a quick meal. The amazing thing about this place is that it houses Crocodiles, so after lunch i spent some time with the crocodiles.
Next stop was Elmina Castle. This castle played a significant role during the transatlantic slave trade. The feeling of anger, sadness and helplessness swept through my body as I listened to the tour guide. At some point he stopped talking and said “sisteh (sister), are you OK?” It took me about 10 seconds to realize he was talking to me. That was the end of the tour for me, I couldn’t go through with it, i didn’t realize an old building would have such a strong impact on me. Anyway, back to the 21st Century, we love each other now(i think).
I spent my last day there buying fabrics and souvenirs for friends and family at the arts village in Accra.This trip opened my eyes to how much there is to see. Now all I want to do is see more…
LORD! Look, you made the heavens and the earth with your great power and your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you! Jeremiah 32:17 International Standard Version
- Get a place to stay before you travel this is the most significant part of my travel plan.Before I think of getting my ticket I’m already looking at hotels,booking.com is my go to place.Make sure it’s central so it doesnt cost an arm and leg to get to point A and B.
- What to do-make a list of places you intend to visit, if possible pay/book ahead.
- Weather – get to know the best time of the year for a tourist to visit so you get the best experience.
P.S:I took a lot of pictures on both trips but I cant seem to find most of it. Apologies..