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My Experience Traveling to Ghana's Capital Accra


Ghana’s capital city, Accra, has always been a place of wonder for me. I remember my first day there as if it were yesterday! The people were friendly and welcoming from the very beginning, and the sights and sounds of the city were overwhelmingly vibrant. That’s why I want to tell you about my experience traveling to Ghana’s capital city – in hopes that you will visit this incredible African country soon!

Arrival to Accra

I arrived in Accra late at night, after a long flight. The city was bustling with activity, even at that late hour. After getting settled into my hotel, I set out to explore the city. I was immediately struck by the heat and humidity, which was a bit of a shock after coming from the cold weather back home. But I soon got used to it and started to enjoy my time in this new place.


As I wandered, I saw a beautiful city skyline. The city is stunning, with colorful buildings and what appeared to be museums and galleries everywhere. I went inside one of these buildings, which turned out to be an art gallery full of amazing paintings. One of them in particular caught my eye: it was very modern looking but had an old-world feel that was reminiscent of something you might see at a museum . It turns out that there are a number of artists in Ghana who are famous worldwide, so they sell their paintings at auction houses here too—and they're just as sought after by art collectors abroad as those produced by painters anywhere else in the world.


Getting Around - Finding Your Way

Accra has a well-developed transportation network, with both local and long-distance public buses, tro tros (vans that run fixed routes) and shared taxis. It is generally safe to travel by taxi, as there are stations set up around town where you can easily flag one down. Taxi drivers in general tend to be honest; however, some travelers have reported being overcharged when getting in a taxi outside of these stations. Taxis also don't usually cruise for passengers; if you need one, it's best to call ahead so someone is waiting when you're ready.


It is advised not to walk at night. If you must, stick to populated areas like the central business district or popular hotel districts and always remain alert. Remember that taxis can be difficult to find in some places, so make sure you have an idea of where you’re going before heading out on foot. Always bring your passport with you, as it’s required for entry into most areas of interest. Your best bet for getting around is to use a taxi, which can be hired for short or long distances; check with your hotel staff about current taxi fares before heading out. It’s also possible (though expensive) to rent a car and explore on your own time.


Have Fun at Water City

Water World is a great place to take the kids for a day of fun. There are slides, a lazy river, and plenty of lifeguards on duty. Plus, the prices are very reasonable. If you're looking for a place to have some fun in the sun, Water World is the place for you!


Walking Tours are Worthwhile

I took a walking tour of Accra led by a local guide and it was one of the best decisions I made during my trip. Not only did I learn a lot about the city and its history, but I also got to experience the culture firsthand. My guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his city, which made the tour all the more enjoyable. I would highly recommend taking a walking tour of Accra if you have the chance – it’s an experience you won’t soon forget!


Food is Delicious and Affordable

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I was really looking forward to trying the food in Ghana, and I was not disappointed! The food is delicious and very affordable. I had the opportunity to try a variety of traditional dishes, including waakye (rice and beans), plantains, and chicken stew. I was also pleasantly surprised by the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables. Overall, I had a great experience with the food in Ghana and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new culinary adventure.


Even though I loved all of my meals in Ghana, I think my favorite dish was plantains. They’re basically an African version of bananas, but they have a firmer texture and slightly sweeter taste. My host mom introduced me to them by making them fried and served alongside rice, which is known as friwo in Akan (the local language). If you’re not quite sure what to make out of these delicious fruits, your best bet is probably a traditional soup made with them called obroni. Like many other dishes in Ghana, it’s usually served for breakfast or as a side. It has a slightly sour taste due to its base ingredients of tomatoes and tamarind paste.


American Dollars Are Accepted Everywhere

I was a little worried about what to expect in terms of money and banking while traveling to Ghana. I shouldn't have been. American dollars are accepted everywhere, from the airport taxi to the restaurants and shops. There are also plenty of ATMs where you can get local currency. Just be sure to have some cash on hand for emergencies.


Tipping Tips (Ghanaians are Awesome!)

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Ghana's capital city, Accra. I was amazed by the hospitality of the people there. They were always willing to help, even if it meant going out of their way.


There are a few things you should know when visiting Ghana. First, if someone helps you out, it is customary to tip them. In my experience, people were very happy to help me out and didn’t expect anything in return. I did notice that taxi drivers expected a tip from me though. For every trip I took, I gave them about 500-1000 Cedi (1 USD is about 600Cedi). It was an amazing experience traveling around Africa and getting help from everyone I met. If anyone else decides to visit Ghana or any other African country, they should keep these tips in mind! It can be a great way to get more local knowledge of places on your travels.

My Experience Traveling to Ghana's Capital Accra

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