Accra overview

Founded in the 17th century, and known as the eleventh largest metropolitan area in Africa, the city of Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana. It is inhabited by about 4 million people which makes it the second largest metropolitan conglomeration in Ghana.

Formally the capital of the British Gold Coast between 1877 and 1957, Accra has transitioned into a modern city that reflects its history through architecture that ranges from 19th century buildings to modern skyscrapers and apartment blocks which include the multi-storey French owned Novotel Hotel and the city’s National Theatre.

Accra has a long and beautiful history which makes it home to great cultural and historic places and it offers tourists so much to do and so much more to see. From economic activities like Atlantic fishing to manufacturing of textile, clothing and chemicals, to night clubs, restaurants and hotels.

In 2010, Accra was designated as a Gamma-Minus level world city by the Globalisation and World Cities Research Network (GAWC) which indicated that Accra is a growing level of international influence and connectedness.

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  • Experience the Best of Ghana in 5 days / 4 nights
    Experience the Best of Ghana in 5 days / 4 nights

    Experience the Best of Ghana in 5 days / 4 nights

    Say after me "I love Ghana!" "I love Ghana!!" "I love Ghana!!!" Join us on this unforgettable adventure as we explore this beautiful West African country and its amazing destinations in 5 days / 4 nights Day 1: Arrival and check-in to Hotel Day 2: Accra City Tour Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Ghana’s Famous Casket Shop and Independence Square - spot where Ghana's Independence was declared by Kwame Nkrumah Begin the city tour of Accra by visiting the unique casket making shops. Various designs of caskets are produced based on the African belief of life after death. Caskets are designed to reflect the earthly profession of the deceased with the belief that they can continue to practice this profession in the other world. Hence a bus driver will be buried in a bus, a teacher in a book, a doctor in a syringe etc. Continue to Old Accra which was divided into Dutch and British Accra as a result of the two European nations operating from different locations within the same township of a little under 1 sq. kilometer. You will drive past Fort Crêvecoeur (Ussher Fort) built by the Dutch in 1652, James Fort built by the British in 1662, Old Accra Square and the Post Office, the old light House built by the British to guide commercial ships into the Accra Harbour. Lunch (on own account) Visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. The Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries. Drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square - Accra’s ceremonial grounds. View from a distance the Christiansburg Castle the former residence of the President of Ghana. Continue to the National Art and Cultural Centre for shopping and to view a varied collection of Ghanaian hand-crafted items on sale. You may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and “shop till you drop”. Continue to drive through Drop off at the Hotel or Overnight Day 3: Early morning: Depart Accra on a 3 hour drive to Cape Coast in the Central Region. Drive along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut lined beaches. Visit the Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the Kuntan Trail. Return to Cape Coast. Arrive at lunch at a seaside restaurant (on own account). After lunch, depart to visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1652 and was later taken over by the British, for a conducted tour. Sleep over at a Hotel in Cape coast Day 4: After breakfast and morning at leisure, return to Accra. The rest of the day is free for you to engage in any activity of choice Day 5: Departure   NOTE: Rates, and Itineraries are subject to change due to availability and without notice. Amount stated is for per person for a double occupancy (2 persons in a room)   Cancellation and Refund Policy:
    • 1 month before travel date, there will be a full payment refund minus bank charges.
    • 2 weeks before travel date, 50% charges will be made.
    • Less than 2 weeks to travel date, 100% charges will be made.
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must see in Accra

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There are many special places in Accra that will give an editor of a glossy tourist brochure a tough job of choice, but if you are in Accra, the National Theatre is one of the places you must see, especially if you want to see local talents and different types of performing arts. Visit the Labadi beach, Accra’s most popular beach and enjoy some of the best of Ghanaian cuisines and entertainment. Makola market is the place you must be if you are interested in traditional African shopping. It is a fantastically hectic market teeming with women with no-nonsense business sense and you can find just about anything that can be bought or sold here. There is also the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, where Ghana’s first President has his final resting place. It is a serene place with a museum which sheds some light on the Ghanaian leader after whom it is named. Other notable places you must see include Jamestown, the Independence square, and Artists Alliance Gallery with all kinds of art items on display for shoppers. The historical Osu Castle, W.E.B. Dubois Memorial Centre, among many others.
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Food and Drinks in Accra

There are no shortage of delicious food, nice wine, beer and spirits in Accra. The hotels, bars and restaurants stock foreign and local brands of drinks and delicacies but you must enjoy some of Accra’s special cuisines to have a perfect feel of the city. Accra’s main dishes include kenkey with hot pepper and fried fish, red red or yo-ko-gari, banku with fried fish and pepper or with okro or groundnut soup, bean stew, fried plantain or tatale, omo tuo (rice balls) served with palm or groundnut soup. On Sundays, fried yam with chofi (turkey tails) with hot fresh pepper sauce, kebabs (meat of liver doused in spicy powder then grilled) form afternoon special. Local drinks include asana or maize beer, palm wine, coconut juice and akpeteshie or palm wine.

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