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Location - West Africa; Capital - Accra; Population - 24 million; Currency - Cedi MORE GHANA

A moped ride to the Togo/Ghana border brought me to the town of Wli near Hohoe, in December 2005.

 

ghannoteThe Ghanaian Cedi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan32Agumatsa Falls, on the outskirts of Wli, are about 40 metres high

 

ghan27Agumatsa Falls, also known as Wli Falls

 

 

 

ghan31Agumatsa Falls, a 30 minute walk from Wli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan33The walk to Agumatsa Falls from Wli is pretty straightforward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan36The backstreets of Hohoe, betwen Lake Volta and Togo

 

Thomson Holidays - Click Here

 

ghan56There's good views from the bridge over the Volta river at Akosombo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan58Akosombo stretches from the Volta river to the southern tip of Lake Volta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan54Aylo's Bay Leisure Spot is perfectly situated on the banks of the Volta river in Akosombo

 

 

ghan52Aylo's Bay has a floating dining area, Akosombo

 

 

ghan53The Volta river at Akosombo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan37The Dodi Princess takes passengers on day trips from Akosombo to the Dodi Islands on Lake Volta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan38Lake Volta is a huge artificial lake, measuring 400kms in length - Akosombo

 

 

ghan45The Dodi Princess cruises the calm waters of Lake Volta

 

 

ghan43A very touristy welcome greets new arrivals to Dodi Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan44Lovely views of Lake Volta from Dodi Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan60Independence Arch in central Accra

 

 

ghan61The memorial to the Unknown Soldier stands in Independence Square, with the Independence Arch behind, Accra

 

 

ghan59The quiet backstreets of Kokomlemle, Accra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan66Perched above the chaotic looking Kejetia lorry station, with Kejetia market in the distance, Kumasi

 

 

ghan64A calabash tree in the grounds of the National Cultural Centre in Kumasi

 

 

ghan65Adverts painted on the walls in Kumasi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan63The handle of the Okomfo Anokye Sword in Kumasi.
Kumasi is the royal capital of the Ashanti kingdom.
The sacred Golden Stool (ie. the Ashanti royal throne) was commanded down from the sky by Okomfo Anokye.
The sword is said to lie where the Golden Stool came to rest

More info on the Ashanti kingdom here

More info on the Golden Stool here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan73Fishing nets dry near the Lake Paradise Resort on the shores of Lake Bosumtwi

 

 

ghan70Lake Bosumtwi is a crater lake thought to have been formed by a meteorite (the crater that is, not the lake)

 

 

ghan71Lake Bosumtwi is sacred to the Ashanti people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan72 Dug out canoes on Lake Bosumtwi are said to anger the lake spirit, so wooden planks, called padua, are used instead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan74A boy fishes on Lake Bosumtwi, sitting on his padua

 

 

ghan77The beautiful grounds of Ankobra Beach Resort, close to Axim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan86The Atlantic Ocean through palm trees at Ankobra Beach Resort, Axim

 

 

Ankobra Beach Resort website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan87The sun sets on the Gulf of Guinea, Ankobra Beach Resort, Axim

 

 

ghan85Ankobra Beach Resort, a few kilometres outside Axim

 

 

ghan82aPalms sway below a full moon at Ankobra Beach Resort, Axim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan89A bird's eye view of Cape Coast

 

 

ghan91The 17th century Cape Coast Castle was originally used as a fort but then became a centre for the shipment of slaves by the British - Cape Coast

 

 

ghan95Cape Coast Castle overlooks the Atlantic Ocean - Cape Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan93Looking beyond Cape Coast Castle to the town of Cape Coast itself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan96Sailing past Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast

 

 

ghan99Slave dungeons lie either side of the Door of No Return, Cape Coast Castle

 

 

ghan100Remembrance offerings in one of Cape Coast Castle's dungeons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan92The day's catch brings a hive of activity to Cape Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan103An alternative London Bridge - Cape Coast

 

 

ghan104There's great views of the town from Cape Coast Castle - looking west towards Fosu Lagoon, Cape Coast

 

 

ghan108The canopy walk in Kakum National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan110Kakum National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan111The rainforest that makes Kakum National Park

 

 

ghan130St George's Castle in Elmina was a fort used by the Dutch in the slave trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan119The central building was a Portuguese church, converted by the Dutch to a slave auction hall - St George's Castle, Elmina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan121A skull marks the entrance to one of St George's Castle's cells, Elmina

 

 

ghan122St George's Castle in Elmina

 

 

ghan118St George's Castle, Elmina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan125St George's Castle as seen from Fort St Jago, Elmina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan116aThe fishing harbour, from St George's Castle in Elmina

 

 

ghan124Climb to the top of Fort St Jago for magnificent views of Elmina, including the Castle and fishing harbour

 

 

ghan123Zooming in on Elmina's fishing harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan126Fort St Jago also affords superb views of the Atlantic - Elmina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan129The posuban shrine of Asafo Company Five in Elmina.

Asafo companies and posuban shrines explained here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghan133The grounds of Big Milly's Backyard in Kokrobite

 

 

ghan135Kokrobite's beach, only 30kms from Accra

 

 

ghan145Live music and dance takes place on a Saturday night outside Big Milly's in Kokrobite, which attracts much of the village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.touringghana.com - Ghana tourist board

www.ghanaweb.com - lots of info on Ghana, including tourism

www.encounterelmina.com

 

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