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Visit sights in Accra while volunteering in Ghana
Visit sights in Accra while volunteering in Ghana
Volunteer during the week and check out the sights of Ghana at the weekend
Volunteer with Partner West Africa in Ghana, West Africa and be a tourist at the weekends
Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa and enjoy beautiful beaches and scenery
There are may different local festivals to see while volunteering with Partner West Africa

Lydia's Travels in Accra

Date Posted: 14/09/2018

Accra, the capital city of Ghana, has many opportunities for fun day trips. Read on to see where Lydia has visited while volunteering in Ghana with Partner West Africa.

Lydia's Travels in Accra

Accra, the capital city of Ghana, has many opportunities for fun day trips. I had a day well spent learning some history of Ghana and hitting some of the must-see spots around the city. Travelling to and from Accra on tro tros is not too hard once you get the hang of it, and tro tro rides always promise an interesting time. In the mausoleum I learned about Ghana’s history. Ghana has Kwame Nkrumah to thank for leading the country to independence and accomplishing revolutionary changes as the first president.

Just a short walk from the mausoleum and you reach independence square. Independence square is located at a large roundabout with a stone arch in the centre. You can take a staircase up the arch to get a beautiful view of the stadium, beach, and city. All the major ministries are around the area as well. Another beautiful view within walking distance is what Ghanaians call the cliffs. Here, you can relax at a bar with a view of the ocean waves splashing up against tall black rocks that form a cliff. This is especially relaxing on a warm sunny day and for those who enjoy beach views like me. The last place I went in the area was Oxford Street. Oxford Street is a very popular place to go for restaurants, bars, and good nightlife. It draws in tourists and Ghanaians alike.

Apart from the usual things to see around Accra, there are always fun festivals happening on weekends. I was lucky to be here during the week-long Chale Wote festival in historic Jamestown. The streets were lined with vendors selling food, drinks, clothing, jewellery, and more. There were performers playing music, dancing, and in costumes everywhere. The festival attracts people from all around, and the streets were so packed with people you could barely squeeze through. It was a great place to try new foods and drinks, and my favourite thing I tried was palm wine. There are also multiple festivals specifically around food. This certainly attracted Sophie and I, as both of our lives centre around food from studying and working with nutrition. We went to an annual food festival, where different vendors attend with varying types of food. There is another food festival this weekend we will be checking out as well.           

Another main reason to go to Accra is the Accra Mall. The mall has many stores, coffee, a movie theatre, and a grocery store. I treated myself to a nice cup of coffee and a movie, and got some groceries that are unavailable in Kokrobite. I do love staying in Kokrobite, but it is nice to spend half or a full day discovering Accra as well. Everywhere in Ghana is different, and I look forward to more adventures to come during my stay.

Author: Lydia- PWA Volunteer

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