SIGN UP BELOW TO RECEIVE OCCASIONAL TRAVEL TIPS, TRENDS & GUIDES IN YOUR INBOX!
A rapidly growing city on the coast of West Africa, Accra is an incredible destination. Offering a vibrant culture, bustling city streets, and an impressive art scene.
I have been traveling to Accra for nearly 9 years now with my mom. In 2006, my mom began traveling to Accra as a flight attendant and became involved at a local orphanage. Fast forward, and she has now founded the non-profit, Dreams for Orphans, which provides education sponsorship opportunities and safe environment infrastructure for orphans and orphanages.
On this last trip, the village in Gomoa Fettah held an opening ceremony for the pediatric care unit and nursery that has been in the works for nearly 10 years and has finally completed construction. If you are interested in visiting Accra as either a tourist, volunteer, or both, it is such an amazing place with so many hidden beauties.
Where to Stay –
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City –
A lavish oasis in the heart of Accra, this luxury hotel goes above and beyond. The rooms are plush, breakfasts are extensive and extravagant, and you will never want to leave the pool area and bar. Also, the gym features an in house trainer that all hotel guests have privy to.
Where to Eat & Drink –
Heritage Restaurant – For authentic Indian food in the bustling Osu neighborhood, this place is a must try.
Vixie’s – A Lebanese restaurant that serves up some mouthwatering, homemade delicacies. Though, definitely call ahead of time for a reservation, as seating is limited.
The Republic Bar & Grill – Stop by for a late night drink, amazing cocktails, and even better ambiance.
Zion Thai – Arguably some of the best Thai food, the owner and his Thai wife serve up some incredibly authentic dishes.
What to Do –
Labadi Beach – For a real sense of Accra’s lively energy, music, and nightlife scene, head to Labadi Beach. Grab a table and a round of drinks, and experience the local music scene and nightlife culture.
Local Markets – A visit to the city’s bustling array of vendors is an absolute must. Two of my favorite markets are Makola Market and the Arts and Crafts Market, where you can find treasures like black ash soap, shea butter, hand-woven baskets, and brass and beaded jewelry.
Kakum National Park – About a 3-hour drive from the city, this rainforest is one of the most spectacular places that I have ever visited, and definitely worth the trip. Hire a driver for the day and head out no later than 6:30 AM to bead Accra’s horrendous traffic. Escape city life for the day as you walk across rope suspension bridges in the middle of the rainforest.
Elmina Castle – On the way back from Kakum National Park, stop at Elmina Castle, the largest slave castle in Sub-Saharan Africa. Upon entry, you can sign up for a tour for 40 Cedi (approximately 10 USD) to learn about the region and the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s fascinating history.