I’ve always wanted to travel to Accra, Ghana via road for the longest time. I’ve tried planning a trip with my mum (who was adamant about using flight, so cancelled) and different group of friends but it always got cancelled due to one reason or the other. When I saw that Cassie was planning a trip to Ghana, I decided to jump on it, after going back and forth and nearly cancelling, we did it!
There are several transportation companies that shuttle between Lagos and other West African countries including Ghana. We decided to go with ABC Transport because they’ve been in the business for a longer period and they were highly recommended by others who had traveled the same route. We set off at about 8:30 a.m as opposed to the 7:00 a.m we were told and got to Ghana at midnight. Coming back, we left the ABC Transport park at 7:30 a.m and got to Lagos at 2 a.m. There were many stops and searches at the various borders which got really annoying at some point. You would need your national passport and yellow card (you can get one at the international airport in Ikeja) for ease of travel, if you don’t have either, you would still be able to make the trip but not without a bit of hassle here and there.
We stayed at Omanye Lodge in Dzorwulu. It was perfect for our stay because it’s located close to central Accra, had free wifi and breakfast was included in our fee. 3 nights cost us $165 including tax, there were cheaper options on Booking but this was a good fit for us. The only thing I didn’t like about Omanye Lodge was that they had a cat named Roger, I’m a Nigerian who watches Africa Magic, cats aren’t exactly my best friends.
I made a list of my Top 5 Places to Visit When in Accra, Ghana which might be a good start for you. There are other places to visit in Accra and nearby Cape Town so it’s wise to do your research and plan your trip efficiently so you don’t feel like you wasted valuable time, we used Amarachi of TravelWithAPen guide while searching for places to visit and she was gracious enough to assist us with planning.
What’s a trip to Ghana without trying the infamous Ghanaian Jollof so you know which side to pick in the Jollof wars? We tried Ghanaian Jollof at Peter Pan in Dzorwulu and I’m definitely still team Nigeria. Although my Ghanaian friends have argued that such matters of grave importance shouldn’t be judged off Peter Pan, I’m maintaining my stance. We also ate at Papaye which is very much like the Jevinik of Nigeria; large portions of food at reasonable prices, we had to split one meal to serve as both lunch and dinner.
Surprisingly, we got the best rates at the different borders. To avoid stories that touch and generally just be on the safe side, we changed part of our cash at hand at the ABC terminal for 91 Naira to 1 Cedi and it was 83 Naira to 1 Cedi at both Aflao and Seme borders, insert eyeroll.
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