A short Layover in Accra, Ghana

I must admit that when I saw a trip to Accra on my roster this month I was a bit unsure about how the layover would turn out. I love to explore new places and on my layovers I usually go out to meet the locals and try to get the know the place I'm visiting.

Before this trip I didn't know much about Ghana but I surely knew it was a poor country. Therefore I Initially assumed I would need to stay at the hotel during the whole layover due to security reasons. 

It turned out that Ghana is actually quite different from what I imagined. After some researched on the Internet I found out Ghana was relatively safe, at least compared to this area of the world. Backed up with additional information from the hotel staff I felt it would be safe for me to use some of my spare time to explore this exciting country that not many people get to visit. Even though Ghana is close to the notorious Nigeria the culture seems to be different. I felt safe walking around with my camera and in fact I felt much safer with my things than when visiting many western countries.

The weather was perfect for enjoying the outdoors, the wind was light, it was sunny and nice summer temperature of around 30°C.  I started my exploring by visiting one of the markets in Accra where I browsed through sales booths offering all kinds of original African handicraft. To my surprise the people was very nice and almost everybody is fluent in English. I had a great time at the market exploring and interacting with the people. In fact, I felt safer there with my camera than in many European or US cities.

Since my experience at the market had been so positive I decided to explore a bit more and visit the old slave harbour in Jamestown. Jamestown and Usshertown are the oldest districts in the city of Accra, Ghana and emerged as communities around the 17th century British James Fort and Ussher Fort on the Gulf of Guinea coast.

On most occasions I just would have jumped into the next taxi on the street but I decided to play safe this time and booked a taxi through the hotel concierge. David, my taxi driver acted as a guide and was really helpful. Jamestown is an amazing place that is hard to describe with words so I guess I will just let the pictures do the job for me.

I spent a short time visiting the Jamestown lighthouse and the harbour. It was soon time to head back to the hotel and get some rest for the flight back to Dubai. I will definitely need to spend more time there on my next layover.

I hope you enjoy the pictures

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park Accra

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park Accra