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Introduction

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Sprawled along the Atlantic coast in southeast Ghana, Accra is the country's largest city and capital. Over 2 million people live in the city, which is now considered one of Africa's most developed cities. Accra is known for an invigorating nightlife - one of Africa's liveliest - and a range of important national monuments. Old colonial architecture, a reminder of the country's past under the British empire, stands alongside modern resorts, developed to welcome the growing tourist industry. Accra was established in the late 17th century by the local Ga people. It became an significant port, acting as a trading port for Portuguese ships. Accra became the capital of Ghana in 1877.

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Sights and Activities

Accra has a range of historic buildings which are well worth checking out.

Osu Castle

Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christianborg, is located in the capital and the building is the current seat of government. The original fort was built by the Danes in the mid 17th century, although the fort has been reconstructed several times. It has also switched between the hands of several different powers. During British rule the fort was made into the seat of government. Sadly today the fort is not open to the public and photography is limited for reasons of national security.

Other Sights and Activities

  • National Museum of Ghana - Ghana's oldest and largest museum, opened in 1957. Features objects of archaeology, ethnography as well as fine art. Open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Memorial to Kwame Nkrumah - This iss one of the most beautiful memorials in all of Africa. Kwame Nkrumah was an extremely important person to the Pan-African movement and this memorial helps to reflect that. This is a great place to spend a few hours.
  • National Theatre - constructed in the 1990s and funded by the Chinese government, the National Theatre is a distinctive landmark in downtown Accra.
  • Makol Market - Get some shopping down at this great market in Accra, which has everything from power tools to traditional crafts to medicine.
  • Jamestown is the oldest part of Accra. It is still an important fishing harbor. Dubbed a shanty town[1] by some, it's a historically significant part of Accra and is well worth a visit.
  • Labadi beach is considered the city's best beach. There is an entrance fee, unless you're staying at one of the nearby hotels.
  • Ohene Djan Stadium is the city's main sports stadium, seating 40,000. It is prominently located in central Accra. It is one of the four stadiums used for the 2008 African Cup of Nations, and will be the one used for the final.
  • Aburi Botanical Gardens - Take a day trip for Accra to visit these wonderful gardens in a slightly cooler environment then compared to the coast.
  • Densu Delta- About twenty kilometres from the city on the western edge of Accra. There is a delta estuary with sand dunes, mangroves and lagoons. Special for birdwatchers. Also visit the Solo Forest Monkey Sanctuary, where you will find monkeys and butterflies.

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Weather

Accra is hot and humid yearround, with temperatures around 30 °C on most days. February to May is a bit hotter, when even nights are very warm at 26 °C on average. Although the rainy season lasts from May to October, there generally is a peak in May/June and another in October, while in between it is relatively dry. Accrra is also drier and sunnier compared to places just a bit more inland.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max32.1 °C32.7 °C32.5 °C32.2 °C31.2 °C29.3 °C28.5 °C28 °C29 °C30.5 °C31.6 °C31.7 °C
Avg Min23.4 °C24.1 °C24.1 °C24.2 °C23.9 °C23.1 °C22.5 °C22.2 °C22.4 °C23.9 °C23.5 °C23.4 °C
Rainfall10.9 mm21.8 mm57.1 mm96.8 mm131.2 mm221 mm66 mm28 mm67.8 mm62.4 mm27.7 mm16.1 mm
Rain Days12561015978732

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Getting There

By Plane

Kotoka International Airport (ACC) near Accra is the main gateway to Ghana. International destinations include Johannesburg, London and Lagos. KLM flies to and from Amsterdam directly. British Airways and Lufthansa fly to London and Frankfurt respectively and New York and Atlanta are served by Delta Airlines. Alitalia flies to Milan. Other airlines and cities served are mainly within the West African region, but Cairo, Washington, D.C., Istanbul, Dubai, Casablanca, Beirut and Johannesburg have flights as well, mostly with their respective national airlines. ASKY Airlines has most services, including Banjul, Lomé, Dakar, Conakry, Freetown, Ouagadougou, Monrovia, Abidjan, Cotonou and Bamako. Domestic services from Accra include Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi and Tamale with Antrak Air and CitYlinK.

By Train

There is a rail line connecting the cities of Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi and several intervening towns.

By Bus

STC operate between Accra and Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale, Cape Coast and other main cities and there are fast aircon express services, as well as slower buses.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Crystal HostelP. O. Box 56 DarkumanHostel77
Hansonic HotelHansonic Odokor Area (4minutes to Accra Airport)Hostel-
Legassi GardensAddis Avenue Pokuase JunctionApartment68
Paloma Hotel & Suitesbox 3727, Accra Ghana W/A MR. PATRICK MATTOUKHotel-
Pink HostelP.O Box 9732 KIA Asylum DownHostel68
Sikaso Beach HostelPMB 52 Kakramadu Road CantonmentHostel-
Travella LodgeP.O. Box 4715Hostel-
African Royal Beach HotelDTD 51 Beach Drive Nungua Greater Accra RegionHotel78
Meaglent HotelPlot 1 Pantang Road Adenta-AccraHotel-
J2N Guest HouseA8 Almond Road, Lashibi (Regimanuel) Comm. 19 TemaGuesthouse-
El'Orr Castle & the Jazz CourtOff Atomic Hills Estate Road New Ashongman - AccraHotel67
Paintsiwa Apartment5th Lane AvenueHostel-
Meet Me There African Home LodgeDzita Anloga Volta RegionGuesthouse-
Wolton Guest House2nd close Adogon Buade Rd. Nungua Accra box 222 Nungua AccraGuesthouse-
Emperor SuiteF88/6 Labone Crescent, North LaboneHotel-
Chelsea Inn35/16 Jogis Estate Trasacco Valley EstatesGuesthouse-
Osdahouse4 Greve Crescent LaterbiokoshieGUESTHOUSE85
Junior Royal Guest House Inn6TH AMARH DIN AVE. TS443 TESHIE DEMOGuesthouse-
Kalis LodgeH.N.F. 52-53, Damascus Close Community 20, Lashibi, GhanaGuesthouse-
Xi LodgeNii Afotey Brutu II Road Adjinganor, East LegonGuesthouse78
Paradise Lodge23 Gold Street Paradise Residential AreaGuesthouse-
Alisa HotelDr Isert Rd RidgeHotel-
Vacation InnAbavana junction KotobabiGUESTHOUSE-
African Regent - Hotel237/238 Airport WestHOTEL-
Samartine Hotel4th Avenue West 19HOTEL-
Spintex InnNo. 1 Fourth Nii Kwaofio Link Baatsonaa Accra GGUESTHOUSE-
Soriania Hotel69 Spintex RoadHOTEL-
Access Inn178/4 Otswe Street Osu Ako Adjei, Greater AccraHOSTEL-
The HostelHostel-
Accra LodgeNo. 23 Gold Street Paradise Residential Area Pillar 2Apartment-
Jamaica InnP.O.BOX WJ 110 WeijaGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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References

  1. 1 Ghana Web

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 5.54009
  • Longitude: -0.20738

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