Ghanaian Style- of Course!
by Rebecca Engle
It’s hard to leave Accra. Hard to leave because there is so much left behind. So much to see, so much to do, so many people to greet. Hard to leave because traffic makes any journey outside of a tiny bubble impossible. If you’re unlucky like me, traffic is so bad that you miss your flight because a 10 minute trek to the airport turns into a hot, humid journey that stretches from early morning to midday.
If you are a brave soul who wants to leave the city and braver still to leave by car, you will be fiercely rewarded. The Ghanaian Road Trip is unparalleled. You can go from bustling, dusty Accra up into the lush green hills surrounding the city where storm clouds and cool breezes gather to accompany you on your journey. You can meander along the coast, taste the salty air on your tongue, and revisit the stifling weight of slavery’s history at Cape Coast Castle.
Whichever direction you wander in, resist the urge to make your trip easy and travel by plane. Flying over the countryside, you miss so much. You miss pineapple fields that stretch outside the window, botanical gardens, rivers to cross, crisp, fried plantain chips for sale on the side of the road. You will definitely miss getting up to date on the latest Ghanaian music booming from your car speakers as you race away from another lorry on the highway. I won’t sugar coat it, your body may hurt after a bumpy journey, but your spirit will be rewarded.
And at the end of it all, you can come back to Accra, stop at Philippos in East Legon for tilapia, banku, and a beer to wash away the heat and dust after your drive.
Be a brave soul. Step in a car, drive off into the sunrise, feast your eyes on all of Ghana.
Stock up on provisions before you leave the city--nothing beats the convenience of road side sellers.
Prepare for highway acrobatics - Lorry on top of lorry passing each other in their own version of a Formula 1 race
Look at the window: Green meets green meets sky.
Best way to learn about Ghana -- talk to any driver.
Cape Coast Castle.
Cape Coast Castle.
Highway Pit Stop.
Impromptu rest stop & siesta.
Aburi Botanical Gardens.
Welcome back to Accra! Celebrate the end of a long journey at Phillipos.
Don’t forget a well-deserved Star Beer!
About the author: Rebecca Engle is a travel fiend, part time photog, music lover, and budding chocolatier. She has lived and traveled across West Africa. When not hunting down the best street food, she is working to further entrepreneurship in Africa, particularly in healthcare and agriculture. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @cocoabex