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TRAVEL - Fancy a cruise this week-end?

May 18, 10 - Comments


Everyone knows that getting out of town is very beneficial to all of us, urban expats in Ghana. The increasing number of foreigners living in Takoradi may enjoy beautiful and numerous nearby beaches and lush backcountry. Those in Kumasi are lucky to live in the very interesting Ashanti region. What about us in Accra?

Other Posts will cover day and week-end trips that can be taken out of Accra but I need to write without delay about the one I have taken last week-end. This over-night getaway was great for many reasons: the different landscape, the natural environment, the water, the peacefulness and the cruise!

Akosombo, about 1H45 north of Accra, is well-known for the dam that has created the Volta Lake in 1966, the largest man-made lake in the world, with about 5000km of shoreline. The drive there starts to feel good one you pass the northern suburbs of Tema and go along the hills known as Shai Hills. Shai Hills Resource Reserve is a natural reserve on the right side of the road, the only one in Ghana to be totally fenced, and represents a day-trip opportunity by itself. Several hills, fields and fruit vendors later, you reach Kpong, home of the Krobo people and Krobo mountain. Continuing north, you see the Aburi mountain range getting closer on your left and end up in natural surroundings that are so different from Accra: high lush green hills which you soon go through on a rolling road. At the same time, you catch glimpses of the Volta river, attractively flowing in its natural bed, a few kilometers south of the dam.

Leaving the arch of the Adomi bridge on your right and continuing on the river’s west bank, you pass the Akosombo dam, which feels smaller than expected, and shortly reach the Dodi Princess dock. The Dodi Princess is a tourist-oriented ferry that does round-trips to Dodi island on week-ends and public holidays. The great thing besides the nice feel of a boat ride, is that the 27km cruise goes though an area of the lake that is fairly narrow so one can enjoy the hill views on both sides: indeed, Dodi Island is that the end of an “estuary” that then opens to the huge lake expense to the north. A short island stop is a welcome break in this six-hour round-trip cruise. Lunch is included in the US$ 20.00 ticket bought at Akosombo’s Volta Hotel on the way, as are other features (music, etc.) which may not be to your taste. The ferry departs at 10am so it is advised to leave Accra by 730am. It returns to the dock at about 4pm, on time to reach Accra before dawn.

But why come back the same day? We did the cruise on a Saturday and spend the following 24 hours relaxing on the water at the nearby Afrikiko River Front Resort. Developed by the owners of Afrikiko Accra, the secluded resort is right on the water, with a nice green field for kids to play while you have a drink or lunch on the water’s edge. When hot, the large pool comes handy, before or after a boat ride. Accommodations range from courtyard or poolside rooms at US$ 60.00 double to nice chalets at US$ 70.00 double, breakfast included. Camping is allowed on the resort’s ground. Reservations must be made directly at 0251 20081 / 0244 387 763 / 0245 016 100 – email: afrikikoleisure@yahoo.com.  

As a family or with a group of friends, this is definitely a must-do week-end while in Ghana. We look forward to your feedback.

Note: cruising is possible from several other points of Volta lake, mostly as part of a longer road-trip. Three million US$ should soon be allocated for the renovation of the main “Ferry A”, which links Kete Krachi in Volta region to Kojokrom in Brong Ahafo region. This is an example of Ghana’s efforts to improve public transportation throughout the country, as is the rehabilitation of Accra-Koforidua-Kumasi train.


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