Akwaaba. I first visited Ghana when I was about 11 years old with my family. I remember having such a great time. However, I didn’t remember that trip and decided to go again with my friends, this time as an adult. Here’s my Accra, Ghana travel guide for 2021, should you choose to visit soon.
Other than the Jollof Rice bants on Twitter, many people have no idea how interesting Ghana is. The Republic of Ghana is known for its lush forests, diverse animal life, and miles of sandy beaches along a picture-perfect coast. Ghana is beautiful.
Situated on the Gulf of Guinea coast in Western Africa, Ghana is bordered to the northwest and north by Burkina Faso, to the east by Togo, to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and the west by Côte d’Ivoire.
Planning the trip to Ghana was pretty exciting, and I was ready to experience everything it had to offer.
What you’ll need
We were heading into Ghana as tourists, so we had to make sure we had all the necessary documents and travel necessities.
Passport: You need a passport with at least six months validity and one page for stamp. If you don’t have a passport, you can get an ECOWAS slip to travel within West Africa. Ghana is visa-free for Nigerians.
Tourist Visa: You need to have a tourist visa to be allowed entry into the country
Vaccinations: You need to provide proof of Yellow fever vaccination when coming from your country into Ghana. You also need to ensure that you have your Covid-19 test results to show that you’re not infected.
Cash: The maximum amount of money you’re allowed to enter the country with is $10,000. I would advise that you convert your cash to the Ghanian Cedi for easier transactions with locals.
Arriving in Ghana
Our flight lasted an hour, and we flew out from Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos. The check-in process was quite stressful as we spent three hours in the airport because we had to fill the health declaration form, redo our covid 19 test before we finally got cleared to enter Accra.
Staying in Ghana
You can make hotel room reservations for as low as $65 with Booking.com. We, however, checked in at the Embassy Gardens, which is about 10 minutes away from the airport. This made navigation easy and gave us enough time to look around a little before heading to the apartment. The Embassy Gardens is an aparthotel that offers fully furnished rooms with excellent outdoor facilities. The rooms come with kitchens, private bathrooms, free WiFi, and air conditioning. It is a blend of style and comfort.
Where to Visit
Ghana has an exciting variety of entertainment options to offer, and its nightlife is exhilarating. While getting a taste of Ghana’s hotspots, here are a couple of places we visited as we only had a weekend.
The Living Room
The Living Room welcomes you with an authentic African vibe. They offer a variety of local cuisines that are very delicious. I was skeptical about the food at first, but I was won over because the food was good and well presented, the customer service was excellent, and the atmosphere was very conducive. It also had many customers on a Thursday afternoon, which made me realize Ghanaians love the food!
Bloom Bar, Accra
Bloom bar is located in Osu, Accra. The bar’s interior is inviting with spacious seating, simple yet nice seats, and a lovely table setting. The bar area is simple and quaint, with another bar section with bamboo wall style. The main seating area is lined with overhead lights giving it an incredible ambiance at night.
Lunar Bar, Accra
Luna Rooftop Bar or Luna Bar is one of the newest and top-recommended bars in Accra, Ghana. The luna rooftop bar is located at Marina mall at Airport City in The Country’s capital city Accra.
Kempinski Hotel, Accra
Kempinski Hotel is a luxury hotel in Ghana with one of the highest-rated restaurants in Accra. We visited the hotel restaurant for brunch, and we were impressed with the
The restaurant offers a wide range of cuisine mixed with a few Ghanaian delicacies.
The Alley Bar
Labadi Beach is the busiest beach on Ghana’s coast. It is popularly known as La Pleasure Beach. It is one of Accra beaches and is maintained by the local hotels. Labadi Beach is located in La, popularly known as Labadi, near Teshie in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
There is an entrance fee to pay if you’re visiting and not staying at the hotels. There are often performances of reggae, hiplife, and cultural drumming and dancing on holidays and weekends.
Traveling to different cities has proven that different is not always bad. Ghana introduced me to a vibrant culture with delicious food and warm people. If you’re visiting soon, I hope you find my Accra, Ghana travel guide 2021 helpful.
You can watch my vlog to experience Ghana with me.