125 things to do in Accra and Ghana • Sport, spas and pools

With tips on everything from Accra's best restaurants and shops to museums and sightseeing – read our ultimate guide to things to do in Accra
Boxers in Jamestown, boxing school, Accra, Ghana
© Daniel Neilson Boxing students line up ringside
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Lizzy's Sports Complex
Daniel Neilson
Sport and fitness, Gyms and fitness centres

Have an evening kick-about at Lizzy Sports Complex

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Opened by Marcel Desailly in 2011, this sporting complex has an almost full-sized pitch, plus three five-a-side pitches. For swimmers, there is a pool and a children's pool. You can also play basketball or play football on floodlit pitches. 

Pippa's Health Centre, Accra, Ghana
Daniel Neilson
Sport and fitness, Gyms and fitness centres

Enjoy all the mod cons at Pippa’s Health Centre, Osu

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Pippa’s is one of the best gyms in Accra, with a wide range of Life Fitness equipment, air-con, satellite TV and a modern music system. It has a wide variety of activities on offer, including body combat, spinning, pilates, zumba and modern African dance. For the little ones there’s a tumble-tots class. 

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Sport and fitness

Tee off at Achimota Golf Club

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It’s been 80 years since Achimota Golf Club was first opened. Just 10 kilometres outside of Accra city centre, this is a friendly club that is happy to host visitors. The course is an 18-holer with a par of 72.

Bliss Yoga, Movenpick hotel, Accra, Ghana
Bliss Yoga, Movenpick hotel, Accra, Ghana
Sport and fitness, Yoga and Pilates

Bend and stretch at Bliss Yoga Studio

Bliss is a full service yoga studio at the luxurious Movenpick Hotel. Every type of yoga session can be found here. Popular with expats. 

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Become one with the board at Mr Bright's Surf School

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British national Brett Davies (aka Mr Brights) has devoted his life to surfing. After leaving a top rung job at the head office of Rip Curl several years ago, he decided to take the plunge and open up his own surf school in Ghana (the second love of his life). A formally trained surf coach and lifeguard means surfers can’t be in better hands to try out Ghana’s exhilarating waves. Beginners to advanced are welcome, as are children, with boards and equipment naturally provided.  

Sport and fitness, Polo

Hear the thundering of hooves at Accra Polo Club

Anyone interested in hobnobbing with the city’s elite can head to the prestigious Accra Polo Club (Liberation Rd, Airport Residential Area, 024 435 8922, Facebook page), located behind the Woolworths building. Originally founded back in 1902, the club is still going strong, attracting moneyed expats from around the world. The polo season starts in September and runs until around Easter. Matches are held every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm. It’s a good chance for anyone new to the sport to learn about polo – local spectators are talkative and will fill you in on the game’s rules and point system. The best bet is simply to turn up – there’s occasionally a charge, especially for the big matches. Several national teams visit Accra every season.

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Paragliding Festival

What started out as a grass roots project three years ago, has become an integral part of the annual Easter celebrations in Ghana. With amazing aerial displays, music and a jovial atmosphere, the festival get bigger year after year.  The idea behind the festival is to have tandem paragliding jumps for visitors and local people so that they may see the natural beauty of the land in a minimal impact way. And with consistent thermals, trips are relaxing and enjoyable. The organisers want to create a special adventure for local residents of the area to have a go, an opportunity of a lifetime when their daily struggle is tediously hard.   Trips are fully catered; complete with arranged hotel accommodation, transportation, meals and cultural immersion. Some pilots also coordinate their itineraries to stay longer, beyond the festival dates, in order to travel together and experience more of the beauty that Ghana has to offer. The festival has also helped local businesses as well with services such as taxi drivers, hotel owners, food vendors and souvenir sells earning more income from the event.  http://www.ghanaparagliding.com/

Ohene Djan Stadium
Dan Neilsen
Sport and fitness

Ohene Djan Stadium

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This FIFA-standard venue hosts national team games and is the home of one of Ghana’s most popular teams, Hearts of Oak. Concerts and other public events are held here too. This is also where the biggest boxing bouts are held.

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