If you really want to push the boat out on a trip to the region, there are a range of public or private tours – many of them themed – that can make a visit to Accra, or any other part of Ghana. Highly recommended are Charles Sablah’s Ghana Nima Tour, Native Adventures, Jolinaiko Eco Tours and Global Mama’s.
Set up by a Ghanaian/French couple, this tour agency is recommended by the Ghanaian Tourist Board. Its main tours are either one- or two-week itineraries, although bespoke tours can be booked. The guides are also Francophone.
39 Bobo Street, Tesano, Accra (0249 574 691,
This is a well respected company offering tours to groups and individuals about Ghana, often, as you’d imagine, on the more adventurous side of things. There are day trips, weekend getaways, heritage tours and safari tours.
39 Bobo Street
Founded in 1987, Apstar is a member of the Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), and has a focus on history. There are standard day tours and bespoke longer tours for all group sizes.
36 Forest Road, Accra (0302 519 931, www.apstartours.travel).
A Ghanaian-owned tour operator specialising in cultural tours. It offers a bespoke service for tourists and business travellers and can organise transport, hotel accommodation, home-stays, guides and conference equipment for meetings.
Sakumono, Tema (0302 404460, www.blastours.com).
Ghana Nima Tours
With his infectious smile and boundless sincerity, Charles Sablah is a reliable and safe guide, and you leave feeling someone has given you privileged insight. He charges just GH¢25 per hour per person, and offers a special discount price for groups.
(024 627 0095, http://ghana-nima-tours.yolasite.com).
Ghana Safari Tours
Ghana Safari Tours was set up by Swedish nationals and their Ghanaian partner who has first-hand experience of
Ghanaian safaris and other adventure tours. There are a wide range of existing and bespoke tours for reasonable prices covering many areas.
The tours offered by Global Mamas, an NGO dedicated to fostering women-owned enterprises, are likely to tick the right boxes for most visitors to Ghana. In Accra, there is the day-long ‘Market & Spice’ tour and a ‘Drumming & Dancing Workshop’ – $11 for three or more, or $13 for two people. In Cape Coast, Global Mamas offers cooking, batik and
headwrapping workshops. Great fun and very worthwhile
14th Lane, off Cantonments Road (Oxford Street), behind Koala Supermarket, Osu (0244 530 467, www.globalmamas.org).
Jolinaiko Eco Tours
Run by a knowledgeable Ghanaian-Dutch couple since 2006, this eco-conscious operator has it's own B&B on the outskirts of Accra and runs tailor-made individual and group tours throughout Ghana and into Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. The focus of their trips centres on nature and culture. They offer weekend trips and promotions for people living in Accra.
+233-(0)24-7522173, http://www.joli-ecotours.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org
This much-loved tour company offer a series of tours throughout the year, often based around food and adventure in Ghana’s outback. Often the tours will include a bus up and fly back if it’s far. The emphasis is getting to know the real Ghana, which it does very well.
(0244 697046, Facebook page)