Explore the very best of Ghana by taking a tour with these recommended guides
By Daniel Neilson|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (www.ghanasafaritours.com).
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.
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.