Ghana, the golden child of West Africa, has a very special place under the sun. It is one of the most prosperous countries of the region and it is becoming a very popular tourist destination, regardless whether we are talking about conference tourism, or leisure or adventurous vacations. With its rich culture and history, vibrant cities, beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife and friendly people, Ghana is often regarded as “Africa for beginners”. Besides all of those treats, Ghana has marvellous waves just waiting to be caught by the bravest surfers, as well as a fascinating sense of rhythm. If you are still wondering what might be so special about a surfing vacation in Ghana, we will try to explain it more thoroughly.
The Charms of the Western Region of Ghana
The blossoming surfing region is perfect for both the beginners and experienced surfers. The west of Ghana is famous for its laid-back atmosphere and astonishing tropical setting. The capital of the region, Takoradi, is a charming town split into two areas: the hub of city life (with a crowded market and noisy traffic) and a beachside area with hotels and restaurants. It is located about a four-hour drive from Accra, so you can use this chance to get to know the Ghanaian capital. About an hour from Takoradi is the most famous surfing spot in the country.
The Surfing Mecca of Ghana – Busua
Busua is a Ghanaian take on Californian-movies-like surfing spot. It has it all – fun, great waves, a crowd (not too big, though) and amazing music. Ghanaians do know their beat and some of the local musicians/DJs make the period spent in Busua even more pleasant. The best time of the year to visit is around Easter, when the celebration is in full flow. During that period the whole village, including the local surfers and the tourists, is preoccupied with festivities, so the rule is to dance first, and surf later. There are several villages around Busua, and you can try to find accommodation there, but it is far easier to find a house or an apartment for rent in Takoradi via websites such as meqasa.com.
Other Ghana Surf Spots
Sure, Busua is the best surfing spot in Ghana, but most definitely not the only one. The country has a handful of other fine places which would please even the most demanding surfers. Black Mamba, near Busua, is a rather nice spot which is exposed to winds, even though it is well sheltered. If you are staying in Accra, Kokrobite is your perfect getaway. The waves can be a bit heavy, short and mushy, but it is a nice place to spend a fun and pleasant day. If your destination of choice is still Busua, and if, for any reason you get tired of it (if that is even possible), you can take a daytrip to Achenim. It will be a somewhat demanding trip, because you will have to leave your car at the village and then go across the bridge on foot and walk for some time through forest and rocks, but once you arrive there it will be worth it.
The Most Valuable Asset of Ghana – Joy de Vivre
Yes, Ghana has lovely nature, sublime beaches and rich wildlife, but its most valuable assets are its people and the fun and vibrant local culture. From Accra to Takoradi, it is the same – you can hear music at every corner and people are dancing on the middle of the streets. Don’t think they won’t invite you to join them! Dancing, surfing, laughing – every one of those activities is an essential part of life in Ghana and those feelings just capture you and make you become a part of that vibrant life. Even if your primary goal when traveling to Ghana is surfing, it would be a shame not to experience some of its other features. After all, it is a land of major diversity where more than 40 languages with more than 70 dialects are spoken. Still, the one thing they all have in common is precisely that joy de vivre, the friendliness and willingness to help even when it comes to complete strangers. So, there is much more to Ghana than surfing, dancing and having fun. There is history, love, bond and kindness.
Ghana is a true paradise for every person seeking to rest or to embark in an adventure of a lifetime. So, do not wait any longer, life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
Oliver Hyde is an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel, which also happens to be one of his greatest passions. Being a wanderer, he rarely stays at the same place for a long time, but Africa stole his heart. He had been travelling through the continent for more than a year.
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