Once in a Lifetime: Accra

Once in a Lifetime: AccraLabadi Beach © Kofi Debrah

There are many things that only Ghana can offer, and these are just a few of our favourite things to do in Accra, the country’s capital city.

Football at Ohene Djan Sports Stadium


Ohene Djan Sports Stadium
Football supporters at an Accra Hearts of Oak match © Accra Hearts of Oak


If there’s one thing that brings Accra to a stand still, it’s football. The colour, vibrancy and excitement of watching a Ghana football match we’ve rarely experienced anywhere else in the world. If you can’t catch an international match, we’d suggest going to an Accra Hearts of Oak match. They play almost every week at the National Stadium – check their website for fixtures and make sure you wear the right colours: white and yellow. Sir Charles Quist Street, Accra, regular weekend matches between April and August, and occasional international games, +233 30 2237 673, www.accraheartsofoak.com

Boxing in Bukom


Boxing in Bukom
Boxing in Bukom © Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association


As the home of the country’s 2nd favourite sport, boxing, Bukom is a breeding ground for countless world champions, with dozens of boxing clubs within a tiny area, many barely able to afford a proper ring. We wouldn’t miss the opportunity to witness a Ghanaian sporting phenomenon by catching a match or training session – you may well be watching the next Ike Quartey or Joshua Clottey. For information on competitive matches, visit www.gaababoxing.org (Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association) or call +233 21 760 892.

Crazy Coffins


Accra | Crazy Coffins
One of Accra’s crazy coffins © Emilio Labrador


It might sound strange, but we’ve found that funerals are a completely different experience in Ghana. Here they are more “˜celebrations of life’, and as such are complemented in some circles with the most elaborate coffin designs, from wooden lions to Coke bottles, aeroplanes and everything in between. To see these truly unique works of art at manufacturers dotted around the Teshie-Nungua area really is a thing to behold. The Kane Kwai Carpentry Workshop, and many others, Accra-Tema road (around Teshie-Nungua), Greater Accra.

Learn to Drum


Accra | Learn to Drum
Drummers of Ghana © Kofi Debrah


We’d never suggest going to Ghana without some time relaxing on the beach to the sound of traditional drumming. And when in Ghana, do as Ghanaians do – we think it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a new hobby. Drumming lessons are available at the Arts Centre meaning that in addition to souvenirs, you can take home a new skill to entertain you and your loved ones for years to come. National Arts Centre, 28th February Road (near Kwame Nkrumah Monument), central Accra, +233 030 2662 581. Open: 8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm Sat/Sun.

Boat Down the Volta River


Accra | Boat Down the Volta River
The Volta River, Accra © Kofi Debrah


We think the Volta River is one of the most picturesque scenes in Ghana, with boat tours available to Dodi Island, one if the greatest landmarks of the city. The trip lets you take in the truly spectacular scenery on the Dodi Princess boat, while enjoying a live band on the way. You’ll also drive past the Kloyo Mountains and the Shai Hills on your way to board the cruise, which lasts for around 8 hours, so make sure you set aside a whole day for this extraordinary experience. Available on Sundays through Expertravel on +233 30 2775498/2772734/2772486/27012305, www.expertravel.com.gh

About Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning
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