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More and more people are eschewing resorts and hotels and striking out on their own, with just a tent and a backpack. Others prefer exploring on a road trip, where it’s possible to go off the beaten track and discover new places. Many resorts and some hotels offer camping space and the prices of these can vary, anywhere from 10 to 30 Ghanaian cedi (2 to 5.70 Euros) per person. We whittle down the best and most unique campsites on offer around the country.
Tills No.1 Beach Hotel
This lovely, coconut tree-lined stretch of beach in Gomoa Fetteh is a peaceful place to pitch your tent. The beach resort next door is secluded and not a particularly party-centric spot, and the ocean is far less crowded.
Tills No.1 Beach Hotel, Gomoa Fetteh, Ghana, +233 24 285 5035
Big Milly’s Backyard
A popular stop for visitors, many overlanders pitch their tents in the courtyard garden of this always-lively resort. This place is also a great option for those on a budget who still want to be in the middle of the action. Peace and quiet you’re unlikely to get, especially on a weekend, but there are plenty of bars, restaurants, and street and village life on the strip.
Big Milly’s Backyard, Kokrobite, Ghana, +233 24 999 9330
Escape 3 Points Ecolodge
A gorgeous stretch of beach, Escape 3 Points offers you a chance to camp in a supremely peaceful environment. Being an ecolodge means very few modern amenities are available, and the yard is filled with almond trees and charming, wandering goats. Alternately, there is a deserted beach front complete with homemade bamboo beach beds ideal for sun-lounging. This is one of the best camping spots, if you have the patience to trek the six hours from Accra to get to Ghana’s most southerly tip.
Escape 3 Points, Ghana, +233 26 721 8700
Alaska Beach Club
Located on the beachfront at Busua, Alaska is a quaint, charmingly decorated and homey low-cost beach resort. A wide camping area is available for a very low cost, set among the matured trees and interesting sculptures.
Alaska Beach Club, Busua, Ghana, +233 20 739 7311
Ankobra Beach Resort
One of the loveliest beaches in a historically rich and nature-filled region where the Ankobra River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Camping is available at this highly rated beach resort, and you’ll also get the opportunity to visit the nearby slave fort, take a river boat ride, or go to the Ankasa Nature Reserve, among many other available activities.
Ankobra Beach Resort, Axim Ankobra River Road, Ghana, +233 31 209 2323
Mole National Park
Mole National Park offers multiple areas for camping at different and varied sections on the savanna, the best being the one adjacent to the Mole Motel, which has running water – although occasionally baboons and warthogs will break into the area!
Mole Motel, Ghana, +233 24 431 6777
Camping is on offer at the incredibly lush and cool lower falls, tucked deep in the interior of the temperate rainforest. Camp next to the roaring falls, where a guide can cook you dinner and build a camp fire at night, when you can hear the call of swirling bats. Alternately – if this sounds like a little too much wilderness for you to handle – the charming Wli Falls Lodge offers camping options in their utterly charming guest house, complete with spectacular mountain views. For information about Wli Waterfall Camping, contact the Ghana Tourism Authority at +233 30 268 2608.
Wli Falls Lodge, Ghana, +233 20 511 5388
Kakum National Park
A popular and rare rainforest reserve that features one of the only three canopy walks on the African continent, this area teems with rare birds and plants, and has a dedicated camping area called Afrafranto. Sleeping pads, nets, cots and all other camping appurtenances can be rented from the visitors centre.
Kakum National Park, Ghana, +233 20 042 0831
Cocoa Village Guest House offers camping for a tiny fee of 10 Ghanaian cedi. It’s located on a serene lawn by the shores of the magnificent crater lake Bosumtwi, which was formed by a nearly million-year-old comet strike. Swimming and guided hiking in the area is also possible.
Cocoa Village Guest House, Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana, +233 20 861 2675
Tour groups and operators, such as Adventure Junkies, offer many camping trips with all the equipment provided, combined with other activities such as hiking or climbing. Going with such agencies that are familiar with the area is a great option for those more trepidatious travellers.
If you’re bringing your own tent, remember that ventilation is key.
You will be bothered by mosquitoes, so make sure you have plenty of repellent. Sleeping nets are also a good idea.
If you are going at it alone, away from resorts and hotels, as a courtesy, inquire first with the local people if you can pitch your tent.