The National Museum is a lovely and serene place to get started. Browsing the exhibits that tell Ghana’s story through various cultural objects is a great jumping off point and will inevitably lead to other discoveries in Ghana like Kente production, beads, or Akan Culture. The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is a great second stop with a great pre- and post-independence look at the life of the revered first president all set in a lovely park where visitors can sit and stroll.
There are is no end of art to peruse with a plethora of galleries to browse. Try ANO Centre for Cultural Research in Osu for a comprehensive archive of Ghanaian art as well as some great exhibitions and resources and the Nubuke Foundation for quirky art and photography exhibits. Gallery 1957 always features some fantastic exhibitions all set in a purpose-built space in the majestic Kempinski Hotel. For an experience that’s off the beaten path, check out The Loom and owner Francis Ademola’s keen eye where art treasures are always to be found. The National Theatre of Ghana is also a must to see theatre, dance, and musical acts; it’s a perfect way to soak up some contemporary culture.
To pick up great gifts, skip the madness of the Centre for National Culture and the line of never-ending vendors and go for the serene environs at Artists Alliance Gallery or Wild Gecko instead.
National Museum of Ghana, Barnes Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 030 222 1633
ANO Centre for Cultural Research Centre, Lokko Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 020 644 3066
Nubuke Foundation, 7 Lome Close, Accra, Ghana, +233 028 910 2163
National Theatre of Ghana, South Liberia Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 030 266 3449
Artists Alliance Gallery, La Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 024 525 1404
Those who find themselves tired of the city, the traffic, the fumes, and mosquitoes, head to the hills and the Aburi Botanical Garden. The verdant and bucolic haven is perfect for a stroll, a picnic, or to read a book. Like cycling? Then rent a bike at the entrance and zip around the large site to inspect all the flora that has been planted since the late 19th century.
A short trip from the city leads to the Shai Hills Nature Reserve. While there, stroll the small forest, avoid the baboons, and join a tour group for a trek to the caves and boulders that offer wonderful views of the savanna.
Shai Hills Resource Reserve, +233 020 901 0963
It can be tough to get the blood pumping in a city like Accra with its heat, size, and limited green space. Regardless, there is always something interesting and sporty to get into. Horseback riding and polo are available at Accra Polo Club as are Sunday afternoon horse competitions.
Escape the heat by lounging by a hotel pool with a book before taking a dip: the Movenpick and Labadi Beach are very popular and offer multiple pools; in the case of the latter, access to the hotel’s private part of Labadi Beach complete with lounge chairs and lounge service. Similarly, most hotels have tennis courts that offer lessons. Yoga classes are also available at multiple locations as well as Capoeira, a staple at the Alliance Française d’Accra.
Accra Polo Club, Airport By-pass Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 054 889 9895
Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Independence Ave, Accra, Ghana, +233 030 261 1000
Labadi Beach Hotel, La Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 030 277 2501
Alliance Française d’Accra, Casley Hayford Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 050 128 7814
Mr. Bright’s Surf Shop/School, Kokrobite, Accra, Ghana, +233 026 431 6053
There is no end of live music, and Ghanaian venues are teeming with people going solo. A supremely friendly city, there is always an opportunity to be alone in the crowd in Accra while enjoying live sessions. The Republic Bar & Grill is one of them, with regular weekly live performances from the best performers the country has to offer to the best DJ sets, grab a cocktail and move to the beat.
If Osu is too lively, Alliance Francaise offers a more sedate environment under the stars in its wonderful amphitheatre. +233 Jazz Bar & Grill is the place to hear the best of Ghanaian hi-life and Afrobeats, and the sometimes forgotten Piano Bar is also among the best of vintage Accra venues.
The Republic Bar & Grill, Asafoatse Tempong St, Accra, Ghana, +233 024 631 4044
+233 Jazz Bar & Grill, North Ridge, Accra, Ghana, +233 023 323 3233
Piano Bar, Teshie, Ghana, +233 024 423 2950