Ghana is located on the west coast of Africa. It borders on 3 different countries namely: Côte d’Ivoire on the West side, Burkina Faso in the north and Togo on the eastern side. In the south, Ghana borders the sea, the Gulf of Guinea.
Ghana has 10 regions, but is divided into two areas by nature. In the South, the Tropical Rainforest (although there is a lot of cuts) and in the north, is the Savannah area. There are only two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season (harmattan).
Ghana was formerly called the Gold Coast and has been an English colony for many years. In 1957, Ghana became independent and had first president Kwame Nkrumah. In Ghana they have constitutional democracy, which means that parliament is elected by the people. The current president of Ghana is Nana Akufo-Addo (NPP).
The official language of Ghana is English. In addition to English, many different native languages are spoken, such as the Twi, Dagbani, Ewe and Ga. In general, the inhabitants speak English well.
The majority of the inhabitants, (69%) belong to Christianity and 19% belong to Islam. The remaining 9% still belong to traditional religions.
The most traditional dish is Fufu. This consists of mashed balls of cooking plantainn and cassava and goes with soup and a piece of goat meat or fish. The food in Ghana is generally cheap. The currency is the Ghanaian cedi.
In Ghana, the people are very friendly and you are welcome as a traveler (Akwaaba).
In Ghana it is 1 hour earlier than in Belgium (In summer 2 hours).
ViaVia Accra has start! The six rooms in the guesthouse are ready and now we are setting up the restaurant. We are preparing already the meals for the guests who are staying in the guesthouse. The chef cook, Kwame, started up his own business as Biishville and he makes delicious food for our guests. We organized already some Events last months where people from outside could taste his meals.
We offer lunches and dinners to people who just walk in for some drinks, food and nice encounters. Soon we will post our menu on this site.
You are mostly welcome at ViaVia Accra!
The guesthouse has six rooms. Every room has AC and a fan. Some rooms have a double bed, one room is a family room and can take 4 people. There is also a dormitory for a group of nine. Each room has its own bathroom. The whole house is screened against mosquitos. Some of the rooms have a fridge. In the guesthouse is free WiFi. See some of the pictures.
The rates of the rooms varies from €30,- to €50,- per night (single room till family room). On the first floor we have a dormitory with four bunk beds, where you pay for a bed €15,- (without breakfast). In total 9 people can sleep there. Lockers are available.
Check in: from 14:00 hrs. / Check out: before 12:00 hrs
If desired you can be fetched from the Airport Kotoka, Accra. This will take 20/30 min. The cost for this shuttle service is €10,- p.p.
Stepping Stones for your travel through Ghana:
Nearby our guesthouse is a lot to see. We can take you around with our Toyota Highlander (against a fee). But of course, you can also make use of the local taxi’s or the trotro’s (local buses).
Beadsfactory, at the Dodowa Road, close to the Amrahia Police Barrier (20 min’s drive).
From old glass bottles they make wonderful beads, transparent beads and beads made from glass powder in different colors. You can watch the whole process of making them. And of course, you are invited to buy different colorful bracelets and chains after the tour.
Botanic Garden in Legon & Canopy walk
This botanical garden and the canopy walk is a project from the University of Ghana. Different species of trees are in the garden and you can have a picnic under one of these trees. To have a nice view over the garden and the lake you can have a walk on the canopy walk. It is a little bit shaky, but is well made and very safe. You must pay a fee for entering the garden and an additional amount when you want to make use of the canopy walk. But it is worth to go there.
Aburi Botanic Garden
In this garden, you can walk with or without a guide. The guide can tell you a lot about the special trees which were planted years ago. When you enter the garden, you will be impressed by the huge Royal Palms. It is a pity that they don’t maintain the garden in such a way that it looks well taken care off.
Aburi Art & Crafts Centre
If you like to see how the woodcarvers do their work, you must have a look at this Centre. The craftsmen and women will invite you to buy some of their things. It is a colorful place and the people are friendly. You can buy different souvenirs from there, but you really must bargain for a lower price. It is a nice game doing this bargaining and don’t forget to smile and making jokes during that time. Just in front of the Art Centre you can have a drink or a Ghanaian meal.
Jamestown Café, tour door Jamestown
These days, Jamestown is one the poorer neighbourhoods of Accra – full of beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks – but it remains vibrant. For a great view of the city and the busy and colourful fishing harbour (haze and pollution permitting), climb to the top of the whitewashed lighthouse. It is impressive to see how the people live their life here and to see the old British James Fort and the other old buildings.
Artists Alliance Gallery (La Road)
The hugely respected Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover established this renowned arts venue, which has become one of the most important of its kind in Ghana. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries. Also on show are full-sized coffins in the shapes of crabs, running shoes and eagles. Everything is for sale. There’s a lovely pool out the back.
In Ghana you have more nice places, but it needs time to go there. And maybe you would like to stay there and continue your travel from there. There are a lot of possibilities. We can recommend some nice places to you.
We, the operators of ViaVia Accra, are Henk & Joa Bosch. We lived and worked in the “90’s more than six years in Ghana with our two children. After leaving Ghana we never could forget Ghana, because of the warm encounters with the people, through our work and through the AMO Programme. We started this AMO Programme in 1996 and we are still connected to this educational and social enterprise. In 2017 we faced both some re-organizations at our work in the Netherlands and then we decided to come back to Ghana. We are impressed by the ViaVia network and we decided to start such a place in Accra.
Together with Rejoice, Grace, Adjei and Kwame we are welcoming you at our place. Feel at home!
Our ViaVia is easily to find. From the Airport Kotoka or from Accra Central you have to take a trotro or taxi in the direction of Aburi. After the suburb Madina you get the suburb Adenta. At the filling junction (after the Goil Filling Station) to step out and you take the Adjei Onanor Street at your right side. After 200 meters you will see the ViaVia at your right side. A dade tree and coconut tree are standing in front of the house.