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Accra Travel Guide

 

INTRODUCTION:

Accra was developed by the aboriginal Ga people during the 17th century. Due to its location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Accra soon became an important port that was used for trade by the Portuguese. It became the capital of Ghana in 1877.

It is now the largest city of Ghana along with being the capital and is one of the most developed cities of the African continent. Accra is the melting pot of many cultures.

It is filled with grand colonial buildings of the British reign while the modern architecture combines with them to make it simply classic.

Accra’s nightlife is popular around the globe as one of the finest, most energetic and most vibrant of the African continent.

kotoka International Aiport Serves the Ghanaian capital and welcomes numerous cheap flights to Accra from around the world.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

National Museum of Ghana:

This museum remains open daily from 9am to 5pm and is considered one of Accra’s top attractions. It is home to archeological, ethnographical and local artifacts.

National Theatre:

The construction of National Theatre was aided by the Chinese Government. It was built in the 1990s and now it stands in the city center as one of the most popular landmarks of the Ghanaian capital.

Makola Market:

Stylized in the most traditional manner, Makola Market is home to many colorful stalls. Clothing, medicine, local handicrafts, electronics, tools, edible items and just everything imagined is available in the market.

James Town:

Often regarded as a slum settlement, James Town is one of the oldest parts of Accra. It is a small fishing harbor and has much historical importance.

Labadi Beach:

Labadi Beach is indeed the best beach in the city of Accra. The entry fee is waived off for those who are staying in any of the hotels, near to the beach. Drumming, dancing, pony rides, and acrobatic performances are there to entertain the tourists.

Ohene Djan Stadium:

Ohene Djan Stadium is one of the most popular stadiums of not only Ghana, but the African continent. It can accommodate up to 40,000 spectators and has the honor of hosting football matches of the renowned Africa Cup of Nations in 2008.

Osu Castle:

Also known as Fort Christianbourg, the castle was originally built by the Danes during 17th century. The fort later went into the hands of British followed by the Portuguese and the Akwamu. It was the seat of the government during British rule.

The fort has been reconstructed many times for changes or repair work but is no more open to public.

Aburi Botanical Gardens:

Away from the coast, a visit to these parks provides a rather cooler climate. They are characterized by green and serene environment and home unique species of Ghanaian flora.

Accra’s monumental structures are spread all around the city and are the biggest attraction for tourists. Some of the best known are W.E.B DuBois Memorial Center, Independence Sqaure and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. A car hire works best to explore these wide spread attractions with ease and comfort. Accra Visitor Center can provide more information regarding attractive sights and sounds of the city.

WEATHER:

1st Quarter:

The first 3 months of the year bestow Accra with 7-8 hours of sunlight while the minimum temperatures vary between 23oC and 24oC which can rise up to 31oC maximum. According to past records, the minimum record temperatures have fallen to 15oC while the maximum temperatures rose up to 38oC, however this is uncommon. Humidity is very high from January to March which is around 95% in the mornings of January and March and 96% in February, but reduces to 61% in the evenings of January and February and 63% in March. Precipitation is lowest in January at 133mm which rises to 56mm in March through 33mm in February. Rainy days in January are an average of 1, 2 in February and 4 in March. 

2nd Quarter:

April and May enjoy 7 hours of sunny days which reduce to 5 hours in June. The minimum temperatures during this time of the year are no lesser than 23oC and more than 31oC, however records of 19oC and 35oC have been formed for lowest and highest temperatures respectively. Humidity in the second quarter in high in Accra which is high in the morning hours but considerably falls until the evening hours. Early hours of the morning see 96% humidity in April and May which reduces to 65% and 68% in the evenings respectively. June experiences the highest humidity levels in June at 97% and 74% during the days and nights respectively. Precipitation rises from 81mm in April to 178mm in June through 142mm in May. June enjoys the highest number of rainy days in a year at an average of 10.

3rd Quarter:    

Sunlight hours considerably decrease in July and August at 5 and slightly rise to 6 hours in September. This may be slightly disturbing for European travelers but, most travelers take flights to Accra at this time as the humidity levels are lower compared to other months. Temperatures fall no lower than 23oC and rise no higher than 27oC and remain constant, so much so that even the highest recorded temperatures were never seen to go higher than 32oC. Day time humidity percentage is almost the same as other months but less discomforting, in the evening hours however it remains in higher 70s. Precipitation is lowest in August at 15mm and highest in July at 46mm while in September it is 36mm.  The least amounts of rainy days in seen in August at an average of 3 while 4 in July and September have been recorded.   

4th Quarter:

The final quarter of the year again brings in more sunny times at 7-8 hours while the temperatures remain a bearable of 23oC and 24oC. The average maximum temperatures rise up to 31oC in November and December while in October; they do not rise more than 19oC on an average. The record highest temperatures have been recorded up to 32oC, 33oC and 24oC in October, November and December respectively while it never fell lower than 17oC. Humidity is again high at 97% in daytime hours and 71% to 64% through 66% in the evening in the three months respectively. Rainfall is normal during this time of the year at 64mm in October, 36mm in November and 23mm in December. October enjoys 6 rainy days which is the highest of the last quarter.