Possibly one of the most pristine beaches I’ve ever seen is at the Brenu Beach Resort – just west of Elmina on the Gold Coast of Ghana. We camped among the palm trees, cool breeze and listened to the sound of the waves. Hardly anyone swims in the ocean due to the strong current and riptides. The water was warm and the saltwater felt good on our mosquito bites.
Home to the largest market in West Africa, Kejetia Market, Kumasi is teeming with commerce. For example, if you are looking to buy laundry detergent, you might have about 5,000 shops to choose from. Kumasi is also where my dear friend Lisa McNerney stayed as an AFS exchange student in high school. I remember her stories and how interesting she was to everyone with her long, silky blond hair.
Mole National Park
Mole is located in the north and has quite a bit of wildlife…elephants, roan antelope, hartebeest, vervets, patas monkeys, warthogs, duikers and loads of birds. We camped for two days and had an opportunity to do a walking safari and a game drive. Our campsite residents (warthogs) and visitors (elephants and baboons) found us interesting. The baboons were on constant reconnaissance and we had to make sure our tents were zipped and gear was secured. Even with our constant vigilance, one baboon managed to make it on the truck when the cab was open for repair work and stole an apple! We were lucky!
There is a nice mud mosque located in the old Muslim town of Laribanga. The mosque is approximately 400 -600 years old, depending upon who is telling the story.
And the Children…….so very cute!