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I'll be alone during the day while my daughter works. What should I see? Where is it safe to go (I'm female, 60 years old). I'm very active. Would even consider volunteering somewhere. How about hiring a local guide? Who is good. Want to see the markets, get a true flavor of everyday life, see the important historical and art sites. Thanks...
In Accra for just a week?
It isn’t that much time for all your tings to do. About hiring a guide, you should ask if any relative of your daughters’ colleagues is interested in accompanying you for that week. It is much more interesting seeing Ghana true the eyes of a Ghanaian instead of a guide. You certainly should see the castles and forts along the coast line and when you go to independence square in Accra you find almost all the things to see of the capital.
I gather that you would be mostly interested in day tours from Accra, in order to be there when your daughter gets off work. There are a number of things to do in and around Accra, from historical forts to the west of Accra, to the iconic coffin market of the Ga people to the east up the coast a bit. In Accra there is also the Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, and the Kwame Nkrumah (spelled from memory...) Memorial Park.
Up the Cape Coast there are the imfamous slave castles and forts. There is a Historical Museum in one of them called Cape Coast Castle. - Or go Kakum National Park, which is a tropical jungle/rain forest, where there is a walkway far above the jungle floor.....worth a visit. - Or take a trip to Akosombo on the river Volta, where there is a big dam project, and go for a sail on the "biggest man-made lake in the world" as they like to call it.
You should get to know the most common and popular transport in Ghana, known as a tro-tro. Here is what to expect.
Here is a good guide for women alone out and about in Africa in general. It will be comforting to know what to expect and look for. Do not let it scare you, - most of it is just common sense. I will add though, that Ghana is generally considered the friendliest to women travelling alone in West Africa.
Hiring a local guide in Accra is a great idea. Yes, to some extent local people/friends are good, but do not always know what interests a visitor, or the history behind whatever is of interest. Some of the nicest people I met in Ghana were local guides, I needed for my tour members. Although there, beach access in Accra is not that easy to find, so a good guide can help you there. If you find a good one that you like, stick with him/her for the remainder of your stay. A good guide can really make the coffin tour come alive....(sorry).
One more thing, - I am sure that due to your daughter's work all medical issues are being delt with. However I would be amiss if I did not add this. Go to a travel medicine specialist for proper travel medicine needs, and you do have needs here. If you are from the U.S., do not assume that your regular doctor knows diddly about travel medicine. Go to a specialist. Malaria is nothing to play with. It can and will kill you if you do not follow proper advise. You also will need a yellow fever certificate of immunization. Do make sure you cover yourself. Have fun
Ghana is safe for tourists. You can walk around without problems, however some areas might be very crowded, like the bus stations and in downtown. There are some interesting places in the city, Makola Market in downtown, national Culture Center (if you like crafts), James Town fishing village and the houses build on the cliff above, Independence Square and the Independence Arch. Maybe you will find the local fishing boats interesting when they arrive the beach with their catch and all the villagers help to drag in the fishing nets.
Ghana is a relatively safe place and as a woman on your own you will feel safe. People are generally friendly and helpful. There are lots of nice places to visit but unfortunately are out of town. Cape Coast, Volta lake, Aburi Botanical Gardens, Ada are all nice day trips outside of Accra. There are a few tour companies that offer day trips although some are better than others. Melian Travel & Tours are good. They also do group tours so if they have any scheduled while you are there it is a lot cheaper. They also do a good tour of Accra around the main attractions and a tour guides takes you around.
Good luck with your trip. I'm sure you will have a great time!
Sorry Hban, - look at the date of the question. Trip is long over.......d:o)