Agoo Experiences

There’s nothing like experiencing a new city or country in living colour. At Agoo we want to help you have the best first hand experience of Accra and Ghana that you can have here. We can help you tap into authentic experiences that will fill your senses and enrich your memories from your time in this wonderful country of Ghana.

Agoo Hostel has developed some of its own experiences, which you can enjoy (without having to stay at Agoo Hostel). We can also suggest and put you in touch with other people, who offer activities that we are sure that you’ll love. If you have any questions, please ask us.

Please note that all activities are subject to change and availability and a minimum number of people participating in any one activity may apply.

History

Castles and forts

Cape Coast and Elmina

It’s fair to say that these the most visited tourist sites in Ghana and about a 3-hour drive away from Accra, but if are a must-see. These are the former slave forts of Cape Coast and Elmina now both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn the history of the transatlantic slave trade in Cape Coast Castle’s museum and experience the confines of the prisons and envisage the alarm of walking through the Door of No Return never to see Africa again.

Nature experiences and hiking

Rainforest canopy walkway

Kakum National Park with its canopy walkway promises a very special experience for visitors. The walkway is a series of 7 rope bridges between tree tops strung 40m high in the canopy. You’ll gain a fascinating bird’s eye view of the forest and its diverse flora and fauna. You’ll increase your chance of seeing more of the varied wildlife if you stay in the Park overnight and there are camping and tree house facilities for the intrepid.

Ankasa Conservation Area

Close to the border with the Ivory Coast, the Ankasa Conservation Area represents the only wet evergreen protected area in almost unspoiled state. It is home to over 800 plant species, 200 butterfly species, 600 bird species, mammals, a variety of monkeys and reptlies. It also features a large bamboo forest known as the Cathedral.

Mole National Park

If you’re looking for wildlife, Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest and probably most famous national park. Mole has the widest range of wildlife in Ghana and you is home to elephant, antelope, bushbuck, monkeys, warthog, baboon and other smaller wildlife. While you may be lucky enough to see animals beside the waterhole near the Mole Motel, you are just ask likely to see them wandering past your room at the Motel. Small group jeep and walking tours are offered.

Hiking in the Volta Region

If you enjoy hiking, then we recommend a trip to the mountains of the cooler and enchanting Volta Region. This area has so much to offer hillwalkers. You will probably find that you are required to take a guide, but here are some suggestions For walks:

Wli Falls, Wli, Hohoe District

The village of Wli sits nestled in hilly, wooded landscape close to the Togo border. The Wli Falls are the tallest waterfalls in West Africa and drop in two cascades. The lower falls are reached after a relatively gentle 40-minute walk along a shadowy forest path, but you’ll need 2 hours at a more energetic pace and steeper hike to arrive at the second falls.

Tagbo Falls, Liate Wote, Hohoe District

Some say that Tagbo Falls are even more lovely than the Wli Falls, so you may want to check out the competition for yourself. Tagbo Falls are an easy 45 minutes’ walk through lush, shady forest, and past cocoa and coffee farms from the eco-village of Liate Wote. The waterfall drops down into a pool, where you can paddle and swim.

Mount Afadjeto, Liati Wote, Hohoe District

With its peak at 885m, Mount Afadjeto is the highest mountain in Ghan located in the Agmatsa Range along the Ghana-Togo border. On a clear day from the summit you’ll have fantastic panoramic views of forest, mountain, valley, villages and Volta Lake.

Community

Beach clean ups

Ghana has some wonderful beaches and there’s nothing like jumping through the Atlantic waves as they crash towards the shore. Plastic pollution however has blighted parts of the coastline particularly close to urban communities leaving beaches strewn with plastic rubbish. We join Plastic Punch, an NGO whose mission is to combat this plastic pollution and one way that it does it is by holding regular beach clean ups. Apart from helping our marine environment, it’s a great chance to meet likeminded locals and enjoy a day outside by the ocean.

Arts and Crafts

Beads

Traditional glass beads of Ghana are often referred to as Krobo beads, the Krobo mountains being the main area of production. These beads are made from recycled glass. Bead lovers will enjoy the Thursday Bead Market at Koforidua and Agomanya Market on Wednesday and Saturday.

Pottery

3 significant pottery centres are: first, in Kpando, about 4 – 5 hours from Accra, near the eastern bank of the River Volta, you’ll find Kpando Fesi Shed – a women’s pottery cooperative – producing coiled pots with distinctive sculpting, details and finish; the second is the village of Vume on the main Accra-Aflao road, before you cross the River Volta in the south of Volta Region. Here the potters demonstrate slab and wheel work; and the third, iIn Sirigu near Bolgatanga, you find clay goods produced by the members of SWOPA SWOPA website each decorated with local traditional paintings.

Ashanti and Ewe Kente cloth

Find out more about this most distinctive, multicoloured fabric that originates from the Ashanti people. The cloth was hand woven originally for the Ashanti kings, but now it. The threads of silk, cotton or rayon are woven on a wooden loom in narrow strips and then sewn together to make a cloth. Bonwire near Kumasi is the centre of bright Ashanti Kente weaving, while the more muted Ewe Kente is made in the Volta Region, particularly, Tafi Abuife.

Wax cloth

While second hand clothes from the West (known as Obroni Wawu (the white man is dead)) seem to swamp the markets in Ghana, explore those same markets for traditional and modern patterned wax cloth. We promise that you’ll be totally spoiled for choice! We can put you in touch with a tailor, who can then make up shirts and dresses for you to take home.

Basket weaving

You will see Bolga baskets for sale throughout Ghana, but Bolgatanga, near the border with Burkina Fasso, is its tradition home. These baskets made from elephant grass are great for shopping and storage, and are as beautiful as they are practical. If you travel to the North, you can witness the skills and techniques of the weavers from Bolga, and buy baskets, fans and maps for very reasonable prices.

Brass casting

To the south-west of Kumasi you’ll find a group of local traditional brass casters, who use the lost wax process to make brass ornaments and jewellery. You are welcome to watch this process from the first mould in beeswax to the final polish to a shiny, new brass treasure.

Exercise

Yoga

There are plenty of yoga studios around us.

Running in Accra

Run with Quarshie, our facilities manager. He and his running friends are phenomenal. Every week they run around the streets of Accra, up into the hills towards the north near Aburi or along the coast road to Tema. They also regularly compete in official Accra Marathons. However if you’re looking for a shorter early morning run round the centre of Accra, join Quarshie for a jog round the neighbourhood.

Horse riding and pony trekking at lake Bosomtwe

For an unforgettable experience, take a trip up to beautiful Lake Bosomtwe. Elodie, who runs The Green Ranch, will take you on rides of between one and 10 hours among the cocoa farms and villages around the lake.

and that’s just the start. We’ll be adding more and more experiences to the list over the next week or so!