What to do? What to see?
Do you love nature? History? Are you a surfer? Do you like to swim or discover the authenticity of the countries you visit? Read quietly? Share time with your family and friends? Play « petanque » ? Take the time to have time ?
Ezile bay is an excellent base for all these aspirations (and many others) and we will be happy to help you to organize them. Here are some examples in the interactive map below. You can zoom to enlarge and click on the icons to access the information. Enjoy your trip!
Less than 10km (Can be done by foot):
Akwidaa old town (10 min walk): typical fishing village with narrow streets where it is interesting to get lost (Do not worry, it's not very big but welcoming). You will meet women preparing fufu, banku or even gari and children playing with toys they have manufactured with ingenuity and who will call you by a loud "my friend !!!"
Fort Dorothea (15 min walk): you will find it on the peninsula at the end of Akwidaa old town, in front of Ezile Bay. There are the ruins of an old German fort sheltered and protected by strong tropical vegetation. It was largely destroyed during battles between European settlers.
The mangrove of Akwidaa can be visited by canoe. We are also fortunate to have a small mangrove at Ezile Bay that you can visit by foot, sit down and let come some animals (crab lagoon, fish, hornbills and Senegalese kingfishers and many more!). You can also watch the amazing "walking fish" (mangrove goby).
During the right season, you can see turtles (Olive riddley, green and leatherback turtle) on the nearby beaches as well as humpback whales and sperm whales.
We can help you to organize boat trips by boat with the fishermen of the village.
Akwidaa is one of the most southern town in Ghana. The village is densely populated. It comprises two parts - Old Akwidaa and New Akwidaa, separated by the beautiful Ezile river (hence the name Ezile Bay).
Akwidaa Residents are Ahanta. In September of each year, they celebrate the Kundum, which is a harvest festival that lasts a week. During the festival, many different foods (mainly maize and cassava) are prepared in homes. The Kundum is a time of reconciliation and announcing harvest. It is characterized by drumming and dancing and many libations in honor of the ancestors.
Once famous for the production of coconut oil, Akwidaa people live of food crops, mainly tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and okra. Corn is also harvested mainly for local consumption.
Ketakor (10 min walk): Another typical small fishing village on the west of Ezile Bay where you may have the opportunity to see monkeys and crocodiles in the mangrove and meet the inhabitants of this village a little out of the world. Surfers (bring your boards!) you will be delighted by the waves of Ketakor. You can consult Magic Seaweed and Tide Table.
Cape 3 Points Forest Reserve (30 min walk): The last coastal rainforest reserve in West Africa. In addition to its impressive vegetation luxuriance, many birds and other animals can be observed. You bring your patience and binoculars (silence and luck too).
Cape 3 Points (10 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bike): The most southern point of Ghana. The walk around the lighthouse is beautiful, you will find an air of Brittany, with more coconut trees and heat! You can also climb to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the coast. Very good surf spot for intermediate and advanced levels.
From September to December, you may be lucky enough to observe humpback and sperm whales snorting in the Gulf of Guinea. Surfers will also find some great waves on the east of the point.
Between 10 and 50 km:
Busua (40 minutes drive). This seaside village combines beach activities and traditional village activities (fishing, subsistence agriculture, trade activity). Busua Beach is a paradise for surfers of West Africa, can rent boards. You can alsoenjoy a drink in one of the numerous beach bars or enjoy a meal at Busua Inn, our cozy family guesthouse while watching the surfers or the villagers walking on the beach, carrying fish and cassava. You will also be able to rent kayaks to go and explore Abokwa Island 1000 m off Busua.
Butre (50 minutes drive): You can discover Fort Batenstein built by the Dutch, impressive ruins overlooking the small fishing village. At the eastern end of the village you will find the estuary of the river that you can admire from the pedestrian bridge.
Dixcove (30 mn drive): Large busy fishing village. If possible, go there on Tuesday, taboo day for fishermen, where most of the canoes are lazing in the shelter of the cove of Dixcove (Dick's cove). In the east of the village, visit Fort Metal Cross, very small business fort, leased by an English and well maintained.
Agona Nkwanta (40 minute drive) to visit on Wednesday to the regional market. Two ATMs are available at Agona.
Princess town (1hr 15mins drive): Princess has two main attractions :
* Fort Gross Friedrichsburg, former German fort, where one building is still in very good state, and strangely looks like a big farm. The view from the Fort on the beach of Princess Town is beautiful.
* The large lagoon / mangrove, one of the finest in the region and a beautiful beach lined with coconut trees (not recommended for swimming as the sea is very strong).
Mia Mia (1 hour drive): Very nice little beach perfect for swimming, with no wave. However, the most interesting sites are the two small beaches 10 minutes walk east of Mia Mia, where you can explore strange rocks dug with enigmatic marks. We have not been able to have plausible explanation about this, even though the villagers are convinced that they were made by the spirit of the beach …
Takoradi (1hr 15mins by car): Third urban center of the country, Takoradi, was developed in the 50's when creating the port. Ideal for shopping, you can visit the market in the middle of a huge roundabout. This is a nice market by its human scale where you will find an impressive range of fabrics, all more colorful than the others. Many ATMs all around the city will provide you cash.
More than 50 km: :
Beyin et N'zulezo (2h drive, difficult to access if you do not use a private vehicle): Fort Appolonia in Beyin is a newly restored small gem where there is also a museum dedicated to the history and local traditions. N'zulezo (departure by boat from Beyin) is a village on stilts, very popular in Ghana, but not that interesting unless the boat trip through the mangroves.
Ankasa forest reserve (3 hours drive): Ankasa is the richest forest of the country in terms of botanical diversity. You can also walk in the Cathedral of bamboo, a large and impressive bamboo grove. There are also many streams and rivers, and one of the largest known tree of the country.
Elmina (2 hours and a half drive): Pretty active and lively city with a vibrant fishing activity. It carries the architectural traces of its colonial past (now restored with Dutch funds). Elmina is known for its two forts. The Greater Fort St George (the first built by the Portuguese in Ghana) and Fort St. Jago. The Fort St George, renewed by the Dutch settlers, is one of the most interesting highlights of Ghana and the tours are very well organized. Both are classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its (sad) past in the history of mankind ..
Kakum Forest Reserve (3 hours drive): One of the most famous reserves in Ghana, especially its 40m high canopy bridges hanging from tall trees, spectacular but a bit pricey. Interesting walks in the forest with guides give you the opportunity to discover much of the native flora, butterflies (over 400 species) and rare birds (200 species).
Cape Coast (3 hours by car): The main interest of this city is the British Fort, the largest in Ghana and of sad fame. It was the largest and most active center in the slave trade and is impregnated with. There is a small museum in the fort.