Kakum, Accra and a zoo!


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June 11th 2006
Published: June 12th 2006
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No one shake the bridge!
I have spent the last day and a half running around the southern half of Ghana trying to fit in as much sightseeing and adventure as humanly possible, and I think I succeeded.

First went up to the Kakum National Park and man oh man this place rocked! I sort of overcame my nasty fear of heights and pretty much ran across the super high rope bridges that scour high above the tree lines. By high, I mean really insanely high. It was such an amazing time and the sights of the surrounding rain forest will stay with me for a long time. They park itself is host to a bountyful of various animals, but I didn't really spot any along the forest floor. Well, I think I spotting the butt of an elephant once, but like I said earlier, I was really high up (and scared of falling sometimes). The slight breeze would swing the bridge ever so slightly, but at least there wasn't many people there when I went, so I didn't hold anybody up as I death-gripped the rope. Birds flew everywhere and it was truly like setting foot in a whole new world.

After that
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Right smack dab in the art centre
I took a trip over to Accra, the capital of Ghana. It was a fairly long taxicab ride there, taking a couple of hours, but I was like a bouncy kid going to the zoo! Why? Because I stopped at the Ghana zoo and saw a bunch of animals! Some of the cages were a tad small, like most zoos, but being the animal lover I am it was cool to see some new neat looking creatures for the first time.

After that, me and my cabbie, Lucky, went and had more goat-kabobs at a local cafe. I'm hooked on them, that and rice with a coconut milk sauce....oh yeah I was loving it. Once our bellies were filled to the maximum I wandered around downtown Accra, and spent a lot of time in the district of Osu. This is a mainly tourist area and is close by to the awesome sites of the Art Centre and Liberation Square. Beautiful parks and statues were all around, and some of the art, objects and tidbits sold in the local stores were amazing as usual. I hate being poor, as I couldn't afford some of the wonderful paintings and carvings. I'll
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Rainforest everywhere
put it on the “to do” list later on in life.

Once again I was blessed with great weather, but I didn't have time to head down to the fantastic looking beaches for a swim. I'm off to work again, heading back into Nigerian waters and then on the way to The Congo. That will hopefully be my final port of call, and I want to spend at least a day wandering around there. I hear they have a great surf bar and an upbeat nightlife. After that, I'm off back home. Of course everything could change, and I may want to spend a few more days exploring, but it all depends on how tired I am, and how much cash I have left.

So....till next entry! Keep your beer cold now people.


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The front yard of a home I passed. Might have been a hotel though.
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*roar* kitty!
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Awww they are so cute!
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Bird with a brain the size of a peanut
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Almost like the ones back home
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This cat wants out
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Look he wants to go home with me :)
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Random shot of a building
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Osu the tourist district
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Statue of the first king of Ghana
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A market street right in downtown
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Close up of the square
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I'm definately going here again
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Main entrance area
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More rainforest
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One of the many paths crisscrossing the ground
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That is one big tree!
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Watch that first step!


14th July 2006

great photos
I am going to Ghana in Jan. Thanks for the wonderful photos! Am looking forward to visiting the country. Ann
17th August 2009

An Ape called Joe Blackie
Can you confirm that Accra Zoo had a Ape called Joe Blackie in 1978, and that he smoked cigrattes. John

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