Day 40… Thursday 11th May
Thunderstorm last night and heavy rain this morning. Abidjan traffic slow but flowing. Stocked up on fuel and food from a large ‘Carrefour’ to get us into Ghana. A 2 and half drive to the Ghanaian boarder along a quite road. Stopped once by a police officer who asked for food. Politely advised that we had nothing available but that we were enjoying his country. He waved us on. Usual border crossing confusion of where to go and what buildings we needed – absolutely no signage or clear directions. The whole process took around 2 hours. Very humid day – dripping in sweat. Ghana border staff very friendly. Money exchanged from CFA to GHS. Sim card purchased so wifi data available. Arrived at Ankasa Reserve Lodge in a national park a short drive from the border and received a warm welcome. Discover we were out of arrange for Wifi. Probably best to disconnect for a few days, enjoy the camping and national park…
Day 41… Friday 12th May
Day 42… Saturday 13th May
Booked a half day birding and nature conservation tour in Ankasa National Park. Very humid but spotted several bird species before heavy rains began. The campsite was very scenic, set amongst the trees, with lovely home cooked food, and plenty of local Ghanaian beer.
The entry into Ghana was super smooth, with more helpful staff pointing us useless tourists where to go, along with help from a couple of hustlers there to change currency and sell sim cards.
I am in two minds about border crossings around here. On the one hand I love how chilled they can be, sitting slouched in a chair sipping a coffee without a care in the world, whilst someone else comes along with their lunch. But at the same time they are ssssoooo slow at doing simple tasks. But hey ho, I’m on African time. We got through in plenty of time and had a beer in hand before it got dark!