One of my best friends Walt told me 20 years ago,
I have been thinking about this comment,
-- you have put yourself at the mercy of the "local transport".
I must stay young, I am not old yet, so all these scenarios are not a problem. I would like to drive for one reason, to take photos, I purchased a motorcycle in Togo a few years ago, but just do not like the idea of crossing borders this way, so I sold it again..
Am I at the mercy, I think I would be at the mercy of police checkpoints with a car, but in a Tro Tro I am free.
I am very lazy, maybe minimalistic, I have zero desire to take care of a car, so I doubt I will every buy one, unless just to prove you can drive the smallest car in the world across Africa with zero problem.
I have been hiring or chartering cars, I chartered the whole van on the way to Noe, in Cote d'Ivoire. I have become an expert at buying the whole front seat, I did it the whole way today.
The trip took nine hours to get JUST to Takoradi, the Kumasi bus station took four hours for transit, truly SNAFU.
A lot of owning a car is control, or wanting control, I do not want control of anything, I know the bottom line is, you sit in a seat for x amount of hours, and you arrive in a new place.
Cape Three Points sounds great:
Cape Three Points is known as the "land nearest nowhere" because it is the land nearest a location in the sea which is at 0 latitude, 0 longitude and 0 altitude.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes_Town,_Ghana - You NEED to copy and Paste - Wiki has a comma in URL.
Busua may be a tourist trap, Ghana feels to be sprouting them like flease since my first time here five years ago, the type of hotels that cater to all the NGO or Resume packers in the country. a.k.a. paste colored whites and pay USA dollars. This one may be ok but hard to tell, there is no easy and fast escapes. Being I would be with a girl, these empty resorts could be better..
There are hundreds of beaches in Africa with nobody on the beach and 99 percent of the white look too white for a beach, I am amazed they can avoid the sun.
-- Lonely Planet information:
Despite the relative difficulty getting here, or
perhaps because of it, Princess Town draws
travellers to its abandoned beach and Fort
Princess Town (admission C5000, still/video camera fee
C5000/10,000 h9am-5pm), a castle perched magnificently
at the top of a hill on the eastern
edge of the village. Originally called Gross
Friedrichsburg by the Prussians who built
it in 1683, the partly restored fort is made
from greyish local stone and this, together
with the lush vegetation surrounding it,
makes it one of the most attractive forts on
the coast. There are superb views from the
ramparts over the sandy bay and towards
Cape Three Points, Ghana’s southernmost
point. The fort’s caretaker can help arrange
excursions in the area, such as canoe trips
on the nearby lagoon, and trips up the River
Kpani to visit a palm-wine distillery.
The only accommodation in Princess
Town is at the fort, where simple rooms
with shared bathroom (bucket showers)
cost C25,000 you can also camp with a
tent for C15,000. At the start of the short
trail up to the fort is a terrace bar and restaurant
where you can get cold drinks and
cheap seafood meals. Odds are you’ll be approached
by self-appointed guides, though
they’re not necessary.
The junction for Princess Town is about
15km west of Agona junction any tro-tro
heading west from Agona can drop you
there. From here, it’s about 18km to Princess
Town along a scenic but rough dirt
road. Shared taxis run reasonably regularly
between the junction and the town. There
are also direct tro-tros from Agona to Princess
Sent the url of this good article on to a 40+ travelers group I moderate and give some free advice on once in a while. I am now well over 60 and wish that I was 30 years younger every morning I wake up. I quit drinking Alcohol 35 years ago, I should have quit smoking the same time, did not do that until 14 months ago, in the hospital with pnuemonia, damages done.
If I had contracted Malaria, I would find a place I could rest and relax for at least 5 days or so before resuming overland travel, take caution.
These days if I get stressed in a situation, unless cornered, try to avoid the person or persons, place or thing, walk away or get on a bus and ride away, whatever works.
My long term friend over in Guatemala feels and does the same, she is way up in her 50s.
My Brother in Law in States is 58, he has been ill for a few weeks., however he drives everywhere, like many up in the States, rarely goes hiking.
After 50 most of us feel it more, I walk a lot and have been walking a lot for years, of course many over 50+ are in really good helath, they have taken care of their physical bodies, mental and spiritual health over the years, come to El Salvador and Guatemala and climb volcanoes like Superman, like a speeding bullet, while far younger people huff and puff their way up!!!! Bravo to you. Traveling overland every day on 70 power. At any rate to you and your readers
Happy New Year 2011.
Donald Lee, Ex Pat, Comedian and Survivor in Central America, yes, comedian, sometimes travel experiences can be really funny, most in hindsight!!!!!!!!!
Tyler or maybe Brent, I think you had a car.
The Lonely Planet sucks because it assumes I have a car, and will send me on a trip that is not possible unless I have a car.
This is all interesting, but the videos and information needs to have the transportation and prices of hotels to be of true value to me or the readers.
I cannot find prices for Kedas Lodge? And Ghana is a brother to Nigeria.
This place appears to 50 - 75 Dollars per night
I found many rates for Hotels for Ghana, I cannot ssnd the direct link because they make the web site wrong and put spaces: - Select "Western Region" for Kedas
Ghana people are sneaky with these deserted lodges, I cannot justify going anywhere unless I can find prices.
Please tell reader and me prices, specific locations and how to get there by transportation.
Thanks, Andy Graham
Now we are helping Ghana, lack of clarity makes tourist afraid, me and you are the 1 in a 1000, but the average joe blow is scared to death of Ghana.
Kevin was a tourist probably before he became a Hotel owner. My list of places to go is endless, why go to anyplace that has too many questions. I do not get tempted by videos. I get tempted by clarity, who, when, where, why, what and how much..
You just gave the good skinny, but then again, I do not want to go pay 25-75 dollars to talk to an American in Ghana, but the majority of traveler do, anything to find America inside of Ghana.
Sounds like a great place to woo a rich Ghana girl, I am still into trying to convince them I am poor, and making it on personality,
Now, go to bed, it is way to late in the USA, about 1:00 am.
Fun stuff, and very good, Thanks