Patricia Voerman, co-owner of the new Moon and Star Guesthouse in Banko, has forwarded us the following information about the village and the guesthouse:
Banko is a small town in the middle of Ghana. It is easy to reach using local transportation from Kumasi. In about one hour you will get to Banko.
Banko is a typical Ghanaian village, there are about 5000 inhabitants. There are a number of stores in Banko where you can buy a variety of products.
The village is situated between beautiful mountains. It’s a very nice area for hiking and you can even climb one of the mountains.
Mainly thanks to Anja van der Valk’s Foundation there has been a lot of growth in social securities. There is a clinic, a maternity ward, an orphanage and good schools for the locals. The surrounding villages can also profit from these facilities.
We built the Moon and Star Guesthouse just outside Banko 2 years ago and we are now opened to receive guests.
We have 6 rooms (smallest is a single room, biggest a room with 2 double beds) a restaurant with european and local dishes.
A outside bar and we are currently building a swimmingpool.
The guesthouse is runned by Wout and Patricia a Dutch couple that has 11 years of experience in hiking and visiting Ghana.
* Single room €7,50
* Room with double bed: €10
* Room with 2 double beds: €15
* Erect your own tent: €5
* Board and lodging for a volunteer, including meals and water excluding other beverages: €65 per week
* Breakfast: €1 to €3
* Lunch: from €2
* Diner: from €4
Things to do in and around the village
* Climbing the holy mountain
* Going to farm with a local
* Preparing a traditional meal with a local
* Playing soccer with the local youth
* Seeing how the traditional kente cloth is made
Address and directions
GPS coordinates: N 6°56’00.0, W 1°23’28.3
For a reservation or more information:
Itinerary coming from Kumasi using local transport:
On Fuller road, nearby the gangway crossing the railway, you will find de tro tros to
Effiduasi. Get on a tro tro and go to the final destination, Effiduasi station. Here you will find shared taxis to Banko, their are signs on the taxis. Take a taxi to Banko. Once you arrive in banko you can ask the locals where Moon and Star Guesthouse or the house of the white people live is located.
If you are carrying a lot of luggage you can ask the driver to drive you to us, it’s a 10 minutes walk from the junction where the taxis usually stop.
In total this journey will cost about 3 GHcedis
Itinerary using your own transport:
Coming from Accra:
Take the road to Kumasi until you reach Ejisu. In Ejisu you will take a right turn to Effiduasi, just after you passed the Shell filling station and just before you’ll reach the tro tro station.
Coming from Kumasi:
Take the road to Accra until you reach Ejisu. In Ejisu you will take a left turn to Effiduasi, just after you passed the tro tro station and just before you’ll reach the Shell filling station.
Go to Effiduasi. Take a left turn when you reach the tro tro station. This is the road to a village called Oyoko. In Oyoko take the 1st road on your left to Akrofoso, this is a dirt road. The first village that you will pass is Bomeng, then Akrofoso. After leaving Akrofoso you will see a high school at your right side, opposite of that you see Moon and Star guesthouse.