My husband and I just returned from a trip to Ghana (my first trip to Africa), and I wanted to thank you for your wonderful guide. One thing I was taken aback by was that it seems to be a standard practice for people to ask for donations if you go into a village. This is done with more and less grace from place to place, but I would have appreciated it if there had been a callout box or something in the book about that.
Back in Accra, we stayed at the Blue Royal. I guess you pay for the location. We couldn’t believe that that place cost the same as the Afia, which is far nicer, if not as central. The desk clerks were also unbelievably rude and indifferent.
We travelled with a guide from EasyTrack tours. I can’t recommend them highly enough. They were responsive, very pleasant, and our guide was wonderful. It was very expensive, but bring first-timers, it felt well worth it. We felt very fortunate that whenever we saw something and were curious about it, he was there to explain and translate. Also, there’s no way we would have been able to navigate the roads with anything approaching his competence. (Again, never having been to a country quite like Ghana, we were taken aback at how almost nothing was signposted and the general chaos of people’s driving style.)
So, I’m not sure how EasyTrack compares to other operators, but they have the distinct advantage of offering payment through PayPal so that you don’t have to carry massive amounts of cash with you everywhere.