OUR ADVICE: DON'T GO TO COCOA VILLAGE GUESTHOUSE. Read more for details. (long read) We (male 35, female 28) have been travelling Ghana for 3 weeks now. This has been our 7th location so far and has proven to be the most disappointing booking so far. Compared to all other locations, this location has proven to have many downsides. I do not like to be negative. Yet, since we have been reading some very good comments about Cocoa Village Guesthouse, which are in the biggest contrast with what we have experienced, a fair review is in urgent need. The room price: BE CAREFULL. This place is full of hidden costs. Yes, if you read all location details on booking.com, you will find the extra costs: - PAY 20% EXTRA for your room. Taxes are not included. All other locations had taxes included on booking.com. - Wifi costs 4 USD/day and was not working. The comfort: - Room rates are at high level. We would expect a bit of luxury and peace and quiet for that price. None of such. During the day, the neighboring villages played EXTREMELY LOUD, pumping music, mainly TECHNO and HARDBEAT (no African music for sure!). Imagine trying to relax at Coachella. For real... Between 6 and 7 PM, the music stopped, we were relieved. Yet, to find out the pumping techno music started again at 8PM, to continue through the night. Luckely, at 11PM, a general power cut took place in the area. We were actually happy about that. - Our room was invaded by thousands of FLYING ANTS. On request, we got the room treated with insetciside. It helped, but it didn't feel nice at all. Afterwards, are room was cleaned on request. There were thousands of dead flying ants on the floor. But, that wasn't all... The location seems to have mouse issues. Fair enough, they do warn for the mice, advising to keep food out of the room. I haven't seen mice, yet, when going to bed, there was a mouse present on the bed. Yep, that's MOUSE DROPPINGS for you, on your bed. Not nice at all. Then, there was a pretty big COCKROACH discovering our bags. That was the point where I decided to start taking photos. Not amused. To finish this topic off, expect also big ants, lizards and gekko's in your room. But, they caused no harm. The fan: The fan in the room was okay-ish. Yet, compared to all other locations we have booked, this was the most basic fan and wasn't really good enough. The bathroom: (we booked the 2 PERSON House) - Very basic - NO HOT WATER (sorry, but for this price, not acceptable) - 1 small towel per person - showering will cause the entire bathroom to be wet Breakfast: You can choose multiple things. We had French toast and scrambled egg with vegetable. Tasted okay. Nothing special. Pretty basic for Ghana. We had better breakfast in more affordable locations. The restaurant: We only stayed one night and only had beef steak with fries and a salad. I don't like to complain yet... This has been the most expensive food we had in Ghana so far. The portions were small and the quality of food and taste was low in quality in comparison with our 3 week experience so far. We noticed, some other guests ordered jollof rice with chicken) 55 Cedi. That portion looked bigger. Yet, we didn't choose local food because it was dramatically over-priced. - VERY OVERPRICED. Drinks will cost 2-3 times more than usual. Beer: 12 Cedi, Lemonade, 8 Cedi. Bottle if wine: 90 Cedi. Water: 6 Cedi. We were shocked about the prices. The logde is far away from the village. The lodge brutally exploits that. - Your not allowed to bring own food or drinks. That's OK. We understand stand, but... Add to it, that you pay ASTRONOMIC PRICES FOR FOOD AND DRINKS, you might feel exploited. The owner is a white man, by the way. We have talked to some locals if the Eco Lodge it contributing to the local, very poor villagers. Answer from the people we have spoken with: no. Pricing tactics: On arrival, we immediately felt there was something different. The place is ran by a rich white man. We didn't meet him personally. The Contrast with the fair, friendly and open approach of the other Ghanean owned places could not have been bigger. This non-transparant price policy and absurd overpricing reminds us of European TOURIST TRAPS. The activities : - stand up paddle. Two SUP's available. 25 Cedi per hour. Which is very expensive for Ghanean standards. - Guided boat tour around the lake: €200 or 1270 Cedi. Imagine, a factory worker in Accra gets 700 Cedi, A MONTH! So, absurdly overpriced. Yet... It doesn't end with that. Lake Bosomtwe is a holy lake for the Ashanti people. As travelers, we believe in respecting local culture and beliefs. No metal is allowed to touch the water. This is important for the Ashanti people. Therefore, fishermen use simple wooden boats and paddle with their hands. Cocoa Village doesn't respect that. The guided boat tour includes a load out-board engine. So much with respecting local beliefs. Sorry, but we were disgusted by this lack of respect. - guided hike, €80 or 500 Cedi. For our guided hikes we have done so far, we payed about €4 or 25 Cedi per hour. So, also the hike is hugely over-priced. The beach: - expect a cobble stone beach with a fairly difficult and slippery water entry. - the lake water is very warm, feels like a warm bathtub. The garden: - well maintained, yet simple garden. The lounge: - well maintained, very basic. Expect for a nice mural painting, there's no effort done in art or decoration. We have seen way nicer places for way less money. The personal: Friendlyness was below Ghanean average. No smiling faces. Just doing the job, I would say. Getting there: Get a taxi from Kuntanase, it will cost 50-60 Cedi for the total car. The road is absolutely the worst road we have seen so far in Ghana. To put things in perspective, we have crossed the Afram plains (if that rings a bell). To be honest, we don't understand why other guests have given good till very good reviews. Maybe something changed, maybe other guests had few comparison.…
We spent 3 days and 2 nights at cocoa village at lake Bosomtwe on Christmas. The place is far and the road is not easy but it was a beautiful stay. The lake is beautiful and convinient for kids, clean water, no streams, warm water. The family room (ask for it) is very nice, simple but nice. Don't expect air conditioning or hot water. The kids enjoy the grass to play, the sap boards to train or sail with us. The restaurant is ok and is aimed for western world taste. Recommended are the steaks with mash potatoes or French fries. The pastas and chicken are ok. Breakfast was nice with either pancakes, French toast or omelet. Fishing is not an option as there almost no fish in the lake
Lake Busumtwi and Cocoa Village was the highlight of my trip to Ghana. Matevz and Tjasa are wonderful hosts - they are both so welcoming, friendly and go above and beyond for their guests. A beautiful location and lovely rooms. I particularly enjoyed the paddle boarding and meeting the local children by the breathtaking lake. Overall a fantastic experience.
Very relaxing place, right close to the Lake, as well as neat. Internet connection reaches poorly, but there are interesting alternative plans to do. It has a nice garden and pleasant restaurant, which although quite slow in the service, serves good food. The family house is a good choice value for money.
It is BEAUTIFUL, quiet, amazing food, clean rooms, awesome staff and the water is warm and clean! I love to swim and so does my 3 year old son. This was a great place to do just that. No ocean waves, just clear water that you can walk right into. The paddle boards they have to rent is a huge bonus and allowed us to check out neighboring villages from the water. The food is made on site and was always fresh and delicious. I definitely recommend staying here.