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Cocoa Village Guesthouse

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Lake Bosumtwi, Kumasi Ghana
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Cocoao Village Guesthouse is small hotel located in Ghana just on shore of Lake Bosumtwi close to the city of Kumasi. Hotel is located in the metorit crater surrounded with hills and cocoa plantations. Three independent bungalows with bathroom are available. In each bungalow four/three/two people can stay. In wooden stake house three separate rooms are available. In each room 6 beds are available. Camping in tent is also possible. Restaurant is located next to the lake shore and offer endless pleasure in romantic sights from the lake. In the morning fishermen's from near village can be observed at their daily work or simple enjoy in dinner on the sunshine. Every moment of your stay will be accompaniment with magic colors of the lake and their surroundings, songs of the exotic birds and scene from everyday villager's life.We are located close to the small village and we are arranging different experience from visits in the near village and show the way of life in the real African village, villager farming show, 500m near are horse ranch and riding are possible, swiming in the lake is superb option, we are organizing pirogue riding with fisherman's from the village, we are organize trip around the lake and varietey od tours aroung Ghana (round Ghana tours, Mole national park trip, ...).
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Free parking
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Car hire
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Outdoor fireplace
Shared lounge / TV area
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Bart_the_belgian wrote a review Dec 2019
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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.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from TomazKon, Manager at Cocoa Village Guesthouse
Responded Dec 30, 2019
Dear Bart, We are really sorry for your wrong impression about Cocoa Village Guesthouse and our mission to be here on Lake Bosomtwe. Usually we are not responding on reviews as they are very subjective from guests to guests but in this case we estimate very unfair behaviour. We try to explain what our objectives are. And here are some! We are lodge style guesthouse and we are always staying behind that. What are this mean? We are not focused and we never have that kind of focus to provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi services and other urban style gadgets in the middle of the bush where no wired internet connection existing far around also electricity break downs are daily problems and I will not mention a road condition to us. Wi-Fi in the bush is luxury so you need to pay for that and sometimes not working if there is no electricity around the region! We offer simple lodge style (not luxury style!!!) accommodation without AC, hot water etc in the middle of the meteorite crater lake (they are only 6 of that kind all over the world). We are sure in that we can offer best Lake Bosomtwe with surroundings experience. Dinner or lunch on our lake side deck can be first class experience if you really wish that. But we also know we are located near the local villages so part of Cocoa Village experience are also included with all local village behaviour which is sometimes music during the weekend or some funeral rites which I am sure you have meet during yours trip on Ghana. People are there a centuries and we do not have any intention to banished them in fact we are guest there. Also we never have a plan to damage the lake and surroundings with insecticide or some other poisons for bats or mouse’s. We simply live with nature in the nature. And yes sometimes during the wet season flies are nasty but we recommend guest not to use too much lights in the rooms and that helps. So for living in the bush a little patient and behaviour change are necessary and that is experience too. That’s and more are Cocoa Village Guesthouse. Yes for that you need to pay something (you pay around 50 EUR per night for two person with breakfast included) in the top of the season. Is this is too much?? We do not think that because we need to work hard to keep guesthouse maintained in the middle of the bush. Think about what kind of experience and luxury you can expect in Germany for that amount. Regarding contribution our moto is different then you mention. We are trying not to follow contribution or gift system approach as this done a lot of damage in the past African history. So we follow normal approach and creating long term working and education opportunities. We employee in small guesthouse on rural area where job opportunities are rare 10 local young people for full time. And like in ordinary circumstances we are paying to them regularly monthly salaries, taxes, social insurance so they can plan their future. With regards Cocoa Village Team
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Idan s wrote a review Dec 2019
Ghana57 contributions12 helpful votes
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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
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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sofimason wrote a review Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
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.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Elisa M wrote a review Jul 2018
Accra, Ghana47 contributions14 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Jeannette P wrote a review Apr 2018
Bogota, Colombia4 contributions
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.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Room Tip: All of the rooms are very nice and they offer tents and a room filled with bunk beds for...
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$53 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
GhanaAshanti RegionKumasi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cocoa Village Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Cocoa Village Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Lake Bosumtwi (2.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cocoa Village Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Cocoa Village Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Cocoa Village Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Cocoa Village Guesthouse?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cocoa Village Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Slovenian.
Does Cocoa Village Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.