I spent an entire day and night at Aburi Gardens and all I can say is that the experience was spiritual. Much like being alone in a beautiful church... I was there on a Saturday and other than my guide and I there was only one other traveler there. We had the forest all to ourselves! A very knowledgeable guide toured me through the forest, identifying and explaining the enormous trees and other vegetation and then I was left on my own to wonder at will. It was like being alone in heaven and the sounds of the forest were awesome. Even a blind person could enjoy the sounds, smells and feel of Aburi. There is a small guest house inside the forest which is staffed by a man and woman. I had both dinner and breakfast there and the food was fine; nothing special but nothing to complain about. What was fabulous was the setting in which the food was served. I was given the option of eating in a dreary dinning room/meeting room or being served on the porch which turned out to be like a tree house. It was a beautiful setting which allowed you to continue enjoying the forest even at night. The other traveler was a young man from Europe who was also traveling alone and we had a lovely evening together in the tree house sharing travel adventures. At 8:45 PM we had to hurry to our respective rooms because the power at Aburi goes off at 9 PM. I thought I would be nervous alone in my room with no lights but I had a flashlight that allowed me read and I was perfectly comfortable in a big queen size bed encased with a very clean, attractive and serviceable mosquito netting. In the morning I got up extra early so that I could wonder in the forest again before breakfast and I my departure for Kumasi. If you go to Aburi Forest wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt and put on plenty of insect repellent. If you stay at the guesthouse in Aburi take 2 flashlights, an open mind and a flexible attitude. It is a guest house and not a fancy hotel with room service or any other service. They provide a clean room, decent food and a location that can only be described as HEANVENLY. Be aware that school groups visit Aburi so if you go during the week you may encounter children.
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