My wife and I spent 5 days here and really enjoyed it. The setting just above the beach is very peaceful, with lots of colourful birds and lizards around. The beach is clean, but always rather rough for swimming. There's a lovely walk westwards to the headland with a wonderfully secluded spot. The restaurant offered a good choice of local and european food, especially excellent fish dishes; although it is located outdoors we had no insect problems, even at night. The little chalet we had was well fitted out, had air conditioning and ensuit facilities.
There were plenty of day trips which were arranged by the hotel:
1. The Ankobra River, this was a 2 hour trip up the river and exploring the mangroves. The canoe was paddled by 2 locals who were quite energetic. Afterwards we explored the nearby village at the mouth of the river; this was most interesting.
2. The Ankasa National Park; we were taken by taxi for a 2 hour walk through the rain forest (we were in the dry season) and saw a variety of huge trees but few birds and no animals.Still a memorable experience
3. The Nzulezu stilt village, again using the same taxi and completing the journey by canoe. We made an 8am start and got there ahead of the crowds which was a big bonus. You need to avoid photographing locals without their permission, bu plenty of opportunities here. The canoe trip through the freshwater reeds was another highlight.
4. The old fort at Axim, we walked along the beach for a mile or so, then through a village and on to Axim town itself. The old fort was interesting, but its history of slavery was very disturbing. We had the place to ourselves, with a helpful local guide who escorted us from the entrance gate. Afterwards we also looked around the town, with good views of the colourful fishing fleet.
5. Finally the grounds of the resort itself had several good walks: there is an old Portuguese fort on the headland above the resort. This was reached via a small path which led through the jungle to the resort's vegetable garden. We we told we needed a "guide" for this path: he was reluctant to take us the whole way, so we did it several times unaided! There is a fine view across the bay to Axim from the fort, and across the Ankobra River estuary in the other direction. It also has a good view of sunset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ankobra Beach The picturesque lodge Ankobra Beach offering 16 generously -planned circular bungalows lies on one of the most beautiful beaches of Ghana's west coast. This is, paradise found' for the discerning traveller in search of a time and place beyond the tired offerings of package deal tourism. The German management and their dedicated team aim to build a bridge between Africa and Europe. Relaxation, Lifestyle, Adventure, Professional Hospitality, excellent Dining and superb Service are a matter of course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ankobra Beach Hotel Axim