Ada Foah Area Tourism
Ada Foah is somewhat off the beaten track in coastal Ghana, not yet really discovered by large crowds of tourists. The area is thus not organized in a formal touristic sense, yet there's lots to see and do. While there's no tourist information centre, the town and surrounding villages are nonetheless full of friendly people, every one of them a potential tour guide.
So plan to stay in one of the sailing club cabanas or a nearby hotel, and see what
this fascinating part of Ghana has to offer.
Try the bars on the sandy strip on the western side of the mouth of the Volta. Two beach camps offer hammocks under palm trees, with grilled barracuda and sole with chips and drinks (usually cold). Small huts can be rented for the night for a few dollars. The river side is more scenic than the ocean side, but feel free to try both.
Another idea is to cross the river from Ada to one of the many islands dotting the estuary. While you’re there, try following one of the tributaries that cut into some of the islands. A member told us, "On one trip we meandered for about half a mile on a tributary. It quickly constricted to about 3-feet wide and small, colourful birds darted all around us."
Also you can try Aflive, a nice village on the big island just opposite Ada Foah. The people there welcome visitors and reportedly have accommodation for hire. If you do go to the islands, try some of the locally distilled apateshie. The islanders are known for their distilling prowess, though be warned that an apateshie hangover is about as bad as they come.
Try the market at Ada-Foah on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the big
market at Kasseh Ada on Tuesdays and Fridays. In Ada-Foah, the market is
adjacent the main trotro station, is small and has a limited selection, but if
in a crunch it is a good place to find some fresh vegetables and candles for
those electricity-less nights. The market to aim for is the one in Kasseh Ada,
the town at which you turn off the Accra-Aflao motorway when going to Ada Foah.
It has just about everything you could ask for in a Ghanaian food market. The
seafood selection is especially attractive – fresh clams, shrimp, crabs and
several varieties of fish all for great prices. You can usually find fresh green
vegetables as well, such as cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce, onions and
Visit sea turtles. See the fascinating map of sea turtle migrations in Ghana, with links to other parts of the world, at http://www.seaturtle.org.
Try your luck at deep sea fishing. Behemoths are just off shore. It is possible to charter a boat but local knowledge needs to be sought to find a suitable charter boat available at the time you require. Charters are reportedly about $1000 US per day, which can be split among six people. There's tuna, mackerel, barracuda, and of course the great blue marlin.
Relax and enjoy the sunset at the Tsarley Korpey. This hotel offers up-scale rooms with air conditioning and satellite TV . The Tsarley Korpey's pool has a Jacuzzi adjacent to a fabulous deck and reasonable food. Another favourite hotel used by members is the Eseme Hotel in the middle of Ada Foah. This is less well appointed but clean and good value.
Plan ahead for the annual Ada Asafotufiami festival. It's held the first weekend in August. The Saturday durbar (procession of chiefs) is colourful and not to be missed. Arrive around 10am in Big Ada, and ask any of the "committee members" (look for their badges) to show you to the visitor seating area.
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