We had a long, but fun road trip from Accra, and we finally made it to our destination and the site of the wedding, the Ko-Sa Beach resort. This is unlike any other beach resort I’ve been to, much more simple but perfectly nice, and rooms are less than $70 per night even for their best rooms. It is definitely not over the top, and its not hard to forget you are in a remote spot in Africa, power occasionally comes and goes and not surprisingly, only cash is accepted. It is a small property, right on the beach run by 2 Dutch couples.
The hotel is located on a point, so there is beach all around
The hotel has several cabins where rooms are located, most have ensuite bathrooms, but all do not. There are solar lights which can be a useful backup if the power is out. Just remember to charge them during the day! One luxury that I will admit missing is hot water for showering. Sure, its plenty hot there, so it was somewhat refreshing, but still it was a bit of a shock when standing under the showerhead. It has got to help with water conservation!
This was the cabin where we stayed; this one had 3 units in it each, with ensuite bathroom.
The room was fine, and had everything we could need, I didn’t do much of anything there but sleep and shower. Nice features included mosquito nets and best of all, a ceiling fan.
My room had 2 single beds.
There were a few four legged guests in the area too, which made it seem like an even more natural setting. There were several goats that roamed the area nearby, as well as various geckos and other lizard-like creatures that were around quite a bit.
One of several color amphibians who were around quite a bit.
A friendly/tame goat
On property besides the cabins, there was a large dining area where meals were served. Menu was available most hours, and there were snacks and drinks available at all hours, using the honor system with a pad of paper for room charges.
view from the dining area at Ko-Sa
There was a soccer/football goal on the beach near the hotel, but most games I saw didn’t require such an elaborate goal to ahve a game.
Football is a passion in Ghana. I’m so glad the US team finally beat them in the World Cup!
Of course, we were here for a wedding, and it was a beautiful service, right on the beach, as the sun was setting. I’ve been to lots of weddings, this will certainly be one of the most memorable since it was the furthest I’ve traveled, and of course, my first trip to Africa.
Canopy for the wedding made from a fishing net.
At the end of the night, we had a bonfire on the beach. Some local kids came by, and actually helped us with the fire. I also enjoyed sharing smores with them.
Bonfire on the beach
I also did some exploring around the resort, as well as further away. I will discuss the trips further afield in a future post. Ko-Sa is located near a small fishing village, Ampenyi. One morning I went for a walk along the beach to check it out. Just a few minutes away, we came along some fishing boats back from their days work.
Further along the way, I met some children who wanted me to take their photo. They were very cute, and of course I obliged. They didn’t want anything from me other than just to see themselves posing on the small review screen on my camera.
We ventured a little further, and actually went into the town area a bit where we made a few more friends.
A few people waved, and some said “Akwaaba”(welcome), but other than a few kids who wanted their photo taken, most people didn’t pay too much attention to us. They probably wondered why the obruni were walking around in the heat of the sun.
There are a couple of other accommodations near Ko-Sa, and a few small stands selling various items for beach or hotel guests. Occasionally people would offer various things, but there was no pressure. One memorable snack was having a fresh coconut served by a boy with a machete. It doesn’t get much fresher, and at only 1 cedi (US$0.33), I was happy with the price and the refreshing drink/snack.
Hawkers near the beach using the typical carrying position
One wouldn’t just turn up at Ko-Sa without plans, but its a great spot, and the hosts and staff are lovely. I’d certainly return if I went back to Ghana and wanted to get away from the bustle of Accra and a relaxing spot on the beach.
Other posts about my Africa trip.
A Trip of Firsts
Initial thoughts on my trip to Ghana
United 787 Dreamliner BusinessFirst from Houston to Lagos
An extended layover in Lagos Nigeria and a flight on Africa World Airways
Cash only in Accra, Ghana, and Africa in general
The drive from Accra to Cape Coast with a van full of wedding guests
A stay at the Ko-Sa Beach Resort, Cape Coast, Ghana (this post)
Exploring history of the slave trade in Cape Coast
Travel to Kakum National Park and being the only obruni on the bus to Accra
A flight on Arik Air and a longer layover at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos
United 787 Dreamliner Business First from Lagos to Houston