Accra is a city that grows on you. It’s sweltering hot, humid and the traffic rivals Joburg rush-hour during a black-out!!! But these things aside, the vibrant and expectant atmosphere is encapsulating. Before we knew it, Grant and I had were donning Black Star soccer shirts and eating traditional groundnut sauce and rice from a variety of street-vendours!
Our first taste of home came as a welcomed surprise as we ran into a Shoprite on our drive into the capital. It was as if Bafana Bafana had just won the world cup! We skipped around the store ooing and aahing at the sight of Black Cat Peanut Butter, Pronutro and Simonsberg feta cheese! We left begrudgingly clutching packets of Simba chips, Beacon White Easter Eggs and Cadbury chocolate.
We were fortunate to know friends of friends in Accra and they kindly put us up for 3 nights in what we would describe as luxury 5 star accommodation. After 6 weeks of non-stop camping we were spoilt with air-conditioned on-suite bedrooms, DSTV and meals prepared by Chef Michael! Chris and Alet were the perfect hosts and true to their South African roots organised a fantastic braai for us on the Wednesday night!(Pap and wors nogal!)
As is the case in most capital cities, time is predominately dedicated to doing admin! Accra is perfectly suited to this despite the traffic! The Accra Mall fortunately was just down the road from Chris and Alet’s and equipped with a Shoprite, Game and an Apple WiFi Cafe so we were able to catch up on e-mails and restock our fridge and car supplies!! There was even a Woolies down the road but much to our disappointment they didn’t stock chuckles or biltong sticks!!! Both cars needed a visit to the doctor (minor injuires) and we happened to find great mechanics, Trust Hands – ( GPS: N 05°34.607 W 00°16.616) who were inexpensive but incredibly professional and helpful!
That Thursday was Neil’s birthday. It just so happened that a friend of his had a contact at Accra Brewery (owned by SAB) and he kindly invited us on a brewery tour that afternoon-a perfect birthday gift! The tour was excellent, Greg the MD and Richard, his technical advisor, gave us a personal tour of the entire beer-making process from brewing to bottling! We even got to taste their latest brand of sorghum beer, Chibuku… definitely an acquired taste! Following the tour, we sat out in their beer-garden and cracked open a Club Gold, their premium brand. Some were also brave enough to try the Ghanaian favourite, The Chairman¸which was 10.5 % alc and comprised of beer, spirits and ginger. Best not to be mistaken for a Stonies!!
The next morning we bade a sad farewell to Chris and Alet. The next round of The Vuvuzela Adventure was calling….