7 (final) things we LOVED in Ghana

And this is the final Ghana-related post! Unless, of course, I decide to do some actually helpful travel-blogging style posts about Ghana in the future which is on my list of things to do but so are about half a million other things (including Kickstarter rewards which are a daily event) so don’t hold your breath?

We were in Ghana exactly three weeks. We did a lot of fun things (as I talked about in this post and this post) and I’m ending this “Ghana series” with all the fun things we did during week three:

1. Feeding monkeys at the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary (in the Volta region)


The Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary is one of the best (if not THE best) ecotourism projects in Ghana.

The mona monkeys are native to the area and for a long time were sacred – the spirits of fallen warriors. But as Ghana “developed” the monkeys stopped being protected and started dying. A couple years back, members of the village got together to start protecting them again, creating the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary.

There are seven different monkey troupes, each with several dozen members. They rotate through the village and surrounding forest (there aren’t any fences or anything – they have complete freedom). The price of admission comes with a guide who will take you through the village and forest to look for monkeys and a bundle of bananas to feed them.

Ghana monkeys

Neither Ryosuke nor I had ever been to an animal sanctuary and were pleasantly surprised by how friendly the monkeys were.

2. The beach

Okay, so I really liked the beach. Sorry, not sorry.

Ghana beach

3. Getting ridiculous matching clothes with Ryosuke

Most Ghanaians have at least one set of perfectly tailored clothes for special events, like church, weddings, and funerals. Certain areas of the country specialize in fabric dying and you can buy these gorgeous pattern fabrics (like the one I’m wearing below).

Ryosuke and I got a couple pairs of matching clothes made while we were in Ghana, shirts, skirts, shorts, etc.

Once summer hits Japan we’re going to be very fashionable~


4. The food (again)

Ghanaian fried rice with shitto is quite possibly one of my favorite foods. Ever.

I forgot to bring a jar of shitto back with me to Japan but mark my words, I’m going to find a way to get it here.

Ghana food

5. The “don’t urinate here” signs

During my three weeks in Ghana I saw well over one hundred Ghanaian men peeing on the side of the road (into the gutters) or against a wall. It’s actually a problem.

Hence the signs. Like this:


Or this:


Or this:


So I actually have more of these photos… but how many “don’t urinate here” pictures do you REALLY need to see?

6. Exploring a furniture factory

On one of our last days in Ghana we were able to tour Furnart, a quality furniture factory in central Accra. We learned it was one of the only furniture companies in Ghana that was able to compete with foreign-made products. It was interesting to see how the factory was run.


7. Dancing with my darling

I love vacation- dancing in an empty restaurant when our favorite song comes on after drinking a bit too much beer.

Ghana dancing couple


We’re back in Japan now. We had a wonderful time traveling in Ghana… but it’s good to be home.

This was my husband’s first time in Africa and I’m proud to say he loved it. We’re already planning our trip to Ghana next year to see my parents again.


About Grace Buchele Mineta

I got into the writing business by accident. Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. Contact: Website | More Posts

13 Comments on 7 (final) things we LOVED in Ghana

  1. Only by the photos and your words I can see it was fun! Traveling has always been something I really enjoy, I have never been to Africa though and now after seeing this I would really like to go to Ghana first! At least I already know some little things (definitely going to see the monkeys).
    Thank you so much for sharing all this, it was fun reading it.

  2. Ghana sounds amazing! And the monkeys are adorable!
    And oh god, the signs are just hilarious. I remember going to America and finding an official traffic sign in NY that read “Don’t even THINK of parking here!”. I have a picture to prove, it was so funny.

  3. These signs are awesome! Thank you very much for sharing so much about that country :)

  4. So shitto is … ?
    Would it be good with natto?

  5. Glad you had a great time in Ghana. Don’t hesitate to come back soon. We’re waiting.

  6. Anonymous // 26 April, 2016 at 7:58 pm //

    great post grace!!! I like the part about the monkeys

  7. It’s so great to see Eco tourism working really well. Looks like an amazing experience to be so close to monkeys! Thank you for sharing your trip – I might never go to Ghana but I at least have more of an idea of what it’s really like thanks to you and Ryosuke :)

  8. The monkeys! Weren’t you scared to carry that monkey on your shoulder like that? Was it heavy?

    Also, I’m happy you had a great time there!

  9. Hey Grace and Ryosuke, how are you both, Ghana seems like a lovely place to visit, and the people are friendly So now you are back in Japan. do you find that you are missing Ghana quite a lot and what food do you miss in Ghana, that if you could have brought it back to Japan. .

  10. Thank you for sharing Grace – So much going on there – Loved the monkeys !

  11. Tinker Black // 26 April, 2016 at 11:05 am //

    I thought it was common in Japan for men to urinate in public, no?

  12. Wow, more great photos and stories about your adventures in Ghana! Thanks so much for sharing all of these.

    I bet the print patterned clothes will be a big hit in Japan! Do you know about ‘tachi shoben?’ Maybe the Japan could benefit from signs like those in Ghana?!? LOL…..

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