Omg! One Of The Best Travel Ever?-Aburi Botanical Gardens

Aburi Gardens happens to be one of my favourite hideout spots. Living in the capital city has its own perks but you would agree with me on how densely populated Accra is, in this context  “noise and air pollution “.

My first trip was in 2009 then subsequently in 2017, 2018 and 2019. I’m excited each time I plan on going there.

Nature explore at Aburi Gardens

You may be wondering why I keep going back right. It’s just for the experience and the fresh palm wine. You can’t go wrong with it.

What to expect

The Aburi Township is our small London on the hill in the Eastern Region. Not far from the capital city. But let me give you a heads up on what to expect

  • Accra Mall to Aburi Gardens              1 hour.
  • Madina to Aburi Gardens                  42 minutes. 
  • Tema Station to Aburi Gardens          1 hour 17 minutes.

The estimated times are solely dependent on when and where you set off and your mode of transportation. 

Travel experience

I was ready to stretch my legs on my friend’s dashboard with my afrobeat music selection ready for the road trip, interesting conversation and a good time. 

The beautiful smooth ride from Accra up the is undoubtedly soothing.  The best comes from the Eastern Region. The beautiful landscape, roller coaster ride up the mountain never gets old. But to beat the traffic at Adenta and Pantang Junction you will have not set off early.  Although there’s a bit of a delay at the toll booth it’s nothing 

The infamous bread sellers welcome you upon reaching the toll booth.  You will get “butter and sugar bread” to buy. But what catches my attention are their names ” God is my helper, Afia bread boutique, sweet bread. Just to name a few. And also the plantain sellers. Do well to buy a loaf of bread.

The almighty Palm wine. Now trust me when I say you will find the best palm wine joints there, fresh and cold. Go early for the fresh one’s, at Peduase you will see them lined up ready to serve, very affordable I tell you. You can buy from 7 cedis to 30 cedis depending on the size of the bottle. I always buy when I’m up there.

The weather, such a cold place and be sunny now and start raining heavily in few seconds. As it’s a mountainous area, Aburi is becoming a new place for settlers.  I entreat you to stay overnight to wake up to the dew and thick fog for the full experience. 

The boiled maize or corn sellers, my second sought after palm wine. From Peduase all the way up to the gardens you will see indigenes busily arranging their corns in a pan to cook.  You can get on from 1 cedi to 2 cedis, it goes with dried coconut soaked in saltwater. So delicious.

Prices

Ghanaians

  • Children below 6 years                      1 cedi
  • Students ( 1st and 2nd cycle)           2 cedis.
  • Adults                                                5 cedis.

Non Ghanaians.

  • Children below 6 years                      2 cedis.
  • Students (1st and 2nd  cycle)            5 cedis.
  • Adults                                                10 cedis.

Picture prices

  • Photoshoot ( Private)                     100 cedis
  • Photoshoot( commercial)              200 cedis
  • Video ( private)                              100 – 300 cedis
  • Video ( commercial)                      500 cedis
  • Lawn fee                                        100 cedis

They have a couple of sight eatery privately owned with a wide range of local dishes and continental dishes. They also have a snack bar and juice and kebab sellers. 

Tour experience

Considering I’ve been there 3 times I had no need for a tour guide. But they do have tour guides on the ground to take you through. The second time I went with a Geography student of the University of Ghana Legon so he took me through. But for a full appreciation, I suggest a tour guide. There are so many different species of plants and trees. We walked through the garden to enjoy the fresh air and took as many pictures and sticks of kebabs.  

Things to pack

It’s a child-friendly place and not far from the capital city so no bother at all, again it’s a good start to introduce kids to nature and love for it. The bamboo trees are so magnificent. The African shop stands there is very affordable to buy form.

  1. Power bank
  2. Umbrella 
  3. Snacks or food 
  4. Comfortable clothing 

It’s an ideal place for 

  • Picnics
  • Group hangout 
  • Family reunion 
  • A vacation 
  • Wedding reception
  • Photoshoot 

And any form of outdoor event.

Abena at Aburi Gardens

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