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Ghana: Bicycle Tour Travel Guide




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by David Mozer

[An introduction and overview to travel in Africa is available by clicking here.  If you are look for a bicycle tour to this country, this link might help you.]

The information below may have been extracted from a more comprehensive "Country Supplement" to the book "Bicycling In Africa".  For information on these publications click on the links.

The environs of Accra and Kumasi, and the corridor in between, are not very bicycle friendly, but beyond their grasp there is a lot of territory where you will find considerable choices of topography, vegetation and culture-from ocean to savanna.


The coast has a lot of interesting places to see, but the coast highway has some of the worst traffic in the country.  The second most treacherous road is Accra to Kumasi.  The more you can make a plan that minimizes cycling on the highways, the more you will enjoy the tour.

The trans­Africa highway is paved along two routes; along the coast, and through Kumasi-from Togo to Cote d'Ivoire. North­South there are paved roads (or roads under construction or reconstruction) from Cape Coast to Kumasi via Fosu and Bekwai and to Burkina Faso via Wa and Tamale. The miles north of Kumasi can be long and hot. It is hilly as far as Kintampo and then it is primarily flat for 200 plus miles, until you get to Bolgatanga. Initially at least, it is probably more interesting on a bike than a bus, but there are some very homogeneous miles in this section. Between Tamale and Bolgatanga much of the route has reverted back to dirt, dust and ruts. Until it is reconstructed this is definitely a minus for this section. There is a interesting and beautiful paved stretch between Bolgatanga and Navrongo, and the road continues in good shape to Ouagadougou. Up through the Volta region the road is paved to Ho, Hohoe and Jasikan (and in the near future Kadjebi). From Kadjebi it is dirt to the Togo border and a pleasant paved track from there to Badou, Togo.

Community Based Development and Tourism

Save the Earth Network is a Ghana based NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable development, agro-forestry, environmental conservation, international solidarity and cultural immersion through voluntary work, eco-tourism and cultural tourism in Ghana. We aim at contributing positively to help reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition, disease, illiteracy, drug abuse, unemployment, and environmental degradation which are increasingly becoming the order of the day in most parts of the developing world. We are a membership-based organization and also a networking tool for environmental, social and economic development activists.  For more information, contact: Edgar Asare or Eben Mensah at Save the Earth Network, P.O. Box CT 3635, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana. West Africa. Tel: 233-21-667791, Fax:233-21-231485. Email: [email protected] .

Links of Interest:


Regional Resources:

Burkina Faso
Cote d'Ivoire



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