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#BNinAburi: Waakye, Banku & 4 Thrilling Days in Lansdown Aburi Resort! Read Wale Akadiri’s Ghana Story for BN Travel

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Hello BellaNaijarians,

It’s Wale Akadiri again and I’m back from my trip to Ghana and of course with a lot of pictures and things to talk about.
First, I will like to say a big thank you to Lansdown Aburi Resort for the warm hosting, BN Travel for making this golden travel experience possible, Hotel Casarere for giving me my first taste of the famous Banku (Akple) with Okro and Tilapia and definitely to all BellaNaijarians for staying glued all through the journey.

Now let’s begin.

DAY 1

I got to Murtala Muhammed International Airport around 9:30 am and had to wait for roughly an hour before the checking in process began. I met Demola Ojo from ThisDay and Friday from ATQ News my travel partners. We boarded the plane, Africa World Airlines around 11:30 am (right on time) and luckily I got a seat close to the window which I desired.

We arrived in Accra 45 minutes later and we were welcomed by John, Mawutor Darkey and Sika who gave us a presidential ride to the mountainous Aburi in a black Escalade.

The journey took us about 45 minutes.

Scroll through the photos below to see the beauty of the resort.

Aburi is a town in the Akuapim South Municipal District of the Eastern Region of south Ghana with a population of 18,701 people as of 2013 and Lansdown Aburi Resort is a tourist center located on a 1500 feet mountain above sea level in Aburi.

By 1:30 pm (Ghana time), we arrived at the beautiful Lansdown Aburi Resort. We were immediately given our individual internet access to the resort’s free WiFi and no doubt was speedy fast. While lunch was been prepared, Mawutor gave us a quick look around the resort. We were shown the pool, the restaurant, the table tennis board and the snake house.

Lunch was served at the club house. I had a taste of the Ghanaian Calamari Green Herb Salad with fried potato chips for the first time.

After lunch, we checked into our different air-conditioned rooms with outdoor jacuzzi in one of the villas in the resort.

Sitting Room

Bedroom

Dressing Mirror in the Bedroom

Inner view of our villa

We relaxed for an hour and Mawutor was back calling. We had to take a tour to Aburi Botanical Garden which is about 20 minutes away from the resort. We had an amazing time exploring the beauty of nature and culture in this garden. We got to see the historical building where a meeting attended by delegates of both the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Eastern delegates was held in order to prevent the outbreak of the civil war in 1967.

The building the delegates held the meeting in 1967

Also, we were shown Ghana’s first helicopter which was donated by the Queen of England, Ghana’s oldest tree which is 450 years old, the double headed palm tree and a carved story-telling calamondin tree which were all in this garden.

Picture with Ghana’s 450 year old tree

Picture on Ghana’s oldest and first helicopter donated by Queen Elizabeth

The palm tree with two heads

Picture with the carved calamondin tree A.K.A Tree of life

Back at the resort, I ate dinner and had an outdoor private movie show after watching the shocking UEFA Champions league return leg between Barcelona and PSG.

L-R: Seeing a movie with Demola from ThisDay (L) and Friday (M) at Lansdown Aburi Resort

DAY 2
I was up by 5:00 am on this day. Got dressed and ready for the early bed hiking fixed for 6am. We took a walk around the mountain and back to the resort which lasted 51 minutes.

Dressed and ready for hiking

A quick picture in the jungle while hiking

We had breakfast and off we went to Accra to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park dedicated to the first Ghanaian president. We had a closer look of the city and its beauty and couldn’t resist but to take some shots from the car.

World Trade Centre, Accra

Ghana’s Flagship House formerly known as Golden Jubilee along Independence Avenue that serves as residence and office of the President of Ghana

L-R: Demola from ThisDay, Queen Yurglee- Kpodo from Lansdown Resort, Mawutor Darkey from Lansdown Resort at Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Picture with mystery heads believed by many to have grown from the soil at Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Kwame Nkrumah’s grave

Soon, we arrived at Hotel Casarere to eat lunch. Here, I got a first real taste of the almighty Banku (Akple) soup with Okro and Tilapia :).

Banku with Okro and Tilapia

We were back at Lansdown Aburi Resort after a long day and soon after dinner, I fell asleep.

DAY 3

Today started brightly and fulfilling. You know why? Right from my pre-travel post, I had shown my love and desire to eat the popular “Waakye”… and today, that opportunity was laying flat on the table in front of me starring right at me. I jumped at it almost immediately and I wasn’t disappointed with the talented cooks at all.

Waakye, Garri, Spaghetti and Salad

All set and ready to be consumed

Next was the interview with Queen Yurglee-Kpodo, Head, Sales and Business Development for Lansdown Aburi Resort. She was so positive and discussed about the ongoing projects from the management. Some of which include expanding the resort to the other side of the hill, the introduction of cable cars, the completion of the snake house for conferences, the golf course, a spa and many more.

Queen Yurglee-Kpodo – Head, Sales and Business Development for Lansdown Aburi Resort

We had a further tour of the resort majorly to check out available facilities for tourists and visitors intending to use the resort on both short-time and long-time basis.

Outdoor Jacuzzi

Magnificent Swimming pool

Flowing stream to help relaxation

Indoor games: Chess

Conference room

The blooming garden at Lansdown Aburi Resort

I ate vegetable rice and chicken for lunch in our villa and relaxed a bit before accepting a tennis challenge from Friday of ATQ News at the Lansdown Tennis court. Tough one and interesting. After the duel, we retired back to our villa where I had a warm bath in the jacuzzi.

Tennis challenge (with Friday from ATQ News)

Warm bath in the jacuzzi

DAY 4

Our final day at the resort started with an unforgettable experience in the magnificent pool.

Pool time (with Demola Ojo from ThisDay)

I had breakfast at the club house and soon Nigeria came calling. It was time to pack our bags, hug our host and bid Lansdown Aburi Resort goodbye.. I sincerely had so much fun and I’ll treasure the trip for a long time.

Thanks for following me on this journey, I had a great time and you can see more photos with the hashtag, #BNinAburi.

10 Comments

    • BellaNaija.com

      BellaNaija.com

      March 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Yes it is! It is so yummy. You should def try it out.

    • Catherine

      March 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Yup thats gari made into a dish called ‘gari fortor’ (kindof like gari jollof rice- can be plain or have vegetables, corned beef, egg etc added to it); you can check out some Ghanaian food blogs to know how it is made; I have included these two links for you:

      naaoyooquartey.com/ganyobinaa/howtomakegarifoto/4/9/2015
      pulse.com.gh/food/ghanaian-dish-how-to-prepare-gari-foto-id4572459.html

    • garri

      March 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you Catherine! I’ll definitely look it up.

  1. abena

    March 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Let me point it out to you that banku is different from akple.

    • Papermoon

      March 13, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      Not necessary. Akple is the general name for any form of pap, so he is right. It can be made from corn flour; or corn dough; or corn dough and cassava dough. If you want to distinguish one from the other then “ewor kple” (made of corn flour) and “amor kple” (made of dough) which is called BANKU in the Ga language. The writer used the general name of pap which is right, only he did not distinguish (which takes nothing from his write up)

  2. o

    March 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    How did I miss the mystery heads at the Kwame Nkurumah memorial park?????? Maybe because I had been to Makola market and the cultural center same day so spent only a short time there, but I enjoyed the museum there dedicated to Kwame Nkurumah.

    I was in Ghana for the first time last July. Also flew AWA, affordable and right on time. It was the best two weeks of my life. I did so many things.. Stayed with a friend in Accra and went to cape coast for 5 days. I fell in love with the Gold Coast and their people, their food, everything. I can’t wait to go back. It was so much fun that I forgot my two phones in my friends car when they dropped me at the airport??????? I loved it so much a part of me didn’t want to leave???

    • GH-Certified

      March 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

      the Mystery heads were put up recently just before our 60th anniversary. they r a new addition to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial park.

    • o

      March 14, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Oh ok. That explains it. Thanks for taking time to explain.

  3. OXTONY_GH

    March 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    YOU REALLY MAKE ME MISS HOME. HOME SWEET HOME GHANA MY HEART

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