Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Swinging through the tree tops

We enjoyed 2 nights at KoSa, a small resort on the beach near Elmina. We slept in a thatched hut and the restaurant/lounge overlooked the sea and the palm fringed beach. The sea is quite rough here with a strong undercurrent and swimming is inadvisable. It was all very beautiful and run by a Dutch family.
We ate fish caught locally, of course, and mashed potato! (A huge treat for me). I could have stayed there for a long time. It was very relaxing, quiet and friendly and there was very little to do unless you went inland.
Nevertheless, there were places to see and further challenges to experience. We made a visit to Kakum, a protected reserve of rainforest through which you can trek and take a range of tours. We did the canopy walk which was wonderful, initially a little nerve wracking and exhilarating. The exciting wildlife tends to keep away from this area, unfortunately, but understandably.
The explanation about the safety of these walkways was extensive and almost too much to be reassuring! There were quite a few of us. This was unusual as everywhere else we had a guide to ourselves. Tourism in Ghana hasn't taken off yet. The children went first as they needed to make it all swing. I was happy to follow on at a more steady pace and admire the view. We were 40 metres up and suspended between 7 trees with viewing platforms along the 350 metre walkway. I felt perfectly safe every step of the way. It rained a little, but then we were in rainforest.

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