Intentions for 2018

Dear Fellow Wanderlust,

I first want to thank you for the follow, likes and comments throughout the year. I really do appreciate it. It has been 2 years I started Wanderlustful Sights and there were days I could go MIA but you were still here. I do appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Last year, I had plans to do a whole lot of travel but could not because life had its own plans. The thing is that though I was unable to travel to the places I wanted, life compensated me with unplanned and planned trips that were just amazing. Also, I had my close friends visiting some of the places I wanted to visit. This gave me the opportunity to see these places through their eyes which I am thankful for.


2018 however, we are going to do things differently. I want you and I to make a promise to go see the world no matter what. No more excuses! We are taking charge and doing this. Right from January 2018, we will be writing out our travel plans and stories for / throughout the year. We are going to go see all the places we have dreamt of; heard off; seen on instagram and in movies. We are going to go skinny dipping, hiking, dancing, eating, meditating, impacting, living, skydiving, scuba diving, island hopping, visiting museums and sanctuaries, discovering, savouring, writing, photographing, documenting, videoing, road trip etc. We are just going to do it! You would not have to start with Paris if you cannot afford but you will have to start somewhere. I suggest you start with your own country and its neighbouring countries then when you can afford – explore the world.


Our mantra for the year will be “Out with the old, in with the new”.

If we have to travel solo, with a loved one, friends, an NGO or Social Entreprise, family, a travel group etc., we are just going to do it!

If you are with me, say “AYE”.





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Christmas Gift List – Late Edition

A Christmas Gift List that comes out less than a week before Christmas you say? Preposterous you say? Surely all have completed their gift shopping with varied degrees of success!


What we have here is a list of non-personalised gifts that are good enough to save you but general enough that you don’t need to think much when deciding about them.

Hampers – A true standing tradition in Ghana, hampers are especially a standard among corporations and every year shops nationwide roll out their selections. However, my pick for Hamper of the Year is the Marina Mall Supermarket. Ranging from the extravagant to moderate, there is something for everyone in their collection. An honourable mention goes to All Pure Nature at the Marina Mall with their hamper of all-natural beauty products and to Farmer’s Market located in Tema, Comm.11 (I believe they also have a branch in Labone, not sure though) with their beautiful fruit hamper, pricey but beautiful.

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Gifts Sets – While not as large as hampers, gift sets are still a good option. While bath sets are nice unless you are absolutely sure of the recipients tastes best go for the chocolate/biscuit sets. This year’s winner, by a mile, is Evergreen. They truly brought the A-game this year, with some of their sets in such lovely packaging that wrapping them up further should be considered a crime. With prices ranging from moderately high to just plain moderate, you cannot go wrong here. Honourable mention goes to Maxmart.


 Books – As an avid bibliophile, it is my sacred duty to present this option. Don’t have time to find a bookstore or don’t think they would want to tote around a heavy book. Do they have a smartphone? If yes, who are we kidding? It’s yes, there is a marvellous new invention called e-books. Get some. Or if you have money to spend, get them a kindle.


Gift Vouchers – Reached your absolute limit and don’t know what to do, then these are for you. Most major malls have some so go in and ask. Too lazy to do that? Put some money in an envelope with a Christmas card, more practical anyway.



So that’s it for my Christmas Gift List – Late Edition, got any ideas I missed? Write them in the comments.


Cosmos out.

11 Visa Free North American Countries for Ghanaian Citizens

When we say North America, people only think about Canada, USA and Mexico, many never see that this continent has more countries than these three. However for Ghanaian Citizens, here is the good news, you can visit the below countries visa free. It is not the USA, Canada or Mexico you so badly want to visit but for the record, these are in the same continent and hold unique stories.


Barbados – this is home of the singer and songwriter Rihanna, this country is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Though it is known for its beautiful beaches, this country sure knows how to party. During the Crop Over Festival (July – August) which celebrates the ending of the local Sugar Cane Harvest, the Island’s culture is displayed in an exhibition of colour, calypso, cuisine, costumes, arts, competitions and ends with a spectacular Carnival/Kadooment parade. The island also provides activities like;

  • A family friendly Atlantis Submarines Adventure
  • Horse races at the historic Garrison Savannah
  • Meet, mingle and dance into the night to talented steel pan artists, the beautiful Carnival ladies and synergy of rhythm under the stars
  • Do a walking tour of Bridgetown
  • Visit the home of sporting heritage
  • Experience a “lime” (party) at Oistins Fish Fry which is held every Friday and Saturday
  • Visit the Queen’s Park and see the magnificent Baobab Tree
  • Soak up the Plantation history at the Sunbury Plantation House in the tranquil St. Philip countryside
  • Visit charming Arlington House at Speightstown and interact with the locals
  • Enjoy the surfer’s heaven at East Coast Waves
  • Water sports and more water sports



Belize – when people think of visiting North America, Belize is not on top of their list that is if it even makes it to the list but why not give it a chance? This country in Central America has a unique mixture of Caribbean crystal clear blue waters, best diving and snorkeling on the second largest barrier reef in the world. This country was also home to a couple of different ancient Mayan cities and cultures. This means you will get the chance to see the Mayan ruins, caves and tropical jungles. Before I forget, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is an official language, due to British influence so you wouldn’t have to struggle with Spanish and try sign languages to make your request known. In Belize, you can also;

  • Tour downtown Belize City on a locally made minivan
  • Visit the Maya Ruins and Temples
  • Take a hike: biking through the rainforest
  • Visit Dangriga (Belize’s culture capital – birth place of the world-famous Punta Rock music genre) and Hopkins Village (marvellous beach and a way laid back village style atmosphere)
  • Visit the Jaguar Preserve (Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary) and the Belize Zoo.
  • Visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave at Caves Branch
  • Dive the Great Blue Hole of Belize
  • Learn about the Belizean history at Museum of Belize
  • Dive or snorkel with Whale Sharks
  • As Belize has over 200 islands, you can go island hopping and enjoy their fine gourmet restaurants, wines, clubbing and the finer things in life. The biggest island where you can find these are Ambergis Caye, Caye Caulker and the Placenia Peninsula in the south.
  • Learn how to make delicious Belizeans Tamales
  • Go on a Kayaking trip
  • Beaches, beaches and more beaches.



Dominica – discover the nature island of the Caribbean with its unspoiled paradise for divers, hikers and naturalists. This country is the largest of the Windward and known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes with the highest mountains in the Eastern Caribbean, lush rainforests, waterfalls, lakes, gorges, rivers, steamy hot springs and a rugged coastline with rocky black-sand beaches which are good for snorkeling or diving. Dominica is a fusion of British, French and West Indian cultures – this means experiencing diverse food, art, languages and customs. As you have 6 months visa free in this country, you can start with;

  • the Morne Trois Pitons National Park which consists of mountainous interior, a rainforest park, thick jungle, boiling lake, Victoria Waterfall, Trafalgar Waterfall etc.
  • the Cabrits National Park with its lush rainforest, swampland, black-sand beaches and thriving coral reefs.
  • enjoy an amazing meal at the breath-taking view of Pagua Bar & Grill.
  • a tour of the lush peaks of Roseau – capital city of Dominica with its colourful jumble of West Indian cottages, modern buildings and busy market stalls with a cool Rastafarian vibe.
  • a silent and slow boat trip on the shady mangrove-lined river of the Indian River.
  • the Papillote Tropical Gardens; which is a haven for botanists, photographers and artists.
  • the beautiful Champagne reef which is a famous dive and snorkel site.
  • Visit the Carib Territory; the largest remaining tribe of Carib Indians called the Kalinago people.
  • enjoy Dominica’s festivals which celebrates the nation’s music, heritage and ties to the sea.



Grenada – this country which is the jewel of the Caribbean consists of a hilly main island also called Grenada which is home to numerous nutmeg plantations and smaller surrounding islands. This country possesses a lot of activities that you can spend a year there without getting bored and with its official language being English, it is easier to communicate. While in Grenada you can visit some of their biggest cities which are interestingly names of Saints.

  • At St. George, you get to visit the Grenada National Museum; the St. George’s Market Square; Fort George; Christ of the Deep; The Priory; Underwater Sculpture Park; Fort Frederick; the Carenage; St. George’s Anglican Church; House of Chocolate; La Luna; go sailing and enjoy a carnival; Deep Sea Fishing; Prickly Bay Marina; Grande Anse Beach; Dragon Bay; Cycle Tour; golfing at Grenada Golf and Country Club.
  • At St. John, you can go for Fish Friday in Gouyave; Concord Falls; Mount Moritz; Saturday Morning Market; Black Bay Beach with Amerindian markings; Dougaldston Spice Estate; Mango Bay Restaurant.
  • At St. Andrew, you get to visit the Grand Etang National; Mount Qua Qua; Grenville Bay; Mahot Beach; Royal Mt. Carmel Waterfalls.
  • At St. Mark, visit Bay Cottage bar; Mount St. Catherine.
  • At St. David, visit La Sagesse Beach; Whisper Cove Marina; Hog Island; Morne Gazo Forest Reserve; Bacolet Bay; Petit Bacolet Beach; Laura’s Spice Garden;Ronda’s Ice Cream; St. David’s Point; Kayak Tour; Blowhole at Fort Jeudy; Le Phare Bleu.
  • At St. Patrick, visit Belmont Estate; River Antoine Rum Distillery; Levera Beach; Carib’s Leap; Levera National Park and Bathway Beach; Lake Antoine.

You can always drive around the island. Though you might get lost many times, getting wonderfully lost should be definitely on your list.



Haiti – this is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispanoila with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though the country is recovering from the 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks remain intact. These include Citadelle la Ferriere, a mountaintop fortress and the nearby ruins of Sans-Souci Palace, the baroque former royal home of King Henry I. Since you get 3 months visa free as a Ghanaian citizen, you can also see these tourist sights – Labadee, Musee du Pantheon National Haitien, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Etang Saumatre, National Museum of Haiti, Bassin Bleu, Auberge du Picolet, Grande Riviere de Jacmel, Beach La Co New York, Valou Beach, Saut-Mathurine, Chuttes de Saut d’Eau, Pic la Delle, Fort Jacques, Rival Beach, La Guinguette, Pic Macaya, Source-a-bete, Parc de Basketball de Tennis, Anse Blanche etc.



Jamaica – we all know that Jamaica is the ideal vacation spot at the Caribbean. This country has beautiful music and culture that every wanderlust wants to have a feel of. Also, its lush vision of crumpled verdant mountains dropping to slick blue seas is a naturalist and water lover’s paradise. However in order to enjoy this island to the fullest, you will have to know where to go. Here is a list of things to do in Jamaica.

  • Indulge at Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon, a Rock Resort
  • Go high at Lime tree Farm
  • Swim at Frenchman’s Cove
  • Feast on river crayfish at Soldier Camp Bar and Grill
  • Get your glow on at Glistening Waters
  • Listen to the Jolly Boys perform mento music
  • Soak in a hot tub high over Port Antonio at Geejam
  • Snorkel the cliffs along the Rockhouse
  • Have a lobster feast at Booby Cay Island
  • Taste farm-to-fork eats near Negril

Other things you can do in Jamaica is to go sightseeing / touring at Bob Marley Museum; Dolphin Cove Jamaica; James Bond Beach; National Gallery of Jamaica; White Witch of Rose Hall; Rio Grande; Doctor’s Cave Beach Club; Green Grotto Caves; Hellshire Beach; Bob Marley Mausoleum; Navy Island; Rose Hall, Montego Bay; Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain; Couples Tower Isle; Kool Runnings Waterpark; The Turtle River Falls and Gardens; Martha Brae Rafting Village; Aqua Sol Theme Park etc.



Montserrat – this is a mountainous Caribbean island, part of the Lesser Antilles chain and a British Overseas Territory. Its Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in the 1990’s causing significant damage to the south of the island and leading the creation of an exclusion zone. The north of the island is largely unaffected and has black-sand beaches, coral reefs, cliffs and shoreline caves. This country was known as the Emerald isle of the Caribbean until the disaster which almost had the country being closed down but the support from the British government and investments by some private entities has helped sustain the island. The population is now healthy and the new Capital in Little Bay is in Development. Montserrat is popular for its interest in ecotourism, volcano tourism, hiking, bird watching, scuba diving and snorkeling. The island also has a strong appeal for those who want to experience the Caribbean the way it used to be.



Saint Kitts and Nevis – from climbing a volcano to zooming through the rainforest canopy on the Caribbean’s largest zipline, St. Kitts offers something for everyone. It has an irresistible collection of tourist attractions and it is very easy to indulge in the activities the island provides. Here are a few to keep you interested.

  • Visit the fortress on Brimstone Hill
  • Climb a volcano
  • Hike to the top of Mount Liamuiga
  • See the seascapes and enjoy the classic Caribbean beaches
  • Shell out to watch turtles
  • Find pure luxury on Oualie Beach
  • Dine at the Bananas Restaurant which has a torchlit walkway leading to the enchanting hideaway.
  • Gasp at the Black Rocks; which is a visible remnants of the historic eruptions that once spewed from the huge crater atop Mount Liamuiga
  • Ride the sugar train
  • Just relax, swim and tour the island



Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – why don’t you take a month of your busy schedule to enjoy this beautiful Caribbean island? On this island, you will find Fort Duvernette perched atop a large volcanic rock offshore from Villa, this eerie fort was constructed to defend the town of Calliaqua and affords a fantastic 360 degree views of the southern shoreline. Also there is the Saltwhistle Bay – a double crescent of beautiful beaches split by a narrow palm-tree-fringes isthmus. Then the Princess Margaret Beach which is simply divine – a lovely stretch of sand backed by a lush vegetation. Eat, drink and socialize at the famous Basil’s with its delightful open-air thatch and bamboo restaurant that extends out into Britannia Bay. Tucked away at the end of a rough road at the top of the valley above Mesopotamia is the Montreal Gardens. There are more places like the Sugar Reef Café, Fig tree, L’Auberge des Grenadines, Fort Charlotte, Chatham Bay, Bequia, La Soufriere, Canouan, Tobago Cays, Old Hegg Turtle Sancturay, Macaroni Beach, RAWACOU etc.



Trinidad and Tobago – these two gorgeous islands are full of vigour and vibrancy. Whether you are looking to reenergize yourself with a good party or get in touch with the pulse of the natural world around you, Trinidad and Tobago offer something that’s sure to jolt your system.

  • Enjoy Lime Fete in Trinidad which is a pre-carnival concert which hosts Caribbean’s biggest names in club music as well as unlimited food, drinks and entertainment then a carnival.
  • Enjoy Hindu Festivals celebrated all year round
  • Enjoy the world-famous Calypso and soca at Trinidad
  • Join the island party boat ride
  • Spend the day out on the water in Tobago
  • Sup at Pigeon Point Tobago
  • Tour the Cocoa Estate in Tobago
  • Visit Argyle Waterfalls in Tobago for a swim
  • Visit the Nylon Pool set in Tobago’s Buccoo Reef: an utterly clear, calm water, sandy and shallow stretch in the middle of the coral is like a natural swimming pool half a mile out at sea.
  • Taste Doubles – a local culinary specialty and common street food of curried chick peas between pieces of fried flat bread known as “bara”.
  • Visit Caroni Bird Sanctuary and Wetlands Tour
  • Witness Sea Turtle Hatchlings
  • Visit the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain
  • See Robinson Crusoe’s shipwreck at Tobago’s island called Crusoe’s Island

There is just so much to do at Trinidad and Tobago.



Turks and Caicos Islands – no matter what your vacation idea is, this country has something for you. The diversity of available activities makes this country a great destination for large groups who can split up during the day for activities and comes together at night to enjoy recounting their adventures. This country is a great destination for children and families. From the historical ruins to exquisite areas of natural beauty, your 30 visa free days in Turks and Caicos would be needed to explore all the beautiful sights this country has to offer. You can go diving at the world’s best scuba diving spots; snorkeling tours; stand up paddle boarding or kayaking through the Mangroves; visit Chalk Sound National Park; hit the waves; get wonderfully lost; kiteboarding lessons; conch cruise; tour the only conch farm in the world; hang out with iguanas at Little Water Cay (Iguana Island); sunbathing on Grace Bay’s White Sand Beach; Horseback Riding in the water; enjoy island fish fry; conch bar caves or middle Caicos Caves; deep sea fishing; visit Parrot Cay; visit the Turks and Caicos National Museum; watersports and more watersports.

4 Visa Free Asian Countries For Ghanaian Citizens

From my previous post on visa free travel opportunities for Ghanaian citizens, here are the second group of countries in Asia where Ghanaian citizens can visit visa free.


Bangladesh – Tourism is not really big in Bangladesh especially at its rural areas outside Dhaka but that does not mean you should not give it a thought. Aren’t vacations all about new experiences in new territories? And to have a place not mostly visited means less stress, right? Bangladesh is a must see as this country is the epitome of diversity due to its religious influence – Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Animism. The country’s diverse culture is manifested in their history, sacred places of worship, architecture, arts and crafts, classical and folk music, literature and cuisine which I believe is reason enough to visit. But if you are neither spiritual nor interested in the country’s culture, then you can just visit the below tourists’ sights and enjoy the activities.

You can go on;

  • a two or three day Sundarban adventure in the mangrove forest where you will see the highest number of man eating tigers; good population of deer; more than 245 types of birds and 100+ types of fishes.PS: Your safety is assured.
  • a tour to discover the famous otter fishing which is so unique that it got the attention of world media such as Aljazeera, Time and BBC.
  • a paddle steamer river cruise and backwater trip in Barishal: on your cruise, you will visit the archaeological places in Bagerhat and backwater trip in Barishal to watch the floating market activities.
  • visit Nijhum Dwip (island of tranquillity): you will be met with a quiet, serene environment which is believed to heal a heat that is hurt and cure boredom.
  • a trip to the brass and pottery village in Dhaka where you can learn pottery and explore the rich metal and brass worker activities.
  • visit their tea plantation at Srimangal which also boasts of a forest reserve (Lawachara National Park) and a waterfall (Hamham Waterfalls or Baikkar Beel).
  • visit the second largest city which is also the port city called Chittagong. This city is a bit different than other cities in the country as this place is full of natural beauty and less pollution. you will get to enjoy the city life, historic sights and the beauty of nature. Here, you visit the Vatieary Lake, the Patenga Sea Beach and its market, the river Karafuli, boat ride on Karnaphuli River etc.
  • visit the world’s longest unbroken clean sandy beach of Cox’s Bazar. Then visit the beautiful coral island under Teknaf Upazila called St. Martin Island.

So you see, Bangladesh has so much to offer.


Indonesia – We have all heard of the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali which is known for its volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. Sadly, Ghanaians will need a visa to visit Bali as it is an independent state but for the rest of Indonesia, we get to visit visa free. So in Indonesia, these are what you can do;

  • Go snorkelling and sunbathing on the island of Pulau Weh in Aceh
  • Visit the largest Buddhist Temple in the world – Borobudur Temple, Magelang. This has 72 sculpted figures of Buddha.
  • Eat the best foods of Indonesia which can be found at Padang – the capital city of West Sumatra. You can be given 20 or 25 different dishes at once and you only have to pay for the dishes you touched. Foodies out there, this is for you.
  • visit the natural lake that sprung from the crater of a long dormant volcano – Lake Toba in North Sumatra where you can choose to swim or enjoy a variety of watersports on the lake or visit the traditional houses of the indigenous people, the Batak.
  • Go trekking, tubing on the river or visiting the orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang, the capital city of North Sumatra.
  • Take a ferry trip to the islands of Gili where there are no cars, no police. This is the perfect getaway from everything. On this island, your only form of transportation is a form of bicycle or horses.
  • Witness the natural phenomenon of the tri colours of the lakes of the volcanic mountain Kelimutu within the summit of the craters. The colours of the lakes changes from blue or green to red or black.
  • Visit the Komodo Islands which hosts the Komodo dragons who can be found in the Komodo National Park.

These are just a list of the few things you can do in Indonesia. There is still the tour of Jarkata; the local community of Tana Toraja; diving and surfing at Nusa Lembongan etc. Good news is your visa free opportunity in Indonesia lasts for 30 days so you have enough time to see all these wonderful places.


Philippines – The Philippines is a beautiful country with its own issues. I mean there is a fast growing population contending with the natural resources; there are also 20 active volcanos; and the area is prone to harsh weather conditions. Despite all these issues, this country is a beautiful place made up of over 7,000 islands and natural wonders everyone must see. This country is like a paradise on earth with its beautiful beaches like the beaches at the Boracay island which is famous for its beautiful white beaches surrounded by hotels, restaurants and diving shops. The country has the biggest shopping malls in the world where you will certainly get lost in. There is also the diverse wildlife – birds, reptiles, amphibians, coral species etc. They also have the Banaue rice terraces; chocolate hills (over 1,260 hills); the theme park of the Enchanted Kingdom at Santa Rosa; the Avilon Zoo, Manila City Hall, Tinago Falls etc. But I doubt many of us would be paying much attention to these tourist sights when there are white sand beaches everywhere and also really good food. There is always a bright side in every ugly situation.


Singapore – We all know Singapore and how clean their streets are. Wouldn’t that be a great sight from you know… Singapore is expensive, yes, it is but it is also home to many exciting things like the many free parks, incredible street food and budget shops.

  • The Singapore botanical gardens which is free and a resting area to get in touch with nature
  • Tiong Bahru: a hipster neighbourhood that is filled with cool shops, restaurants and bars
  • Enjoy some local dishes at a hawker centre – sample street food
  • Haji Lane in Kampong Glam neighbourhood holds a collection of hip shops for fashionistas
  • Enjoy a breath-taking view of the city in a Singapore flyer (a large observation wheel that stands 541 feet above the ground)
  • Haw Par Villa on Pasir Panjang Road is a free park with more than 1,000 statutes and dioramas which predict the Chinese folk tales, beliefs and legends
  • Orchard road for shopping – 22 shopping malls, 6 department stores
  • Singapore river and its famous quays on a relaxing river tour
  • Singapore zoo (otters, pygmy hippos, zebras, rhinoceroses, orangutans
  • If you are there in mid-September to mid-October, you can join in the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore’s Chinatown. This festival includes a variety of creative lantern, decorative displays and scrumptious meals
  • Marina Bay Sands Skypark at Bayfront Avenue offers an observation deck and a stunning infinity pool you can gaze at the city from 57 stories up. Pool is for hotel guests but the observation deck can be visited by purchasing tickets.
  • On rainy days, National Museum of Singapore holds innovative festivals like the Night festival, film screenings and exhibitions that cover the history of Singapore
  • Jurong bird park at Jurong Hill is one of Asia’s largest collection of birds. 400 different species
  • The serene island oasis of Palau Ubin – easily accessible via boats from Changi village. Perfect for cycling and kayaking
  • Budget shopping at Bugis street: large market filled with clothing, shoes, accessories, food stalls, retro shops.

So here are the 4 visa free countries in Asia. Next Wednesday, I will be sharing with you visa free countries in Australia and Oceania.

19 Visa Free African Countries for Ghanaian Citizens

Following my post on visa free travel opportunities for Ghanaian citizens, here are the first group of countries in Africa that Ghanaians can visit visa free. I stated in my previous post that some countries provide visa on arrival while others visa free. I will start with the visa free countries and later share with you the visa on arrival countries all over the world.

Before scrolling to the 19 countries, I’d like you to know that most of these vacation spots in Africa can be visited by road. Yes, some will take a couple of hours or days on the road but imagine all the fun you can have if you are with the right crowd?

NB: this is rather a long post because there are so many reasons why you should visit these countries.

So here we go:


Benin – Depending on what you are searching for, Benin has a vast variety of tourist attractions. From the history of the succession of kingdoms recorded at the museum city “Quidah”; the Royal Palaces of Abomey; the sheabutter town of Natitingou; the cradle of Voodoos at Allada; to Ganvie which is Africa’s unique floating villages built on stilts. I however doubt you will be traveling to Benin for their history so I will suggest the vibrant and bustling city of Cotonou which is the New York of Benin. This city is known for its stunning paradise beaches with golden sand and palm trees; amazing restaurants; great nightlife; excellent shopping centres and the Pendjari National Park. When you get tired of the bustling city, you can always visit Grand Popo which is an hour’s drive from Cotonou to the Mono River – a great place to walk and see the mangroves and exotic bird life.


Burkina Faso – If you love architecture, hiking, cycling or nature, then Burkina Faso is for you. This country has tourist attractions ranging from beautiful architecture; wildlife safaris and parks; peaks, waterfalls and lakes. You can visit some sites at the rural areas like Sindou peak and Karfiguela Waterfall which is a perfect place for cycling and hiking; Lake Tengrela where you get to see hippopotamuses; the Cathedrals and Mosques; then Gafreh where you can buy souvenirs. For those of you who are not keen on the rural life can stay at the capital “Ouagadougou” where you can visit Bangr Weogo Park (an urban park for animals and plants); the elephant ranch (Nazinga Game Ranch); Ouagadougou markets; Laongo Sculpture Symposium; and Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou for souvenirs.


Cape Verde – As we all know, Ghanaians love beaches but we have somehow lost that exotic feel the beach brings. Either it never existed on our shores or we have become so accustomed to what we have, we do not feel it. Either way I recommend the beautiful island life of Cape Verde. As the country’s source of income is tourism, it provides its visitors with so many activities they keep going back for more. These activities include island hopping; ferry rides; diving to see the marine way of life; quad biking; wind and kite surfing; whale watching; golf; game fishing; turtle seeing; trekking, walking and hiking. For the nightlife, you will enjoy traditional live music and dance (seductive or upbeat songs) which is a combination of European and Latin music instruments. So if you are looking at a vacation full of beach activities, then you should by all means consider Cape Verde.


Cote D’Ivoire – Abidjan must be on everyone’s travel list. This city is the Manhattan in the heart of West Africa with its skyscrapers and smooth roads. If this city is not on your travel list, then go scribble it down before continuing this article. This city has always been known for its magnificent nightlife ever since I was young and we owe it to ourselves to experience this. If you are looking at a weekend out of Ghana to unwind and forget your worries till Monday, then Abidjan is for you. Sure there are many interesting places you can visit like Mount Nimba at the border of Cote D’Ivoire and Guinea; the zoo, the plateau; the galleries; the museums; the virgin forest etc. But if you had just two nights in Abidjan, why bother with sightseeing when you can be living in the moment at places like Zino Bar Lounge; Paradisio; L’Escale Kreyole; L’Acoustic; Paradisio; Windsor Lounge; Le Cabane Bambou; P’tit Monde; Jamaica City; Butterfly Lounge; La Java Disco; Place Vendome; and Le Village Ki – Yi.


Gambia – There are so many things you can do in Gambia on a budget and you do not even have to do these things in a rush since you get to stay in Gambia for 90 days’ visa free. You can explore the city of Banjul in a bush taxi which is very cheap; visit the crafts and local markets; the fishing villages; the Kachikally Sacred crocodile pool; the monkeys at Bijilo Forest Park; embrace the fantastic birdwatching; enjoy the traditional drumming and dance; relax at the secluded unspoilt beach of Sanyang; go for a walk along the beach at sunset; go for a massage at the luxurious hotel like Coco Ocean Resort and Spa; take a cookery class; and a cruise on River Gambia. While doing all these fun stuffs, you can be staying at an eco-camp or the floating lodges of Mandina and Makasutu on River Gambia. You will be surrounded by the marvellous beauty of nature – a sight to die for.


Guinea – If you have heard of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, then I am certain you would be interested in visiting the Alcatraz Island at Guinea. The latter however does not have the history of the former but well, it is still intriguing and worth exploring. The Alcatraz Island in Guinea is located at the northwest of Boke which is 300km from the Capital, Conakry. The island is a breeding ground for one of the largest seabird colonies in West Africa. From the island, you will be able to visit Capken Tristao and enjoy the beautiful mangrove jungle and beaches. For those of you who would rather not explore the island of Alcatraz, you can enjoy the eco-tour activities and village excursions at Fouta Djalon; the mountainside and city excursions; the cultural immersion and traditional performances; cycling, boating, horseback riding and fishing. Then of course the Loos Islands which are island groups lying off Conakry with beautiful white sand beaches for relaxation and water sports.


Guinea Bissau – Just as you can go island hopping at Cape Verde, you can do same at the Bijagos Islands of Guinea Bissau for 90 days’ visa free. These islands of Bijagos consist of 88 islands and islets located on the Atlantic Ocean. Though there are 88 islands, only 20 of these islands are populated year around. There is a high diversity of ecosystems: mangroves with intertidal zones, palm forests, dry and semi-dry forests, secondary and degraded forest, coastal savanna, sand banks and aquatic zones. There are also the beautiful beaches of Bolama, Bubaque, Rubane, Melo and Varela (this is close to the Senegalese border and the renowned beach of the continental Guinea Bissau). Interesting thing about the journey from Ghana to Guinea Bissau is you can choose to go by road. That means getting the chance to also visit Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea which are all visa free for Ghanaian Citizens.


Kenya – There are so many things to do in Kenya that I am unable to decide. From their safaris; cultural and historical sites; the beautiful city of Nairobi; to the waterworld and exotic beaches, one will have to make a difficult choice when in Kenya since most of these tourist attractions are at different places in the country. When in Kenya, you can visit Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park, Great Rift Valley, Mount Kenya National Park, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Nairobi Snake Park, Nairobi Safari Walk, Diani Beach, Nyali, Lamu Beaches, Vipingo, Tiwi, Watamu Beach – Turtle Bay, Gazi Beach, Bamburi Beach, Kikambala, Shanzu, Funzi Island, Kiwayu, Lamu Archipelago, Lamu Island, Manda Island, Mombasa Island, Wasini Island, Rusinga Island, Mfangano Island, Pate Island, Ndere Island, Central Island, Fort Jesus, Gede Ruins, Olorgesailie, Koobi Fort Museum, Siyu Fort, Lamu Fort, Vasco da Gama Pillar, Nairobi Railway Museum, Malindi Museum, Nairobi Gallery, August 7th Memorial Park, African Heritage Pan African Gallery, Abasuba Community Peace Museum, Bomas of Kenya etc. You can also go for hiking, mountain climbing, walking, island hopping, boat rides, water sport and camel trekking. It is good to know that Ghanaian Citizens can stay in Kenya for 90 days without a visa.

Peacekeeping - UNMIL

Liberia – I know Liberia wouldn’t be on anyone’s travel list due to the history of the war and the harm it has brought to the country. It would however be wrong to write off a country due to the errors of other people. So how about giving this country a chance and visit all the cool places it has. You can start with the Capital Monrovia where you can explore the Liberian National Museum, waterside market, Centennial Pavillion, Cece Beach, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Matadi Central Mosque, Providence Island, Bushrod Island etc. Then move on to the port city of Buchanan; the coastal town of Harper situated at Cape Palmas; the “almost” historical town of Careysburg; the fascinating Blo Degbo Rock of Paynesville; the beautiful fishing town of Robertsport which has Lake Piso; also the Mount Nimba which is on the borders of Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire. Also you can visit other places like Ganta, Zwedru, Barclayville, Harbel, Cesstos City, Bopolu, Gbargna, Sacleapea, Foya, Tubmanburg, Bensonville, Karnplay, Voinjama, Sanniquellie and Greenville.


Mali – For those of us who were obsessed with the movie “the Mummy” fell in love with not only the gorgeous characters but also with the desert, camel rides and the ancient history. Yes! We loved the idea of riding a camel in blazing sunlight; the vast area of a waterless desolate land and the ancient history of civilisation and its artefacts. So if you don’t mind the desert, then let’s go to Mali. Over there, you can visit the city of Bamako which is alive with music, bustling markets, Museums, the national park, and zoo. Then the Dogon Country with its traditional crafts and culture; then the legendary city of Timbuktu where you get to see ancient manuscripts, visit the oldest mosques and the Ethnological Museum; Djenne and Mopti. Also there is Segou which is along a river and Bandiagara – a town carved into the mountain. Other activities in Mali include fishing frenzy at Antogo, camel riding, hiking, camping and sailing on the Niger River where you soak up the sights and sounds from the Sahara area.


Mauritius – Oh Mauritius!!! A paradise for beach lovers. Though the flights to Mauritius are slightly on the high side, this beautiful island with beautiful people is totally worth it. There is the Grand Bassin (a lake high up in the mountain); the Chamarel Waterfall which is the highest in the country; the Black River Gorges National where you get to see the famous pink pigeon; the great nightlife and hot shopping spots in the fishing village of Grand Baie; go for the horse racing at Champ de Mars in Port Louis; the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden; La Vanille Crocodile Park; the white sandy beaches of Ile Aux Cerfs which is not only picturesque but serves tasty delicious meals; the preserved colonial wooden mansion called Maison Eureka; the Museums at Port Louis; the churches, mosques, Chinese and Indian temples; Casela Nature and Leisure Park; then of course the beautiful beaches all around. You can also feel a rush of adrenaline as you partake in Skydive Mauritius for spectacular view of lush green forests and turquoise blue waters. Other activities on the island include diving, sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing, excursions and all the water sports you can think of.


Niger – Since Niger shares a border with Mali, it means part of the country is a desert. However, this country is also blessed with beautiful rivers and waterbodies where you can go sailing along the beautiful deserts and national parks. Holidays in Niger means sightseeing, shopping, camel riding, visit to their towns; and the joyous colourful tribal festivals filled with tribal dance, outfits, music, games and delicious delicacies. With regards to sightseeing, visit Niamey where you can see the colossal Grande Mosque, the Cathedral de Maorey and the interestingly architectural mix of European and African styles; and the Dabous Giraffe Rock Art. You can go for camel rides on the Niger Desert where you get to see the beautiful natural views of the desert, mountain, hills and the Djao Plateau. From there, you can visit the towns of Zinder for a merge of traditional and modernized trends; Agadez where you will have to climb the mountains to see the grand mosque; the great traditional kingdom of Dosso; the picturesque town of Ayorou; then Koure which is the home of herd of giraffes; then there is the annual camel racing. For shopping, the Niger Street has a vast collection of items (accessories, traditional outfits, décor etc.) for you. So you see, Niger couldn’t be boring afterall.


Nigeria – If we are vacationing in Nigeria, then it means we are touring Lagos which is the largest city in the country. Lagos has a wide range of activities you can undertake during your stay and given the fact that the Cedi is bigger than the Naira adds more joy to this trip. Unless you are a show-off, you wouldn’t have to spend much because compared to Accra, Lagos is quite cheaper especially when it comes to food. I believe Lagos being affordable should be enough reason to visit but if you are still not convinced, then let me share with you some of the many things you can do in Lagos. You can visit the Banana Islands; go gallery hopping; get an art education, socialize and learn about the Nigerian culture; enjoy the seaside atmosphere at the Lekki Leisure Lake; visit the natural savannah habitats and swamp; go bowling; play board games and network; join in the nightlife and enjoy delicious suya at the University of Suya. There is still so much to do. For instance; Festac Town, the numerous beaches and resorts, markets, museums, theatre, go-karting, eating from local restaurants, explore Lagos in a lagbus, Moule or BRT buses etc.


Senegal – My friend Ellen suggested we move to the city of Dakar for a month or two since she believes in her heart of heart that I will love it. This had me researching Dakar and I was not disappointed. Dakar is the heart and soul of art and culture. This is the home for Creative Artists and enthusiasts who just want to unleash their innermost thoughts; get inspiration or just enjoy the beautiful magic of arts and not apologize for their heart’s desires. This beautiful city holds festivals to celebrate the breath-taking creativity of arts and artists. If you are a Creative Artist in Ghana who feels unappreciated, take a trip to Senegal where you will realize how blessed you are to be gifted with such talent. God is an artist, remember? After visiting the numerous art centres and galleries; you can go on a walking tour inside Dakar; take a stroll through the wealthy town of Les Almadies and escape to its beautiful private beaches; go surfing, sunbathing and a romantic picnic; see the changing colours of Lake Retba or Lac Rose (meaning pink lake); go on an Accrobaobab adventure. Should you ever get tired of Dakar (which is unlikely), you can take a 15-minute ride to St. Louis to see its tourist attractions. Or catch a bus to the Gambian border and switch to another car or a ferry and see the beautiful city of Banjul which is also visa free.


Sierra Leone – As Freetown is the largest city in Sierra Leone and also its major port city, why not explore every inch of this city? Freetown is lively both day and night so you will never be bored. Over there, you will experience the laid back sandy beaches and mingle with locals; surfing at Bureh Beach and River Number Two Beach; explore the late night hot spots in Lumley and Aberdeen; visit all the historical sights and museums; soak in the numerous cultural events to capture the history of the country; dine on local delicacies and shop at the local markets. Other parts of the country also have a lot to offer. For instance; Tiwai Island (hiking, climbing, monkey and bird watching); Banana Islands (fishing, free diving, scuba diving, snorkelling and scenic boat trips); Bunce Islands (holds significant historical sites for the States); the Western Peninsula Rainforest (borders beautiful beaches, has walking trails and breath-taking views of the mountains); Outamba-Kilimi National Park (beautiful scenery and fascinating wildlife); Kolente River, Kaba River, Seli River, Ribi River etc.


Swaziland – This country may not have the beaches vacationers seek but holidays should not only be about watersports but also a chance to learn a new culture. If you are willing to forgo the usual holiday activities, then visit Swaziland – a country filled with such culture, you would want to discover more about your tribe, country and family history and beliefs. The country has cultural villages like Mantenga Cultural Village – this village is located in a lush setting in the Mantenga Falls Nature Reserve. The locals give visitors the incredible opportunity to enjoy traditional harmonies and energetic dances. When the show is over, you will get to tour a reconstruction of a Swazi hut village. If you are lucky to be in Swaziland during their Umhlanga Reed Dance at the end of August, you should not pass up the opportunity to see it yourself. You can also enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and peaks; go for camping on Shewula Mountain Camp which is eco-friendly; visit the wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, rock shelters and paintings, local markets; go on excursions to their numerous rivers; the fascinating workshops and factories (Ngweny Glass factory). If you still yearn for watersports, the tour operator Swazi Trails provides White Water Rafting on the Great Usutu River. Don’t forget to buy the famous Swazi candles as souvenirs for your family and friends.


Tanzania – My plan has always been to spend a month or two exploring the lands of Ethiopia→ Kenya→ Tanzania→ Botswana→ Namibia.  And having two of these countries visa free for Ghanaians only adds to my excitement. Just to clarify, Tanzania is third on the list not because it is not beautiful but because it is a direct and an easier route coming down from Ethiopia. Tanzania as we all know hosts the tallest mountain in Africa which has three peaks called Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Given the fact that tourism is one of the main contributors of the Tanzanian economy, this country’s tourist attractions are one of a kind. You can take a trip through the safari in a hot air balloon; enjoy some cozy cruises into the sunset; go on a hiking and climbing tour on Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Ngorongoro Highland; visit the numerous safaris and lakes like Serengeti National Park, Serengeti Balloon Safari, Selous Game Reserve, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa, Lake Rukwa, Lake Manyara,; go to the beaches and islands of Paje, Unguja, Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar Archipelago, Mafia Island, Songo Songo Island etc.; check out the historical Sights and Museums of Stone Town, National Museum of Tanzania, Uhuru Monument, Old Dispensary, Hamamni Persian Baths, Ngorongoro Crater, Ol Doinyo Lengai, House of Wonders, eco-tourism trips, etc. Who wouldn’t want these experiences?


Togo – My readers and followers know the mad love I have for Togo. This place is like a second home to me as I have friends over there and I also enjoy the nightlife, hospitality and their cuisine. I must also add that it is cheaper to live in Lome than Accra. If you are a foodie looking to treat your taste buds to some delicious delicacies, then this city is for you. You will fall in love with their amazing baguette sandwich, delicious seafood meals and wowzer pizzas. Though these meals are mostly at hotel restaurants, they are rather very affordable. Togo is about a 2 hour or more drive from Accra and it is visa free. The minute, you get past the Ghana / Togo border, you are met with the beautiful clean beaches of Lome. Here is a list of things I can vouch for in Togo and things I intend to try out;

  • For meals: you have to try out Le Patio (amazing pizza), Le Philippat (yummy seafood meals), Le Phenicien (Lebanese dishes, pastries and icecream); Alt Munchen, L’Annexe, Restaurant Mini-Brasserie, Barakouda, Le Gallion, La Main a la Pate, La Bella Luna etc.
  • For a swim or a walk on the beach: Pure Plage Hotel (beach and pool); O Lodge (pool, waterslide, boatrides, Lake Togo and horseback rides); Le Patio (pool); Marcelo Beach, Hotel Palm Beach, Radisson Ble Fevrier etc.
  • Drink and dancing: Beach Café, La Villa, Le Mandigue Jazz Club, Tshaka Tshaka Lounge, Le Privilege,
  • Excursions: Pome, Kpalime, Aneho, Sokode, Tsevie, Tamberma, Agbodrafo, Lake Togo, Lome, Kara, etc.
  • Shopping: Secondhand market (Hedzranawoe); Grande Marche; Akodessewa Fetish Market (for those interested in the voodoo culture).
  • Transportation: cabs or bikes depending on your preference.

Before I forget, most of the hotels give you the password to their wifi whenever you go for a swim or a meal.


Zimbabwe – If you are tired of the Boti and Wli Waterfalls and want to see some real action, then pack your bags and go to Zimbabwe – the home of the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) is on the Zambezi River and described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World by CNN. At Victoria Falls, you can bungee jump; go for white water rafting on Zambezi River; get on a helicopter flight over the waterfalls; swim on the edge of the waterfalls; and cruise above the waterfalls. If you are wondering whether Victoria Falls is the only thing Zimbabwe has to offer, the answer is no. You can go for a walk with a lion (Lion Encounter); go on an elephant ride; visit Soper’s Curios Snake Park, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Waterwhirld; Mukuvisi Woodlands etc. Just saying: if I was in Zimbabwe, I wouldn’t bother with the rest of the country since I will be spending my entire trip exploring all the nooks and crannies of Victoria Falls.

So here you have it! 19 visa free countries right here in Africa. Next Wednesday, I will be sharing with you reasons why you should visit the 4 Visa free countries in Asia.

Visa Free Travel Opportunities for Ghanaian Citizens

Until I get out of here

All I’ve got is what surrounds me

_______Naana Joa Braso

There are two major things a travelblogger wishes for.

  1. A fully sponsored trip around the world
  2. Visa free travels

Yes! Many travel enthusiasts would rather have someone pay for their trip while they explore new territories; and live in the moment for the moment. Or they would prefer spontaneity; pick up their backpacks and fly to wherever they want, whenever they want. But we do not always get what we want, do we? So what I believe in is that we can make use of what we have now. Thus chancing upon a fully sponsored trip around the world might be nearly impossible but travelling to visa free countries is possible depending on which part of the world you come from.

As a Ghanaian travelblogger who knows the struggle and stress in acquiring a visa, I will like to advise my fellow Ghanaian travellers to halt a bit on traveling to countries where visas are required. I am not asking you to forget your dreams of seeing the Eiffel tower, the Tower bridge, the Empire State Building, the Colosseum, the Parthenon or any of those amazing historical sights, architecture, beaches and parks. What I am asking you to do is to consider countries that are visa free for your next holiday. Some of these countries require no visas at all while others offer you visa on arrival.

Ever since the Ghanaian passport acquired a ranking of the 73rd position in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index in 2016, Ghanaians were given access to 64 countries (visa free or visa on arrival). There are 38 countries you can visit without a visa and 26 you can obtain visa on arrival. This include 30, 12, 6, 13, 3 in Africa, Asia, Australia & Oceania, North America and South America respectively. All you will need to visit these countries is your Ghanaian passport and your travel money. You can have up to 6 month stay in these countries.

Still not convinced??? Well, I will be dedicating the following weeks to sharing with you the 64 countries you have access to and reasons why you should visit. These countries may not have all you want to see but these would be stress free. So until you get to go to where you want to, why don’t you spend some time at the places that actually need you?

The floating book fair – Logos Hope

I have to say nothing drives me into a bigger frenzy than a good book fair. So it stands to reason that I love Logos Hope.

In all seriousness it’s great, the books are great, the staff is wonderful, and the atmosphere is unforgettable. A bit of a warning though, come early because it gets really crowded really fast.

Their cafe is good too. Coffee is decent and ice-cream is great. Croissants were great too. Sadly I wasn’t able to try out the bagel. Maybe next time!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience. I even got to play a game of chess; I lost (badly).


Cosmos out