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We’ve made it to Lome, the capital and found a place to stay 12 km’s outside of the city at Chez Alez, dodging the motorbikes getting there. More fun approaching the border. It could hardly be called the main border crossing when the roads turn into a nightmare and huge trucks fight for the road with the local tros tros taxis. We crossed the southern part of the Volta towards the border.

We got through OK and a kid helped us get through customs and immigration. As expected, we obtained the 7 day transit visa for  the right price. We can extend it if we need to in Lome. We got through quicker than expected and that means we can relax here  tomorrow with a day free.

All change. Heading into Francohphone countries for the next few months. Ghana is surrounded by Freanch speaking countries. Also a change of currency to the CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine Francs). Bring on Togo and Benin. Birthplace of Voodoo anf the roots of Brazilian culture before slaves were taken to South America.

Rushing to leave for Togo. Will update more later.

Were taking in a mini tour of Ghana with half our minds on cracking onto Togo and Benin. Kurmasi was well worth a visit. I’m in search of some really nice Kente cloth and also to see where and how it’s made. Kejetia market is West Africa’s biggest so we also wanted to see that.

On our first day in Kurmasi we wandered around town and sorted out a tour for the next day to see the craft villages scattered around the town.

On our way back to Accra we stayed in the Bobiri forest reserve. The guide-book says ‘unlogged forest’ but soon after we arrived there were giant trucks carrying logs from within the forest. One man said they had come from forestry commission land on the other side of the reserve. Very peaceful place after Kurmasi.

We took a guided walk on the morning we were leaving for Accra. It was great to learn about the different trees in the rainforest. God, they are so tall, the size of office blocks in the City of London. We walked with a local man who explained their different uses. We heard the termites eating away under the surface whenever we stopped for a while.

Main hassle we’ve had in Ghana is that the police stop us all the time thinknig we are breaking the law because we have a right hand drive vehivle. It is illegal, but they are slow to accept the fact that we are in transit and it’s not a problem. It happened for a few days once we got going, but seemed to stop instantly as if all the police checks had been informed about the fact. Otherwise, we’ve been stopped bt the police who just want some money from us! Not hard to get out of and were moved on pretty quickly.

August 2010