For those who prefer to get away from tourist hubs, small towns such as Mampong and Ejisu could also serve as a base for exploring Ashanti, as could the likeable Moon and Star Guesthouse in BankoBradt Ghana, edition 7, page 378
Using the Guesthouse as a home base there are several things you can see and do in and around Kumasi. The environment is very beautiful and the people are friendly, so you can always go for a walk. In this blog you will find some tips of places worth seeing and doing. Of course we are willing to arrange a guide or help you with the preparations.
What to do in and around Banko on foot
Banko is a very warm and welcoming town. It’s really easy to immerse yourself in the local community, you can take part in the Traditional cooking lesson, visit the Children’s home, go to farm with a local. Ghanaians are big soccer fans, if you like you can go to soccer pratice or go and watch a Champions league match. We are happy to join you for all of the above or give you a tour through the village.
Moon&Star is surrounded by amazing mountains and nature, so besides being a great base for tourists who are interested in African culture, we are also a great place to stay for hikers, birdwatchers and other nature lovers.
It’s possible to hike to and climb some of the mountains. Enjoy the amazing views from up there. We wrote a blog about visiting the Prayer mountain. From our garden you can see beautiful birds and butterflies, and during a hike you’ll meet even more. Are you more into reptiles, our surroundings are very suitable for herping as well.
Daytrips from Banko
For visitors interested in the Ashanti culture, a visit to Ghana’s second city Kumasi will be nice. Check out our blog on Moon&Star’s excursion to Kumasi. As well as visiting the craft villages Adonwomase and Ntonso. At Adonwomase guides will show you how to weave the traditional Kente, they will turn you into a King or Queen and they will take you to a cacao farm. At Ntonso you can learn everything about the traditional Adinkra stamps which are used to print fabrics. Did you know that Moon&star is also an Adinkra sign?
Visit the traditional shrines that are on Unesco’s world heritage list
One of the reasons why the shrines are on the world heritage list is that these shrines are the only surviving examples of traditional Ashanti architecture. Another reason is their spiritual significance. Most of the shrines are still actively used. We are happy to inform you about the do’s and don’ts when visiting the shrines.
Visit the capital of the Ashanti region, Kumasi
Naturally the 2nd city of Ghana is worth a trip. There are several things that you can do in Kumasi. You can visit Manhyia Palace and learn more about the rich culture of the Ashanti’s, the biggest market of West Africa can be found in Kumasi. Go for a stroll and maybe lunch at the Cultural center. And shop for a bit, or enjoy the air conditioning at Kumasi mall.
Daytrips for nature lovers
At Bomfobiri WS you can have a great adventure, hiking on the rocky trails, passing rivers on fallen trees, spot crocodiles, monkeys and antilopes and swim at the base of one of the two waterfalls! In dry season it’s easier to spot animals like monkeys and during rain season you can swim. Click here to read our blog post about a trip to Bomfobiri WS
Spot lot’s of different butterflies and learn about the different types of trees at Bobiri Forest.
And another amazing place to be is Lake Bosumtwi. The surroundings are beautiful, you can swim in the lake, watch the local fisherman and even take a trail ride. If you go to the lake we recommend an overnight stay.
Whatever you decide to undertake while lodging at our affordable place, we are here to help and guide you.
Moon&Star will give you a real Ghanaian experience in only a few days. Check our great reviews on TripAdvisor!