Tough luck in Tamale
Tamale Travel Blog› entry 17 of 26 › view all entries
May 25th, 2010 – by: hauteboy
Hotel: Christian Council Guesthouse, Tamale, Ghana
Another long push to the south today; we were hoping to cross over into Ghana and reach the town of Bolgatanga or even Tamale. I had checked the bus schedules and saw there was a Rakieta bus leaving at 10AM for Po, near the Ghana border. However, Rakieta has several stations around town apparently; the station to Po wasn't the same one that we arrived from Bobo. We caught a taxi (2500 CFA) to the station around 9AM, bought our tickets then had a bit of a wait.
The drive to Po was about 3 hrs to travel 150kms. The road was in pretty bad condition here as well, but to be fair they were working on this section. I sat next to a Canadian couple, they had just arrived in Burkina and they were spending three weeks traveling down to Accra.
The shared taxi dropped us off at the Burkina border which was easy to negotiate.. then it was a half mile walk or so from the Burkina side down to the Ghana border post. Suddenly, we were back in Ghana; English-speaking, good roads, and home of Wonderbread. We noticed a Kumasi-bound bus at the border but he said he was full. We opt for a private taxi to Bolgatanga for 12 Cedi; hoping to catch onward tro-tro to Tamale. The driver wanted to take us all the way to Tamale.
One thing to note about changing money in Ghana.. you can get a much better rate for changing US $100 bills than smaller bills, you can get 1.41 or more for a Franklin but only 1.30 (or worse!) for a $20. With the fees my bank charges for ATM withdrawal, I was actually getting a better rate changing cash than using an ATM.
It took a few hours to reach Tamale; we had our taxi driver drop us off at our first choice of hotel, the Catholic Guesthouse. Too late, our taxi had already driven off when we find out that the hotel is full! Our next hotel choice the TICCS guesthouse is about a half mile walk way.
For dinner, we head back to the TICCS guesthouse which has a jungle bar and supposedly good food. My friends were wanting to try the Castle Milk Stout beer which is available in Ghana. At the bar, we met a couple who was just finishing up their three year Peace Corps stint in Mali. Dinner took ages to prepare, but was good when it finally arrives. By now it is dark as we make our way back to the guesthouse. They had brought in an extra mattress which turned out to be little more than a foam pad. I drew short straws and slept on the floor, so far my most uncomfortable sleep.
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