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Nzulezo, Ghana.

Nzulezo is a remote stilt village in Western Ghana.

Get inEdit

The village is located in the Amansuri wetland and accessible to the public by dugout canoes and motorized canoes from the town of Beyin on the coast about 40 kilometres east of the Ivorian border and 90km west of Takoradi.

Tickets (50 cedis) must be bought from the office. Life jackets are provided but parents may consider it wise to take their own for small children. At the beginning of the canoe journey, there is a modern, well-constructed cafe serving drinks, hot food, and European-style coffee. The canoe trip is 45 to 60 minutes in duration and very scenic. And the motorized canoe trip is 15 to 20 minutes in duration.

Get aroundEdit

The only way to reach the village is by canoe either paddled or motorized. Once there, you are on foot.

SeeEdit

 
Paddling through the mangrove swamp forest.

Numerous canoes, each big enough to carry five adults, carry visitors through mangrove forest and across Lake Amansuri to the village everyday. Visitors are frequently expected to assist in paddling the canoes. They also have motorised canoes for those who want a fast Tour but it comes an additional charge of GHC 70.00

DoEdit

A local (probably your canoe captain) will take you on a tour of the village, enabling you to interact with the locals and observe them going about their day. Not-very-subtle emphasis is given to the tour of the community's school, which you'll be later asked for an optional donation towards. The school's blackboards contain what look to be daily lessons, with the date written at the top of the blackboard. It's up to you to decide whether all of the smudges around the date (and the lack of smudges around everything else on the board) suggest that all is not what it seems.

BuyEdit

Village residents make a couple of different souvenirs that are available for purchase, the most common one being hand-carved mini canoes 15cm long.

EatEdit

 
A row of houses in Nzulezu stilt village.

Upon your arrival at the village, you'll be greeted by a guesthouse operator who is able to arrange food for you. The food is around 15 cedis for dinner (late 2019), and is of higher quality than plenty of other basic places in Ghana. There are also stalls in the village selling omelettes and snacks. Unless you want something specific, there's no real need to bring your own food to Nzulezo.

DrinkEdit

The village has a small "spot" bar, which has beer, spirits, and soft drinks. The Village now has electricity so prepare yourself for a cold beer.

SleepEdit

 
The guest house and canoes

The village has a small guest house. In 2020, a room with one single bed and one double bed cost around 50 cedis (depending on your negotiation skills). The beds are firm, but have mosquito nets.

Get outEdit

Back onto the canoe! There are tro tros (shared taxi vans) available from Beyin to Takoradi.

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