Ga-Mashie District Tours

Better known by locals as Old Accra, the Ga-Mashie district of the city is home base for Ghana’s Ga people, the original settlers of the capital. This relatively small geographic area is rich with national culture, history and heritage, including Ussher Town and James Town. These densely populated fishing villages may be economically deprived, but their iconic structures from the colonial era and kinetic energy make Ga-Mashie a destination for travelers. 

The district lies between the Densu River and the Chemmu lagoon, just north of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can explore the bustling fishing villages, where men are taught to weave nets and hallow canoes by hand. Or visit with the artisans, carpenters, masons and tailors who while away the day using ancient methods and long-perfected techniques.  An afternoon in Ga-Mashie puts travelers in touch with Ghana’s age-old traditions, right next to its thriving new economy.

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Ga-Mashie District stretches some 100 hectares along the southwest coast of Accra. It is the oldest community in the capital and one of the 11 districts that makes up Greater Accra.
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Address: Accra, Ghana
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Accra Cultural Walking Tour: Arts, Crafts and Industry

Discover Accra’s rich creative and cultural heritage on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour of the city, and meet the artists, craftspeople and artisans who live and work on Ghana’s vibrant coast. Watch a shoemaker craft shoes by hand using locally-produced leather, and learn how bakers use traditional clay ovens to produce distinctive crusty loaves. See fishermen sing as they haul in their daily catch then visit a local factory where workers transform scrap metal into ingenious tools, finely-wrought jewelry and works of art.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Accra Architecture and Neighborhoods Tour

Explore Accra’s Danish, Dutch and Jamestown neighborhoods on a 3-hour walking tour that takes in the architectural highlights of this historic seaside city. Follow your guide through streets lined with pre-colonial buildings, and hear the stories behind the elegant homes and imposing mansions built by the first Dutch and Danish colonizers. Follow the thread of colonial rule into the Ga-Mashie neighborhood of Jamestown, then make a final stop at the oldest hotel in Accra, now an atmospheric ruin at the water’s edge.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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