Christmas in Axim and Nzuelezo

My first Christmas under 35 ° !

When you live as an expat and espacially far from Francee, like in Ghana, you can not always choose your holidays at the good period, and as soon as your parents house is far, you can not go there for 2 days chritsmas feast…

So in 2014, we decided to spend ou first christmas in Ghana under the sun and the heat! It is strange to see christmas trees in street or in shops when it is 35 degrees!!

So, we decided to stay 4 days in Axim, which is 6 hours drive from Accra, located just before the Ivory Coast.

map takoradi axim

We had booked for a very wonderful and peaceful hotel with perfect nice bungalow.

We wanted to rest, breathes fresh and ocean air, and have good lunch and of course visit all around.

And it is what we did!

Axim, a very nice beach horizon…

We arrived in Axim after being stop several times by police who always stop you even if you did nothing and lies to you to get some money whereas you go to police station…So with few cedis less in our pockets, we finally arrived to our wonderful place to stay and rest.

Axim is a coastal town,  about 60  km west of the port city of Sekondi-Takoradi in Western Region. 

Our bungalow in Axim Beach Hotel looked like the ghanaian house in North of Ghana, and was in front of the beach, which was out of this world.


Inside, it was great too :

The views are amazing from the chalets; the bathrooms charming with wonderful shells incorporated into the design; the beds comfortable

During the night you can listen to the waves… so relaxing…and magic moment!

But to enjoy this time, make sure to take a lot of bug repellents for the night time mosquito attacks…if you do not have the moquito net!


Eva, a german woman is running the restaurant with meticulous efficiency and always happy to help with any food requests.

Do not forget to request the on duty personnel to get some of the freshest coconut with the sweetest water for you or some hard drink.

Some people might say that the food takes a long time to be served but that is the general timeline of restaurants all across Ghana. We found it very good and advise you to eat there.

One morning, we went on a canoe through the mangrove, 3 mn from the hotel.


Nzuelezo, the village above the water

Early in the morning, we went to discovert a typical village called Nzuelezo, which is not far from Axim.

We took a canoe and we were brought throught different landscapes until we discover….



the stilts village !


When we were on the pontoon of the village, we started to see people cutting piece of wood to make small boat to sell for tourists like us, and of course we bought several for us and family or friends!


In the  casi unique “street” of the village, there was also the school.



I met tourist girls (scared with water, wearing the lifejacket) who wanted a picture with a white ‘obruni” so I agreed of course 🙂



Even small children are used to take a boat alone!


Then we went back to the hotel,


and started there to rest

We really had great time there and we both recommand this place!