“Flashpackers” = would-be backpackers in search of a bit of luxury

I get the idea that most people must just turn up somewhere and hope to find some accommodation since it is virtually impossible to book it via email – nobody replies!  I asked my contact Travel Agent in Ghana if they could do it for me and they replied that it was better for me to do it as the locals would not take them seriously!  Today, I resorted to phoning the numbers in my Bradt guide, mostly mobiles (not looking forward to my phone bill) and that was successful for the Busua Inn but Eshu asked me to go on line and book the rooms that way.  Well, I spent a good hour and got so frustrated with the site – a site that doesn’t do what it is supposed to does more damage than good.  I couldn’t seem to book two separate rooms at the same time and then when it came for payment (very vague as to whether it was “pay all”or 50%) I tried to transfer the money but will need a special form from my bank in order to make a telegraphic transfer which will cost me £20!  Eshu was meant to be a treat with massages and a lovely “spa” atmosphere (after a couple of nights in hostels) but think I will have to send them an email and say that they will have to accept cash on arrival or we will have to go elsewhere.    Hans Cottage Botel had a good on line booking page so I will wait for confirmation from them.    In Kakum National Park, you can walk from Mosomagor Village, visit the tree platform and sleep out in the forest! Can I be that cruel to Sharan?  It would be spectacular but not much sleep would be had.  When we went to the Baviannskloof in South Africa, we slept under the stars around the fire and the combination of the cold, taking it in turns to put wood on the fire and animal noises guaranteed a sleepless but nevertheless memorable night.

I am so excited as Ghana seems so off the beaten track – my friend Sharan is going to be taken completely out of her comfort zone – I can’t wait to take her on the STC buses!!!  I know she will giggle non-stop and dine out on it for weeks. Apparently, we are classified as “flashpackers” would-be backpackers but who need a bit a luxury on the way.