Dodi World: Luxurious cruise on Dodi Princess II, Music, Watersports, Kiddi Playground and unending list of fun activities

Dodi Princess Island, now Dodi World, is one of the few places in Ghana every Ghanaian family must make a trip to at least once in this lifetime, to enjoy the amazing and breathtaking experience the tourist destination has to offer.

Akesse Sanza on Dodi Princess II
Akesse Sanza on Dodi Princess II
Akesse Sanza on Dodi Princess II
Akesse Sanza on Dodi Princess II

Located in the Eastern region, the Island is situated in the middle of the second largest man-made lake, the Lake Volta, lying adjacent to the power-house of Ghana, the Akosombo Dam.

An estimated 1.3 million tourists visit the island every year by cruising on the iconic Dodi Princess II; a luxurious 150-passenger capacity cruise boat which carries tourists around the island amidst onboard entertainment, food, drinks and the “instagramable” views will not be missed by your cameras.

Dodi Princess II
Dodi Princess II
Residents commute on boat
Residents commute on boat
Free Wifi onboard Dodi Princess II
Free Wifi onboard Dodi Princess II

Dodi World provides an island adventure which includes a tour of game park and several beachfront activities. Boat riding and Jet Ski are just few of the several watersports tourists can enjoy.

At Dodi World, there is something for everyone, including children. The Kiddi Playground has been created on the island for kids to also have a good time partaking in safe sporting activities under the watchful eyes of tour guides who are well trained to keep your kids safe.

Kiddi Playground
Kiddi Playground
Unending list of Watersports at Dodi World
Unending list of Watersports at Dodi World
Dodi World
Dodi World

The island never runs out of music. After enjoying the live music onboard, you are met with two different sets of folk artistes on busking when you arrive on the island. They perform traditional folk musics and dances mainly from the Volta Regions.

Kwanpa Band, a VGMA award-winning band on Dodi Princess II
Kwanpa Band, a VGMA award-winning band on Dodi Princess II
Traditional musicians on busking
Traditional musicians on busking
Prepare to buy cheap fishes
Prepare to buy cheap fishes

Adansi Travels sends tourists on cruise experience to the Dodi island every Saturday. You can reach them on 0247067375. Mention JETSANZA for a discounted rate of GHS299 (adults) and GHS235 (children).



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Tourist Sites in Ghana: Mole National Park

Located at Damongo, 146km south east of Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana, Mole National Park is a 12 hour journey by road from Accra.

One of the largest cities in the Savanna Region, Tamale has a couple of tourist attractions but the Mole National Park stands tall among the rest.

With the largest wildlife refuge, Mole National Park has been an attractive site for many in the country due to its unique species.

The current location of the Mole National Park was initially occupied by inhabitants of the Northern Region, however, they were relocated to pave way for the area to be used as a reserve.

Mole National Park
Mole National Park

The famous animals that can be found at the Mole National Park are the African bush elephants and antelopes. A study conducted on the Park indicates over 800 elephants can be found at the Park. In terms of tree species, Burkea Africana, Isoberlinia Doka, and Terminalia Macroptera are some of the species found in the forest.

While elephants and antelopes dominate the wildlife in the forest, animals such as buffalos and hippos can also be found in the forest even though very small in terms of population.

Monkeys have also made the Park their place of abode with the Olive baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys, the green vervet, and patas monkeys all residing at the park.

Animals such as lions and hyenas used to be found in the park, however these animals have gone distinct in the park over the last decade raising concerns about the survival of the forest in the coming years.

Being one of the last remaining wildlife forests in Ghana, the mole park attracts tourists from all walks of life, both from Ghana and outside, every year with an annual visitor population running into almost a million people. For animal lovers, the Mole National Park is a must visit tourism site to experience the beauty of nature.

Mauritius: An African Island Not For Africans

 

Mauritius is an island of Africa isolated like Madagascar, located in the Indian Ocean. This beautiful island has a mix race of whites and black. French and English are widely spoken throughout the island.

The island has simplified visa procedures and has bilateral visa agreements with many countries to enable nationals of these countries visit each other on visa-free basis.

Many travel lovers in Africa had love to take advantage of this visa policy to explore the beauty of Mauritius but immigration procedures at the point of entry do not exhibit anything like visa-free or hassle-free travel as agreed between the two countries.

JetSanza.com can confidently say that, about 98% of tourist arrivals from Africa in Mauritius are deported for no seeming reason.

#JetSanzaExplorer Shadrack  was the only person among the African arrivals to be granted entry during his visit to the country in February 2016. Thanks to Mr. Shan – the hotel manager who guaranteed his stay in the country and also signed a document to assure the immigration officers that he will bring Shadrack back to the airport after his week stay.

At the point of entry, much is required from the African visitors. These requirements are not stationed on any of their websites and they have made many Africa countries to believe that their borders are opened to them.

“All blacks were deported. They find any reason to deport you. I had to engage the manager of the hotel I booked. He was right at the airport to pick me up so it eased my process a bit. All what they’ve made us to believe are lies. I won’t urge anyone from Africa to visit there,” Shadrack told JetSanza.com.

“I don’t know their fears. I don’t know if they are racists. Whites are given entry without questions. I hardly even met blacks in the country. Could you believe the immigration officers call my hotel every day to check if I’m around? I have been to so many places but I haven’t seen a country so unfriendly like Mauritius,” he concluded.

It is very sad that an African country could treat its own people this way.

Mauritius pretends to be inviting, friendly and made the world believe that they have simple immigration procedures, especially for commonwealth countries. They even claim to be issuing passports for commonwealth countries that stay continuously for a year or two.

Mauritius is only luring the world with their bilateral visa policies to enable its nationals travel to other countries with ease. Nationals of Mauritius visit almost all African countries without a visa but deny nationals from these countries entries into their country.

Foreign ministries in various African countries must wake from their sleeps and revise any bilateral visa agreements signed with the island.

Photo Credit: Africa Point

A Literal Taste Of Spain

I, for one, am what my friends would call a “foodie”. I love food- when I say that it’s not that I am a glutton or constantly whipping pizza down my throat. Let’s just say I have an appreciation for food- the way it looks, smells, its preparation and you guessed right – its diverse tastes!

Sitting and pondering, for a good number of days, on what my next article should be focused on, I was stuck. A lot of thoughts came up- a write-up on Ghana? (“I don’t think so), something on fashion? (“Everyone is writing a fashion article”), or maybe, the best holiday destinations? (“Every place away from home is a great holiday destination”). After what seemed like a century, it hit me! Write on what I love and know; FOOD!!!!!!!

But what food? There are so many different kinds of food, so how would I narrow my choice? I could easily write on Ghanaian cuisine (being a Ghanaian and growing up on Waakye, Banku, and the likes – how difficult could it be?). But where would the challenge be in staying in my comfort zone?

It was at that moment that I saw a news item on Spain. EUREKA!!!! Spanish food. I’d always wanted to travel to Spain, and the only Spanish dish I’d ever eaten (Paella), left a lasting and pleasant impression.
This article by no means covers Spanish cuisine, rather it is something to tickle the reader’s taste buds, and probably motivate the reader to eat (and possibly cook) at least one Spanish dish in his/her lifetime!!!

Located on the Iberian Peninsula, in southwestern Europe is the beautiful nation of Spain. Known for its vibrant culture and tourist attractions (Alhambra and the streets of Jerez), this European nation has gained prominence for its distinctively delicious and colourful cuisine.

Unlike other nations around the world that have specific national cuisines, the food of Spain is unique to every tribe and geographical area.

Climate and geography have and continue to have great influence on the cooking methods and ingredients used. Like much of the world, Spanish dishes have a high carbohydrate element about them; be it rice, potatoes or bread.

La Comida– the main midday meal, lasts for approximately two hours (2 pm to 4 pm). This meal includes several courses including meats, stews and vegetables. It is thus of no surprise that Spain has a high number of overweight individuals!!!

Traditional Spanish dishes inculcate various ingredients beautifully combined to give the most mouth-watering dishes. Such dishes are rich with colour (vibrant reds, green, orange, and yellow) and distinctive in taste. Some of the most popular and traditional dishes (according to region) are described below:

Andalusia: It is no secret that Spain is known for its rich and juicy olives. Whether eaten raw, placed in a salad or turned into oil, olives are an ever-present element in a majority of Spanish foods.
With a combination of meat, bread and olives, Andalusian meals are the ideal blend of the major food groups.
The Andalusian region of Spain makes the most use of olive oil in its various foods. The most popular dish (according to international standards) from this area is Gazpacho- A mouth-watering cold soup that beautifully combines vegetables, bread, vinegar, water, salt, and olive oil. This dish is the ideal starter for people who wish to eat something cool and refreshing after a long day. It can also be used as a main course.

Catalonia – The locality that produced Spain’s first cookbook boasts of a vast array of dishes- these cuisines are dependent upon seafood and vegetables; as evidenced by dishes such as bean tortilla, snails, Escalivada (roasted vegetables), and stewed cod. For all those seeking a fish diet, this area would present the ideal opportunity for you.

Madrid: The Spanish capital is known for more than its famous soccer team (Real Madrid). Renowned for being a dairy producing area, it presents some of the tastiest starters and desserts such as traditional cheese, rice pudding, strawberries and chocolate- the ideal haven for those with a sweet tooth or two!!!

Valencia: I think one of the best ways to end the day is with a seafood platter with a side of vegetables. And although in other parts of the world this would come at a pretty hefty price, this beautiful city “almost gives such meals away!” The coastal nature of this region has made seafood very accessible and affordable! This region is home to my favourite Spanish dish (well actually the only Spanish dish I have tasted, nonetheless still my favourite!) – Paella; A rich blend of rice, vegetables, shrimp, and fish. Aside this irresistible dish the region has produced some amazing desserts such coffee liqueur, nougat and Chocolate Alicante. The scenery of Valencia is breath-taking, but the food is quite a plethora to die for!!

Aside the above-mentioned places and the cuisines peculiar to them, there are certain other must-try delicacies which I have pointed out below:

Crema Catalana (Catalan cream): Those who are fans of Crème Brulee would definitely fall in love with this- a rich custard flavoured with lemon zest and cinnamon, covered with caramelised sugar. A bowl of this weekly is sure to have you tipping off the scales!!!

Churros Con Chocolate: My mouth is watering at the mention of chocolate. This delicacy is a deep fried dough dipped in chocolate and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. I can only speak for myself when I say that dough that has been fried and dressed in chocolate is a must try.

Churros Con Chocolate
Churros Con Chocolate. Photo/Par Taste

Croquetas: For those who don’t have as much of a sweet tooth as myself, I would recommend this. Minus the sugar of the previous dishes, but equally as delicious, this combination of potatoes, cheese, and ham is a close rival to Italian pizza.

Albondigas: You have not tasted meatballs till you try this one. Coming from someone who loves herself some spaghetti and meatballs, you can believe that this dish is certain to leave a smile on your face and some sauce on your fingers! Reading the recipe for this dish and looking at the images, had me daydreaming of the day I would prepare my own Spanish meatballs.

Fabada Asturiana: If you are a stew lover, then this is made for you. This rich stew combines beans and sausage to create a delectable addition to rice, noodles, or potatoes.

Food is a language on its own. It has the ability to make people smile, bring families together and teach the beauty in combining ingredients to create something new. I hope this little tickle will prompt you to indulge in the essence of Spanish meals so as to create “little Spain” in your home!!!

Remember, you never know what you can create until you start!

São Tomé and Príncipe: Paradise on Earth

It is now a norm for people to make resolutions at the beginning of each year and as such, travel lovers and holiday seekers always make a wishlist of places they would love to see and visit in the year.

Often, travel wishlists and schedules change due to tedious visa procedures and huge charges for some specific visas. Some of these charges can pay a significant percentage of the expense that comes with visiting some really cool places on earth.

Save yourself the stress that comes with trying to get visas to some over hyped country. This time, consider the beautiful and serene islands of São Tomé and Príncipe to your travel or holiday venues. It has very simple entry requirements for Ghanaians and your airline will assist you at no extra charges.

São Tomé and Príncipe; two islands which are very close in proximity, is located in the Gulf of Guinea near Gabon with a population of less than 200,000. The islands were discovered and inhabited by the Portuguese, so tourists of the island experience diverse cultures.

If you are a lover of tropical fruits, then São Tomé and Príncipe is a must go. São Tomé cuisines can never be complete, without refreshing tropical fruits and hot spices. Coffee lovers will enjoy it most here. Réchauffé is a major breakfast and tastes better, just like Ghanaian Jollof.

Aside the perfect palm avenue beaches, the islands have museums, parks, skyscraper-like volcanic rock and rainforests. The Islands never gets dull as there are lot of activities to entertain you to the fullest. There are birds of different kinds to admire, whales to watch excitingly, fishing, boat trips and scuba diving.

São Tomé and Príncipe is also the perfect honeymoon and vacation destination you can bet on.
An airline from Ghana to the beautiful Islands, is as moderate as $300 or even less for a return ticket.

Just put this paradise on your travel wishlist and thank me later.

Photo Credit: Sao Tome and Principe Travel and Tourism Information

Maldives: Love at first sight

Unlike other countries, one does not have to visit tourist attractions or engage in activities before falling in love with the country. Right after exiting the Male’s Airport in Maldives, the first sight one sees is the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Jumping on a speedboat immediately as means of transfer to the island is a tour on its own. Riding on the ocean for about 45 minutes is a great welcome.

Love at first sight #maldives 👌🏾

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The love continued growing as I took part in various water sports.

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Jet Ski 🌊 #maldives

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To dive wasn’t an easy thing for me but I took assurances from my diving instructor and finally got myself Scuba diving. What a great experience and I look forward taking a full diving course in the near future.

#scubadiving #maldives

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Top ten tourist sites in Ghana 2021

Ghana over the years is known for its diverse wildlife and tourist attractions coupled with the great hospitality ushered by its citizens. The Kakum National Park, Aburi Botanical Gardens, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum are some of the few tourist sites in the country.

The capital Accra’s National Museum traces Ghanaian culture and history. In northern savannah country, reserves like Mole National Park afford up-close views of large mammals such as elephants and antelopes.

TEN OF GHANA’S BEST TOURIST SITES

Kakum National Park

Undoubtedly one of the most patronized tourist sites in Ghana, the Kakum National Park which was established in 1931 as a reserve is located in Cape Coast, one of the coastal environs in Ghana. Research indicates the Kakum National Park attracted over 135,870 visitors in the year 2009. With an area of 375 square kilometres (145 sq mi), the canopy walk which is 350 metres (1,150 ft) long and connects seven tree is the most recognized facility at the reserve as many tourists will always want to experience the adventure of having a feel on the canopy walk at every visit. With three hours journey from Ghana’s capital Accra, one can get to the Kakum National Park by road. The reserve have also served as a grounds where various institutions and organizations use for their social activities. It is however important to note that one must always make it a point to have a tour guide anytime he or she visits the Kakum National Park.

Aburi Botanical Gardens

Thinking of having a good, serene atmosphere for yourself or holding any social gathering? The Aburi Botanical Gardens should be the first to ring a bell. The Aburi Botanical Gardens is mainly used for social events. Founded by Governor William Brandford-Griffith and Dr John Farrell Easmon, a Sierra Leonean medical doctor in 1890, the Gardens have served as one of the most recognized tourist sites in Ghana. Some social events which are mainly held at the Aburi Botanical Gardens are weddings, birthday parties and picnics. Others also capitalize on the beautiful environment for their photo sessions. Located in one of the mountainous areas in Ghana (Aburi), just a 30minutes drive from Accra.

Aburi Botanical Gardens
Aburi Botanical Gardens

Elmina Castle

Anyone who heard of the slave trade in Ghana cannot narrate without mentioning the Elmina Castle, the Castle is among three main castles which served as a base for the slave trade in then Gold Coast. Built by the Portuguese in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine), the Castle remains a historical site that has attracted many to visit and see where one of the major slave trades took place in the Gold Coast. In recent times, some Musicians in the showbiz industry have used the Elmina Castle for music videos. In 1987, the famous drama movie Cobra Verde was filmed at Elmina Castle. 3 hours drive from Accra and 10minutes drive from Cape Coast, the former capital of Ghana.

Elmina Castle PHOTO: Easy Track Ghana
Elmina Castle PHOTO: Easy Track Ghana

Mole National Park

The Mole National Park is arguably the only recognized and largest wildlife refuge in Ghana. Located in Larabanga, a town in the Northern Region of Ghana, the Park camps various kinds of animals especially the African bush elephants, larger of the two species of African elephants, and the largest living terrestrial animal. It also serves as forest habitats for antelopes and other animals. Recently, honey made from flowers in the Molé National Forest has become the region’s first fair-trade commodity. One must take at least 12 hours by road from Accra to the location, however that distance could be shortened to about an hour by plane.

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

The name Kwame Nkrumah will always ring a bell in the minds of every Ghanaian so far as history is concerned. Led Ghana to attain independence in 1957 after years under British rule. The mausoleum houses the bodies of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. Many always like to take the opportunity to visit the grave of the prominent Ghanaian leader. Located in Ghana’s capital Accra.

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Nzulezo

A Village that has eventually turned to be a tourist attraction due to its weird nature. Located near the village of Beyin, roughly 90 kilometers west of Takoradi. The village’s name “Nzulezo” in Nzema language, means “water surface”. Unlike the natural world where buildings are constructed on lands, in this case, buildings are constructed on water with the aid of bamboo sticks. Nzulezo was built over Lake Tadane. It is not known why the village has been built over the water. The main activities of its inhabitants is agriculture, while the fishery plays a secondary role. The lake is however perceived by the local population to protect against certain risks.

Nzulezu: PHOTO: Visit Ghana
Nzulezu: PHOTO: Visit Ghana

Mount Afadja

The highest mountain in Ghana, Mount Afadja known in the Ewe language as Afadjoto is located in Gblede, a village in the Volta Region. Over the years many tourists have tried to challenge themselves by climbing to reach the summit of the mountain which is 885 metres (2,904 ft) above sea level. Despite not rated among the top mountains in Africa, Mount Afadja has always been a major tourist site for most Ghanaians and expatriates. It is about 178 kilometers (111 mi) northeast of Accra, and 178 kilometers (111 mi) northwest of Lomé

Centre for National Culture

One cannot visit Ghana without going to the Centre for National Culture located in the centre of Accra where all the artefacts, sculpture and traditional dresses are made. It is a place where almost all the Ghanaian fashion cultures are projected. Most foreigners visit the place for their various artworks.

Boti falls

One of the major waterfalls in Ghana, the Boti falls It is located 17km North-east of Koforidua, which is the eastern regional capital. It is just over 30 minutes drive from Koforidua and over 90 minutes from Accra depending on the means of transportation. Compared to the Wli Waterfalls and Kintampo Waterfalls, the Boti Falls remain the highly patronized site among all the waterfalls in Ghana.

Lake Volta

The largest artificial reservoir in the world in terms of surface area is located just behind the Akosombo Dam, Ghana’s only source of power. This site is most visited by the locals knowing it plays a major role in the provision of Energy in the country.

Is Italian Embassy Working?

Italy has been an epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic as thousands get infected on a daily basis and more death recorded in the same period.

Over the period of the pandemic, Italy has come to believe that a number of her cases are imported and related to travels.

So the question then is, has Italy closed down her embassies all over the world in order to stop people from traveling?

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One must take note that all Italian Embassies have remained opened and operational in the times of the pandemic but have their activities limited especially when it comes to visa allocation.

Is Italian Embassy Working in Ghana?

The Italian Embassy in Ghana is located in the country’s capital city, Accra in the Greater Accra Region, and a Consulate in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and all are open and functioning fully.

Is Italian Embassy Working in India?

The Italian Embassy in India is located in New Delhi with some Consulates in other cities. Italian Embassy in India has resumed operation in India since July 2020.

The embassy has however limited its activities to certain groups of people.

According to the Ordinance, entry into the national territory and air traffic from India is only allowed:

  1. to Italian citizens who have registered residence in Italy as of 28 April 2021;
  2. to officials and agents, however, named, of the European Union or international organizations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officers and employees, military personnel, including those returning from missions and of the Police Forces, the personnel of the Information System for the safety of the Republic and of the Fire Brigade in the exercise of their functions, only with the authorization of the Ministry of Health or in compliance with validated health protocols.

According to the information available, with the Ordinance of 6 May 2021, the Minister of Health established that starting from 7 May 2021, it is forbidden to enter and transit in the national territory to persons who in the fourteen (14) days before the entry into force of the Ordinance have stayed or transited in India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka.

Is Italy Embassy in Ghana opened?

The Italian Embassy in Ghana is opened for visa application and travel documentation.

Is UK Embassy Working?

The United Kingdom (UK), formed by England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is one of the countries that have suffered a great loss from coronavirus.

There are about 123 Foreign Embassies and 154 Consulates placed in the territory of the United Kingdom. United Kingdom itself in total counts near 84 Embassies and 49 Consulates spread all over the world.

The United Kingdom at this current time has not issued instructions for the closure of her embassies abroad and this only goes a long way to suggest that, UK’s embassies are still operational.

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However, there is actually a change in the activities of the embassies across the globe when it comes to the issuance of visas.

Visas are only granted but not limited to the following category of people;

  1. Citizens of the United Kingdom
  2. Travel and aviation workers
  3. Students with proper doucmentation
  4. Emergency and essential service officers

From May 17, the rules for people arriving in England from abroad would depend on where you are from.

What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. The on which you country is listed determined what you have to do:

  • Green list – you must take a COVID-19 test on day 2
  • Amber list – you must quarantine in the place you’re staying and take 2 COVID-19 tests
  • Red list – you must quarantine in a hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests

Is UK Embassy Working in Ghana?

The UK has a British High Commission in Ghana to maintain and develop relations between the UK and Ghana. The British High Commission in Ghana is currently working but limited to the category of people listed.

Is UK Embassy in Nigeria Working?

UK’s British High Commission in Nigeria which is situated in Abuja is very operation as of now, except that its activities are limited for same purposes across the globe.

Is Netherlands Embassy Working?

The Netherlands currently runs two hundred and fifty embassies and consulates across the countries in the world in order to facilitate both diplomatic, trade, educational, and tourism relations with all of those countries.

With the harrowing face of the Covid-19 pandemic, most countries are forced to either shut down embassy operations or limit the rate of operation.

You may be wondering if the Netherlands Embassies are functioning normally, limited, or shut down?

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As of now, though there are travel bans on European countries which includes the Netherlands, all of the country’s embassies abroad are open for visa application but on limitation to a certain category of people.

You must take note that:

  1. If you are traveling to the Netherlands, you must complete the Health Screening Form, hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test and rapid antigen test certificate before departure. You might also be required to undergo self‑quarantine on arrival.
  2. Effective April 26, 2021, to May 15, 2021, all passenger flights departing from South Africa, India, Dominican Republic, Panama, and all countries within South America are not allowed entry to the Netherlands.

 

Is the Netherlands embassy in Ghana open

At the moment, Netherlands Embassy in Ghana is open and functional for travel documentation on weekdays but the general public is advised against visiting, unless on appointments only.