Nzulezu Stilt Village is a place that captured my imagination when I traveled to Ghana looking for adventure in 2003. Certainly a stilt village had to be one of the coolest things to see.
Well, Nzulezu was very cool, so when I had the opportunity to take my husband to visit in 2019, we had to do it.
Don’t worry, we didn’t let Blind Man Tim tip off into the water.
In the time between trips, Ghana has modernized and grown up a great deal, though it’s not so modern that it’s lost it’s soul. But when I first visited Nzulezu, after getting on the wrong tro-tro, it was a wild ride over a bumpy dirt road where one guy kept hanging out the back door of the car to bang the hubcap back on.
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Fast forward to 2019, and the road is nicely paved all the way to Beyin, the landside town that’s the gateway to get to Nzulezu.
They also have motorized boats to take you out to the stilt village, now. Though we stubbornly insisted on a traditional paddle canoe.
See, the first time I visited in the dry season, and paddling (and pushing with the pole), which was the only option, was much easier. In 2019, we were there in the rainy season. The vegetation is lush, but the water is deep and we had to do a lot more hard paddling than I anticipated.
Nzulezu has grown, too. It’s much bigger than when I was first there. You can get a sense of the size in the video. It’s a stilt village over Lake Tadane, so it’s still not huge, but there’s a full school and community center, now.
So here’s a fun look at what we think is a great stop in your Ghana travels, if you have the time. It’s on the far west coast and you’ll want to use Takoradi as your point of departure to get there.
Here’s a tour that includes Nzulezu, if you’re interested: https://bit.ly/2Ih9XZV
Definitely worth your time.