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Donna + Carl | djsheppa~AT~excite~DOT~com
We spent a wonderful weekend at the Langma Cabin at Kokrobite in September 2004. We took long walks on the beach, explored tidal pools, and collected seashells. We mixed with the locals at the nearby fishing village of Nyanyano and feasted on the home-cooked meal we created using the fishermen’s catch. We also indulged in wine and lobster at a nearby beach resort, complete with musical entertainment. When we were not exploring our surroundings, the palm tree-lined coastal view from the front porch was spectacular, and made it possible for us to relax and unwind from our typical Ghana lifestyle.

Our time was memorable for many reasons – we were able to move at a pace that was our own; we traveled easily using public means from Accra to the Cabin site, eliminating the added stress that is often a part of travel in Southern Ghana; and we didn’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy wonderful scenery and food. We couldn’t pull ourselves away on Sunday afternoon to head back to Accra – the weekend was feeling too short! - but staying over Sunday night turned out to be a perfect option as we still made it to work on time bright and early Monday morning.

We are looking forward to another great weekend getaway in early 2005!

Donna + Carl.

Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 17:49 hrs - Accra, Ghana
Mr./Mrs. Müller | lmbmuller~AT~zonnet~DOT~nl
Hello Apollo,

Here is finally a reaction of our visit to Ghana and the trip that we made with you. We met you in our hotel and you proposed to make a trip to several interesting objects along the coast near to Accra.

We went to “Kakum” and during the travelling to the national park, you told us the history of Ghana. Besides of informing us about the history of the country you showed us the important buildings we passed during
the trip, like “Fort Amsterdam”.

You showed us where to find the sweetest “sweets”, liked the dried banana chips. Besides of the banana chips you pleasantly surprised our mouths with fruit and minerals. We still remember the tasteful avocadoes, you bought for us!

In “Kakum” we walked over the seven hanging bridges, which were placed between the tops of the trees, to experience that a forest in Ghana is something different than a European forest.

After “Kakum” we went to “Fort Elmina”, where its impressive history was waiting for us. Still, looking at the pictures of “Fort Elmina” the same strange undefined feeling crawls up in our bodies.

It was a wonderful day. If we return to Ghana, we surely will try to find you for another trip.

Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 12:04 hrs - The Netherlands
René Bouwman | ReneBouwman~AT~zonnet~DOT~nl
If you want to experience the daily life in Ghana, Apollo will show you the places otherwise overlooked. He will take you along longolongo roads to see Ghana in its full detail and beauty. Always with professional guidance and knowledge by Apollo. And he cooks a damn good meal to!

René Bouwman

Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 11:58 hrs - The Netherlands
Ingrid de Beer | info~AT~ghanecc~DOT~com
The biggest asset of Apollo is that he has a exellent knowledge of Ghana and the Ghanaian culture and can explain very clearly about it to us Westerners. He is proud of his country and likes to show all its beauty to whoever is interested. Apollo is very approachable for visitors as well as for Ghanaians. He therefore is the missing link between different cultures. For me it was a perfect way to get to know the true gems of West Africa: its people.

Ingrid de Beer

Project Manager House of Culture
Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture

Friday, January 21, 2005 at 12:15 hrs - Accra, Ghana
Carlijn Brenninkmeijer | c_brenninkmeijer~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I know Apollo since 2001. From the beginning I experienced him as a very reliable person who never lets you down. I have been four times in Ghana. Every time I met Apollo. He arranged a training period for my niece. He has the ability to work with all kinds of people. The best memories I have are from a cycling trip he organized at Aburi gardens. When you are an active person and you like to cycle I recommend this trip to everyone. You cycle through the fields, bush, a small river and you pass clay huts and small villages. Even in a 2 hour trip you are able to see a lot. I also went to Togo and Benin with Apollo. When my mother visited me he arranged a reliable driver for us. He never let me down.

Carlijn Brenninkmeijer

Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 14:37 hrs - The Netherlands
Erik Overmars | erik_overmars~AT~hetnet~DOT~nl
Hello everybody,

I have been travelling with Apollo on several trips and tours. He is friendly, sympathetic and very knowledgable. Above all, he is very reliable and flexible and will adjust his tours to meet your wishes. He has shown me the Ghanese way of living in Accra and in villages outside. I have also seen natural and cultural highlights, like Kakum national park, Fort El Mina and waterfalls. Any means of transportation is possible: buses, cars, taxi's, and riding a bike in the hills north of Accra is certainly worthwhile! Apollo will do his best to make your tour enjoyable!

Apollo, good luck with the creation of your website. Say hello to Cindy and take care!

Greetings, Erik

Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 23:01 hrs - the Netherlands
Julia van Leeuwen | juulvanleeuwen~AT~hetnet~DOT~nl
Travelling with Apollo is, apart from moving in with a family, probably the closest you can get to getting to know the Ghanaian way of life. He takes you to remote places, travelling by local transportation, meeting beautiful people on the way. He has strong beliefs and ideals that he likes to share with other people, but always shows a lot of respect. Whenever he feels someone is in need, he tries to help, in a quiet, modest way. Being very restless and normally having difficulties sitting still, somehow Apollo (without knowing it) showed me how wonderful it can be to just sit and watch the world go by, and to see how rich and beautiful small things can be. So, if you really want to get a touch of Ghanaian life, travel with Apollo. He took us to Volta region, but I think he can make a trip to any other region one to always remember.

Love, Julia

Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 12:09 hrs - The Netherlands
Cindy Noordermeer | cindy~AT~aandachtvooraids~DOT~nl
Although I am already for a long time in the country and used to travelling on my own, travelling with Apollo gives something extra to the trip. His attitude and the way of interaction takes away the gap between foreigners and the local people. For suretravelling with Apollo is making new friends from different levels of the society and learning a lot about local life and culture of the country. We travelled through the most fertile part of Burkina Faso (1 night in mud-stick house in a village near Nandom, 1 night in local village on the way, 2 nights in guesthouse in Bobo-Diaulasso, 2 nights in local guesthouse near Banfora,
2 nights in Goua and back to Ghana). We travelled in an extra ordinary wayby motorbike for one week. The routes where dirty, the accommodation basic in local villages...but I felt comfortableslept and eat terrific. Reallyone of my life-time experience.

Cindy Noordermeer, Accra, Ghana

Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 18:04 hr - Accra, Ghana
Marleen van der W. | marleensadres~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
In july and august 2004 I travelled for two months through Ghana. Because it was my first time in Africa and I was travelling on my own, I had to learn much to be self-sustainable. You can not undermine how helpless you are without a guide, at least the first time you visit this country.

Via via I got in touch with Apollo Panou. From the time he welcomed me at the airport untill one month later when I left him to travel by my self, he helped me with everything. He showed me much pretty places. Places you can not find with a guidebook. He took me to drink pito (a special brewed local drink) with old men in traditional villages. He showed me the Rastafariens because I was interested. He taught me how to wear my money, how to discuss with the ‘sellers’ and he cooked me the best traditional Ghanaien dishes.

If you want to travel on a budget, traditional way and to see the real Ghanaien lifestyle, Apollo is a very good guide. Very important to me was to travel with a guide you can trust and where you feel comfortable with, in this country which is so different then Europe or the US.

Marleen van der W.

Monday, December 27, 2004 at 13:32 hr - The Netherlands

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