Major Tourist Attractions: Kakum National Park, Lake Volta, Cape Coast Castle, Labadi Beach
Ghana is located on the western coast of Africa and has a warm, tropical climate all year round. It’s known for being very politically stable and one of the safest countries to visit in all of Africa.
Even with its positive reputation, tourism is not well established in Ghana. Travel within the country can be challenging with its limited infrastructure. So unless you’re a independent, seasoned traveler, pre-booking a group tour with a reputable tour company would probably be the safest option. The pace of life in Ghana is slow and things don’t operate at a western standard. You can expect frequent power outages throughout the country though many nice hotels and restaurants have power generators to ease the interruption.
Ghanaian people are known to be some of the friendliest in western Africa. Most locals are happy to meet you and want to know why you chose to visit. Ghanaian people can sometimes be abrupt and may not always have a smile on their face, but rest assured they are extremely helpful and this is simply part of their culture. Locally grown foods are inexpensive but imported goods that you’re accustomed to are difficult to find and cost a lot. Shared vans called tro-tros are the way of getting around. There’s no map or instructions for use so you need to ask around to figure out how to arrive at your destination. English is an official language of Ghana and is spoken by most people around the country.
Lodging in Ghana is generally beach shacks on the coast or simple hotels throughout most of the cities. A few luxury hotel chains can be found in the cities of Accra and Kusami but most properties are privately owned. Some eco resorts and local home stays are available as well. Backpacker hostels are not generally common in Ghana. Be sure to verify the quality of your accommodations via online reviews to ensure the amenities meet your expectations.
Here is a look at some of the adventures that await travelers to Ghana:
- Stay at an Eco lodge to experience Ghanaian culture firsthand.
- Visit the Cape Coast Castle to learn about the slave trade history.
- Stay overnight at Kokrobite beach and see live music and dance performances.
- Visit the bustling capital city Accra.
- Take a cruise on Volta Lake, the largest reservoir in the world, to visit the Island of Dodi.
- Visit Kumasi to see the Kejetia market, West Africa's largest outdoor market.
- Volunteer with one of Ghana’s many non-profit organizations.
- Explore Mole National Park in northwestern Ghana to see buffalo, antelope, elephants, warthogs, hyenas and leopards.
- Visit the tropical rainforest in Kakum National Park complete with Ghana’s only canopy walk.
- Visit St George's Castle built by the Portuguese, the oldest European building below the Sahara.
- Visit the Monkey Forest Resort, an animal sanctuary with friendly Bongo and Nona monkeys.
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