A land of Gold where you can meet an Ashanti King in Africa’s first independent nation!
Ghana is ideal for first time travellers to Africa. Its people are friendly and they are justifiably proud. Formerly the Gold Coast, it is built on gold and was once West Africa’s wealthiest and mightiest empire. In 1957 it became the first Sub-Saharian colony to savour independence.
Living for so long in a stable democracy, Ghanaians have the reputation of being very welcoming and laid back, attributes which contribute to the growth in the number of tourists to its thriving towns, its brimming culture and its sandy beaches. You would visit more for its remarkable culture and festivals, and less for its wildlife attractions.
Ghana has the natural assets and the infrastructure to support tourism. There are hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt sandy beaches, more than seven hundred hotels graded 3 stars or more, top class restaurants, wildlife parks and safe streets. It has the best international air links in West and Central Africa.
Ghana is also almost exactly in the centre of the World, as no other country is closer to the meeting point of the Equator and the Meridien Line. Its population is over twenty millions. The Capital, Accra, has a population of four millions and Kumasi, the ancient Ashanti capital, has a population of nearly three millions. Educational facilities are good, with a resulting high level of literacy. There are three major public universities.
The country encompasses flat plains and low hills; the highest point, Mount Afadjato, is but 885 metres or 2,904 feet high. On the other hand, Lake Volta is the World’s largest artificial lake. The Coastal Plain includes the capital city, the beaches, the Kakum National Park, several historic forts and the best preserved rainforest in the country. The Northern Plains include Mole National Park, savannah plains and the traditional trade routes with Burkina Faso.
What To See & Do
- Eco Village Sognaayilli (Meet Africa)--- meet with the local people in a traditional village in the north.
- Stroll through Accra’s peaceful Aburi Botanical Gardens
- The Cape Coast Castle, Elmina and other coastal forts and castles
- Paga—a northern town which is home to “sacred crocodiles” which a reputedly tame and live in pools amongst the inhabitants. Near Bolgatanga
- Shai Hills Reserve ---a rewarding day trip near Accra and home to baboons , parrots and antelope, and where you can tour the reserve on horse back
- Wli Falls---in the lush Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary near the border with Togo
- Ghana is the home of Highlife music, so be sure to take in a club or restaurant and enjoy the rhythm with the locals.
- Visit the Ashanti Kingdom capital of Kumasi, historical and throbbing with 21st century life.
When To Go
The best time to visit is between October and March when it is drier and cooler.