Does the nickname ‘Africa for beginners’ ring a bell? Whatever the case may be, Ghana has everything you’ll ever expect from the African continent; welcoming beaches, gorgeous hinterland, rich culture, vibrant cities, diverse wildlife, easy transport and fascinating Africa history. It offers a balance between modern luxury and ancient charm that tend to call back frequent travellers time after time – and of course, its famous cuisine, Banku, that is well appreciated across the West African Region.
Hailed as West Africa’s golden child, Ghana is located in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. It is blessed with a peerless history, captivating culture and affable inhabitants.
What makes Ghana a unique destination?
History, culture and traditions can be found anywhere in the world but there is something unique about Ghana that touch every aspect of travel, brings ancient stories and landscapes to life in such a way that you might never encounter anywhere else in Africa.
Rich African Culture
When it comes to Africa culture Ghana has an embarrassment of riches. It is an ideal destination for those searching for a place to relax, immerse in the authentic African culture and learn more about African history. No wonder it is called ‘Africa for beginners,’ making it a perfect destination for those who want to get their feet wet. Explore Ghana’s coastal forts, a poignant reminder of the colonial rule in Africa. Make most of your time to visit the two former forts whose cramped chambers once imprisoned countless slaves. Take a walk around the fort to see the dungeons of James Fort or make a stopover at the Brazil House Museum of History to learn about the horrific human trade and how it still impacts on Ghana today.
Nature’s Endless Beauty
Shift your gaze for just a moment from the beautiful landscapes and chances are Ghana is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries and its landscapes are epic in both scale and beauty. Take in the best of Volta Region’s dramatic landscapes on the cycle ride to Amedzofe, Ghana’s highest town. Sitting on a lush mountainside, it’s no easy cycling to Amedzofe, but the soaring views of the valleys and rivers on all sides—along with the cooler climate—make it all worthwhile. Hike out to the scenic Ote Waterfalls, where you can dip your feet before heading back up to catch the spectacular beauty of the nearby Mount Gemi. If you are patient enough, you’ll get a chance to see Lake Volta. So what are you waiting for? Get out, explore, hike and ding your bicycle bell, as this rousing landscape demands.
Peoples with Proud Traditions
Ghanaians have a rich embodiment of human cultures. From Kumasi Ashanti Legacy to the ancient customs and traditions that have remained almost entirely intact for years. The best part of any trip is when you get a chance to witness one of the many festivals that are an integral part of the traditional culture. Each region has its own annual festivals for affirmation of tribal values, the remembrance of ancestors and purification of state in preparation for another year. If you are lucky enough, you might get the opportunity to witness the Adae Kese festival celebrated by Ashanti in and around Kumasi.
Pump your Adrenaline
Welcome to one of Africa’s most underrated adventure destination. The canopy walk at Kakum National Park is a lifetime experience. Need an adrenaline rush? head to Paga where you can touch and get close to tame crocodiles. Don’t forget to stalk the wildlife at Mole National park which is home to elephants, antelopes and spotted hyenas. While the water babies can surf and kayak at Busua beaches, while the nature lovers can opt to capture beautiful pictures with colourful winged creatures at the Bogobiri Wildlife Sanctuary with the spectacular Bogobiri falls serving as a backdrop.
Explore the Capital City’s Markets
There is no better way to understand the life in Accra the capital city of Ghana, than by spending time exploring the city’s many markets. Accra is a bustling and busy capital city, and its markets are the testament to that. Take a moment to discover the beautiful artistry and craftsmanship in the products on sale, and learn about the area’s culture and traditions. Gape at the exotic food products on sale, and perhaps shop for a souvenir or two to take home! If you are lucky you may even be let in on how local plants and herbs are used in traditional medicine and voodoo rituals. Don’t forget to make use of your haggling skills while engaging with local tradespeople.
Ghana is a gourmet destination whose residents spend a great amount of time thinking about, discussing and consuming food. Take your taste bud on a delicious trip as you relish the scrumptious meals in Ghana. Don’t forget to try the mouthwatering Banku(cornmeal served with fried fish) Kinkey or the delicious famous Ghanaian Jollof rice. Whatever you opt to eat, be ready to have the tastiest meal you have ever had.
The easiest way to get to Ghana is by flying. However, note there might be stops, depending on the airline you are travelling with. Book on Triplisters now.
Duration: 1hrs 15min.
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Ghana is a visa-free destination for Nigerians.
Don’t you think Ghana is worth exploring? All you have to do is book your ticket and pack your bags…Tada! You’re in Ghana!
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