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- GhanaMember ofFamily TravelersAug 15, 2013
Not a lot of people go to Ghana on holiday, which is a real shame as the country is rich in history and natural wonders, not to mention the lovely people.
Any trip to Ghana starts in Accra, but like a lot of countries the capital isn't the best representation of the nation, so my suggestion is to move on down to Cape Coast and the awesome UNESCO slave fort and museum that sits on its coastline. For those who have experienced the emotions of visiting places like Auschwitz in Poland, they will understand that visiting the slave forts can be an intense experience, one that stays with you for life, but is equally very rewarding. There are plenty of European forts to visit along the coast but Cape Coast and Elmina are the main UNESCO-run fortifications.
For relaxing there is a good beach at Busua that I can highly recommend, it has a large hotel and places to eat, however there are also stunning white sandy beaches with some good budget beach lodgings dotted around coves near the Cote D'Ivoire border.
For me the biggest surprise was the natural wonders Ghana has, personally I loved the Canadian-built tree-top walk in the virgin rainforest at Kakum, where you can see an incredible amount of birdlife, civets, monkeys and you may even see a pygmy elephant (but don't count on it!).
Further north is the cultural tribal heartland of Kumasi and the Mole National Park - West Africa's version of an East African game park, but with less animals.
However, it was in Ada Foah where I fell in love with the River Volta and it’s beautiful islands reminiscent of a South Pacific paradise. Hire a canoe and paddle around some of the most astonishing palm fringed river islands, take a modern fishing boat out for some angling, swim in the slightly saline water and get up close and personal to the local fishermen community and help them bring in a catch from the beach.
The country should be teeming with tourists, but this is Ghana - a place I will always have fond memories of.
- GhanaOct 31, 2012
Ghana is situated in West Africa, just above the Equator. The Greenwich Meridian passes through its main industrial city, Tema. It lies between latitude four degrees 45 minutes and 11 degrees 11 minutes North and extends from Longitude one degree 14 minutes east to three degrees 17 minutes west. Ghana shares common boundaries with Togo in the east, Burkina Faso in the north and Cote d'Ivoire in the West. The Atlantic Ocean is in the south.
Ghana is divided into 10 administrative regions and 110 district assemblies. The Regions are: Greater Accra, Eastern, Western, Central, Volta, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Northern, Upper East and Upper West.
Status: Republic. Former British colony. It won independence on March 6, 1957 and became the first country south of the Sahara to be free. She became a Republic on July 1, 1960
Climate: Tropical. Temperatures are generally between 21 and 32 degrees Celcius. It is usually breezy and sunny. In the South, there are two rainy seasons, from March to July and from September to October, separated by a short dry season in August and a relatively long dry season from mid-October to March. The north has only one rainy season, that is, from July to September.
It is hot and humid in the southwest, with annual rainfall averaging 2,030mm. The extreme southwest, around Axim, records the heaviest rainfall. The southeast coast is warm and comparatively dry; the north is hot and dry.
Ghana has about 550 kilometres of coastline of sandy beaches.
The vegetation of coastal plains give way to tropical forest at the centre while the north is savannah.
Economy: Main exports are gold, cocoa, timber, bauxite, manganese, diamonds which are called traditional exports, and horticultural products, handicraft, processed food and manufactured goods called non-traditional exports.
- GhanaOct 05, 2012
Ghana is a developing country on the west coast of Africa. The capital is Accra. Tourist facilities are available in the population centers of the greater Accra region, Kumasi in the Ashanti region, and in the Cape Coast area of the Central region. They are limited in the more remote areas of the country. English is the official language.
- GhanaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Unlike a lot of other Sub-Saharan African countries, Ghana has a lot of well preserved history. Cape Coast and Elmina have some great forts and museums with really well informed guides to give you something other than a straight-out-of-the-textbook perspective on the history of slavery and the dispora. In addition, there are some idyllic beaches and fantastic forests. Kakum national park and the monkey sanctuary were highlights for me.