Country Description - Ghana


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Country Description - Ghana

  1. 1. WEST AFRICA: GHANA Capital: Largest city: Languages: Demonym: Currency: Calling code: Accra Accra English Ghanaian Ghana cedi (GH₵) (GHS) +233 Ghana is a sovereign state and unitary presidential constitutional republic located on the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the Africa frontier of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is bordered within West Africa by the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo, the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean. The word Ghana means "Warrior King". Often hailed as one of Africa’s post-colonial success stories, a model of political stability and economic soundness in a region plagued by civil strife and violent unrest, Ghana has a rising profile on the world stage thanks to a budding energy industry (the recent discovery of oil has helped), an unfettered and active free press, a countrywide compulsory education system, vibrant fashion and music scenes, and a growing reputation as a tourism hot spot on the African continent. Don’t leave Ghana without experiencing one of its memorable festivals. Take it from us: the natural beauty, colorful landscapes, and warm hospitality of Ghana’s people are not to be missed. Canopy Cape coast Flag
  2. 2. WEST AFRICA: GHANA Go back in time and gain a greater understanding of the African slave trade by touring the castles and forts, the nerve centers of the British slave trade, of Cape Coast and Elmina. Cape Coast Castle and Elmina are both UNESCO World Heritage sites and offers excellent museums with guided tours. After a day of soaking up some serious history, kick back with a few cocktails Oceanside at the Oasis Beach Resort in Cape Coast. Accra, this hectic, inviting city is at the heart of a modernizing Ghana. To get a taste for what it means to be a Ghanaian in the 21st century, hang out in Accra. Visit the frenetic, open-air Makola Market to shop, the National Museum for a history fix, or the Osu Might Market, where hundreds of outdoor food stalls offer dinner in the Ghanaian style, by candlelight. If you like chilling on the beach, you’ll love Ghana. With 530 kilometers of coastline, Ghana has every type of beach you could imagine, and it’s relatively easy to hop down or up the coast from one to another. Kumasi, home of the Ashanti people and the so-called spiritual capital of Ghana, Kumasi has one of Africa’s largest central markets. Traders from all across Africa descend on the market to sell their wares. For a view into the life of a traditional African democracy, spend some time in the public courtroom of the Palace of the Asantehene, the seat of the Ashanti king. The Volta region, Ghana’s most easterly region is a virtual a paradise of scenic beauty, notably the Wli waterfalls, the monkey sanctuaries of Tafi Atome, and the ancestral limestone caves of Lipke. Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest national park is home to 90 species of mammals, including elephants, baboons, antelope, and more. There is also the Kakum National Park which is located in one of the last living rain forests in the world. The town of Ahwiaa also produces exceptionally carved wood figures and artifacts.