WEST AFRICA: GHANA
Ghana cedi (GH₵) (GHS)
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.
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
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.