Visit Ghana to relax on sandy beaches along the Gold Coast or to spot elephants and lions at national parks. Immerse yourself in West African Ashanti culture in Kumasi, or feel the upbeat vibe of the cosmopolitan capital city, Accra.
Away from Accra, you'll find that Ghana's star attraction is its miles of palm-fringed Atlantic Ocean beaches. Guarding the Gold Coast, west of Accra, is a string of forts and castles. Visit the World Heritage-listed Elmina and Cape Coast forts, poignant reminders of the region's slave trade days. Ghana has ten distinctive regions, from Accra on the coast to the ancient Ashanti city of Kumasi in the heart of the country. Explore Ghana's rainforest and savannah as well as the country's upper regions for centuries-old Moorish landmarks.
Feel the cosmopolitan Afro-Western vibe in Ghana's capital Accra at its busy markets, restaurants and museums. In the former trading hub of Kumasi, in the heart of Ghana's Ashanti region, you'll see evidence of the pre-colonial gold trade. Experience the vitality of contemporary urban Africa at Kumasi's massive Kejetia Market, then visit craft villages surrounding the town and learn about Ashanti culture at the Centre for National Culture. Visit Ghana's Upper East capital, Bolgatanga, to shop for handicrafts in the busy trading market. Travel to Wa, capital of the Upper West region, to see the Sudanese architecture of Wa Naa's Palace and Nakore Mosque.
Travel down the Gold Coast to visit colonial forts and lie on sun-soaked sandy shores. Then take the challenge and brave the swinging Canopy Walk through rainforest at Kakum National Park - look out for monkeys, elephants and antelopes along the way. Head to eastern Ghana to splash in the Akaah Waterfalls and Begoro Falls. Or spot lions and baboons at the northern region's Mole National Park and glimpse the distinctive mud-built Larabanga Mosque.
Fast Facts - Ghana
English (official), various indigenous languages
230V AC, 50 Hz, two-pin and three-pin plugs are standard
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