Ghana Travel: Everything You Want in a Life-changing African Vacation

The Shiny Black Star of West Africa

Ghana travel is a truly diverse experience. Between the big bustling cities and serene rural areas, you'll be struck by its lovely blend of traditions and modernity.

The coast of Ghana in the south is unique because of the many old European forts and castles it displays. These monuments are testimonials of the slave trade and the European wars that led to colonial empires' advent. The western coast has many luxurious and eco-friendly beach resorts.

Located in the central region of the country, Kumasi, the Ashanti Kingdom's capital city, is a famous attraction. The Mole National Park in the north is one of the best in West Africa.

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Ghana Travel Highlights

Accra and the Coastal Region

The capital city Accra with luxurious high-rise buildings as well as fancy restaurants, hotels, and museums, is an excellent example of African modernity. The coast of Ghana is dotted with ancient European forts inhabited during the slave trade. The best-conserved forts are the ones in Cape Coast and Elmina, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

On the coast east of Accra, the Anlo-Keta Lagoon Complex is ideal for bird and turtle watching. Beach resorts entirely occupy the west side.

Just a few miles north of Cape Coast, the Kakum National Park, with its canopy walkway in the rainforest, highlights the coastal region.

The Volta Region

The region east of Lake Volta, in the southeast, is lush and mountainous. Less popular than other destinations of the country, while in this sector, you are prone to have close encounters with the local population involved in community-based developments. Because of its landscape, the Volta Region is perfect if you want to go on a hike or swim in natural pools created by waterfalls.

Around the Akosombo Dam, which powers most of the country and neighboring countries, you can indulge in nautical and nature activities while enjoying delightful landscapes.

West of the river is the Krobo People's land, known for its traditional bead makers. Watching them at work is worth a detour.

The Central Region

Kumasi is the second largest city and the Ashanti Kingdom's capital city, whose power culminated in the 19th century. You can learn a lot about Ashanti people's history in museums and palaces in the city.

The area around Kumasi is rich with artisanal villages, which produce cloth. You can see kente (cloth worn by royalty) weavers and adinkra (Ashanti symbols) dyers at work.

Around Lake Bosomtwe, located within an ancient meteorite impact crater, you can indulge in outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching.

The Northern Region

In the north, the Mole National Park is one of the best places in West Africa for safaris. The newly built lodge inside the park is as luxurious as the lodges in eastern and southern Africa.

The more Muslim-influenced north is where you can admire mosques in traditional mud-and-stick architecture, a typical feature of the Sahel region. The most famous is the Larabanga Mosque, close to the Mole National Park.

Near the border with Burkina Faso, the village of Sirigu is well-known for its colorful wall paintings and pottery.

Ghana Travel Practical Info

Travel Requirements

Yellow fever vaccine or medical exemption

Visa for non-ECOWAS passports

Best Time to Come

Main dry season: November to March

Short dry season: July and August

Maximum average temperature : in dry season 87°F (30.5°C), in rainy season 85°F (29.5°C)


Airport: Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

Delta: direct flights from NYC (JFK)

South African Airways: direct from Washington (IAD)

Air France, Brussels, British Airways, TAP Air Portugal: direct flights from Europe

Royal Air Maroc: direct flights from Casablanca

Country Info

Capital city: Accra

Population: 30 milions

Official language: English

Other languages: Twi, Ewe, Dagbani

Currency: Ghanaian Cedi (GHS)

Time: GMT

Power: 230 V with Type D or G socket (G type is of British origin)

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